Program Assistant

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 14, 2021
Closes
Oct 19, 2021
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Patron and Network Engagement Division, National Library Service Blind/Print Disabled, Library Collections and Services Group.

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Responsibilities

The position serves as a Program Assistant which can be used in any division within the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Directorate in the Library Collections and Services Group at the Library of Congress. The position reports directly to the Chief of the division.

As a Program Assistant, the incumbent will perform both administrative, programmatic and project related duties for the divisions. The position will manages all aspects of the travel and training process in a successful and timely manner to ensure that staff can meet the division and directorate goals; review and edit written material for various audiences; coordinates all logistics for various board meetings, including scheduling rooms and ensuring the proper AV equipment, technical support, seating, and table arrangements are completed on time; and assists with drafting recommendations to resolve problems of program effectiveness, efficiency, operations, or support by identifying sources of information and providing analysis of relevant factors.

Manages all aspects of the travel and training process in a successful and timely manner to ensure that staff can meet the division and directorate goals. Maintains databases and has a working knowledge of how to enter, monitor, and retrieve data in various systems pertinent to executing the travel and training needs of staff. Proficient in utilizing Momentum, eManagement, and eTravel. Serves as the proxy for staff related travel needs. Reviews, analyzes, and interprets administrative issues, problems, and requests. Estimates projected costs and calculates actual expenses for budgetary purposes to stay within allotted funds. Surveys staff to assess desired and needed/mandated training so staff remain current on needed skill sets. Serves as the division's primary timekeeper and monitors the automated WebTA system constantly. Sends office-wide reminders pertinent to recording work and leave properly and ensures that staff validate and certify their timesheets by the specified deadline each pay period.

Organizes, manages, and creates correspondence in a wide variety of formats and purposes. Drafts and sends e-mail on the behalf of the chief to the staff to inform them of policies, procedures, and current events effecting the division. Maintains and updates contacts and distribution lists to aide in efficient communication. Compiles meeting minutes and agendas, manages annual report drafts, and finalizes planning documents. Monitors correspondence routing to insure that actions taken are completed accurately and that appropriate procedures are followed. Reviews and edits written material for various audiences. Coordinates all logistics for various board meetings, including scheduling rooms and ensuring the proper AV equipment, technical support, seating, and table arrangements are completed on time. This includes utilizing the automated FAME system on a routine basis. Resolves immediate, routine, and non-complex problems and makes recommendations for the resolution of difficult problems.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various individuals throughout the division, directorate, service unit, and the Library. Resolves project-related conventional problems and situations. Independently advises on common program and/or administrative problems and issues. Acts as a liaison to other managers and staff within the division and for other divisions within the directorate. Provides accurate advice on procedures, reports, requirements, and other matters necessary to implement division policies, directives, and instructions about the project assigned. Provides guidance to clerical assistants and assists in the resolution of complex programmatic issues that interfere with project goals.

Assist with drafting recommendations to resolve problems of program effectiveness, efficiency, operations, or support by identifying sources of information and providing analysis of relevant factors. Works with other on measuring program effectiveness and/or productivity with basic analytical and evaluative techniques. Based on existing circumstances, decides on the appropriate approach required in order to achieve
straightforward and clearly identified objectives by identifying steps and other actions to take. Works closely with others to organize and assist with implementing implement program plans. Reviews program goals and objectives and ensures program objectives are implemented as outlined and assist with implementation.

The position description number for this position is 414163.

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

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

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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

This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.

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 apply administrative processes and techniques.**

Ability to communicate in writing.**

Ability to utilize computer technology.**

Ability to plan, prioritize, organize, and execute work.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others.

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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