Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

The Library of Congress (LOC) Office of Communications (OC) ensures that the image of, and information about, the Library is accurate and reflects the mission of the organization. It fosters and increases public awareness of the Library, defines and targets audiences for its public-affairs programs and assesses the effectiveness of those programs. For several years, the Library of Congress has offered some material on its websites, and in guides created for the use of some visitors, in Spanish-language format. The Library also periodically mounts exhibitions or events that require public materials or letters to people involved in putting on the exhibit/event to be translated into grammatical, context-appropriate Spanish. Further, the Library holds public events of interest to the media that can attract Spanish-speaking media, or media with Spanish-speaking audiences.

This position is located in the Office of Communications and External Relations, Office of Communications, Office of the Librarian.

The position description number for this position is 360665.

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

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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

Duties

Under the supervision of the Director of Communications, the Public Affairs Specialist (Spanish Language Aspect) will be responsible for producing news releases, newspaper- and magazine-style pieces suitable for publication, website content and other written materials, some in English, some in Spanish. The successful candidate will also be capable of editing such written materials and promoting Library activities in direct, telephonic or email contact with members of the media, including those who write in and/or speak Spanish.

Prepare, with supervision, news releases, articles or op-eds to be proposed for publication, and website material in grammatical English or Spanish using a voice and terminology appropriate to the situation or the audience; perform outreach, either in English language or Spanish, to media and other interested parties regarding pending Library news conferences, concerts, seminars, book talks or other events to promote attendance and news coverage. Assist with providing recommendations for new projects and shifts in program objectives. Analyze public and media reaction to the Library’s programs and policies and develop strategies to let the Library establish, maintain and build on positive perception of its programs, policies, services and activities. Gather input from individuals and groups. Develop varied strategies to communicate the Library’s objectives to various groups. Establish and maintain effective working relationships at multiple levels within the Library in order to develop and disseminate coordinated messages that accurately address Library programs.

Support public-affairs outreach to the Latino community regarding Library programs of interest to that community, the Hispanic Reading Room and its offerings, Luso/Hispanic collections and Library of Congress human-resources initiatives.

Review and update web-based Spanish-language content on the Library’s various websites on a continuing basis, to ensure that outdated or incorrect material does not persist after English-language site material has been changed.

Perform other Office of Communications duties as required, including group-based planning activities, support of such major events as the National Book Festival and the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, launching of new Library exhibitions or Library of Congress projects.