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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Librarian (Assistant Curator)
Open Period:
11/10/2016 - 12/02/2016


GS - 1410 09
USD $53,435 - USD $69,460
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Open
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington , DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Customer Service Center


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 other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
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 primarily 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.
This position is in the Curatorial Section of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. The Prints and Photographs Division is responsible for one of the largest pictorial research collections in the world, holding more than 15 million items in a variety of visual formats contained in hundreds of individual collections, and stored in several locations and remote sites. The collections are among the most varied in medium, format, physical condition, and intellectual property rights requirements, with attendant concerns regarding security, preservation, safe handling and service. The collections are accessed by means of complex, diverse and often multi-layered intellectual controls and surrogates in textual and online forms. They encompass the full range of subject, format and geographical specialties collected by the Library, and serve as primary research documents from which secondary research documents, e.g., books and websites, are derived. This photography curator works with documentary images in the context of a broader field of specialization such as the history of Photography. Curators are responsible for the development of the collections (acquisitions), and for research, reference, processing, preservation, exhibit, and publication activities in their designated collection area.
The position description number for this position is 64765.

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 non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Analyzes and solves highly complex research problems related to visual materials. Maintains familiarity with the commercial market and authoritatively evaluates the research and aesthetic importance of individual works and collections. Develops and maintains proficiency in the research, organization, and communication of information on various subjects. Provides in-depth, advanced scholarly research guidance on the holdings of the division, the Library, and other institutions and collections. Research guidance includes provision of information on research strategies pertinent to the inquiries of scholars; on the extent, nature, content, research potential, and availability of original and secondary research material in the division and the Library; on related holdings in other repositories; and on problems concerning access to collections.

Performs a variety of professional services involving mature and responsible handling of complex curatorial duties, including reference, research, exhibit, and publication work in the designated area. Recommends priorities for preservation, processing, and cataloging based on a sound evaluation of the material's research/aesthetic value in the context of related material in the Library and in other institutions and collections, analysis of complex evidence regarding the physical condition of the material, ease of processing, and the like.

Performs as a recognized expert in the management of a major collection, such as documentary photography. Conducts research on items to provide authoritative information on content and direction of development efforts. Provides advice and assistance on collections development to other libraries and organizations. Independently develops and pursues long-and short-term objectives and strategies for the systematic development of collections, recommending collections for acquisition, addressing such issues as research/aesthetic value, price, condition, impact, rights, and donor requirements. Develops relationships with private collectors and other potential donors. Scans sales catalogs, auction lists, and other sources of acquisition. Maintains current knowledge of the market. Works with staff throughout the Library on inter-divisional acquisitions.

Contributes to long range planning for collections development. Adds to the collection objects which significantly enrich its value and historical perspective by actively researching and acquiring appropriate works, and by screening unsolicited offers. Maintains the level of suitability and quality of the collection, shaping the content and direction of the collection in an imaginative and practical way.

Supports a program of ongoing research in a subject area of broad scope, specifically photography, including developing research designs and data collection. Independently and in conjunction with other members of the research staff, organizes research on collections. Develops, researches, coordinates, and/or carries out major scholarly publication/exhibition projects which, in addition to providing information, synthesize and interpret ideas about the material in the collection area in their broader historical and intellectual context. Such projects require extensive and complex research and result in both definitive publications that contribute to the extant literature in the field of specialization and in furthering the Library's outreach, giving it a strong national presence. Participates in the professional associations and scholarly enterprises of the field as an official Library representative. Informs the interested public (government officials, scholars, publishers, writers, learned societies, etc.) of the Library's resources and services in this area for the purpose of securing their cooperation in enriching the Library's collections and to ensure the collections are utilized to the fullest.

Monitors and develops plans to implement training goals and to assure achievement of learning objectives. Provides technical direction to interns and volunteers. Participates in the division's planning, coordination, and development of policy. Performs various other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Evaluations

No additional requirements to those listed above.
Education Requirements:
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.
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 provide reference services.**

Ability to provide research services**

Knowledge of library principles, concepts, and techniques.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Ability to analyze and solve problems related to visual and documentary materials in photographic collections.**

Knowledge of the fields of documentary photography and photographic history. **

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Benefits and Other Info

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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 encourage 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 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 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 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 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 an 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:

How to Apply

How to Apply:
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 , 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). 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 Evaluation. 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.