Supervisory Program Specialist (Deputy Director, Copyright Modernization Office)

Washington, D.C
Sep 18, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by the laws of the United States to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works. The Copyright Modernization Office is responsible for identifying current and future processes, systems, and infrastructure required by the Copyright Office. The Deputy Director has responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs or operations.

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The United States Copyright Office, located within the Library of Congress and under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers the Copyright Law, advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers the national copyright registration system; provides collections materials to the Library through voluntary registration and mandatory deposit programs; records documents relating to copyright chain of title; administers statutory license provisions of the law, including collecting and distributing royalties; maintains the world's largest database of copyright public records; and, provides information and reference services to the public.

As an important component of the United States Copyright Office, which is part of The Library of Congress, the Copyright Modernization Office is responsible for identifying current and future processes, systems, and infrastructure required by the Copyright Office as it fulfills its mission to promote creativity by administering and sustaining an effective national copyright system. Incorporating such varied disciplines as strategic planning, program management, data management and situational analysis, the Office serves as a conduit and liaison between the Copyright Office and other offices and functional areas both within, as well as external to, The Library of Congress to take identified wants and needs and translate them into workable, cost-efficient solutions.

This position is located in the Copyright Modernization Office, and serves as the Deputy Director reporting to the Director of the Copyright Modernization Office.

The position description number for this position is 372513.

This position has no promotion potential.

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

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position. This is a confidential position with routine and non-routine duties related to sensitive personnel and/or labor relations matters.

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

Provides administrative and technical supervision relative to the staff supervised. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations and safeguard sensitive and personally identifiable information (PII) of employees.

Serves as the primary expert in and is responsible for developing and overseeing long-range planning affecting the direction and management of programs and operations to efficiently achieve specified goals and objectives. Assesses current and proposed programs and operations and recommends actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects as needed.

Applies new policies, provides advice on requirements and maintains administrative systems. Interprets administrative policies, develops and implements local policies, defines administrative requirements, and provides advice to top management on related issues.

Works in conjunction with the Director, Copyright Modernization Office (CMO) to identify the need for written practices, procedures and methods to enhance process improvement. Executes changes and variety of assignments as requested. Serves as an expert advisor on various programs and issues related to the modernization of the Copyright Office. Counsels senior management staff and officials at multiple levels of the Library of Congress; senior staff of the Copyright Office; and others on Copyright Office modernization-related matters. Works closely and provides guidance to subordinate supervisors. In conjunction with the Director, CMO, serves on inter-agency and other special work groups, task forces, or expert panels on special projects or studies critical to the Copyright Office.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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: .


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 provide program management, evaluation, and oversight. **

Ability to supervise and lead a diverse workforce. **

Ability to interact collaboratively with others and provide consultation or liaison services.

Ability to develop innovative business strategies and build coalitions. **

Ability to exercise judgement and discretion.

Ability to communicate in writing.

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 the minimum step of the grade.

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.

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

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 9-532, an appointee or internal selectee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.

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.

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: .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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