Director, Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement

Washington D.C.
Apr 30, 2018
Apr 30, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
  • See requirements listed below under Qualifications Required.
  • 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 Supervisor leads his/her 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:

    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 provide executive-level direction in planning, developing and implementing long-range educational or engagement activities for a cultural heritage institution program**:The successful candidate has accomplished strategic and operational goals for a cultural heritage organization (e.g., research institute, government agency, university, or library) by developing, leading and managing an educational or engagement program that included the following functions: 1) applied the principles and/or standards of learning, 2) promoted various types of literacy using source materials, 3) user support services, 4) coordinated multiple educational or engagement initiatives in an organization, 5) designed an organization-wide strategy for an educational program, 6) developed a network of users, and 7) led fundraising campaigns. Ensured the effective development and integration of policies and processes; planned, acquired and organized resources effectively and efficiently to achieve program goals.

    (2) Ability to initiate and lead change**: The successful candidate has the ability to lead tasks and people effectively and inspire change in developing and implementing an organizational vision that integrates key goals, priorities, values, etc. This includes promoting ideas with enthusiasm, conviction, and assertiveness; soliciting and considering others’ opinions; gaining support and commitment from others; motivating and inspiring others; and embracing and championing change.

    (3) Ability to lead people and manage a diverse workforce**: The successful candidate has the ability to lead, supervise and manage a diverse staff in a multi-disciplinary environment and in doing so, performed the following activities: 1) identified current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals, objectives, and capacity gaps; 2) recruited and hired staff to meet those needs; 3) communicated performance expectations to staff; 4) conducted periodic performance evaluations; 5) provided advice and counsel to staff; 6) addressed performance and disciplinary issues; 7) delegated or planned and assigned work; 8) provided appropriate training and professional development opportunities to staff; 9) encouraged staff participation in planning and decision making; 10) identified and implemented methods to improve staff productivity; and 11) facilitated cooperation through teamwork.

    (4) Ability to communicate in writing: The successful candidate has the ability to write clear, cogent, accurate, well-organized, and understandable written products, such as: 1) program goals and objectives; 2) program performance documentation; 3) budget request documentation; 4) project plans; 5) annual reports; 6) statements of work; 7) strategic planning and forecasting documents; 8) policies; and 9) funding proposals. This included targeting the amount, form, depth and level of detail, and content of the information to the needs of the receiver/audience. Evaluated the written products of others to meet the quality standards of the organization.

    (5) Ability to build coalitions and professional networks: The successful candidate has represented, presented, negotiated, defended, explained, advocated and expressed facts and ideas in a convincing manner in order to negotiate with individuals and groups in a manner that influences them to support a program and achieve results; developed and maintained networks with other organizations, and integrated internal and external concerns into decision-making, strategies and practices for results that balance cost and service.

    (6) Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and presentations: The successful candidate has conveyed analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and educational presentations, in both planned and extemporaneous situations, in order to discuss or explain issues related to the program area. This included adjusting the amount, form, depth, and level of detail and content of information to the needs of the receiver/audience.

    All initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, all newly appointed Senior Level executives, from outside the Library as well as from within, must serve a one year probationary period in accordance with the Library of Congress Regulations (LCRs) 2017.2-1, Senior Level Executive System.

    The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. All who meet the eligibility requirements are 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 notify The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be 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 must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, a Disability Services or Career Services Office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within three (3) years of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and 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.

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

    The selected applicant will 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, the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

    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.

    For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at:

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

    The Library of Congress will evaluate applicants using the information provided in your resume. Reviews are intended to explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection. For Senior Level positions, applicants do not need to respond to specific competency questions but will be requested to answer one question related to how they became aware of this job opportunity.
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