Assistant Head, Digitization Services Section

at Library of Congress (view profile)
Published August 10, 2023
Location Washington, D.C., United States of America
Category Public or Governmental  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Not Required
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $132,368
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $172,075
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade 14


The Digitization Services Section of the Digital Collections Management and Services Division at the Library of Congress is hiring an Assistant Head. The successful candidate will lead a team of digital imaging specialists working to improve access to Library of Congress Collections through digitization and work with colleagues across the Library of Congress to implement the institutions digitization strategy.

Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-13 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision relative to the staff supervised. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjust short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees. Observes workers’ performance and demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff and clearly communicates these through the formal employee performance management system. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Recommends appointment, promotion, or reassignment and develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects minor disciplinary measures, such as warnings and reprimands, recommending other action in more serious cases. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests and certifies time and attendance records for staff.

Serves as an expert in the organization, development, and implementation of multiple complex projects involving all aspects of the digitization of cultural heritage materials. Leads working groups, task forces, committees or ad hoc groups in digitization projects. Coordinates the details involved in special projects, defining tasks/assignments. Identifies, develops, and implements options for improving the performance of the plan/projects. Communicates orally and in writing to both technical and non-technical staff concerning the management of digitization program activities. Works with staff to develop solutions for digitization, transfer, processing, and managing a wide variety of cultural heritage materials from varied acquisitions sources.

Directs day-to-day operations of digitization programs to ensure ongoing, efficient, and trustworthy ingest and processing of digitized content. Manages ongoing operations and continuous improvement of practices to ensure enduring access to digitized content. Manages reporting on the status of growth of processed and unprocessed digitized collections. Advises top management on major issues related to the acquisition and lifecycle management of digitized content.

Analyzes and participates in the development of appropriate guidelines, standards and mechanisms for setting program priorities. Creates innovative tools/approaches to digitization within the broad framework of program strategies and goals.

Serves as an expert advisor on digitization practices. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff at multiple levels throughout the service unit and across the Library, as well as with those in the larger cultural heritage digitization community. Coordinates digitization activities with specialists in curatorial units throughout LCSG.

Using knowledge of digital libraries and technical solutions, provides expert analysis and advice and develops solutions to solve issues and problems associated with cultural heritage digitization. Identifies and applies new analytical techniques to address situations that are unique or not previously encountered. Researches new trends and developments in library and information technologies, particularly as they apply to digitization of library collections materials.