Recorded Sound Program Manager (Head, Recorded Sound Section)

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Job Description

The Recorded Sound Section in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of Library Services, is responsible for the acquisition, processing, preservation, collection maintenance, and reference services for the Library’s recorded sound collection, the world’s largest public archive of sound recordings. The incumbent may be asked to serve in the absence of the Chief and assume full control of the Division and all the responsibilities of that position.

The Section Head is responsible for the management and direction of the Section. The Section Head sets priorities, directs the work activities of Section staff (both government and contract), and manages the technical and financial resources allocated to the Section to achieve its goals. The Section Head oversees all acquisition, processing, preservation prioritization, reference, and exhibition activities of the Section and serves as the Library’s principal specialist in recorded sound. The Section Head has responsibilities for implementing the digital preservation of audio materials. He/she serves as a member of the Division’s management team, which includes planning, implementation and on-going operations for the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC).

This position is located in the Recorded Sound Section, MBRS, Collections and Services, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 59278.

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.


Plans, manages, and directs the work of the Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress. Establishes strategic and operational goals for the Section, plans and implements strategies to achieve those goals, and is accountable for the Section’s overall performance. Sets priorities and directs the work of Section staff (government and contract) and ensures that the work supports the mission and goals of the Division, Library Services, and the Library of Congress. Utilizes a consultative approach to actively involve staff in planning work, developing and modifying workflow and procedures, and formulating solutions to problems. Serves as a senior expert in recorded sound, providing expert guidance in the resolution of complex problems or issues related to sound collections. Develops and implements policies, processes, procedures, and solutions for the acquisition, maintenance, and access to the recorded sound collections.

Oversees all archival or curatorial activities for the Library’s recorded sound collection, including acquisition, processing, preservation prioritization, reference/access, and outreach. Plans and manages the Division’s recorded sound facilities. Coordinates acquisition activities related to building the Library’s recorded sound collections. In consultation with the Library and Division management and curatorial staff, monitors and approves selection and acquisition of recorded sound materials and recommends additions to the collections under the compliance provisions of the Copyright Law, through gift, and by purchase.

Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-13 level or below. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Furthers the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Initiates nondiscriminatory practices and affirmative action for the area under his/her supervision in the following: (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills.

Serves as a principal liaison and spokesperson for the Library on all matters related to its recorded sound collections, including archival policies and practices, digital preservation planning, and reference use of sound recordings by scholars and the general public.Establishes and fosters effective working relationships with professional colleagues, stakeholders, and public or private partners on a national or international level. Keeps abreast of developments in the field and represents the division or Library at relevant professional and scholarly meetings, conferences, or symposia.


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 direct an archival management program for recorded sound collections. **

Ability to develop and implement access strategies and partnerships. **

Ability to establish plans and priorities to preserve recorded sound collections. **

Ability to build and acquire recorded sound collections.

Knowledge of the history and formats of recorded sound.

Knowledge of copyright laws and regulations governing the recorded sound industry.

Ability to build coalitions.

Ability to supervise.

Ability to 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:

How to Apply

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This position closes on December 19, 2016.

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