Attorney-Advisor (Counsel for Policy and International Affairs)
Legislative Branch - Washington, DC

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The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 151 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and almost 20 million items online. Located primarily on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants MUST be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, District of Columbia, territory of the Unites States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. *Proof of education (copy of transcripts) and bar membership must be provided with the application. Scanned or faxed documents will be accepted for application review purposes only (FAX 202/707-1454). OFFICIAL documents will be required if SELECTED.

The Office of Policy and International Affairs carries out certain responsibilities for administering the copyright law, with special emphasis on policy, legislative and international matters. The Office assists the Register of Copyrights with the development and presentation of Copyright Office positions and proposals, and shares with the Office of General Counsel responsibility for working with Congress and its committees on matters of domestic legislation. In addition, the Office of Policy and International Affairs has primary responsibility for international aspects of copyright law and policy. It represents the Copyright Office in U.S government delegations to the World Intellectual Property Organization (Geneva, Switzerland) and other international institutions that administer copyright treaties; provides technical advice to executive branch agencies (including the United States Trade Representative, the Departments of State and Commerce, and the Patent and Trademark Office); and participates in meetings, delegations and negotiations with foreign governments. The Office is an expert on U.S. and foreign copyright laws, multilateral treaties and bi-lateral agreements relevant to the field of intellectual property.

This position is located in the Office of Policy and International Affairs, Office of the Register, Copyright Office.

The position description number for this position is 179623.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime 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.

The incumbent must undergo and obtain a top secret security clearance.
DUTIES: Performs probing, innovative, accurate and fully documented legal research and written analyses. Organizes, summarizes, and interprets legal information. Analysis may include difficult or misunderstood policy issues, and questions involving complex issues of U.S., foreign, and international copyright law, where the research direction is unclear or where resolution requires the advice and guidance of experts.

As a principal attorney, addresses difficult legal issues. Provides legal counsel to and briefs the Register of Copyrights, Associate Register and other senior level staff on various aspects of domestic and international issues that are under consideration and recommends ways to navigate the complexities and avoid adverse situations. Works with appropriate staff to develop and recommend strategies to examine and improve services to copyright constituencies and to secure congressional understanding and support for legislation related to the Office’s mission.

Prepares authoritative reports, legal arguments, legislative positions, and other analytical documents about changes in copyright policy or practice and which include various domestic or international copyright issues and justify recommendations or conclusions on significant legal issues of national or international significance. Prepares new public or internal procedures, guidelines, and other written products because of changes in domestic, foreign or international law. Such reports contribute significantly to the understanding of the nature of legal problems affecting the Office on both the domestic and international fronts and provide an authoritative basis for consideration of legislative proposals.

May serve as legal counsel to the head of a major operating program, and may serve on internal and inter­agency task forces and working groups. Attends and participates in meetings and conferences covering a range of legal or policy issues. Prepares and delivers oral presentations at copyright programs and coordinates the efforts of other contributors, employing the incumbent's broad knowledge of legal issues and current copyright and intellectual property concerns.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 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 Domestic and International Copyright Law.**

Ability to Draft Legal and Policy Documents related to Copyright.**

Ability to Exercise Judgment and Discretion.

Ability to Perform In-depth Legal Research on Complex Issues of Domestic and International Copyright Law.

Ability to Convey Analysis and Information Orally thorough Briefings, Consultations and other Presentations.

Ability to Meet and Deal with Others.

No additional requirements to those listed above.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
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OTHER INFORMATION: FURLOUGH NOTICE: New employees of the Library of Congress who enter on duty after April 7, 2013 but before September 7, 2013 will be required to take 12 hours Leave Without Pay before September 7, 2013. Specific hours should be coordinated with the supervisor of the position.

While 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 the minimum step 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.

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 notify the agency. 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 date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-3960 or email 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.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library. - 21 months ago - save job - copy to clipboard