Recorded Sound Program Manager

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Culpeper, Virginia
Posted
Jul 20, 2021
Closes
Jul 27, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Recorded Sound Section, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 059278.

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

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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

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Responsibilities

The Recorded Sound Section in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of Library Services, is responsible for the acquisition, processing, preservation, collection maintenance, and reference services for the Library's recorded sound collection, the world's largest public archive of sound recordings. This growing collection of over 3.8 million physical and digital recordings dating to the 1880s includes music, speech, poetry, sound effects, radio and podcasts, including collections of recording pioneers such as Emile Berliner and Tony Schwartz, the collections of innovative sound performers such as Les Paul and the Firesign Theater, and corporate materials such the NBC Radio and Universal Music Group collections. The Recorded Sound Collection also holds 1.2 million manuscript items including photos, correspondence, scripts, playbills, press clippings, and other items. The incumbent may be asked to serve in the absence of the Chief and assume full control of the Division and all the responsibilities of that position.

The Section Head is responsible for the management and direction of the Section. Sets priorities, directs the work activities of Section staff (both government and contract), and manages the technical and financial resources allocated to the Section to achieve its goals. Oversees all acquisition, processing, preservation prioritization, reference, and exhibition activities of the Section and serves as the Library's principal specialist in recorded sound. Responsible for implementing the digital preservation of audio materials. The section head oversees digital projects such as the National Jukebox and the writing of blogs, LibGuides and other online resources as well as audio heritage and collection-based programming and exhibits for staff and the public. He/she serves as a member of the Division's management team, which includes planning, implementation and on-going operations for the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC).

Plans, manages, and directs the work of the Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress. Establishes strategic and operational goals for the Section, plans and implements strategies to achieve those goals, and is accountable for the Section's overall performance. Sets priorities and directs the work of Section staff (government and contract) and ensures that the work supports the mission and goals of the Division, Library Services, and the Library of Congress. Utilizes a consultative approach to actively involve staff in planning work, developing and modifying workflow and procedures, and formulating solutions to problems. Serves as a senior expert in recorded sound, providing expert guidance in the resolution of complex problems or issues related to sound collections. Develops and implements policies, processes, procedures, and solutions for the acquisition, maintenance, and access to the recorded sound collections.

Oversees all archival or curatorial activities for the Library's recorded sound collection, including acquisition, processing, preservation prioritization, reference/access, and outreach. Plans and manages the Division's recorded sound facilities. Coordinates acquisition activities related to building the Library's recorded sound collections. In consultation with the Library and Division management and curatorial staff, monitors and approves selection and acquisition of recorded sound materials and recommends additions to the collections under the compliance provisions of the Copyright Law, through gift, and by purchase.

Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-13 level or below. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Furthers the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Initiates nondiscriminatory practices and affirmative action for the area under his/her supervision in the following: (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills.

Serves as a principal liaison and spokesperson for the Library on all matters related to its recorded sound collections, including archival policies and practices, digital preservation planning, and reference use of sound recordings by scholars and the general public. Establishes and fosters effective working relationships with professional colleagues, stakeholders, and public or private partners on a national or international level. Keeps abreast of developments in the field and represents the division or Library at relevant professional and scholarly meetings, conferences, or symposia.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - There will be some travel from Culpeper, VA office to the Washington, DC offices to attend meetings and occasional travel to conferences of relevant professional associations.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

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

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 direct an archival management program for recorded sound or related performing arts collections.**

Ability to develop and implement access strategies and partnerships.**

Ability to establish plans and priorities to preserve recorded sound or related performing arts collections.**

Ability to build and acquire recorded sound or related performing arts collections.

Ability to supervise.

Ability to build coalitions.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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 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. In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, 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 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.

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.

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 .

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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.

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