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Director, Congressional Research Service

Company: Library of Congress
Location: Washington
Posted on: February 6, 2024

Job Description:

Summary

This position is located in the Office of the Director, Congressional Research Service.

The position description number for this position is 448536.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses may be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

    Clarification from the agency

    U.S. Citizens

    Duties

    Career Showcase - Director, Congressional Research Service

    Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

    This event will be livestreamed on Zoom for Government.

    Join a live, virtual Career Showcase to learn about an exciting career opportunity directly from senior leaders at the Library of Congress. Simply log on to the link below on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. (ET) to learn about the Director for the Congressional Research Service role at the Library of Congress. Registration is not required.

    To participate anonymously, simply identify yourself as "Anonymous2024" when entering the session.

    Please join the webinar on Zoom> >

    When: Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Topic: Library of Congress - Director, Congressional Research Service
    Or join by telephone: 1-646-828-7666
    Webinar ID: 161 843 6238

    Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.

    A recording of the Career Showcase will be available by no later than three business days following the event.

    The Director leads the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which is a service unit of the Library of Congress.As set forth in 2 U.S.C. 166, CRS provides Members of Congress, congressional committees, and congressional staff with research, analysis, information, and consultation that is confidential, objective, authoritative, timely, and without partisan bias.

    Under the Director's leadership, CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process, approach complex topics from a variety of perspectives and examine all sides of an issue, and analyze current policies and present the impact of policy alternatives. CRS provides a range of services to Members of Congress and their staff, including reports, confidential responses, seminars, and congressional testimony, among others.

    The Director is responsible for developing and maintaining an information and research capability to meet these responsibilities.

    The Director is appointed by the Librarian of Congress, after consultation with the Joint Committee on the Library, and serves under the administrative direction of the Librarian of Congress.The Director is appointed without regard to political affiliation and serves Congress without partisan bias.The Librarian accords the Director complete research independence and the maximum practicable administrative independence necessary for CRS to render effective, efficient, and timely service to Congress.The Director is a member of the Library of Congress Executive Committee.

    The incumbent will require access to classified information up to the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartment Information level.

    Requirements

    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. To view the Library's Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/uploads/loc_supervisor_core_competencies.pdf.

      Conditions of Employment

      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.

      Qualifications

      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:

      1.Ability to Oversee a Public Policy Research Agency**: The successful candidate has the ability to plan, review, monitor, direct, and ensure overall quality, productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness of the activities and operations of a public policy research agency/organization. This includes responsibility for setting the agency/organization's overall strategic direction and formulating and implementing operational policies and procedures in a manner that achieves the mission and is responsive to its client's public policy analysis, information, and research needs. This also includes successfully representing the organization's staff expertise, products and services to the client. This also includes responsibility for executing the agency/organization's budget and managing its staff (including analysts, information professionals, and attorneys, among others) and infrastructure, serving as the agency/organization's principal advisor/liaison to other senior level officials, executives, and managers in negotiating, defending, and justifying goals, expectations, and requirements.

      2.Knowledge of U.S. Public Policy Issues**: The successful candidate has knowledge and understanding of current national and transnational public policy issues sufficient to ensure the U.S. Congress' needs for information, research, and analysis are met. This includes broad multidisciplinary knowledge of the array of public policy questions that emerge from the legislative, oversight, and representational work of Congress. This also includes knowledge of how artificial intelligence can be used in addressing public policy questions and how "big data" is managed in a public policy research organization.

      3.Ability to Build Networks and Coalitions**: The successful candidate has the ability to build and maintain professional networks with congressional leadership, Members of Congress, congressional committees and their staff to advance the programs and objectives of CRS and the Library. This includes an understanding of congressional operations and functions (e.g., how legislation becomes law; the federal budget process; the appropriations process; oversight), and trending issues, sufficient to ensure timely and relevant assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff. This also includes the ability to build and maintain professional networks with high-level individuals in legislative and executive branch agencies, executives of major research foundations and organizations, and distinguished members of the public, for purposes including advancing the programs and objectives of CRS and the Library and representing the Library at interagency, national, and international meetings.

      4.Ability to Lead People and Manage a Diverse Workforce**: The successful candidate has the ability to oversee a public policy research agency/organization's overall performance and implement its strategic vision and direction through a diverse, multi-disciplinary workforce (including analysts, information professionals, and attorneys, among others). This includes the ability to: motivate and inspire others; connect the organization horizontally and vertically; and foster high ethical standards in meeting the agency/organization's vision, mission, and goals. This also includes the ability to: provide an inclusive workplace that allows for full participation by all employees; foster their development; facilitate collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork; support constructive resolution of conflicts; and promote a culture of constant improvement and growth.

      5.Ability to Exercise Judgment and Discretion: The successful candidate has the ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion, particularly in situations having potential agency/organization-wide consequences. Demonstrates a consistent recognition of one's own role in representing the institution and the consequent responsibilities for maintaining the integrity of the organization. In interactions with colleagues, clients, media/press, and others, understands the likely consequences or implications of one's own actions. Works within the context of agency/organization policies, standards, and practices using utmost sensitivity and commitment to confidentiality.

      6.Ability to Exercise Objectivity: The successful candidate has the ability to exercise objectivity, impartiality, and nonpartisanship in all phases of analysis and consultation. This includes the capacity to look at the dimensions of a problem and weigh them against a set of standards/criteria that are independent of the problem. This also includes the ability to maintain objectivity despite any personal bias or outside pressures, including partisanship.

      7.Ability to Communicate Effectively Other than in Writing: The successful candidate has the ability to speak articulately, clearly, politely, and under control to others to both provide and seek information. This also includes targeting the amount, style and content of the information to the needs of the receiver, actively listening to and understanding information; and listening to and answering questions thoughtfully and completely.

      Education

      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) 9-1610 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 ADA@loc.gov. 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 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 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.

      For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section 8.5, at: Senior Level Merit Selection Plan.

      • Benefits

        A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

        Review our benefits

        Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

        How You Will Be Evaluated

        You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

        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.
        You may preview questions for this vacancy.

        • Benefits

          A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

          Review our benefits

          Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
        • Required Documents

          As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

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

          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.The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.
        • 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 jobhelp@loc.gov , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date.

          Agency contact information

          Customer Service Center

          Phone

          202-707-5620

          Fax

          000-000-0000

          Email

          JobHelp@loc.gov

          Address

          LIBRARYOF CONGRESS

          101 Independence Ave. SE

          LM-107

          Washington, District of Columbia 20540

          United States

          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.
        • Fair and Transparent

          The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

          • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
          • Reasonable accommodation policy
          • Financial suitability
          • Selective Service
          • New employee probationary period
          • Signature and false statements
          • Privacy Act
          • Social security number request

            Required Documents

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

            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.The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

            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 jobhelp@loc.gov , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date.

            Agency contact information

            Customer Service Center

            Phone

            202-707-5620

            Fax

            000-000-0000

            Email

            JobHelp@loc.gov

            Address

            LIBRARYOF CONGRESS

            101 Independence Ave. SE

            LM-107

            Washington, District of Columbia 20540

            United States

            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.

            Fair & Transparent

            The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

            • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
            • Reasonable accommodation policy
            • Financial suitability
            • Selective Service
            • New employee probationary period
            • Signature and false statements
            • Privacy Act
            • Social security number request

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