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> The vacancy announcement is AR152749. It has been extended until February
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Green, Anita N
> Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 8:39 AM
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> Subject: career opportunity
> VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT FOR
> LIBRARIAN (REFERENCE), GS-1410-13
> WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
> INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION PROGRAMS
> IN WASHINGTON, DC
> SALARY: $74,782 -$97,213
> VACANCY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: AR152749
> OPENS: 1/19/05 CLOSES: 2/9/05
> WHO MAY APPLY: All U.S. citizens.
> The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) is the principal
> international strategic communications service for the foreign affairs
> community. IIP designs, develops, and implements a variety of information
> initiatives and strategic communications programs, including Internet and
> print publications, traveling and electronically transmitted speaker
> programs, and information resource services.
> Job Summary: This position is located in the Bureau of International
> Information Programs (IIP), which serves as the State Department's gateway
> to the world's complex international information network through speaker
> programs, interactive dialogues, information resource centers and book
> activities, and electronic products. The Bureau's Geographic, Thematic
> Information Resources Offices recruit experts, and produce, acquire, and
> distribute electronic and printed information to foreign audiences. The
> Bureau's thematic Reference Specialists provide research expertise for the
> U.S. Embassies and highest level Department audiences who seek solutions
> complex information requests.
> Key Requirements:
> U.S. Citizenship is required.
> Application procedures are specific to this announcement.
> Duties: The Reference Specialist's work requires an expert knowledge of
> literature and leading authorities in the thematic area of democracy and
> human rights, and professional mastery of theories, objectives,
> and techniques of reference librarianship. S/he develops innovative
> information approaches that guide their worldwide information colleagues
> solving a variety of problems and in expanding services. Major duties
> include: analyzing, solving, and responding to references and research
> questions of a broad scope in the subject areas relevant to highest level
> U.S. foreign policy objectives; establishing and maintaining consultative
> relationships with researchers in specialized fields and professional
> at the Library of Congress, Department of State, and other federal
> performing extensive, customized literature searches and conducting
> specialized bibliographic research utilizing legislation, technical
> scholarly journal articles, U.S. and foreign government documents, and
> original source material, as well as non-traditional bibliographic
> and information; designing time and cost-efficient electronic searches for
> locating materials in multiple online databases and on the Internet;
> producing analytic and evaluative information packages, summarizing the
> major issues in the thematic area and providing reference material;
> a leadership role in collection management and development; serving as an
> expert reference resource in assigned thematic area; leading the Reference
> Specialist Standing Team on a rotating basis; and recommending, innovative
> methods that improve the efficiency and quality of the Bureau's services.
> Qualifications: Applicants for the Librarian position must possess a
> professional knowledge of library sciences, as evidenced by:
> Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in
> an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work
> required for a bachelor's degree;
> A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education,
> training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must
> establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience
> a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques
> professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the
> knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and
> information services.
> IN ADDITION to meeting the education requirements listed above, applicants
> must have at least 1 year of professional experience (equivalent to the
> GS-12 level in the federal service) as a reference librarian conducting
> most difficult systematic, comprehensive searches utilizing all research
> reference tools for information bearing on U.S. foreign affairs policy
> pertained to democracy and human rights; serving as a senior resource and
> authority in reference and information research in the described thematic
> area; using specialized library resources to present a timely response to
> requests for information on a topic; possessing expertise in searching
> subject-related information resources, including specialized abstracting
> indexing tools, bibliographies, research and technical reports,
> histories, specialized journal articles, and historical articles; working
> with other professionals and subject experts to collaborate research; and
> interpreting and evaluating complex materials and assembling comprehensive
> information packages.
> Only education and experience obtained by the closing date of the
> announcement will be considered.
> How you will be evaluated: Once the application process is complete, a
> review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and
> against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric
> rating you receive is based on the degree to which your background matches
> the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this
> VETERANS PREFERENCE: Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of
> veterans who: Entered the military service prior to October 15, 1976;
> on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2,
> 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military
> for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal
> holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least
> months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Ten
> points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple
> Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or
> the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.
> How to Apply:
> To apply for this position you will need to submit the occupational
> questionnaire, a resume, and other supporting documentation as stated in
> Required Documents section of this announcement. Instructions for
> completing the occupational questionnaire are located in the Required
> Documents section. Submit your documents using one or a combination of
> methods outlined below. Follow all instructions carefully.
> Option 1- On-line Method - You are highly encouraged to submit all of your
> application materials using the on-line method since it is the most
> efficient way to process your application. The on-line method is
> up until midnight Eastern Standard Time of the closing date of the
> a. To start a new occupational questionnaire click this link TAG:Online
> Questionnaire or enter this URL into your web browser:
> https://www.hr-services.org/usasonlineapp/usasonlineapp.aspx If using the
> URL address,
> scroll down to "Create a New Application for this Job" on the left hand of
> the screen, enter AR152749 in the Vacancy Identification Number box, and
> click the "Submit" button. When you have completed the questionnaire,
> the "Finish" button. On the next screen, click the "Submit" button. If
> wish to finish completing your questionnaire at a later time, click the
> "Save" button at the top or bottom of each of the questionnaire pages and
> click the "Logout" button.
> b. After the questionnaire is submitted you will receive a notice that
> indicates the submission was successful. Please print this notice as
> of your questionnaire submission.
> c. Press the "To upload a resume for this position click here" button to
> upload your other application materials.
> d. At the Document Upload screen, select from the drop down menu the type
> of document you are uploading and the file type. Click the "Browse"
> and attach the file you want to submit.
> e. Click the "Upload" button to submit the document. You will receive an
> "Upload Successful" acknowledgement when the file has been received.
> the upload steps for each of your additional application materials. If
> are unable to upload your application materials, please see Option 2 or 3.
> NOTE 1: The USAJOBS web site provides a "Create a Resume" feature that
> may use to develop and submit a resume for this position in lieu of
> uploading your resume from your personal computer. Your completed resume
> USAJOBS can be attached to this vacancy announcement and submitted
> electronically. To do this, scroll down to the end of this vacancy
> announcement. Click on the "Apply Online" icon. Then follow the USAJOBS
> site instructions.
> After you complete and submit the online resume, you will receive a
> "Confirmation of Submission" message stating that your online resume has
> been successfully submitted. If you do not receive this message, please
> submit again as this indicates that your resume has not been received.
> Please print the confirmation message as proof of submission of your
> NOTE 2: If you wish to return to any part of the on-line application
> process (i.e., questionnaire or uploading other application materials),
> click on the above link or insert the above URL address into your web
> browser. Scroll down to "Work on an Application I Have Already Started"
> the right hand of the screen, enter your SSN and last name in the
> appropriate boxes, and click the "Login" button. Once you are logged in,
> the top of the screen will display the Vacancy ID for all incomplete
> questionnaires and, if applicable, the bottom portion of the screen will
> display any Vacancy IDs for which a resume or supporting documentation has
> not yet been submitted. To finish the particular application process,
> select the adjacent button and click "OK".
> Option 2 - Fax Method
> If you are unable to complete the occupational questionnaire on-line, you
> may complete and fax in a hard copy version of the questionnaire. To
> a hard copy of the questionnaire form, enter this URL into your web
> <http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf> and print out the OPM
> Form 1203-FX. Use the instructions found in Required Documents for
> completing the questionnaire.
> The questionnaire and/or your other application materials may be faxed in;
> however, you MUST use a cover page when faxing your materials. To access
> and print a copy of the cover page insert this URL into your browser:
> <http://staffing.opm.gov/pd/usascover.pdf> . The Vacancy ID number
> AR152749, your SSN, name, address and phone number and the number of pages
> should be written accurately and neatly on the cover page. If the
> information is inaccurate or incomplete you may not receive consideration
> for this position. The fax number to submit your documents is:
> It is recommended that you keep the confirmation copy of your facsimile
> Option 3 - Mail method
> You may mail any of your application materials to the Raleigh Service
> if you are unable to complete any portion of the on-line or fax filing
> method. To submit the occupational questionnaire by mail, follow the
> instructions under Option 2 - Fax method to obtain a hard copy of the
> questionnaire (Form 1203-FX). Use the instructions found in Required
> Documents for completing the questionnaire.
> Please make sure that you include a cover page with any of application
> materials you mail to our office. Follow the directions in Option 2 - Fax
> method to obtain a copy of the cover page. Include the Vacancy
> Identification Number AR152749, your SSN, name, address and phone number,
> and the number of pages you are submitting in the appropriate blocks on
> cover page. Make sure you write accurately and neatly on the cover page.
> If the information is inaccurate or incomplete you may not receive
> consideration for this position.
> Mail your materials to:
> OPM, Raleigh Service Branch
> 4407 Bland Rd., Suite 200
> Raleigh, NC 27609
> ATTN: AR152749
> Required Documents:
> All application materials must be received by the closing date of this
> announcement. The following documents are required:
> * Occupational Questionnaire
> * Resume - Please ensure that your resume contains the basic
> information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job link:
> * Transcript - education must be from an educational
> institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S.
> Department of Education.
> * Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable (e.g.,
> DD214 or statement of service, VA letter, SF-15 - see Other Information
> section for further details)
> Instructions for completing the occupational questionnaire: Use the
> following instructions in completing the questionnaire. Be sure to double
> check your answers before submission.
> Enter your social security number and Vacancy Identification Number
> in the appropriate boxes.
> 1. Job Title: Librarian (Reference)
> 2. Biographic Data: All biographic information is required.
> 3. E-mail Address: Optional
> 4. Work Information: Optional
> 5. Employment Availability: Indicate your availability for full time,
> part time, and temporary employment. Also indicate your availability for
> travel. You may omit the other employment questions.
> 6. Citizenship: A response to the citizenship question is required.
> 7-8. Background and Other Information: Leave these questions blank.
> 9. Languages: Leave this section blank.
> 10. Lowest Grade: Please enter 13.
> 11-13. Miscellaneous information, special knowledge, and test location:
> Leave these questions blank.
> 14. Veterans' Preference Claim: If you are not entitled to veteran
> preference, mark "No preference claimed." Except for disabled veterans,
> those who entered active duty on or after October 15, 1976, and before
> September 8, 1980, must have an authorized campaign badge; OR, (2) those
> enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered on active duty (through means
> other than enlistment) on or after October 14, 1982, must have: (a)
> completed at least 24 months of continuous, active duty service AND have
> served in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been
> authorized; OR, (b) have served at least one day during the period
> through 01/02/92 AND have 24 months of continuous, active duty service, or
> been a reservist activated during that period. Persons who retired from
> military service at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are
> not entitled to veterans' preference except as disabled veterans.
> 15. Date of Active Duty: If you have military experience, enter your
> dates of active duty military service.
> 16. Availability Date: You may omit availability date if you can
> work immediately; otherwise, provide the date you will be available for
> 17-19. Service Computation Date, Other Date, and Job Preference: Leave
> these questions blank.
> 20. Occupational Specialties: Enter 001
> 21. Geographic Availability: Enter 0675.
> 22. Career Transition Assistance Plan: Indicate if you are requesting
> consideration for either the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or
> Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).
> 23-24. Job Related Experience and Personal Background Information: Leave
> this section blank.
> 25. Occupational Questions: Respond to the following questions. Mark
> only one response for each question.
> 1. This section will be used to determine if you possess the
> educational background needed to qualify for this position. From the
> descriptions below, choose the letter beside the statement that BEST
> describes your education relevant to this position. Darken the oval
> corresponding to that letter in Section 25, number 1, on the Form C.
> ONE LETTER ONLY. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THIS QUESTION WILL RESULT IN YOUR
> BEING RATED INELIGIBLE.
> A. I have completed 1 full academic year of graduate
> study in library science in an accredited college or university, in
> to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree
> B. I have completed a total of at least 5 years of a
> combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To
> on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the
> training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the
> theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship;
> knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities
> for providing effective library and information services.
> C. My background does not match the above choice.
> 2. This section will be used to determine if you possess the
> experience and/or education needed to qualify for this position. From the
> descriptions below, choose the letter beside the statement that BEST
> describes your background relevant to this position. Darken the oval
> corresponding to that letter in Section 25, number 2, on the Form C.
> ONE LETTER ONLY. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THIS QUESTION WILL RESULT IN YOUR
> BEING RATED INELIGIBLE.
> A. I have at least 1 year of professional experience
> (equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal service) as a reference
> librarian conducting the most difficult systematic, comprehensive searches
> utilizing all research and reference tools for information bearing on U.S.
> foreign affairs policy pertained to democracy and human rights; serving as
> senior resource and authority in reference and information research in the
> described thematic area; using specialized library resources to present a
> timely response to requests for information on a topic; possessing
> in searching subject-related information resources, including specialized
> abstracting and indexing tools, bibliographies, research and technical
> reports, legislative histories, specialized journal articles, and
> articles; working with other professionals and subject experts to
> collaborate research; and interpreting and evaluating complex materials
> assembling comprehensive information packages.
> B. My background does not match the choice above.
> The following criteria will be used to evaluate your level of knowledge,
> skill, or ability in certain areas required for the position. For each
> choose the statement from the list below (A-E) that best reflects your
> of experience and/or training in that area. Darken the oval corresponding
> that statement in Section 25, on the form. Please select only one letter
> each item.
> A - I have not had education, training or experience in performing
> B - I have had education or training in performing this task, but have
> not yet performed it on the job.
> C - I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was
> monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance
> with proper procedures.
> D - I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have
> performed it independently and normally without assistance from a
> or senior coworker.
> E - I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of
> this task due to my expertise in this area.
> 3. Conduct systematic comprehensive searches for information bearing
> U.S. foreign affairs policy pertained to democracy and human rights.
> 4. Provide reference services, including on-line literature searches
> computer databases.
> 5. Train individuals in research techniques.
> 6. Respond to oral, written, email, and telephone requests for
> 7. Handle difficult and complex reference assignments for U.S.
> embassies and prominent State Department officials or for foreign
> correspondences and governments or for academic leaders visiting and
> in the U.S.
> 8. Encourage and facilitate information exchanges among librarians
> other research professionals at agencies, universities, think tanks, and
> media organizations, regarding new developments and techniques, and
> cooperate on programs of mutual interest.
> Perform extensive, customized literature searches and conduct specialized
> bibliographic research utilizing:
> 9. Current and old legislation
> 10. Technical reports
> 11. Scholarly journal articles
> 12. U.S. government documents
> 13. Foreign government documents
> 14. Original source material
> 15. Non-traditional bibliographic resources and information.
> 16. Locate and access material through agency or organization
> and subject area holdings of national libraries such as the Library of
> Congress and the federal government's large departmental libraries and
> information centers.
> 17. Design time and cost efficient electronic searches for locating
> materials in multiple online data bases and on the Internet.
> 18. Serve as a senior resource and authority in reference and
> information research pertained to democracy and human rights and their
> relationship with U.S. foreign policy.
> 19. Update online searching knowledge and skills through continuing
> 20. Maintaining effective liaisons with information system producers
> 21. Produce analytic and evaluative information packages, summarizing
> the major issues in the described area and provide references to key
> articles, books, documents, and other materials.
> 22. Exercise independent judgment, utilizing comprehensive knowledge
> democracy and human rights to develop a relevant collection that meets the
> demands of researchers.
> 23. Plan and implement sophisticated software applications (the Lotus
> Notes Reference Database, for example).
> 24. Establish policies, and recommend budget allocations for procuring
> broad array of electron and print resources.
> 25. Suggest telecommunications and hardware modifications to enhance
> information system and services.
> What to Expect Next:
> Applicants will receive notification advising them of their rating and if
> they were referred to the hiring agency for consideration. If your name
> referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that
> office for a possible interview.
> The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its
> employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to
> explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.
> Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts
> (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses
> with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:
> Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers
> 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:
> Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For
> additional information visit: <http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp>
> Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program
> offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for
> additional information visit: <http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp>
> Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program
> (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their
> parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For
> additional information visit: <http://www.ltcfeds.com/>
> Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by
> the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered
> retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic
> Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:
> This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to
> employees. <http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp>
> Other Information:
> 1. CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CTAP) - If you are currently an
> employee of the Department of State you may be entitled to special
> priority under the Department's Career Transition Assistance Program
> To receive this priority consideration you must:
> * Have a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) separation notice, a proposed
> of removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function
> outside the local commuting area, a Certificate of Expected Separation or
> other official certification issued by the Department indicating the
> position is surplus. For example, a notice of position abolishment or a
> notice stating your eligibility for discontinued service retirement.
> * Hold a position at GS-15 or below (or equivalent) and be (a) a
> current career or career-conditional competitive service employee in
> group 1 or 2; (b) an excepted service employee serving on an appointment
> without time limit who has been given noncompetitive appointment
> and selection priority by statue for positions in the competitive service;
> or (c) an employee serving on a Schedule A or B excepted appointment,
> provided that the position to which applying has the same appointing
> authority (i.e., Schedule A or B) of the position from which being
> * Submit proof of your eligibility for the CTAP program with your
> application. For example, a copy of a notice of proposed removal for
> declining a transfer of function outside the commuting area or for
> a directed reassignment or a notification issued by the Department
> indicating that your position is surplus.
> * Be applying for a position that is at or below the grade level of
> the position from which you will or may be separated. The position for
> which you are applying must not have greater promotion potential than the
> position from which you will or may be separated.
> * Have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least
> fully successful or equivalent. Your rating of record must be submitted
> with your application package.
> * Be currently employed by the Department and be (a) in the same
> commuting area as the announced position or (b) occupying a position
> the local commuting area. An eligible employee occupying a position
> of the local commuting area of the position will not receive priority
> consideration over an eligible displaced or surplus employee in the same
> commuting area as the announced position.
> * File your application within the timeframes stated in the vacancy
> announcement and meet all the application criteria (e.g., submit all
> required documentation, etc.).
> * Be physically qualified, with reasonable accommodation where
> appropriate, to perform the essential duties of the position.
> * Meet the basic qualification (including selective placement
> and eligibility requirements for the position, including any medical
> qualifications, suitability, security, and minimum educational and
> experience requirements.
> * Meet any special qualifying condition(s) that OPM has approved for
> the position.
> * Be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon
> * Be rated well-qualified for the position. To be considered
> well-qualified applicants must earn a score of at least 85 which
> distinguishes well-qualified candidates from minimally qualified
> on the rating criteria developed for the position.
> 2. THE INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP) - If you
> are a displaced Federal employee you may be entitled to receive special
> priority selection under ICTAP. To receive this priority consideration
> * Be a displaced Federal employee. The following categories of
> candidates are considered displaced employees. You must submit a copy of
> the appropriate documentation such as RIF separation notice, letter from
> or your agency documenting your priority consideration status with your
> application package.
> o Current or former career or career-conditional (tenure
> I or II) competitive service employees who: (1) Received a specific RIF
> separation notice within the last year; or (2) Separated because of a
> compensable injury, whose compensation has been terminated, and whose
> agency certifies that it is unable to place; or (3) Retired with a
> disability and whose disability annuity has been or is being terminated;
> (4) Upon receipt of a RIF separation notice retired on the effective date
> the RIF and submits a Standard Form 50 that indicates "Retirement in lieu
> RIF"; or (5) Retired under the discontinued service retirement option; or
> (6) Received a formal notice of proposed separation for declining a
> of function or directed reassignment outside the local commuting area; or
> o Former Military Reserve or National Guard Technicians who
> are receiving a special Office of Personnel Management (OPM) disability
> retirement annuity under section 8337(h) or 8456 of title 5 United States
> * Be applying for a position at or below the grade level of the
> position from which you are or have been separated. The position must not
> have a greater promotion potential than the position from which you were
> * Have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least
> fully successful or equivalent. This must be submitted with your
> application package. (This requirement does not apply to candidates who
> eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement.)
> * Occupy or be displaced from a position in the same local commuting
> area of the vacancy for which you are requesting priority consideration.
> * File your application by the vacancy announcement closing date and
> meet all the application criteria (e.g., submit all required
> * Be rated well qualified for the position. To be considered well
> qualified, you must earn the score cut-off of 85 which distinguishes
> well-qualified candidates from minimally qualified candidates on the
> criteria developed for the position.
> 3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming
> 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or
> proof of eligibility. If you are still on active duty, you may submit a
> statement of service from your unit which states the date you entered
> duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have
> received. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must
> attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the
> proof required by that form. Letters from the Veterans Administration
> documenting compensable service connected disability must be dated within
> the past 12 months. For more information on veterans' preference consult
> the Vets Info Guide at: <http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp>.
> 4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 you must
> at the time of appointment that you are registered with the Selective
> Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service
> law, otherwise you will not be eligible for appointment.
> 5. Appointed individuals will have to serve a one-year probationary
> unless excepted by regulation.
> 6. More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional
> identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.
> Anita N. Green
> Reference Specialist
> Department of State
> Democracy and Human Rights Team
> 301-4th Street, SW
> Washington, DC 20547
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