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    The Supervisory Program Specialist is located in Educational Outreach, Scholarly and Educational Programs within the National and International Outreach (NIO) Service Unit at the Library of Congress. The incumbent reports directly to the Director of Educational Outreach.

    Experience working either in a children's library, or teaching, or experience as a museum educator, developing engaging, educational experiences in informal settings is desirable.

    The Educational Outreach division informs, inspires, and engages learners. Learners include visitors to the Young Readers Center (children, parents, caregivers, educators)—as well as classroom teachers and their students who may never visit the Library of Congress. Through programs, publications, on-site experiences, and online initiatives, the unit informs learners about the mission, functions, and collections of the Library; inspires a love of reading and research; and engages audiences in creating and sharing knowledge.

    The purpose of this position is to oversee staff and manage the Library’s on-site programming for children and families, including the operation of the Library’s Young Readers Center (YRC).

    The incumbent manages programs and special events which may include poet and author visits, and programs that are webcast to reach a broader audience. The incumbent also works in collaboration with Educational Outreach colleagues to develop primary source-based, hands-on activities, and opportunities for both onsite and offsite dissemination. The incumbent also provides continuity for the long-range planning, budgeting and operation of YRC programs.

    The position description number for this position is 366753.

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

    This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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

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    Performs long-range planning and analysis of agency programs. Works with top management to develop long-range management plans for efficient and effective program implementation and administration. Serves as an expert analyst in the assessment of program effectiveness and the improvement of complex management processes and systems by applying a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods that impact complex short and long-range goals of the organization. Develops detailed plans on implementing recommendation that will improve the programs performance. Recommends changes in objectives or emphasis in functions under the organization's purview. Optimizes the use of existing resources, assists in planning for future resource needs, estimates short- and long-range personnel, budgetary, space, and equipment needs, and implements new resources.

    Assists the Educational Outreach director with overseeing the daily operations of the Young Readers Center's programs and activities. Plans, organizes and manages the programs and activities in the Young Reader Center which involves coordinating with staff in conducting and completing program related assignments and activities. Provides the Educational Director with critical information, evaluations, reports and/or recommendations that contributes to the effective operations of the Center.

    Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-9 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision relative to the staff supervised. Plan work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjust short-term priorities, and prepare schedules for completion of work; Assign 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. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Recommend appointment, promotion, or reassignment and develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary.

    Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effect minor disciplinary measures, such as warnings and reprimands, recommending other action in more serious cases. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests and certifies time and attendance records for staff. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations and safeguard sensitive and personally identifiable information (PII) of employees.

    Furthers the objectives of diversity and inclusiveness by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of diversity and inclusiveness and by adhering to Page 3 of 8 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 factor.

    Acts as primary liaison with critical persons and groups both inside and outside the Library for the program areas of responsibility; exercising full commitment authority in accordance with Library regulations. Independently plans and executes major liaison activities supporting programs that impact many Library offices. Develops and implements plans designed to enhance relationships with targeted stakeholders. Plans and conducts public meetings, briefings and other constituent relations activities supporting the YRC's programs.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - To meetings and conferences

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

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