In the next few weeks we expect that there will be an announcement on for the position of Chief of the Information Architecture Branch at the NIH Library. This GS-14 position will be posted for five calendar days. The relatively brief posting time reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly. As part of the application process, it may be necessary to upload copies of degree transcripts. Major responsibilities of the position follow.


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The incumbent, under the direction of the NIH Library Director, is responsible for all aspects of the Information Architecture Branch functions.  S/he also serves as a member of the Library’s leadership team.  The major duties and responsibilities of the position include:


Program Management (60%)


- As Branch Chief, is responsible for identifying Branch priorities; developing long term, mid-term, and short term goals and objectives; and hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating a staff of librarians, library technicians, and IT specialists.


- Develops and implements Branch policies and procedures.  Makes recommendations about Library-wide policies, programs and services based on extensive experience and knowledge of the biomedical, research community and its information needs.  Participates in Library-wide strategic and long range planning, program development, budget planning and decision making.


- Prepares and submits the Branch's annual request for equipment, staff, supplies, training or staff development. Prepares statistical reports describing activities of the Branch, including an assessment of progress on goals and objectives for the year.


- Promotes good public relations with NIH Library users, interpreting their information needs through various needs assessments, surveys, program evaluations, comments, suggestions, complaints, or recommendations.  Communicates program changes and issues to internal and external clients.


- Leads the identification of priorities for the Library’s website, systems integration and IT security; establishing annual goals and objectives; and developing strategies for achieving them.  Provides leadership and direction for all aspects of the Division 's information architecture initiatives such as identifying workflow integration solutions for clinical, research and administrative staff; provides expert advice and assistance to the NIH Library Director as well as other NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and several HHS agencies on identifying, creating, and implementing new and innovative digital initiatives to assure or enhance desktop access to the Division's electronic resources and services.  Provides expert leadership in the design, development, implementation, and ongoing support of various Library systems, including the Library's website.  Oversees the conduct of research into the information seeking behavior of users to aid in design and improvement of current systems.  Advances the development of shared information environments through promotion and management of improved content management, database design, and development and implementation of information taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, and metadata.


- Oversees the information services managed within the Information Architecture Branch, including document delivery, interlibrary loan, circulation, reference, mediated searching, and editing.


- Develops methods and criteria to assess the value and success of IAB projects.  Conducts cost and trend analyses as needed, and uses the data to make decisions regarding staffing levels and program direction.  Promotes positive relations with Library users, interpreting their needs and developing programs to provide for those needs.


- Serves as the Project Officer for several of the Library’s multi-year performance-based contracts for library­specific systems such as the integrated library system and the automated document delivery system.


- Employs a mastery of project management concepts, methods, and techniques in ensuring that the work of the IAB is carried out in the most effective and productive manner.  Develops or oversees the development of major project plans, to include establishing goals and objectives, milestones and time lines for completion, and expected outcomes.  Defines project manager/team member roles and responsibilities.  Fosters effective communications and feedback among team members, systems users, and managers.  Oversees work performance to include guiding and monitoring tasks and identifying and resolving problems.  Conducts meetings with senior level management, giving presentations on progress and achievements.


- Meets with outside organizations, such as NIH Office of Research Services IT and management staff, the NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT), and HHS, to interpret requirements and determine how the Library can meet those requirements while continuing to meet the Library's customer and staff needs.  Supervises the design of systems to integrate multiple information systems for a seamless user experience.


- Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervision (40%)


- As Branch Chief, supervises Branch staff and leads them in identifying priorities; establishing annual goals and objectives; and developing strategies for achieving them.  Disseminates information concerning changes in policy, methods and techniques by memoranda, instructions or training to Branch staff.  Makes necessary changes in organization of work and assignment of functions.


- Provides technical guidance, leadership and administrative supervision and direction to staff.  Plans, assigns, and directs the work to be accomplished, ensuring timely performance of satisfactory amount and quality of work; reviews work products and accepts, amends, or rejects work; develops performance standards and serves as rating official on employee evaluations; interviews and selects or approves selection for all positions; identifies and provides necessary training and makes decisions on non-routine, costly, or controversial training; hears and resolves group and individual grievances and serious complaints; effects minor disciplinary actions; approves within-grade increases, leave, and overtime; recommends promotions, awards, and reassignments; promotes team building, and identifies and Implements ways to streamline operations and increase workload productivity.




Best wishes,




Keith W. Cogdill, PhD, AHIP


National Institutes of Health Library

Division of Library Services

Office of Research Services

Bldg 10, 1L25F, MSC 1150

Bethesda, MD 20892-1150

(301) 496-2448

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