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Program Specialist

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 3, 2023

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. The United States Copyright Office, a service unit of the Library of Congress, administers the administration of Copyright Law, and provides Copyright registration and other services to the citizens of the United States and others concerned with American copyrights.

The Administrative Services Division (ASD), under the direction of the Chief, is that part of the Copyright Office, which provides various human resources, facilities support, physical security, purchasing support, and training services to the Copyright Office.

This position will report directly to the Chief. The incumbent is primarily responsible for planning, developing, and administering a practical and functional training and development program for the United States Copyright Office and supporting the operation of the Copyright Office Human

Capital Management Program. The incumbent will be highly experienced in Human Capital Environments, training, and program management.

While performing daily duties, is also responsible for ensuring proper handling and security of Library and Copyright Office materials.

This is a confidential position with routine and non-routine duties related to sensitive personnel and/or labor relations matters. Incumbents of this position are not members of a bargaining unit.

Provides expert advisory, consultative, and technical services on issues that involve major areas of uncertainty in approach or methodology to agency program and line managers concerning a broad range of Human Resources issues and challenges including solving sensitive and complex issues.

Advises and counsels agency managers and supervisors on various human resource matters that includes but are not limited to Library regulations, performance improvement, mentoring, coaching, team building, behavior modification, and organizational development matters. Assists in the Administration of the Administrative Service Division by providing guidance and back up support to the staff and Chief. Lead special projects that support Copyright and ASD initiatives and organizational objectives.

Serves as the Copyright Office's Training Officer providing authoritative advice and guidance to management and staff for training and development. Establishes and maintains a program of continuing education to support employee development and organizational needs. Develops original course plan and design for basic course concepts based on identified organizational needs. Plans, develops, and recommends or implements, training and curriculum development activities for a broad range of educational programs that are non-standardized or where special problems exist. Assesses program or course curriculum, content, and instructional materials to coordinate the development of course products. Working with subject matter experts, plans, develops, implements, and may assist with presentation of programs of a technical nature.

Plan, develop and coordinate training and development programs and projects for a staff with diverse training requirements. As the technical specialist and subject matter expert for the Office in the area of training, is responsible for program direction, technical oversight, and the development of procedures and standards necessary to implement the program. Evaluates, develops, and maintains Office policies on training. Oversees training and training requirements, statistics and trend analysis, and keeps abreast of office initiatives.

Provides advice and consultation to management regarding the overall staff training program. Leads the process of planning and developing and evaluating and revising the Copyright Office training program based on skills assessments of established core competencies.

Develops and applies new program methods, approaches, and technology. Evaluates systems and methods to identify process improvements. May develop experimental or pilot programs to meet organizational needs or provide professional development opportunities in support of operations. Plans, develops, and compiles program requirements, manuals, and teaching methods for training courses, as necessary. Works with management to develop multi-year Copyright Office training programs to support strategic goals.

Performs other duties as assigned.

The position description number for this position is 407014.

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

The incumbent of this position will work a compflex; or flextime; or maxiflex work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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


Conditions of Employment

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 or current drug 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.

Knowledge of training program principles, practices, techniques, and procedures. **

Knowledge of human capital principles, practices, and management. **

Knowledge of training program development, policy and evaluation. **

Knowledge of organizational mission, programs, regulations, and goals.

Ability to apply analytical and evaluative techniques to develop recommendations.

Knowledge of program/project management and assessment techniques.

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.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. For more information, please see: Vetting Process

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.

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.

A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

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.

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