Narrator/Moderator/Reviewer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
May 14, 2021
Closes
May 16, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is locate in the Collections Division, National Library Services for the Blind/Print Disabled Directorate, Library Collections and Services Group.

The position description number for this position is 408491.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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Responsibilities

Reads aloud and records fiction and non-fiction recreational books, covering a wide range of titles and genres, for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.

Pre-reads assigned material. Interprets the text and assesses the needs of each title, including tone, delivery, dialects, pronunciations, and characterizations, with minimal supervision.

Practices vocal control and modulation through a wide range of dynamics. Maintains consistency and fluency of speech. Ensures that speech is free of any repetitive characteristics and inflexible speech patterns. Exercises breathe control.

Translates the conventions of the written word, i.e., punctuation and spacing, into the conventions of the spoken word, i.e. pauses, inflection, tone of voice, with respect for author's intent. Records interpretation of the text with minimal supervision.

Demonstrates flexibility in making on-the-spot decisions and conducting on-the-spot research. Collaborates with team members and takes feedback or criticism during the recording process. Moves easily between projects and the phases of projects.

Researches thoroughly the pronunciation challenges any given project may present, with minimal supervision. Compiles a pronunciation sheet of researched terms to share the phonetic pronunciations with other studio personnel, i.e., monitors and reviewers, for each project undertaken. Incorporates the use of the standard diacritical marks used in
dictionaries.

Writes accurate, concise descriptions for graphic novels, illustrations, graphs, charts, and tables, to describe graphics that appear in the text.

Serves as a sound engineer for audio book recording sessions, adjusting recording levels, verifying vocal match between sessions. Uses Hindenburg Audio Book Creator (HABC) software to record narration and places markers in the audio file to delineate sections of the book.

Follows narration in copy of book being recorded to ensure accuracy, consistency, and that the narrator's choices are supported in the literature. Notes the time at the top of each page. Notes pronunciation choices and anomalies.

Offers feedback and direction to the narrator during recording and correction sessions.

Edits sound files. Conducts corrections to the original recording to achieve seamless, undetectable fixes and 100% accuracy, following both 100% and 30% reviews. Saves all work.

Collaborates well with a wide variety of monitors, reviewers, and other narrators to produce audio material of the highest quality for the NLS patrons. Communicates clearly in speaking.

Performs one of two levels of review on a book, 100% or 30%, using HABC.

Listens to the recorded narration while following along in a copy of the book. Marks in the text and writes clear notes on all deviations from the text, such as, mispronunciations, transpositions, omissions, extraneous noises.

Exercises artistic, grammatical, and technical judgment, in assessing accuracy and consistency of narration, with minimal supervision. Ascertains correct pronunciations, as needed, using any and all available sources, including print resources, the internet, and phone calls, during recording, reviewing, and correction sessions.

Listens to all 100% corrections, as part of final (30%) review. Assesses the quality of each correction, those that were done and those that were not. Communicates clearly in writing.

Narrates and provides vocal expertise to other NLS sections at their request, including but not limited to, liner notes (Music); telephone greetings (Reference), testing (Engineering).

Narrates and provides vocal expertise at the request of LOC departments, such as narration of children's books (Center for the Book); audio visual displays and National Book Festival (Multimedia Group); and being the "voice of God" for galas and gatherings (Signature Programs Office).

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
09

Requirements

Conditions of Employment



If selected for an interview, please be prepared to provide two 2-5 minute narration samples (one fiction, one nonfiction) in .wav or mp3 format.

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 narrate audio book recording sessions.**

Ability to monitor audio book recording sessions.**

Ability to write and edit materials containing complex information for a variety of audiences.

Ability to attend to detail.

Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with others.

Ability to utilize computer technology and software applications.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education

Additional information

If selected for an interview, please be prepared to provide two 2-5 minute narration samples (one fiction, one nonfiction) in .wav or mp3 format.

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.

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
Other

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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