Director, American Folklife Center Archives

Washington, D.C
Dec 03, 2021
Dec 11, 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; assigns 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. 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.

Serves as a primary advisor to top management on the various folklife archives and library preservation projects and/or programs, policies and initiatives, including the Veterans History Project. Plans, develops and carries out a vital archives project planning and execution of highly visible projects and the participation in the evaluation, development and documentation of long-term and short-term archives special collections strategies. Plans, develops and implements complex multi-phased archival preservation and access projects that require collaboration and coordination across multiple service units, the formation of cross-divisional working groups; and collaboration with other governmental agencies and external partners.

Serves as a primary advisor to the AFC Director on the development and stewardship of AFC collections, including establishing acquisitions policies and priorities; developing and implementing preservation protocols and practices for AFC's digital and analog collections, including the Veterans History Project.

Provides expert, authoritative guidance to AFC Director regarding AFC acquisition and collections development policy, to include matters pertaining to subject areas, scope, format, preservation, security and access.

Serves as an expert consultant to the Director of the American Folklife Center regarding the development and preservation of ethnographic analog and digital collections. Serves as an expert consultant to top senior management in Library Services and the Special Collections directorate on matters pertaining to archival policies and preservation of cultural heritage collections, including the Veterans History Project. Reports regularly to senior management of Library Services and directorate regarding intra-division activities and collaborative projects and programs. Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with Library of Congress officials including the LC Office of Communications, LC Congressional Relations Office, with related interests in the subject areas within the purview of the AFC.

Provides expert advice to the Head of Programs and Research regarding the American Folklife Center's work related to folklife, ethnomusicology, archiving, reference services, and archival instruction and training, and access services. Works with the Head, Programs and Research and the AFC's Cataloging, Reference and Processing Coordinators in developing and providing access to library resources in the Archive on site, through the web and other means. Engages in the implementation and evaluation of reference and public service policies, procedures, and publications.


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.

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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 manage the full range of collection development activities in a major research library.**

Knowledge of folklife, ethnomusicology, oral history and documentary studies to administer archival collections.**

Ability to lead and supervise a diverse workforce.**

Ability to build and maintain relationships with individuals from a variety of backgrounds in order to provide consultation, liaison and reference services.

Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and develop solutions to plan and carry out library programs.

Ability to communicate in writing.

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.

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The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

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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.