Supervisory Librarian (Head, Recorded Sound Processing Unit)

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Job Description

The Head of the Recorded Sound Processing Unit is responsible for planning, recommending, and establishing policy, priorities, and activities for staff performing various processing tasks with both published and unpublished sound recordings, and related materials. The incumbent works independently, exercising considerable independent judgment, and carries out duties and responsibilities in accordance with broad overall guidelines and policies pertaining to recorded sound materials.

This position is located in the Recorded Sound Section, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of the Collections and Services Directorate in Library Services, and reports to the Head of the Recorded Sound Section.

  • The position description number for this position is 116465.

  • 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 schedule.

  • This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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


Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-13 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers’ performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. 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. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.

The incumbent is responsible for furthering 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 handicap.

Serves as an expert in the organization, development, and implementation of multiple and concurrent projects relating to the physical processing, inventorying and cataloging of the Library of Congress’ published and unpublished recorded sound collections. Serves as a project leader, team leader, or chairperson for working groups, task forces, committees, etc., pertaining to the processing and cataloging of published and unpublished recorded sound materials held by the Library of Congress. Such groups are assigned responsibility for specific automated system development or enhancement projects or tasks. Coordinates the details involved in special projects of lasting importance to the Library of Congress and to the field of recorded sound archiving and bibliographic control.

Solves highly complex problems relating to the physical processing, inventorying and cataloging of published and unpublished recorded sound collections and materials, or problems that involve relationships among the different cataloging functions. Serves as a cataloging expert in a subject area or format, specifically recorded sound formats. Assures that bibliographic records adhere to national and international cataloging standards. Participates in studies of proposed changes in cataloging policies and practices and the introduction of new technology. Advises and informs others on policies and procedures related to cataloging audio. Interprets cataloging policy to assist in the resolution of difficult problems. Develops and/or institutes innovative methods of cataloging and finding aid creation to provide quality access to the audio collection in a timely and efficient manner. Contributes to the development of new cataloging practices and/or standards particularly those relating to the creation of metadata for digital audio files and related digital objects.

Organizes, develops, and schedules training projects for a wide variety of materials related to bibliographic access and other cataloging and collection management tools for recorded soundcollections. Interprets and revises existing training policy and program guidance for use by National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC). Independently plans, schedules, coordinates, and monitors the effectiveness of training operations. Plans new or significantly updated methods of training, incorporating the latest in information technology. Solves problems in particularly difficult circumstances. Prepares instructor manuals, technical manuals, training manuals, or user manuals. Edits written products prepared by others. Analyzes training needs at the team and section levels in order to identify or develop appropriate training. Troubleshoots problems within the training program.

Supervisory Status: Yes

Promotion Potential: 13

Travel Required: Not Required

Relocation Authorized: No



  • 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 and lead a diverse workforce.**

  • Ability to manage projects.**

  • Knowledge of cataloging policy and practices relating to cataloging published and unpublished recorded sound collections and materials.**

  • Ability to provide consultation and liaison services.

  • 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:

  • Security Clearance: Not Applicable

How to Apply

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-26 to 2017-08-16. See the full job ad and apply here.

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