Program Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Feb 20, 2021
Closes
Feb 27, 2021
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Literary Initiatives Office, Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement, Office of the Librarian.

The position description number for this position is 403856.

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

The incumbents of this position will work a flextime or compflex work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.



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Responsibilities

Assists in making arrangements for events and programs and the live and recorded digital presentations using established approaches. These events include the National Book Festival and National Book Festival Presents; presentations and book talks; public programming based on the Library's collections; and literary, poetry and other events and programs that are part of special projects. Some examples of activities include public programs/performances, workshops and ceremonies for winners of awards, and/or projects in collaboration with other Ambassador Programs and Center for the Book and other national partners. Works in cooperation with both Library staff and outside groups to plan and review live and digital program and project details, operational guidelines, budgets, and information related to outreach planning, guest lists and program participants. Contacts and confers with event sponsors in coordinating outreach plans, guest list development, budget development, the drafting and production of printed materials, and space and equipment needs. Assists in preparing budgets and, where appropriate, verifies bills and other expenses. Identifies and recommends procurement actions for equipment, supplies and services used to support programs. Explains policies and/or procedures on public facilities and programs to staff and representatives from the federal and private sectors.

Provides input into the planning and development of audience-focused and engaging public programs/projects where the program is small in size and with minimal complexity. Provides ideas for planning and developing projects appropriate to the Literary Initiative outreach and engagement efforts and its program purpose, which is to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books, libraries, reading, literacy, poetry, and literature.

Uses standard approaches to perform various duties related to special projects involving administrative or program issues. Assists in making plans and executing Literary Initiative projects. Supporting programming, administration, and events for State Centers for the Book, Ambassador Programs, and, poetry and literature programs and events; assists the director with developing digital information and materials describing the projects and directions on how to participate; uses tracking systems for managing information and oversees
organization and implementation of digital management systems; and develops and implements evaluation of programs and reports from the programs and events.

Assists in the coordination of the Literary Initiative's established digital and live programs which include: 1.) National Book Festival and National Book Festival Presents and other literary program series; 2.) Ambassador Program (U.S. Poet Laureate, NAYPL, and American Fiction Prize); 3.) Literary and Poetry websites and events; 4.) Affiliates Program (including State Centers for the Book; 5.) Fellowship, Intern and volunteer program.

Works to ensure the Library's views and interests are promoted with respect to current and emerging program issues by supporting higher-grade specialists. Publicizes and promotes the Literary Initiative's established programs live and digitally at workshops, conferences, and meetings as well as by phone and mail.

Maintains liaison with individuals inside and outside the Library of Congress to ensure the proper application of established processes and methods.

Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity for researchers where user needs are determined easily from interviews or written requests. Most of the requests concern the Literary Initiatives programs to stimulate public interest in books, reading, libraries and literacy and literature. Responds to these requests directly without review.

Assists in the production of written materials on a specific subject matter. Examines material for conformity to proper style. Prepares written documents, including reports, articles, memoranda, and formal correspondence. Edits portions of documents or reports and assists in the development and presentation of the information.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
09

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


No additional requirements to those listed above.

Qualifications

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 plan, organize and coordinate live and digital programs and special events.**

Ability to plan, organize and execute work.**

Ability to communicate in writing and provide editing services.

Ability to apply administrative processes and techniques.

Ability to utilize computer technology.

Ability to develop and maintain relationships and provide liaison services.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing .

Education

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. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly 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 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.

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.

A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

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.

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.

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 .

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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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