HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 19-01
Opening date: October 11, 2018
Closing date: November 26, 2018

TITLE: Librarian (Collaborative Programs), IS-1410, Grades 9 - 11; $55,909 to $87,940 annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (Non-Federal), Indefinite
DIVISION: - LIB John G. Wolbach Library
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates. First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.

Selection for this position will be made at grade 9, the selectee may be non-competitively promoted to the grade 11 upon recommendation of the supervisor based on classification requirements, satisfactory performance and qualifications of the employee.

The incumbent collaborates with the CfA and external partners to define, implement, and continuously support: services, programs, and collections that enhance research, teaching, learning, and access to resources at Wolbach. The community served by the Wolbach Library includes Smithsonian staff, Harvard faculty and staff, students, post-docs, the international astronomy community, and the public.


Duties include but are not limited to:

Responsible for preparation, coordination, execution and assessment of collaborative projects, programs, and events

Develops collaborative project objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility; reports and escalates to management as needed.

Ensures that projects are delivered on-time, within scope

Creates, maintains, and shares comprehensive project documentation with library staff

Maintains current knowledge of emerging trends in learning science, research methodologies, and research services

Conducts outreach and collaborates with current library stakeholders (e.g. NASA/SAO ADS), as well as stakeholders who are infrequent users or nonusers of the library and its services

Strives to provide equitable delivery of library services through the development of programs, practices, and behaviors which allow the library to actively support all members of the library's community

Contributes to Wolbach's monthly reports as required

Participates in daily circulation desk staffing

Basic Requirements:

All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education as shown for GS-7; however, as a standard practice applicants enter at grade GS-9 on the basis of a master's degree in library science

Since many libraries are highly specialized, some librarian positions require a knowledge of a specialized subject or field of endeavor.. Also, since materials in libraries are often in foreign languages, some librarians must have a proficient knowledge of one or more foreign languages. For such positions, applicants must meet requirements that are directly related to the subject matter or language of the specialization. These requirements are in addition to the basic professional library science requirements that apply to all positions. However, these requirements may be included in or supplemental to those specified for all positions. The following specializations are authorized: biological, medical, social or physical sciences, education, fine arts, business and industry, humanities, law, music, engineering, and the Germanic, Slavic, Oriental, Semitic, or Romance languages.

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have directly related education and/or specialized experience

Grade 9 Specialized experience: One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level (Grade 7) in the normal line of progression for the position. -Experience at this level normally would equip the applicant with knowledge of preparation, coordination, execution and assessment of collaborative projects, programs, and events; developing collaborative projects; maintaining comprehensive project documentation with library staff; participating in daily circulation desk staffing.


2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete information about this position and the online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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