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    This position is located in the Literary Initiatives Office, Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement Directorate, Office of the Librarian.

    The position description number for this position is 412321.

    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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    The Chief, Literary Initiatives (CLI) is responsible for continuing and building upon the design and production of an imaginative, socially relevant, thought-provoking portfolio of accessible literary programs that engage diverse public audiences in active dialogue, builds a literary community, and cultivates connections between literary programs and the Library’s collections, services and experts of the Library of Congress. The CLI serves as the Library’s literary expert providing guidance and inviting authors for programming to retain and attract new audiences to the Library. In accordance with Library policies, develops strategies for handling complex content, topics, contracts pertaining to the literary programs and projects.

    The CLI’s Office works closely with all Library service units/divisions especially offices within the Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement, the Center for Exhibits and Interpretation, Communications, Multimedia Group, the Library Collections and Services Group, Congressional Relations Office, Development Office, Publishing, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Library Shop to ensure that Literary programming is coordinated with the institution’s strategic goals and operations while being responsive to the interests and expectations of the visiting public and special guests.

    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. Resolves informal complaints and grievances.

    The incumbent has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of the Library of Congress’s Literary Initiatives program, which includes but is not limited to strategic collaborative planning, conceptualization, research, design, direction, assessment and reporting for the Library’s annual literary programming. Collaborates with staff in the Library Collections and Services group to ensure that Literary Initiatives programs are connected with the Library’s vast collections and expertise. Secures a wide range of authors and other related speakers that engage a diversity of audiences for a National Book Festival, and other Library-wide Literary Initiatives.

    Uses extensive professional knowledge of the literary programming landscape, including knowledge of literature from all genres, authors, publishers, and book festivals and practice to ensure quality control and program management at the highest standards. Uses many years of experience in the profession to assess effectiveness of and determine needed improvements of complex Library program issues and concerns and known future institutions/organizational goals to create a successful program; determines resource requirements, estimating short- and long-range personnel, budgetary, space, and equipment needs. Identifies, develops and implements strategies for engaging the visiting public and for Congressional, official, professional, and special visitors, including international audiences. Identifies needs for and oversees the growth and development of programs and other services to provide Library audiences with enriching experiences.

    Plays a key role in shaping, supporting and implementing the Library’s priorities for outreach in support of national literary programming. Works collaboratively with service unit managers and other Library staff to propose literary partnership and outreach strategies and communicate those priorities effectively inside and outside the Library of Congress.

    Able to effectively conduct live or virtual welcome remarks, and/or live interviews, media interviews, etc. Ability to identify potential speakers both from within the Library and externally and assist others in developing their skills in this area. Ability to write proposals, reports, briefs, and other high level synthesized documents.

    Directs collaborative efforts with offices Library wide to develop integrated approach to Literary Programming Initiatives. Provides guidance to key managers and stakeholders to develop priorities for developing and using resources. Ensures that all implications are identified, weighed, studied, and discussed. Contacts other agencies and organizations to obtain information and models for managing various issues. Identifies and resolves problems that are barriers to achieving goals.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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