Library Of Congress

Foreign Law Specialist (Chinese), GS-0095-11

ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 060019 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4-17-2006
JOB LOCATION: Washington, Dist of Columbia WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
SALARY RANGE: $54,272.00-$70,558.00 OPEN DATE: 2-15-2006
TIME LIMIT: Permanent - No time limit Help WHO MAY APPLY: Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired providing that immigration laws and other legal requirements are met.
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 15   


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The employee in this position serves as a Foreign Law Specialist (Chinese) for the Law Library of the Library of Congress. The Foreign Law Specialist is responsible for providing advice and assistance on foreign legal issues, questions, or situations to the United States Congress, Executive Branch Agencies, the Judiciary, and other constituencies, including the general public. In that capacity, the Specialist conducts legal research and analysis and prepares or contributes to legal opinions, briefs, reports, memoranda, and comparative analyses related to the laws and legal systems of China and Taiwan. In addition, the Specialist assists in the development of the Law Library's Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) and recommends acquisitions to the Law Library's collections related to assigned jurisdictions. Individuals with a law degree and/or experience as an attorney in China are encouraged to apply.

Highly desirable qualifications include attorneys with at least 3 - 5 years of private, academic, or government sector practice in Chinese law; solid writing experience and publications; excellent English verbal and writing skills; a strong working knowledge of U.S. law and procedure; and experience in international and comparative law.

This position is located in the Eastern Law Division, Directorate of Legal Research of the Law Library.

The Directorate produces single-country and multinational reports for the United States Congress on important public policy issues involving international, comparative, and foreign law. The Directorate's legal specialist staff of lawyers/foreign law specialists from over 20 foreign jurisdictions are supervised by two division chiefs and assisted by multilingual legal research analysts. The Directorate responds to Congressional research and reference inquiries on the legal systems of all nations, past and present, on the basis for the Law Library's global collection. Responses are delivered in whatever format is best suited to the recipient and may be in the form of newly commissioned single-jurisdiction or multinational legal reports, previously prepared studies, confidential memoranda, quick-answer oral consultations, briefings in a Member's office, or expert witness testimony at committee hearings. Congressional workload permitting, the Directorate also serves the research needs of the executive branch of the U.S. government, the judiciary, and the general public, including international organizations, embassies, state governments, and the professional legal, academic, and library communities.

The Law Library holdings of over 2.6 million volumes constitute the world's largest and most comprehensive legal collection. Its staff of over 45 legal specialists, researchers, and librarians--competent in more than 50 languages--provide research and reference services on all of the major legal systems of the world, contemporary and historical.

The position description number is 13167.

Number of Vacancies: One

EVALUTION OF CANDIDATES: 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 KSA’s 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.

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

The incumbent of this position will work a flexitime work schedule.

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WHO MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

DUTIES:

Provides legal advice and assistance and conducts legal research and analysis in the laws and legal systems of China and Taiwan in response to requests from the United States Congress, Executive agencies, the Judiciary, and other constituencies, including the general public. Performs comparative legal analyses of these laws and legal systems to the U.S. legal system and practices. Assists in the development of the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), including promotion of the system, recommendation of appropriate government contacts in countries under assigned jurisdictions for possible GLIN membership, and review of summaries and texts of legal instruments by GLIN member nations under assigned jurisdictions.

Produces or contributes to research and analytical products, including legal reports, opinions, briefs, memoranda, and comparative analyses for assigned jurisdictions. Prepares comprehensive legal bibliographic materials and scholarly publications.

Makes recommendations on the acquisition of materials for the Law Library's collections for assigned jurisdictions. Assists with the development of the collections within his/her assigned jurisdiction.

Provides advice and assistance on foreign laws to the staff of the U.S. Congress, Federal agencies, and the U.S. Courts. Collaborates with a variety of staff to enhance the exchange of legal information.

EVALUATION OF TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

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.

Ability to conduct legal or legislative research.**

Ability to communicate in writing.**

Ability to apply experience in and specialized knowledge of the law of China to the analysis and interpretation of legal or legislative information.**

Ability to communicate orally.

Ability to convey legal analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others.

Ability to verify accuracy of detailed information.

Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate in a high pressure environment.

Ability to build and maintain a professional network.

Ability to utilize computer/information technology.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS:

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 126 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and more than 8 million items online at its award-winning Web site. Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is also the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service, and the Law Library of Congress and is leading the worldwide effort to preserve digital material through the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

For current or former Federal employees: Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting your current position, grade level, duty location, and salary level.

Applicants who are referred for an interview will be required to submit a completed OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment.

For current or former military personnel: Submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4) if applicable.

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 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. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR AT (202) 707-6362 (VOICE OR TTY) OR EMAIL spp@loc.gov.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

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.

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered for this vacancy, applicants may apply online at www.loc.gov or submit a completed applicant job kit. Online applicants must complete all mandatory sections of the online application form. In order to use the online application system, applicants must use a computer that is equipped with either Netscape 4.7 or Internet Explorer 5.0, or higher. Attempting to complete the online application with an incompatible browser could result in the inability to submit a complete application. Job kit applicants must submit a completed application using the job kit scannable form AND an OF-612 or a Federal Style resume. A facsimile of the scannable form cannot be accepted nor will hard copy applications be accepted without a completed scannable form. You can request a copy of the job kit, which includes the scannable form, by contacting the Library of Congress Employment Office at the address below. If you experience technical difficulties with the online system or need any additional information, please contact a Human Resources Assistant at the number listed above or at jobhelp@loc.gov.



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