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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
The Law Librarian of Congress
Open Period:
07/07/2016 - 09/21/2016


SL - 0095 00
USD $123,175 - USD $185,100
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Open
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington , DC, US
Telework Eligible:
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Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
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 immigration law and other legal requirements are met, and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.
Security Clearance Required:
Top Secret
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:
The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 158 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and over 37 million items online. Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
The Law Librarian of Congress manages the Law Library of Congress, housing the largest collection of United States and foreign legal literature in the world. The legal collections represent all known legal systems, including common law, civil law, and religious and customary law jurisdictions. The Law Library of Congress, its staff, and collections support the legal reference and research needs of the United States Congress. The Law Librarian of Congress exercises final responsibility for the Law Library budget, management of staff, policy administration and development, and overall operational effectiveness. The Law Librarian serves as a member of the Library of Congress Executive Committee (EC) and participates in the overall management of the Library of Congress.

This position is located in the Office of the Law Librarian.

The position description number for this position is 129170.

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. 
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Plans and manages broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs or operations. Program-related activities include program strategic planning, capital planning and investment control, workforce planning, and resource management. Reviews and evaluates organizational activities and advises senior management regarding the accomplishments and evaluation of program goals.

Assesses the economic impact, feasibility, practicality, and effectiveness of existing and/or proposed legislation, standards, regulations, and/or policies in order to develop, review, and/or approve high-level policies that have a broad impact on significant agency programs and/or mission areas.

Directs the work of the organization, providing administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.

Contacts, advises, and collaborates with high-ranking officials, such as agency heads, top congressional staff officials, state executives, legislative leaders, and/or executives of comparable private sector organizations.

Reports directly to the Librarian of Congress, and in addition to overseeing the planning, administration, direction, and operation of the Law Library, serves as a member of the Library of Congress Executive Committee, the senior policy body in the Library.

Qualifications and Evaluations

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:    
Key Requirements:
  • See requirements listed below under Qualifications Required.
  • Education Requirements:
    The Library of Congress will evaluate applicants using the information provided in your resume. Reviews are intended to explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection. For Senior Level positions, applicants do not need to respond to specific competency questions but will be requested to answer one question related to how they became aware of this job opportunity.
    A candidate's resume must show a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates he or she has:

    1). Ability to lead people and manage a diverse workforce**: The successful candidate has led, supervised, and managed a diverse staff in a multi-disciplinary environment and in doing so, performed the following activities: 1) identified current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals, objectives, and capacity gaps; 2) recruited and hired staff to meet those needs; 3) communicated performance expectations to staff; 4) conducted periodic performance evaluations; 5) provided advice and counsel to staff; 6) addressed performance and disciplinary issues; 7) delegated or planned and assigned work; 8) provided appropriate training and professional development opportunities to staff; 9) encouraged staff participation in planning and decision making; and 10) identified and implemented methods to improve staff productivity.

    2). Ability to manage and direct complex legal research, including review of substantive, multi-jurisdictional research products**: The successful candidate has managed complex legal research to identify and manage ongoing research projects, and to negotiate and meet critical and time-sensitive deadlines.

    3). Knowledge of legal systems including: common law, civil law, American law, foreign law(s) and religious and customary law**: The successful candidate has demonstrated knowledge of legal systems in addressing a wide variety of legislative and legal issues, reviewing and coordinating research, and providing objective legal analysis within the context of public policy, federal legislative process, and Executive Branch implementation of the law.

    4). Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of collection development for research libraries**: The successful candidate has demonstrated an understanding of information resource management, including the full life cycle of information from its creation or acquisition through its disposition in order to support an enterprise-wide knowledge asset management program to acquire research materials appropriate for the national library.

    5). Knowledge of congressional decision-making and Executive Branch Operations: The successful candidate has demonstrated knowledge of congressional processes by which legislation becomes law, the federal budget process, the appropriations process, and oversight, sufficient to provide timely and relevant assistance to congressional members, committees, and staff; and, knowledge of Executive Branch operations to provide timely and relevant information to Executive Branch decision makers.

    6). Ability to communicate in writing: The successful candidate has written a variety of clear, cogent, accurate, and well organized products on the legal aspects of public policy issues in order to convey the results of research and analysis addressing varying points of view. Examples include: legal memoranda, briefs, research analyses, briefing papers, analyses of options, evaluation of legislative proposals, and articles covering a complex legal issue for a law review or major national or trade publication.

    7). Ability to lead and inspire change: The successful candidate has led tasks and people effectively and inspired change in developing and implementing agency values, principles, and direction. This includes promoting ideas with enthusiasm, conviction, and assertiveness; soliciting and considering others’ opinions; gaining support and commitment from others; motivating and inspiring others; and embracing and championing change.

    8). Ability to convey legal analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations: The successful candidate has conveyed legal analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations, in both planned and extemporaneous situations, in order to discuss or explain issues related to foreign law.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
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    Other 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. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly 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 date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-6362 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 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:

    How to Apply

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

    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 Qualifications and Evaluations section of the job announcement to review the qualifications listed to ensure that your resume reflects your accomplishments in those areas.

    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: 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. 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 , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date.
    Required Documents:
    Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

    Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Selective Placement is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.
    Next Steps:
    Please review our evaluation process under Qualifications and Evaluations. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications." You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.