Director, Veterans History Project

Washington, D.C
Nov 28, 2021
Nov 30, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time

This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.

Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-14 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision relative to the staff supervised. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work; coordinates with VHP supervisors to assign work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees; observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff and clearly communicates these through the formal employee performance management system. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. In consultation with the AFC Director and VHP supervisors, recommends appointment, promotion, or reassignment and develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects minor disciplinary measures, such as warnings and reprimands, recommending other action in more serious cases. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests and certifies time and attendance records for staff. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations and safeguard sensitive and personally identifiable information (PII) of employees.

In cooperation with the AFC Director, plans, organizes, and implements agency programs of national scope and impact focused on Veterans history. Has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project programs. Briefs the AFC Director on the execution of VHP program. Plans annual budgets for public programming and outreach, as well as VHP archival functions, in consultation with AFC Director and Director of Archive of Folk Culture to align VHP archives and collection development with overall LCSG policies and procedures.

The incumbent is primarily responsible for the direction and management of VHP program operations to efficiently achieve specified goals and objectives including fundraising, development of national partnerships and other resources. Evaluates current and proposed programs and operations and recommends action to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects as appropriate.

Plans, directs, and executes liaison operations for critical agency-wide programs, with national impact. Serves as the primary Library of Congress advisor on Veterans History programs and events to members of Congress, senior Congressional staff and other high-level officials at federal agencies and national organizations. Cultivates and leverages effective working relationships with library management and officials, related government agencies, and other institutions with mutual interests, in order to advance the Library of Congress Veterans History Project programs and objectives. Represents the Library in governmental or national committees focused on veterans history events, programs and services. Works with the Office of Communications to develop and maintain ongoing relationships with journalists and other members of the press to publicize the programs and collections of the VHP at regional and national levels.

Provides expert advice and guidance on VHP programs and events. Guidance requires extensive interpretation for many different and unrelated program processes and methods. Counsels senior management staff and officials at multiple levels of the agency; senior staff of other federal, state, and local government Veterans organizations; and private sector clients and vendors on agency matters related to VHP. Advises on the appropriate methods and techniques to use in order to achieve program goals and objectives. Develops, evaluates, and implements policy for the VHP in consultation with the AFC Director, Director, Special Collections Directorate and the Associate Librarian for Researcher & Collections Services. Explores and recommends long-range development plans, as well as short term strategies.


Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment

Library employees must be fully vaccinated by Monday, January 3, 2022. New hires must be fully vaccinated by the date of their appointment.

Employees are considered fully vaccinated when it has been at least two weeks since they received the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna) or the single dose of a one-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). At this time, booster shots are not necessary to be considered fully vaccinated.

Upon request, employees must provide proof of vaccination to the Health Services Division.

Consistent with applicable law, the Library will consider individual exceptions to the vaccination requirement based on an employee's medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Employees with an approved exception will be subject to weekly testing and other COVID-19 safety protocols as directed, including, for example, wearing masks and social distancing.

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: .


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 supervise, develop and lead a diverse cultural heritage/research workforce.**

Ability to lead and manage a major organizational program relating to veterans history and/or military history.**

Ability to build veteran and/or military historical coalitions or professional networks.**

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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 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 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.

The selected applicant may be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

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