Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

Washington, D.C
Jan 23, 2022
Jan 31, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

Candidates must be an attorney in good standing with at least seven (7) years of legal experience and must have at least five (5) years of experience in adjudication, arbitration, or court trials.

The Chief Copyright Royalty Judge has overall responsibilities and delegated authority for the oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and or critical Library of Congress program or operations as related to quasi-judicial administrative proceedings for copyright royalties. Also, the incumbent has full responsibilities and duties assigned to the Chief Copyright Royalty Judge pursuant to Chapter 8, Title 17 of the United States Code (H.R. 1417).

Certain tasks described herein shall be performed in collaboration with the other Copyright Royalty Judges, or at the direction of the Chief Copyright Royalty Judge when appropriate.

Has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs or operations in the area of quasi-judicial administrative proceedings for copyright royalties. Carries out all the responsibilities assigned to the Chief Copyright Royalty Judge in Chapter 8 of title 17, United States Code.

Conducts and oversees quasi-judicial administrative proceedings to set and adjust terms and rates of royalty payments for the compulsory and statutory licenses in the Copyright Act, title 17 of the United States Code. Conducts and oversees quasi-judicial administrative proceedings to determine the distribution of royalty fees collected under sections 111, 119 and 1005 of the Copyright Act.

Conducts legal research and prepares probing and innovative written legal analyses with respect to legal and factual issues to define or clarify controversial or disputed legal issues; apply sophisticated legal analysis to intractable problems; and assess legal and institutional constraints. Applies a comprehensive knowledge of a range of specialized areas of the law to the development, interpretation, or implementation of sensitive public policies that have long-range national or international significance. Makes final determination on legal and factual questions. Prepares and issues final determinations within the statutory time limits announcing new royalty rates or a final distribution of copyright royalties, and insures that the determination is published in the Federal Register.

Evaluates evidence, and interprets testimony, regulations, statutory provisions regarding standards for setting rates and making distributions, and past precedents. Makes final determination on certain legal and factual issues. Schedules proceedings, rules on motions and admissibility of evidence according to the rules governing these proceedings, administers oaths and examines witnesses, issues subpoenas, maintains order, makes procedural rulings, and schedules settlement conferences.

Performs the human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates staff on organizational performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Takes personnel actions as necessary. Provides personnel advice and counsel to staff members and subordinate managers related to work and policy matters. Effects disciplinary measures. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Assures that organization staff at all levels is trained and fully complies with the provisions of the safety regulations.

Serves as an expert on legal and factual matters on quasi-judicial administrative proceedings in the area of statutory copyright royalties. Informs senior management staff and officials at multiple levels of the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office on matters related to copyright royalty distributions and rate settings.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level individuals in LOC, the Copyright Office, and the Department of Justice. Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with Library of Congress management and officials, representatives from government agencies, and other institutions with related interests, in order to advance the oversight of quasi-judicial administrative proceedings in the area of copyright royalties.


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.

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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.

New hires will be required to show proof of vaccination their first week of work.

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.

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.


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:

Ability to perform in-depth legal research, and analyze and evaluate information**: The successful candidate has the ability to perform in-depth legal research, and analyze and evaluate information in order to prepare written materials on legal or policy issues. Produce written legal materials such as: regulations, pleadings, briefs, motions, and reports.

Knowledge of adjudication**: The successful candidate has knowledge of conducting formal administrative hearing or judicial proceedings, or extensive participation in such proceedings.

Knowledge of Administrative Law: The successful candidate has knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of administrative law in order to respond to the requirements of agency rulemaking.

Knowledge of Copyright: The successful candidate has general knowledge of copyright law in order to draft regulations, reports, and memoranda, and make recommendations regarding issues involving the administration of title 17.

Ability to lead tasks and effectively supervise a diverse workforce: The successful candidate has the ability to lead tasks and people effectively; delegate or facilitate as appropriate; guide and coach others to improve skills and achieve challenging goals; inspire and motivate others; solicit and consider others' opinions; and make recommendations to improve systems or procedures.

Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations: The successful candidate has the ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations, in both planned and extemporaneous situations, in order to discuss or explain public policy issues related to subject area(s)/discipline(s). This includes targeting the amount, form, depth, and level of detail, and content of information to the needs of the receiver/audience.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing: The successful candidate has the ability to effectively express ideas and recommendations other than in writing in various settings to peers, staff, managers, supervisors, and external audiences to both provide and seek information. This includes actively listening to or understanding communicated information and answering questions thoughtfully and completely.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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.

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