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    This position is located in the Manuscript Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 386178.

    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 may work a flexitime work schedule.

    This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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    The Chief of the Manuscript Division (MSS) serves as the Library’s primary expert responsible for the preservation, security, and service of the manuscript and archival collections under its purview to meet the needs of government officials, scholars, and others who request information or require access to those collections and services. Under the Chief’s general direction, the Manuscript Division is responsible for the acquisition program, custody, and effective use of one of the foremost manuscript repositories in the United States.

    The Chief of the Manuscript Division receives general policy guidance from the Director, Special Collections Directorate (SCD), but has primary managerial and professional responsibility for the growth and direction of public and scholarly research and reference services. The Chief plays a key role in establishing a positive image for the Library and its collections, as well as its service to Congress, scholars and researchers, and its role as the National Library.

    Exercises overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and critical Library of Congress programs and operations. Responsible for directing and managing the Manuscript Division to efficiently accomplish specified goals and objectives outlined in the Library’s strategic plan. Evaluates current and proposed programs and operations and takes actions to initiate, modify, or cancel projects in accord with the service unit’s directional plan and performance budget.

    Provides professional, technical and administrative direction for all activities of the Manuscript Division. In collaboration with the Assistant Chief, Sections Heads and Administrative Staff, plans, develops, and directs the acquisitions, processing, custodial, reference, bibliographic, research, and product production activities of the Division. Coordinates with subordinate supervisors to plan budgets, programs, policies and procedures for the Division.

    Administers the Division’s reference, processing, managerial, and administrative staff to accomplish program goals and objectives; directs the Division’s annual budget process and manages budget execution, for appropriated, gift and trust funds; and represents the Division at professional and management meetings. Plans the annual program and activities within the Library Services budget, and establishes short and long range goals and objectives. Determines research and collection development projects for staff, ensuring that analog and digital collections are relevant to researcher needs and that they are served in a timely and efficient manner. Coordinates the Division’s security, preservation, and collection and space management programs in collaboration with appropriate management and staff in the Division and officials throughout the Library. Coordinates with other government agency officials and institutions interested in collaborative projects and inter agency agreements. Determines digitization project priorities through consultation with other Library managers. Develops and recommends policy encompassing the use of materials in the Division’s custody, and the provision of reference and research service to meet the needs of scholars, publishers, and other research communities.

    As the Division’s principal recommending officer, supervises recommendations for acquisition by staff specialists and makes recommendations in special fields of personal competence. Directs and encourages growth and maintenance of the Division’s collections and facilitates and increases their use and access nationally and internationally. Serves as a senior information specialist in one or more of the subject areas of the Manuscript Division, with responsibility for establishing and developing collections and services under the purview of the Division, including assessing external collections for possible acquisition; soliciting donations from private collectors and creators with historically important materials which would enhance Library’s collections; and the conversion of materials on deposit to gifts.

    Performs the full range of human resource management functions related to directly and indirectly supervised staff. Sets and clearly communicates performance expectations for staff and oversees performance management principles in accord with Library regulations, procedures and collective bargaining agreements.

    Develops, conceives, plans, and implements policies and guidelines affecting broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs. Translates new legislation and/or Library strategic goals into program goals, actions, and policies, interpreting the impact of a new legislative or strategic planning requirements on agency programs. Is recognized as an agency authority in formulating new policies and program objectives that have a broad or long-range impact on the Library, as well as the subject fields under the purview of the Manuscript Division.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1410 Librarian

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