The Library of Congress
$96,970.00 to $126,062.00
Open & closing dates
$96,970 to $126,062 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Flexitime.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
The primary purpose of this position is to support the operation of the Library of Congress Labor Management Relations program, and to provide representation, advice, and training for and to managers and supervisors of the Library of Congress.
This position is located in the Office of the Director for Human Resources Services, Office of the Chief Operating Officer.
The position description number for this position is 12638.
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, non-bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses are not authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
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Provides agency management with interpretations of labor laws, collective bargaining agreements, and Library policy and procedures when the issues involved are new, highly controversial, precedent setting and/or involve more than one area of human resources policy. Responds to managers, supervisors, and senior Library officials, independently advising them on all issues impacted by, or impacting the labor management relations program in the Library. Sometimes armed with only fragmentary information, anticipates issues before they ripen into grievances and complaints and proactively advises management officials at all levels on alternatives or creative approaches to nettlesome issues. Represents management in informal dialogue with union officials in problem solving. Anticipates need, designs, prepares and/or presents training for managers and supervisors either in a classroom setting, informally, or on an ad hoc basis tailoring the scope to fit the needs of the specific audience.
Serves as a principal point of contact with labor organizations recognized by the Library of Congress, and representing segments of the Library workforce. Assists in resolving labor management relations issues, by active dialogue, formal and informal, with union officials or Library officials, managers, or staff as appropriate. The problems to be solved are ones for which experience, data, and guidelines are very limited or point in conflicting directions, or the problem solutions are of special urgency or likely to be particularly controversial. Takes a lead role in formulating bargaining strategies, including creative alternatives to formal ritualistic bargaining, which are consistent with the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations (FSLMR) Statute and collective bargaining agreements. Serves as the negotiator or lead advisor to management at all stages, and for all aspects of collective bargaining including formulating, evaluating, crafting, and presentation of written proposals at the table, determining negotiability and adapting bargaining strategy. Takes the lead in resolving bargaining deadlocks both before and after formal declarations of impasse. Applying a thorough knowledge of the FSLMR Statute, collective bargaining agreements, regulations, and Library practices, participates in, advises Library negotiators, or directs collective bargaining efforts as a principal representative of Library management. Normally will be responsible for independently planning and directing mid-term bargaining efforts in conjunction and consultation with a Library manager. As assigned, serves as chief negotiator, advisor, or resource to Library negotiators in master contract negotiations, providing guidance and advice concerning structure of proposals to put forward, evaluation of union proposals, as well as negotiability matters. Prepares draft submissions of all submissions to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), or the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP).
Responsible for bilateral labor and management relations. Performs a variety of roles in agency representation. Independently evaluates, investigates, and processes (including resolution where appropriate) employee or union grievances filed under the collective bargaining agreements or employee grievances filed under the Library grievance procedure. Drafts grievance decisions which respond to relevant issues, raising all available defenses with a view to subsequent litigation. As designated, represents the Library in any subsequent arbitration, preparing and advocating the Library's case at hearing and through the filing of post decision exceptions, if necessary. Independently prepares and advocates positions on behalf of Library management as required before a variety of third party neutrals including mediation before the FMCS or impasse before the FSIP (or designated arbitrator). Represents the Library on charges/matters filed with the FLRA. Presents the Library's position informally and formally during the investigation of a ULP charge; settles when in the best interests of the Library; or advocates, post complaint, before an Administrative Law Judge. Presents the Library’s position before the FLRA in the filing of any clarification of unit (CU) petition up through formal proceedings before a FLRA hearing examiner.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
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.
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Job family (Series)
0201 Human Resources Management
Directors, Labor Relations
Human Resources Managers
Human Resources Specialists
Labor Relations Directors
Managers, Human Resources
Specialists, Human Resources
Conditions of Employment
No additional requirements to those listed above.
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.
Knowledge of 5 USC Chapter 71 and FLRA Case Law.**
Ability to effectively represent management in collective bargaining.**
Ability to effectively represent management in arbitration.**
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to plan and implement work.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
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. 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 a NTE 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: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf
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 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.
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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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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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.
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(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.
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, District of Columbia
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
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