Job Overview


About the Agency

The position serves as the Sound Laboratory Supervisor and reports directly to the Assistant Chief at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center of the Library of Congress, Culpeper, VA. The incumbent is responsible for duplication of recordings, preservation of the content, and proper playing of these items that are subsequently selected for the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. The Laboratory endeavors to make all deposits in the care of the Division available for listening or viewing, as appropriate, by scholars, while maintaining the intellectual content in the best preserved form.

This position is located in the Preservation Services Section, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division (MBRS), Collections and Services, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 129647.

This position has no promotion potential.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-12 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision relative to the staff supervised. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work; Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees; Observes workers’ performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff and clearly communicates these through the formal employee performance management system. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations and safeguards sensitive and personally identifiable information (PII) of employees. Furthers the objectives of diversity and inclusiveness by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, age, or other non-merit factors.

Determines preservation resources needed and decides what preservation techniques are appropriate. Plans, organizes and directs the production of audio programs on a wide range of topics that include the use of special production techniques. Productions, preservation projects, and fulfillment orders require the use of professional and consumer audio equipment, media, and systems used in audio, video and audiovisual recording, preservation, and production work. Applies sound production techniques, preservation expertise, and extensive knowledge of the recording arts industry related to program elements in order to integrate them into a complete, professional preservation and/or production product. Operates a wide assortment of recording, playback, and editing equipment. Reconstructs, processes and/or prepares original audiovisual media for preservation, access and fulfillment. Produces derivative reference copies of original recordings or re-recordings, either simultaneously or as a separate project. Must have developed a trained ear for optimal extraction of audio signals from both analog and digital recording formats. Knowledge of digital audio file formats and software tools is necessary to insure that bit accurate copies and transfers are accomplished routinely. An understanding of database and cataloging standards will be necessary for the creation and modification of metadata associated with the collections to be preserved. Generates master Broadcast WAV files at 96 kHz/24 bit and higher from analog and digital source materials. Ensures that audio content is transferred to a master file at native bit depth resolution and sample rate, with no up-sampling or other modifications.

Analyzes and resolves complex organizational or program-related problems or issues in developing and maintaining relationships with various agency stakeholders in the government, private industry, and/or academic institutions. Formulates policies and procedures governing the organization's liaison activities for application across organizational lines.

Has demonstrated expert skill in the operation of a full range of complex and sophisticated professional analog and digital audio equipment. Works on interconnected complex subsystems, including monitors, audio tape and disc recorders, phono turntables, DAW (digital audio workstations), various converters including A-D, D-A, and D-D, multiple-channel audio consoles, routing switchers, equalizers, and many others. Sets up equipment to meet the technical requirements of the program. Determines from meters and audio monitors which, if any, adjustments must be made to assure the preservation file and/or duplicated sound recording is of the highest technical quality.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • There will be some travel from Culpeper, VA office to the Washington, DC offices to attend meetings and occasional travel to conferences of relevant professional associations.

Relocation Authorized

  • No