Associate Director for Administrative Operations
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing objective, nonpartisan research and analysis to committees and Members of the House and Senate. CRS seeks a senior level executive to serve as an Associate Director and lead its Office of Administrative Operations (OPS).
This position is located in the Office of Administrative Operations, Congressional Research Service.
In leading OPS, the Associate Director will direct, guide, and oversee CRS’ financial and administrative business operations and its workforce management and development operations. As a member of the CRS senior management team, the Associate Director will serve as the principal advisor in these functional areas for the Director, Deputy Director and CRS executive management team. The Associate Director will provide policy direction, guidance, review, and oversight of CRS’s financial and administrative business functions, and develop and enhance CRS’ ability to attract, develop, and retain the human capital needed to perform research and analysis for the Congress. The selectee will represent the Director and Deputy Director on issues involving CRS’ role, activities, and interaction with the Congress and other Library entities in relevant areas of strategic planning and program performance assessment; human capital management; budgeting, procurement, and financial management; and facilities management.
Financial and administrative activities under OPS’ purview include: budget formulation, justification, and execution activities; contracting, procurement, accounting operations and vendor management; travel; facilities, space, and asset management; physical and personnel security; agency performance reviews; and emergency planning coordination and response.
Human capital management functions under OPS’ purview include: workforce planning, staffing, and recruitment to ensure a diverse workforce; position management and classification; succession planning; professional development; and performance management and staff recognition.
This is a senior leadership position. Applications received for this position will not be considered for other CRS vacancies.
Additional information about CRS is available online at www.loc.gov/crsinfo
The competencies below are required for this position. Those marked with a double asterisk (**) are considered the most critical competencies for this position.
A candidate's resume must show a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates he or she has:
1) Ability to lead and inspire change**: The successful candidate has demonstrated the ability to lead tasks and people effectively and the ability to inspire change in developing and implementing an organization or agency’s values, principles, and direction. This includes the ability to promote ideas with enthusiasm, conviction, and assertiveness; resolve contentious situations; solicit and consider others’ opinions; gain support and commitment from others; motivate and inspire others; and promote a culture of change and growth.
(2) Ability to direct an organization’s budgetary, financial management, and support services activities**: The successful candidate has directed budgetary, financial management, and support services activities to accomplish a Federal agency or comparable organization’s mission. This includes taking ownership of the organization’s work and results, determining the most effective methods to accomplish the work, and monitoring and managing day-to-day activities in accordance with established financial management procedures and relevant laws, regulations, and policies, for areas including: planning, preparing, and justifying a budget; executing and monitoring a budget; and managing support services.
(3) Ability to direct an organization’s human capital management program and activities and to lead people and manage a workforce**: The successful candidate has directed human capital management programs to accomplish a Federal agency or comparable organization’s mission. This includes taking ownership of the organization’s work and results, determining the most effective methods to accomplish the work, and monitoring and managing day-to-day activities in accordance with established human capital management procedures and relevant laws, regulations, and policies, for areas including: workforce planning, staffing, and recruitment to ensure a diverse workforce; position management and classification; succession planning; professional development; and performance management and staff recognition. The successful candidate will also have directly led staff by managing an office budget; making personnel assignments, establishing performance expectations, providing formal and informal performance feedback, and fostering staff development; and promoting the goals of inclusiveness and equal employment opportunity.
(4) Ability to identify, define, and solve problems and make decisions: The successful candidate has identified, defined, and diagnosed problems by gathering, examining, and interpreting information to generate effective solutions and make sound business decisions. This included the seeking, logically examining, analyzing, interpreting, and synthesizing information from authoritative sources; generating and evaluating reasonable alternative solutions and the implications, consequences, and benefits of choosing each alternative; selecting the most promising alternative or course of action; and committing to action, even in uncertain situations.
(5) Ability to exercise judgment and discretion: The successful candidate has demonstrated awareness of the likely consequences or implications of her/his own actions and work within the context of agency/organizational/ departmental standards. The included acting appropriately in a given situation (e.g., with colleagues, clients, media/press), using discretion, and being committed to confidentiality.
(6) Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing: The successful candidate has effectively expressed ideas and recommendations other than in writing in various settings to peers, staff, managers, supervisors, and external audiences to both provide and seek information. This included actively listening to or understanding communicated information and answering questions thoughtfully and completely.
Your resume is important to this application process. It will be reviewed to determine whether you possess the qualifications referenced above. All applicants are required to submit a resume that provides specific information (to include accomplishments, work experience and education/training) that clearly describes what you would bring to the position.
The Associate Director leads her/his staff toward meeting the Library’s vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library’s Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/uploads/loc_supervisor_core_competencies.pdf.
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