Library of Congress
Library of Congress Washington Court House OH United States
3 months ago
Summary This position is located in the Office of Policy and International Affairs, Copyright Office. Candidates have the option of applying to this position at the GS-13 level, GS-14 level, or both. Candidates may only be considered for the level(s) to which they apply and for which they are qualified. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to apply at all levels for which they qualify... Responsibilities This position is located in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (PIA), US Copyright Office (COP), at the Library of Congress (Library). PIA is responsible for administering copyright law with special emphasis on policy, legislative, and international matters. Reporting to the Chief Economist within PIA, the incumbent serves as Economist, designing methods for and conducting research on the economic implications of policies and programs affecting the United States' intellectual property (IP) system and the international copyright framework. The incumbent initiates and oversees economic analysis and research on topics of copyright protection and enforcement and of the provision of COP services to fulfill statutory obligations to administer the U.S. copyright system and advise on related policy issues. The incumbent also communicates research findings through internal and external presentations, reports and peer-reviewed research publications. Produces a broad range of authoritative analytical products addressing issues of national and international significance and applying new hypotheses, concepts, and approaches to IP issues. Material is produced in electronic and written media and includes reports for internal use, research reports and whitepapers for publication by COP, and scholarly articles for publication in peer-reviewed outlets. Employs, refines, or extends existing methodologies; develops creative approaches; defines or clarifies issues; applies concepts and principles from several disciplines; assesses political, social, economic, or institutional constraints; organizes and presents policy options and analyzes their consequences; or anticipates the direction of policy development. Serves as an expert and authority in the development and execution of economic research in copyright policy, domestic and international IP protection and enforcement, the organization and operation of copyright reliant industries, and the operations of the copyright system, to include COP. Determines the need for, designs, plans, and executes analytical research projects. Identifies policy research areas that merit investigation and the techniques and data needed to address the inquiry, to include assessing potential data sources and their limitations (e.g., integrity, time and cost to obtain). Writes or customizes highly complex statistical programs and uses quantitative/statistical methods to address questions around potential or proposed public policy changes. Develops conclusions and recommendations resulting from analyses and research, including the economic impact on COP or US interests. As part of project design and management, identifies internal and external stakeholders and collaborators such as other government agencies and domestic and international organizations and ensures effective COP coordination with these stakeholders. Constructs, refines, and evaluates highly complex economic and econometric models (to include structural models). Identifies and constructs empirical methods for testing the assumptions of these models and for estimating the models; develops conclusions about the reliability, utility, and potential policy implications of these models based on economic reasoning and empirical analyses; and formulates recommendations for decisions by the Chief Economist and other COP management. Performs studies and analyses for the Chief Economist's economic research agenda, including identifying priorities, assessing feasibility of potential goals, and developing strategic plans for implementation; proposes expansions or adaptations of the current economic research agenda, in support of current and anticipated policymaking activities of Congress. Continually assesses COP's overall performance in meeting the research and legislative needs of Congress and the Library, and the priorities, goals, and policies of COP for meeting those needs. Develops methods for continuous monitoring of Congressional requirements in economic research and related policy areas. Formulates and maintains a research agenda for COP to meet those needs. Serves as project manager for assigned research projects; determines approaches for achieving research goals; directs other individuals working on those projects; and reviews and evaluates the work of other researchers contributing to those projects. Performs various other duties as assigned. The position description numbers for these positions are 436453 and 436454. The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area. The incumbent of this position will work a compflex; or flextime; or maxiflex work schedule. This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position. Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement. Requirements Conditions of Employment Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past or current drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment. Qualifications 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 the field of economics and how it applies to policies and programs affecting the United States intellectual property system and the international copyright framework. * Knowledge of empirical economic research designs and methods, and how they are used to evaluate policy issues. * Ability to interact collaboratively with others exercising judgment and discretion in order to provide consultation. Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations. Ability to prepare written research materials related to economics. Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing. Education BASIC REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet at least one of the following basic requirements in order to be eligible for consideration for this position: (A) Degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; OR (B) A combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. You must submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application. Foreign Education - Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE). Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application. Additional Information 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 at step one 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. Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. For more information, please see: Vetting Process 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 email [email protected]. 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 proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email [email protected]. 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. The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement. Initial permanent appointments to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. Probationary periods served at other Federal agencies do not count toward this requirement. The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit. 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
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