Supervisory Librarian (Head, Music Section) – Library of Congress – Washington DC

Supervisory Librarian (Head, Music Section)

Job Title:  Supervisory Librarian (Head, Music Section)

Agency:  LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Job Announcement Number:  170086

SALARY RANGE: $112,021.00 to $145,629.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Monday, March 20, 2017
SERIES & GRADE: GS-1410-14
POSITION INFORMATION: OPEN – Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 14
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington , DC, US
WHO MAY APPLY: Anyone may apply – By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.
SUPERVISORY STATUS: Yes

About the Agency

The incumbent serves as the Head, National Library Service (NLS) Music Section in the Network Division. Exercising a high degree of independence, the incumbent is responsible for planning, formulating and recommending policy and establishing priorities of activities for a group of employees performing technical and professional work. The incumbent plans, directs and guides all activities of the Music Section, who receives general administrative direction from the Chief, Network Division (ND). Directs all aspects of the music program of the NLS, providing music services to all blind and disabled individuals in the United States, its territories, and its citizens living in foreign countries. Works independently, utilizing a broad professional knowledge to recommend policy and to establish guidelines and procedures, receiving guidance from the chief, ND, and/or the director, NLS, when decisions have an impact beyond the Division. The music librarian is generally considered an international leader among the community of librarians serving blind and physically handicapped musicians and students.

This position requires a knowledge in English, German and French.

This position is located in the Music Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, National Programs, National and International Outreach.

The position description number for this position is 358779.

This position has no promotion potential.

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 will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

DUTIES:

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions related to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers’ performance; demonstrates and completes work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Prepares work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as needed. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests.

Plans for collection management and development to build and maintain comprehensive collections in the area of special format music. Coordinates activities related to collection development across all functional areas of the library, specifically the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). Serves as an authoritative expert in the collection management and development and is instrumental in developing and interpreting guidelines, programs and policies for widespread use applying Library policy, Federal regulations and legislation, and major guiding principles of national or international library professional groups. Assignments consist of a broad range of library activities or require substantial depth of analysis, and typically require solving problems in information access and dissemination in particularly difficult and responsible circumstances.

Plans, develops, and implements program/project development activities that affect the broad mission of the national music program of NLS. Organizes and directs the development of the digital music collection and continues the digital format conversion of the entire music collection, from the paper-based braille and large print scores to the analog recorded collection. Works with specialized high resolution interactive braille scanners and software with and through staff and contractors. Sets priorities for scores in the schedule for digital format conversion, based on the status of existing masters (braille, large print and recorded), patron needs, current edition holdings, and knowledge of the standard music repertoire by instrument.

Works with Head, Publications and Media Section, for publicity, programs, Plans, directs, and participates in the content and activity of the posts to the Music Section blog ”NLS Music Notes”.  Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians and other specialists in order to share resources and information. A major catalyst for much of this is the regular contribution of posts to the Music Section blog “NLS Music Notes.” Otherwise, presents papers at conferences, seminars, or meetings in music librarianship and other relevant fields. Prepares articles for publication. Serves as a principal liaison for the organization, namely, NLS, at professional conferences, seminars, and exhibits in the field of music. Works to ensure open communication and cooperation between NLS and producers and blind agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Represents NLS at consumer group, music transcriber, producer and individual patron meetings; participates in national conferences, workshops, and exhibits to articulate NLS policies and procedures in its music program; ensures adherence to American Library Association standards, and interlibrary loan resource sharing.

 

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QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 supervise, motivate and lead a diverse workforce.**

Knowledge of history, theory and literature of musical scores, instructional texts, and materials for use by blind and physically handicapped customers to further their educational, vocational, and cultural opportunities in the field of music.**

Ability to analyze, plan, develop and/or execute library programs and projects.**

Knowledge and application of the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science.

Ability to provide consultation or liaison duties.

Ability to provide training.

Knowledge of integrated library systems, library applications, and other information technologies.

Ability to effectively communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/uploads/loc_supervisor_core_competencies.pdf.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants’ experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/index.php

OTHER 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 notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be 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 certificate of disability must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, a Disability Services or Career Services Office of the applicant’s college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within three (3) years of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information contact the Library’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-3960 or email spp@loc.gov. 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.

A “Not to Exceed“ (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

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: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure you are considered for the position.

You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps.

Step 1: If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS. Although you must enter your Social Security Number for USAJOBS, this information will not be provided to the Library of Congress.

Step 2: Review the Job Announcement. We recommend you go to the end of the Qualification and Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 4. You may wish to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.

Step 3: Click on the “APPLY ONLINE” button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS’ instructions to access your account and submit your resume. You will be redirected to the Hiring Management website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Hiring Management, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements.

Step 4: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly.

Step 5: Hiring Management offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.

(1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.

(2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation of the document uploaded and click on “Finished” to be returned to USAJOBS.

(3) You may follow the “Faxing Supporting Documentation” instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.

Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately. Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 2 undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., be sure that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them. If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system. Likewise, if sending them by fax, be sure and include both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax. If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, the last one sent will overwrite the first one. Finally, if you upload a document, e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be the only one that is visible in our system. If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date.

Step 6: Click on “Finish” after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., SF-50, etc.) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.

If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact jobhelp@loc.gov, no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Customer Service Center
Phone: 202-707-5620
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: JobHelp@loc.gov

Agency Information:
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
101 Independence Ave. SE
LM-107
Washington, DC
20540
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

 

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