Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Feb 17, 2021
Closes
Feb 24, 2021
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library Collections and Services Group, Taylor Street Annex, 1291 Taylor Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20542.

The position description number for this position is 233393.

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

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

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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Responsibilities

This position is among the Library's cadre of Senior Leader Executive Managers. The Library's policy is to ensure that its executive management responds to the Library's mission to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. The Library attracts and retains executives of the highest caliber.

Has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of the statutorily mandated NLS program of the Library of Congress. Responsible for the direction and management of the NLS to efficiently achieve specified goals and objectives outlined in the Library's strategic plan.

Is responsible for leading the ongoing technological evolution of the NLS program including the expansion of online and digital delivery of program services, such as identifying changes in the technical landscape of the future, the future of network and multi-state libraries, and the lifecycle of current and future developments in support of NLS generally.

Administers the NLS research and development, information technology, collection development, reference, library network coordination, and managerial and administrative staff to attain program goals and objectives; works with the LCSG Financial Management Division on the annual budget process and budget execution for appropriated and gift funds, and represents NLS at professional and management meetings.

Ensures that all services and programs anticipate the changing technology landscape, is responsive to stakeholder needs and demands, and establishes and executes dynamic services that are responsive to the changing stakeholder landscape.

Provides professional, technical and administrative direction for all activities of the NLS. Plans NLS annual program and activities within the NLS performance budget, and determines short-term and long-range goals and objectives. Determines research and development priorities, assuring that collections and delivery methods are relevant to patron needs, and that collections are served in a timely and efficient manner.

Determines program priorities in consultation with other Library managers and NLS advisory groups. Develops and recommends policies governing the use of collection materials, and the provision of reference and research services to meet the needs of eligible users. Directs and fosters growth and maintenance of the NLS collections and works to facilitate and increase their use and access.

Works with subordinate managers in planning programs, policies and procedures for the NLS, and expanding the program in accordance with Marrakesh. Serves as chief management official of the NLS, exercising managerial authority and oversight in all areas cited above. Cooperates with officials in other government agencies and institutions interested in collaborative projects and inter-agency agreements to benefit the Library and the NLS. Responds to congressional inquiries and requests, and testifies before congressional committees on budget and program matters.

Performs the full range of human-resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Hires and assigns staff as required. Sets and clearly communicates performance expectations for staff and oversees performance management in accordance with Library regulations, procedures and collective bargaining agreements. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates staff on job performance.

Develops, conceives, plans, and implements policies and guidelines affecting the NLS, a critical agency program. Translates new legislation and/or Library strategic goals into program goals, actions, and policies and interprets the impact of new legislative or strategic planning requirements on NLS. Is recognized as an agency authority on formulating new policies and program objectives that have a broad and/or long-range impact on the Library, as well as the fields and constituents under the purview of the NLS.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with a wide variety of high-level individuals, including members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs, and other legislative and executive agencies to advance the mission of the NLS and the mission of the Library of Congress.

Serves as primary agency advisor on collections, services, programs and events of the NLS. Counsels senior management staff and officials at multiple levels in the Library of Congress, including senior staff of Library Collections and Services Group and the Library on matters affecting the NLS. Advises senior staff on the appropriate methods to achieve program goals and objectives. Serves on inter-agency, national, and/or international special work groups, task forces, or expert panels on special projects or studies critical to the resolution of far-reaching operating issues and challenges affecting library service to blind and print disabled individuals.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • 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: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/uploads/loc_supervisor_core_competencies.pdf .

Qualifications

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:

Knowledge of the principles, concepts and techniques of modern librarianship as it relates to new and emerging information technologies.** The person in this position must have the ability to apply professional knowledge of the principles, concepts and techniques of online and digital delivery of library services as it relates to new and emerging information technologies to meet the needs of the changing technology landscape.

Ability to lead, manage and oversee the administrative and/or operational programs of an office or agency.** The person in this position must have the ability to lead, manage and oversee the administrative and/or operational programs of an office or agency. This includes the ability to accomplish strategic and organizational goals by ensuring the effective interaction and integration of processes; delegating and managing multiple tasks; and planning and organizing resources, people, and activities effectively and efficiently. This also includes the ability to take ownership of the organization's work and results and to determine the most effective methods necessary to get things done.

Ability to lead a diverse workforce. The person in this position must have the ability to lead a diverse workforce including: managing and resolving conflict; fostering an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued; developing others and inspiring and fostering team building.

Ability to communicate in writing and review the writing of others. The person in this position must have the ability to communicate in writing and review the writing of others.

Ability to convey information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations. The person in this position must have the ability to convey information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations, in both planned and extemporaneous situations, in order to discuss or explain issues related to the program area.

Ability to serve as a liaison, build coalitions and interact collaboratively with others. The person in this position must have the ability to communicate effectively in both formal and informal settings with colleagues and others. This includes the ability to represent, present, negotiate, defend, explain, advocate and express 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; developing and maintaining coalitions with other organizations. This includes the ability to lead and effect change in carrying out the organizational mission; championing ideas that promote the mission with enthusiasm, conviction, and assertiveness; gaining support and commitment from others; motivating and inspiring others to improve work efficiencies, productivity, and customer service.

Education

Additional information

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 email ADA@loc.gov. 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 spp@loc.gov. 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 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.

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: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf .

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 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.
To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

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

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. The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

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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