Human Resources Specialist (Performance Management)

Washington, D.C
Jun 24, 2022
Jun 25, 2022
Full Time

The selectee for this position will serve as the senior member of a team responsible for designing and administering a performance management program that facilitates a high-performance culture at the Library of Congress. The selectee will be expected to build and maintain cooperative working relationships with executives, managers, supervisors, human resources liaisons, and Library staff; provide guidance, advice, and training on performance management policies, regulations, and procedures; and provide leadership for Library-wide committees and task forces partnering to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance management program.

As the senior member of the team, the selectee will be responsible for planning work related to performance management programs, projects, operations, and initiatives, including formulating goals and objectives and identifying opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures; developing, organizing, and implementing project plans; and, with the concurrence of the supervisor, assigning segments of projects to team members while assuming responsibility for overall timely completion of program activities. The selectee will also mentor and train junior colleagues and review materials developed by them to ensure accuracy and compliance. The position requires the ability to manage a variety of functions simultaneously and with flexibility to work under competing demands and deadlines.

In addition to reviewing and commenting on draft performance documents for employees at all levels, the selectee will serve as the principle advisor to the Library's Senior Level (SL) executive employees on performance management issues. This includes providing review and approval of annual SL performance requirements, review and comment on annual SL performance appraisals, and facilitation of the annual SL performance review board and semi-annual SL pay system certification process.

Over time, the selectee is also expected to contribute to other Human Capital Directorate programs, projects, operations, and initiatives of critical significance, in areas such as training and development, employee engagement, employee relations, and workforce planning and organizational development.

The work requires professional skill and expert knowledge of relevant human resources and human capital management policies, theories, and principles; strong writing, reviewing, and presentation skills; experience in managing collaborative relationships with management and employees at all levels; experience in performing program and project management functions; and the ability to analyze complex problems and make recommendations for their resolution. The ideal candidate will: have experience in organizational development and change management; be a champion of innovative approaches to performance management; demonstrate a commitment to a workplace that is respectful, fair, and inclusive of diverse perspectives; and demonstrate a mindset of continuous learning and self-development.


Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment

At present, the Library of Congress will not enforce an earlier policy to require all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, employees are required to certify their vaccination status, which is used to plan and implement workplace safety protocols, such as those related to mask-wearing, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Upon request, new hires may be required to show proof of vaccination to the Health Services Division. Library employees who are not vaccinated may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 every seven days.

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past drug or current use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.



Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to administer a workforce performance management program.**

Ability to use data to analyze problems and to communicate the results for decision making.**

Ability to manage projects.**

Ability to communicate in writing and to review and revise the writing of others.**

Ability to interact collaboratively with others to achieve results.

Ability to exercise judgment and discretion.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Additional information

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid at step one of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

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The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial permanent appointments to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. Probationary periods served at other Federal agencies do not count toward this requirement.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.