Acquisitions Librarian

Gaithersburg, Maryland
Sep 26, 2021
Oct 01, 2021
Full Time


NIST works with industry and science to advance innovation and improve quality of life. We're looking for a Acquisitions Librarian to join our team!
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Coordinate and execute all procurement activities for the library resources, equipment, goods and services. Work in partnership with the library administrative officer in ensuring continuous solvency. Partner with the e-resource librarian on the procurement of resources and assist with
collection analysis activities. Work with library staff to prepare statements of work, make bankcard purchases, evaluate government contracts and license agreements and conduct market research. Serve as the library's COR on library contracts and act as the library's liaison with NIST (AMD) Acquisitions Management Division, with emphasis on establishing frequent and positive working relationships. Contribute to the establishment of an acquisitions workflow which reflects a high level of effectiveness and process improvement. Contribute to collection development activities and solvency exercises by providing data and reports and offering analysis of variables which affect long-range program performance.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment


To qualify, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at least the GS-11 level (or ZA-II at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as experience with (FAR) Federal Acquisitions Regulations; knowledge of (IAG) Interagency agreements; knowledge of processing C-requests and bankcard purchases, knowledge of creating line-item budgets and implementing fiscal solvency procedures; knowledge of the e-resource lifecycle; knowledge of collection development activities and processes; understanding of publishing trends, practices and open access policies.

Screen Out- Must have a COR-II Certification. Certification must be attached at time of application to be considered for this position.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done. We will credit all qualifying volunteer experience in your application.

The qualification requirements in this vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook .

Applicant Reconsideration


Additional information

The physical worksite for this position is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. However, the Associate Director for Management Resources is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position's telework schedule will likely change in the future when Associate Director for Management Resources moves away from its maximum telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit's telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Payment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this Job Opportunity Announcement. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.

This position is covered under NIST's Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). The APMS is a pay-for-performance system with excellent HR flexibilities to help NIST recruit and retain top talent. Find out more about the APMS here !

A probationary period may be required.

We may share your application package with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like this one. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.

NIST strives to build a flexible and encouraging work environment to bring out the best in our employees. To help our employees balance responsibilities at home and at work, NIST offers a variety of work-life flexibilities such as:
  • Telework
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid vacation
  • Sick leave
  • Family-friendly leave
  • Child and elder-care resources
  • On-site childcare center
  • Lactation spaces
  • Wellness programs
  • Fitness center
  • Employee assistance programs

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documents to assess your qualifications for this position. If the minimum qualifications are met, we will compare this information to the responses on the occupational questionnaire (i.e. True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). The application must support the responses to the questionnaire, or we may lower the score. To preview the questionnaire, click here:

Applications will be assessed on the following competencies:
  • Contracting/Procurement
  • Contracting/Procurement
  • Customer Service
  • Learning

Resume Guidance
Evaluation Process
CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The documents required vary based on how you're applying (i.e., as a veteran or disabled veteran, current or former Federal employee, etc.). Please review the Required Documents for this position to find out if there are any documents required with your application .

Failure to submit required documents, based upon how you apply, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package.

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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