Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of the Office of Public Information and Education

Washington, D.C
Dec 02, 2021
Dec 07, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time

The U.S. Copyright Office, located within the Library of Congress and under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers the Copyright Law, advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers the national copyright registration system; provides collections materials to the Library through voluntary registration and mandatory deposit programs; records documents relating to copyright chain of title; administers statutory license provisions of the law, including collecting and distributing royalties; maintains the world's largest database of copyright public records; and, provides information and reference services to the public.

The Office of Public Information and Education is responsible for providing information to the public and to the copyright community regarding U.S. copyright law and Copyright Office services. Office staff respond to inquiries from the public, create and distribute Copyright Office publications, plan and execute educational activities, engage in outreach with audiences via social media, and maintain the website.

The Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education reports to the Register of Copyrights. The incumbent is responsible for managing the Office of Public Information and Education and for directing activities carried out by staff. While performing daily activities, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring proper handling and security of all Copyright Office materials.

The position description number for this position is 305293.

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 supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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

Serves as a principal official and spokesperson of the Office on a wide variety of complex and difficult issues involving U.S. copyright law, policy and Copyright Office services.

Serves as an expert in copyright law and policy, all Copyright Office regulations, practices, and services, and advises the Register on the best ways to educate and inform stakeholders and the public on copyright law and activities. Provides leadership and independent legal research in planning and administering the legal information and outreach activities for the Copyright Office. Develops legal educational curricula based on U.S. copyright law, court decisions, and proposed and recently passed legislation, reviews all informational materials to ensure currency and accuracy, and oversees revisions and updates. In response to legislative and regulatory changes, drafts new informational materials. Responsible for, and provides legal advice to the Register and senior management teams on the legal policy and editorial review of Copyright Office publications, outreach materials, and web content, and directs the preparation of special materials and programs.

Meets with high-level professional and governmental liaison groups and individuals to discuss the objectives, actions, and procedures of the Copyright Office's public information and education program. Provides in person briefs and written documents upon the request of Congressional Members and staff, and may serve as a witness at congressional hearings.

Has overall responsibility and delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs or operations. Is responsible for the management of informational and educational programs and services to specific copyright audiences or customers, such as library communities, legal and educational industry groups, and the public. Evaluates programs and operations in these areas of responsibility and recommends actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects. Develops and reviews annual budget plans for program activities and services.

Provides supervisory oversight of employees, some at GS-14 level. Manages and supervises the administrative and technical aspect for accomplishing the work.

Establishes and maintains working relationships with high-level individuals within the Library, at other agencies, members of the press, executives of major corporations, institutions with related interests, and members of the public to advance the programs and objectives of the Copyright Office.

Prepares analyses, background reports and briefings relative to the legislative developments. Studies and advises on issues and problems presented by Congress, the Executive Branch, U.S., and other interested parties on the laws of the United States, and recommends action to be taken. Works with specialized communities and stakeholders of the Copyright.

This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.


Conditions of Employment

  • See requirements listed below under Qualifications Required.

Your resume is important to this application process. It will be reviewed to determine whether you possess the qualifications referenced above. All applicants are required to submit a resume that provides specific information (to include accomplishments, work experience and education/training) that clearly describes what you would bring to the position. 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: .


The competencies below are required for this position. Those marked with a double asterisk (**) are considered the most critical competencies for this position.

A candidate's resume must show a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates he or she has:

Knowledge of Copyright Law**: Comprehensive knowledge of domestic copyright law.

Ability to lead people and supervise a diverse workforce**: The ability to lead and manage a diverse staff in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Ability to provide management and oversight of a major agency program**: The ability to ensure consistency in the application of policies, practices, and procedures. Accomplish strategic and operational goals for an agency/organization-wide program.

Ability to build coalitions: The ability to represent, present, negotiate, defend, explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner in order to negotiate with individuals and groups in a manner that influences them to support a program and achieve results; developing and maintaining networks with other organizations, and integrating internal and external concerns into decision-making, strategies and practices for results that balance cost and service.

Ability to convey copyright analysis and information effectively through public engagement activities and educational outreach: The ability to convey copyright analysis and information through public engagement activities and educational outreach, in both planned and extemporaneous situations, in order to discuss or explain copyright issues.

Ability to develop and oversee communications strategies for an organization**: The ability to serve as a communications representative or manager, developing and conveying the communications strategy for an organization or agency to internal and external contacts

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing: The ability to communicate in formal and informal settings in order to consult with supervisor and co-workers, and provide information to the general public.


Applicants must possess an LL.B. or J.D., or higher degree from a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association or a state-accredited school of law and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Appointees must maintain active membership in good standing of the bar throughout their employment.

Legible copies of transcripts demonstrating that applicant is a graduate from an LL.B. or J.D., or higher degree program in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association or a state-accredited school of law must be attached to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of the application. Official documents will be required if selected.

Also, a copy of bar membership demonstrating that applicant is a member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico must be attached to your online application.

Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.

Foreign Education - Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE) . Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.

Additional information

All initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, all newly appointed Senior Level executives, from outside the Library as well as from within, must serve a one year probationary period in accordance with the Library of Congress Regulations (LCRs) 2017.2-1, Senior Level Executive System.

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 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 will 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, the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

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: .