Supervisory Librarian, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Dallas, TX

Supervisory Librarian, Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

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1 vacancy in the following location: Dallas, TX

Work Schedule is Full Time – Permanent: Opened Tuesday 6/7/2016 (0 day(s) ago), Closes Monday 6/13/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Salary Range: $62,712.00 to $81,525.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1410-11/11

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 440447500

Job Announcement Number: ANS-16-JLB-1708026





Job Overview


Vacancy ID: 1708026

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people – our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country’s service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America’s Veterans need you! To find out more, go to


This position serves as a Supervisory Librarian within the Library Service for the VA North Texas Healthcare System in Dallas, Texas.

Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Serving as a first level supervisor, responsible for the operation of the Library Service of the VA North Texas Healthcare System;

Providing technical library services for scientific, technical and professional staff and an active patient health resource center;

Planning, operating and administering all aspects of the library program in accordance with established policies and regulations;

Overseeing acquisition and collection development; cataloguing; reference, research, patient health resource development; and the development of library policies and programs;

Developing the library budget and monitoring budget requirements for the Library Funds Control Point; and

Participating in ongoing needs assessment, marketing and planning / review of Library Services.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Travel Required:  Not Required

Relocation Authorized: Yes

Recruitment and Relocation Incentives ARE authorized for this position.

Key Requirements:

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job You may be required to serve a probationary period Background investigation may be required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959



All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education library science or possess equivalent experience and education as shown in A or B.

A) Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science from an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree. (Transcripts required.)

– OR –

B) A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, you must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services. (Transcripts and documentation required.)

– AND –

In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, you must also possess one of the following Minimum Qualifications requirements to qualify for this position.


One full (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the Supervisory Librarian position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the GS-9 grade in Federal Service.

Specialized Experience includes: Planning, operating and administering all aspects of a library program in a large health care system; Performing general and specialized research, reference and literature searching of current and retrospective information sources for scientific, technical and professional staff; Describing the development of organizational work plans, short and long-range schedules, priorities, work assignments and position structures to effectively, efficiently and economically carry out work; and Performing various supervisory tasks, such as selecting employees to fill vacancies and hearing and resolving complaints and grievances.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

– OR –


Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science or doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) related to the position. (Transcripts required.)

– OR –


A combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience (as described above) may be used to meet the minimum qualification requirements to qualify. (Transcripts required.)

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Knowledge of professional concepts, principles and practices of librarianship.

Knowledge of research and information gathering systems and methods.

Ability to evaluate, select and adapt precedents and regulations to meet specific information requirements.

Knowledge of various information databases, library automation and integrated library systems.

Ability to accept responsibility for making decisions concerning library functions.

Skill in verbal and written communication.

Knowledge of Knowledge Management principles and ability to organize an effective library program.

Knowledge of Patient Health Information resources and ability to manage an active and effective Consumer Health Library program.


Work requires moderate physical exertions such as long periods of standing; recurring activities such as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching and reaching; pushing loaded book trucks; and lifting moderately heavy items such as boxes of books or journals.

Work involves everyday risks or discomforts typically associated with libraries, offices and meeting and training rooms. Work areas are adequately heated, lighted and ventilated.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veteran’s Preference:  When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference , (go to ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit .

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