Reference Librarian – Executive Office of the President – Washington, DC

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About the Agency

If you are a status candidate, please apply under OA-17-02-KJ-MP.

Begin a challenging and exciting career with the Executive Office of the President (EOP) providing support to the President of the United States. The EOP has responsibility for tasks ranging from communicating the President’s message to the American people to promoting our trade interests abroad. The EOP comprises the White House, Executive Residence, Office of the Vice President, Office of the United States Trade Representatives, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of Management and Budget, National Security Council, Council on Environmental Quality, Council of Economic Advisers, and the Office of Administration. The Office of Administration (OA) provides a full array of customer-based services to the EOP. To learn more about OA, please visit

This position is located in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), Office of Administration (OA), Library and Research Services Division. The Reference Librarian provides information and research services to officials and staff of the Executive Office of the President (EOP). Subject areas referenced include government-wide and/or national and international issues relating to policy-making at the highest levels of the Executive Branch of the federal government.

**Notice: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.

Promotion to the next highest grade level is neither guaranteed nor implied.


As a Librarian (Reference) at the GS-1410, 9/11, you will perform the following:

  • Responds to reference and research requests requiring provision of definitive and authoritative information. Uses primary and secondary sources to locate and select appropriate materials. Subject areas include political science, government, law, business administration, international relations and public administration.
  • Performs literature searches and complies bibliographies, using both print and electronic resources and other databases.
  • Aggregates content from a variety of sources and synthesizes information to create customized products for clients.
  • Serves as web content manager for the library’s intranet site and is responsible for maintaining, updating, and enhancing web content, which includes information about library services, research guides, news posts, database listings, homepage features, and more. This content may come in many formats, such as text, video, images, and audio.
  • Responsible for coordinating regular web content contributions from other library staff to ensure that appropriate and fresh content is produced and posted in a timely manner.
  • Contributes to the design and development of a wide range of user guides and training materials for EOP staff. Materials are created to assist clients in understanding how to use electronic resources or learn a library procedure.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • Must be a US Citizen or National
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • At least 18 years old
  • Be able to obtain and maintain a TOP Secret security clearance
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug test
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period


MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY CLOSE DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All Librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education. Applicants must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A or B below.

A. Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree;


B. A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Examples of specialized experience are:

For the GS-09: Professional knowledge of the theories, objectives, principles and techniques of librarianship; knowledge of library collections, primary and secondary sources, and research techniques to locate and select appropriate materials needed to supply information requested; ability to perform a wide variety of assignments under extremely short time constraints and deadlines.

For the GS-11: Knowledge of web content management principles and best practices, such as plain language, usability, and user-center design. Knowledge of commercially available web content management tools and related systems, including WYSIWYG editors and image and document editing tools (i.e., Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat Professional).

EDUCATION SUBSTITUTE: Education must demonstrate the applicant obtained the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate level education is considered 18 semester hours.

For the GS-09: Must possess 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master’s in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position.

For the GS-11: Must possess 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science or doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) related to the position. NOTE: Additional Education and Experience Requirements for Positions at GS-9 and Above. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

A. A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university that meets all academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree that included at least 24 semester hours in the specialized field for which the applicant is be considered. Four years of pertinent experience of such nature and level to provide a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, terminology and expressions of the appropriate discipline or subject-matter field; an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field; ability to acquire additional information about the field and related fields; and some knowledge of literature resources in the field.


B. Four years of pertinent experience of such nature and level to provide a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, terminology and explosions of the appropriate discipline or subject-matter field; as understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field; ability to acquire additional information about the field and related fields; and some knowledge of literature resources in the field.

Such experience should be equivalent to that which would have acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year curriculum in an accredited college or university with major study in appropriate subjects, or combination of subjects, as specified in (a) above.


C. Any time equivalent combination of experience as described in (c) with education as described in (a) or (b) above; Please see “Qualifications Required” for requirements of the position.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

What To Expect Next

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and may interview the best qualified applicants. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a security background investigation and drug screening. If the drug screening is negative and security background is cleared, then a formal job offer will be extended to candidate.

You will be notified four times during the hiring process:
1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate(s) is issued.
4. After the final selection(s) is made.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement:
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Other Information

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 member copy 4 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must also submit an SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference (see

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 87 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information:

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the CLOSE DATE to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account. Click herefor the USAJOBS website.
  • You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the CLOSE DATE.
  • You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
  • To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

It is applicant’s responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded (i.e., resume, veteran’s documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50’s) is received and accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. If a document is not in legible format, applicant will not be able to view it in Application Manager which means the applicant must again upload the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.

Application packages will NOT be accepted via mail. Due to security processes, mail delivery takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process at which time the vacancy announcement will be closed and no further consideration will be given to additional application packages.

How You Will Be Evaluated

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.

Best Qualified (BQ) ? Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates exceptional experience in most of the requirements of the position.
Well Qualified (WQ) ? Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates strong experience in most of the requirements of the position.
Qualified (Q) – Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets the requirements of the position either through experience or education

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Knowledge of theories, objectives, principles, and techniques of librarianship equivalent to that represented by the Master of Science degree in Library Science.
  • Knowledge of the tools and techniques of library and information science. Skill in using a wide variety of information technology tools and other electronic resources including the Internet.
  • Knowledge of the literature and information sources and research techniques in the subject areas related to the missions of an organization (i.e. economics, political science, U.S. government, law and legislation, public administration, international relations, business administration & management).
  • Knowledge of web content management principles and best practices, such as plain language, usability, and user-center design.
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, XML, and RSS, including the ability to make minor changes to code as needed.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three,” but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

Required Documents

  • Resume

Resume which must include the following information: announcement number and job title for which you are applying; beginning and ending dates (mo/yr) for paid or non-paid work experience; and average number of hours worked per week.

Education – If you are qualifying based on positive education, please provide a copy of your college transcript or an appropriate course listing. The transcript may be unofficial or photocopy at time of application, but MUST provide the original if selected.
Completed Occupational Questionnaire

Special Appointing Authority ? Separate referral lists will be generated for applicants eligible to be appointed under a non-competitive special appointing authority. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not need to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility, please read the information below and click on the appropriate link for additional details.

Schedule A – The EOP welcomes and encourages applications from individuals with disabilities. The federal government has a streamlined hiring process for individuals with disabilities, known as Schedule A. To learn more about Schedule A and eligibility requirements please visit:

Other miscellaneous hiring authorities information may be found at:

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