Department: Department Of State
Agency: Department of State
Job Announcement Number:
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
MERIT PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Announcement Number: ECA-IIP-05-070
Position Title: Librarian (Reference)
Office and Location: IIP/T/DHR
Series and Grade: GS-1410-13
Promotion Potential: GS-1410-13
Opening Date: 09/23/05
Closing Date: 10/07/05
Number of Vacancies: 1
Schedule: Full time
Security Clearance Required: Non-Critical Sensitive (Secret)
Comments: Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
Who May Apply: Status Candidates, Noncompetitive, Reinstatement, ICTAP
and Eligible Veterans.
NOTE: Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have separated from the
Forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous
service may apply. Veterans MUST provide a copy of their DD-214 or other
eligibility with their application package in order to receive
DUTIES: This position is located in the Bureau of International Information
Programs (IIP), Office of Democracy and Human Rights, which serves as the
Department's gateway to the world's complex international information
through speaker programs, interactive dialogues, information resource
book activities, and electronic products. The incumbent will serve as a
performing the following duties:
· Analyzing, solving, and responding to references and research
of a broad scope in the subject areas relevant to highest level U.S. foreign
· Establishing and maintaining consultative relationships with
in specialized fields and professional peers at the Library of Congress,
Department of State, and other federal agencies
· Performing extensive, customized literature searches and conducting
specialized bibliographic research utilizing legislation, technical reports,
scholarly journal articles, U.S. and foreign government documents, and
source material, as well as non-traditional bibliographic resources and
· Serves as an expert reference resource in assigned thematic area,
contributing research and subject expertise to the creation of Agency
products, and initiatives including speaker programs, electronic journals
internet web pages.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS (OPM Qualification Standards for General Schedule
Positions): Applicants must have the required experience or education as
described below and meet any selective factors, when specified. Education
substitution will be made in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards
Applicants for the Librarian position must possess a professional knowledge
library sciences, as evidenced by:
Completion of l full academic year of graduate study in library science in
accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work
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
conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a
and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of
librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and
abilities essential for providing effective library and information
IN ADDITION to meeting the education requirements listed above, applicants
have at least l year of professional experience (equivalent to the GS-12
the federal service) as a reference librarian conducting the most difficult
systematic, comprehensive searches utilizing all research and reference
information bearing on U.S. foreign affairs policy pertained to democracy
human rights; serving as a senior resource and authority in reference and
information research in this thematic area; using specialized library
to present a timely response to requests for information on a topic;
expertise in searching subject-related information resources, including
specialized abstracting and indexing tools, bibliographies, research and
technical reports, legislative 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.
NOTE: APPLICANTS MUST MEET ALL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS, INCLUDING
TIME-IN-GRADE AND TIME-AFTER-COMPETITIVE APPOINTMENT REQUIREMENTS BY THE
DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
RANKING FACTORS: Applicants who meet the qualification requirements
above will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their
education, experience, training, awards and supervisory appraisal indicate
possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities described below.
1. Knowledge of research methods, techniques, and sources.
2. Knowledge of library science principles and practices in order to assess
impact of automated research tools and/or systems on organizational
3. Knowledge of the specialization area(s) for which the subject position is
4. Ability to develop a variety of written materials, e.g. web page
bibliographies, electronic journals, etc.
IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT EACH APPLICANT SUMMARIZE HIS/HER EXPERIENCE,
TRAINING AND EDUCATION RELATED TO EACH OF THE RANKING FACTORS AND SUBMIT
WITH HIS/HER APPLICATION PACKAGE.
HOW TO APPLY
You may apply for advertised vacancies with a resume, the Optional
for Federal Employment (OF-612), or any other written format you choose.
we do not specify the format in which information is presented or require
of any particular application form, there is certain information that we
have to determine if you meet the legal requirements for federal employment
to evaluate your qualifications for a specific vacancy. If your application
package does not provide all the information requested, you will lose
consideration for the job.
In order to apply for Department of State vacancies all applicants must
the information outlined below:
1. Announcement number
2. Title and grade(s) of the position for which you are applying.
PERSONAL AND EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION
1. Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day and evening phone
including area code
2. Social Security Number
3. Country of citizenship (most federal jobs require U.S. citizenship)
4. Veterans' preference (proof of eligibility required)
5. Highest federal civilian grade held, including series, beginning and
dates (month/year to month/year).
6. Name, city and state of last high school attended and date of diploma or
7. Name and state of colleges and universities attended, major fields of
type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total number of
earned and indicate whether they are in quarter or semester hours). If
in the vacancy announcement, please provide proof of eligibility (e.g.
transcripts, Form 1170/17, List of College Courses).
Applicants with foreign education must submit an evaluation of their course
by an organization recognized for accreditation or by an accredited U.S.
WORK EXPERIENCE AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
In addition, applicants must provide information on their work experience,
paid and non-paid, that is related to the position for which they are
1. Job title (series and grade if federal employment)
2. Duties and accomplishments
3. Employer's name and address
4. Supervisor's name and telephone number (Indicate if we may contact your
5. Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
6. Hours worked per week
8. Any other qualification, including job-related: training (title and date
course); skills (e.g., languages, typing speed, tools, machinery, computer
software/hardware); current licenses; or honors, awards and special
accomplishments (e.g., honor societies, publications)
1. All current federal employees and reinstatement eligibles must submit
most recent performance appraisal and a SF-50 showing proof of competitive
status. (If a current performance appraisal does not exist, a form DS-1812
(Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency, signed by the
current supervisor is acceptable, or if the performance appraisal of record
not fully address the ranking factors, the DS-1812 may be submitted.
2. All non-competitive eligible applicants must submit proof of eligibility.
3. All applicants claiming veterans' preference must provide proof of
4. All other applicants (non-status) must submit information identified
5. All applicants must submit information that addresses the ranking
6. All applicants should submit SF-181, Race and National Origin Form (for
statistical purposes only).
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLOSING DATE.
APPLICATIONS, WHICH ARE INCOMPLETE, WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
ALL MATERIAL SUBMITTED WILL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
WHERE TO APPLY
Please do not mail applications. You may e-mail your application to
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may be faxed on (202) 203-7480. Please limit the number of pages faxed and
sure to include the announcement number.
Department of State employees only may hand deliver applications to the
receptionist at: ECA-IIP HRD, 5th floor, SA-44, Washington, D.C. no later
5:00 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement. Security regulations
us from receiving hand-delivered packages from non-employees. For additional
information and copies of forms, call Gerri Peterson on (202) 203-7476. All
applicants will be notified in writing of the results of the consideration
their application approximately six to eight weeks after the closing date of
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Department of State is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates will
consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
marital status, age, political affiliation, union or non-union affiliation,
sexual orientation, disability, or any other non-merit factors.
This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and
process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Work/Life Programs,
(202) 261-8180. The decision whether to grant reasonable accommodation will
a case-by-case basis.
PRIVACY ACT INFORMATION
The Office of Personnel Management and other Federal agencies rate
Federal jobs under the authority of sections 1104, 1302, 3301, 3304, 3320,
3393, and 3394 of title 5 of the United States Code. We need the information
requested to evaluate your qualifications. Other laws require us to ask
citizenship, military service, etc.
DISPLACED EMPLOYEES REQUESTING SPECIAL SELECTION PRIORITY CONSIDERATION
INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP)
If you are a displaced Federal employee, you may be entitled to receive
priority selection under the ICTAP. The following categories of candidates
considered displaced employees:
A. Current or former career or career-conditional (tenure group I or II)
competitive service employees who 1) received a specific RIF notice; or 2)
separated because of a compensable injury whose compensation has been
and whose former agency certifies that it is unable to place; or 3) upon
of a RIF separation notice retired on the effective date of the RIF and
SF-50 that indicates "Retirement in lieu of RIF"; or 4) retired under the
discontinued service retirement option; or 5) was separated because he/she
declined a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another
B. Former Military Reserve or National Guard Technicians who are receiving a
special Office of Personnel Management disability retirement annuity under
Section 8337(h) or 8456 of Title 5 United States Code.
To receive this priority consideration, you MUST:
1. Submit a copy of the appropriate documentation, such as a RIF separation
notice, certificate of expected separation, Standard Form 50 Notification of
Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, or a letter from OPM or
agency documenting your priority consideration status, with your application
2. Apply for a position at or below the grade level of the position from
you have been separated and that does not have a greater promotion potential
the position from which you were separated.
3. Apply for a position in the same local commuting area from which you were
4. Provide your current (or last) performance rating of record, which must
least fully successful or equivalent.
5. Provide all required information specified in the vacancy announcement,
SF50s, performance appraisals, transcripts, etc. Failure to comply with ALL
instructions in the vacancy announcement will result in nonconsideration for
6. File your application by the vacancy announcement closing date.
7. Be determined "Well-Qualified" for the position. Well qualified means an
employee who meets all eligibility and qualification requirements, including
selective placement factors, medical qualifications, minimum educational and
experience requirements, and physical qualifications (with reasonable
accommodations as appropriate), and is rated above minimally qualified
in accordance with the Department's Merit Promotion process.
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with
disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should
contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is requested under the
authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from
those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or
Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek
information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may
know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application
materials, will result in your application not being processed
Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here
is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under
Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.
Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify
the accuracy of the information in your application.
False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your
application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or
you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31,
1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service
System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the
basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation,
sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an
employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
Send Mail to:
Department Of State
301 4th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20547
For questions about this job:
USAJOBS Control Number: 515392
Anita N. Green
Department of State
Democracy and Human Rights Team
301-4th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20547
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