Head, Congressional Programs and Communications Office

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Sep 25, 2017
Closes
Oct 03, 2017
Function
Communications
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Office of the Director seeks a Head of Congressional Programs and Communication Office to supervise, manage, and lead the work of the CRS Congressional Programs and Communications Office. The Congressional Programs and Communications Office is responsible for leading efforts to develop and promote CRS products and services for Congress; providing CRS staff a broad range of services including: planning and implementation of congressional programs, seminars, events, and outreach activities; and managing all aspects of the CRS communications program. Serving under the administrative supervision of the CRS Deputy Director, the incumbent supervises and leads the work of the office and collaborates with senior management officials, supervisors, and other CRS employees involved in developing, shaping, and implementing congressional outreach strategies, policies, and efforts. The incumbent works highly independently, exercising considerable judgment, and carries out duties and responsibilities in accordance with broad overall guidelines and policies.

Candidates with demonstrated experience in developing and managing seminars, programs and other events for Congress and/or a communications program or office, including working for and with senior-level federal legislative or executive branch, private sector, and nonprofit communications officials and experience in developing and managing online and print external and internal communications are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, expert knowledge of the U.S. Congress and its legislative processes, and experience in leading and collaborating with a highly professional, diverse workforce. Strong writing, reviewing, and communication skills are essential.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

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KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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No additional requirements to those listed above.

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 manage a congressional programs and communications office**

Ability to lead and manage staff**

Knowledge of the U.S. Congress and its legislative processes**

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

Ability to exercise judgment and discretion

Ability to convey information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing

The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

The selected applicant may be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description number for this position is 364196.

The incumbent of this position may elect to work a flexitime work schedule.

RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THE PERSON(S) SELECTED UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

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

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

Applicants who are referred for interview will be required to submit a completed OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made 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 certificate of disability may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of an applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information view the directive on the Library's Selective Placement Program and/or contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 (voice or TTY) or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

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, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library's Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D. IF REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION IS NOT ATTACHED, VETERANS' PREFERENCE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview.

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