The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Research Librarian for the Government & Finance Division (G&F). This position will provide research and library services to CRS colleagues and congressional clients in areas covered by G&F, such as appropriations, budgeting, Congress, cybersecurity, economic policy, elections, emergency management, executive and judicial branch oversight, financial services, grants, legislative process, and public finance.
The Government and Finance (G&F) Division’s work focuses on how the three branches of government are organized, managed, and funded. This includes the organization, structure, operations and management of Congress, the executive and judicial branches; the congressional budget and appropriations process, the legislative process and congressional history; and issues related to American federalism, elections, emergency management, community development, and homeland security. Financial issues covered include banking, financial institutions, insurance, securities, taxation, public finance, fiscal and monetary policy, public debt, and economic impacts of tax and budget policy. The division also covers entities with unique government responsibilities such as the Census Bureau, Federal Reserve, Postal Service, and FEMA.
Research Librarians work individually and as part of teams to provide research and library services across the full range of policy areas covered by the division and author products used each year by thousands of congressional clients on topics that include appointments/nominations, appropriations status tracking, federal awards tracking, federal disaster assistance programs, federal employees, grants work in a congressional office, and various types of congressional and legislative information.
CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century. CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.
Research Librarians are often involved in the following activities.
- Working under deadlines within specialized issue areas that may be obscure, ambiguous, and contentious.
- Rapidly building working knowledge of specialized issue areas and resources as part of successfully identifying, proposing, developing, and executing research projects.
- Collaborating and consulting with internal and external subject specialists to develop and improve research projects.
- Negotiating with clients and colleagues on the substance of research projects, which may include developing an array of different options and facilitating decisions related to sources, methodology, and form of a final product.
- Designing and writing products as a solo author or co-author that describe the findings of research projects. These products often include multiple elements such as abstracts, methodological descriptions, summaries, and tables.
- Making effective use of peer review of products by incorporating feedback from multiple colleagues into coherent and cohesive products.
- Working within a multi-level product development and review process to ensure accuracy, appropriate scope, adherence to organizational policies and values, and responsiveness of products.
- Delivering products to clients in writing, by phone, and in-person, often in combination, and in accordance with the circumstances of each unique research project and resulting product.
- Developing and maintaining knowledge of the content, scope, and search functionality of specialized research resources relevant to research projects.
- Identifying, testing and evaluating new general and specialized research resources; performing market analyses on competing resources; and recommending resources for purchase or renewal.
- Providing orientation and training/instruction to congressional clients and colleagues on research methods and research resources.
Candidates with a Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent degree and background working in a library, college/university, information center, or other research organization are encouraged to apply. Previous experience with public speaking in an instructional capacity is desired.
This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.
CRS is fully committed to workforce diversity. Interested applicants must apply online at USAJOBS https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/621663200.
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