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PERMANENT (OPEN TO ALL)
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of the Office of Public Information and Education | Apply online at USAJOBS
The U.S. Copyright Office, located within the Library of Congress and under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers the Copyright Law, advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers the national copyright registration system; provides collections materials to the Library through voluntary registration and mandatory deposit programs; records documents relating to copyright chain of title; administers statutory license provisions of the law, including collecting and distributing royalties; maintains the world’s largest database of copyright public records; and, provides information and reference services to the public.
The Office of Public Information and Education is responsible for providing information to the public and to the copyright community regarding U.S. copyright law and Copyright Office services. Office staff respond to inquiries from the public, create and distribute Copyright Office publications, plan and execute educational activities, engage in outreach with audiences via social media, and maintain the website.
The Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education reports to the Register of Copyrights. The incumbent is responsible for managing the Office of Public Information and Education and for directing activities carried out by staff. While performing daily activities, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring proper handling and security of all Copyright Office materials.
The position description number for this position is 305293.
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 supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses are not authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
Serves as a principal official and spokesperson of the Office on a wide variety of complex and difficult issues involving U.S. copyright law, policy and Copyright Office services.
Serves as an expert in copyright law and policy, all Copyright Office regulations, practices, and services, and advises the Register on the best ways to educate and inform stakeholders and the public on copyright law and activities. Provides leadership and independent legal research in planning and administering the legal information and outreach activities for the Copyright Office. Develops legal educational curricula based on U.S. copyright law, court decisions, and proposed and recently passed legislation, reviews all informational materials to ensure currency and accuracy, and oversees revisions and updates. In response to legislative and regulatory changes, drafts new informational materials. Responsible for, and provides legal advice to the Register and senior management teams on the legal policy and editorial review of Copyright Office publications, outreach materials, and web content, and directs the preparation of special materials and programs.
Meets with high-level professional and governmental liaison groups and individuals to discuss the objectives, actions, and procedures of the Copyright Office’s public information and education program. Provides in person briefs and written documents upon the request of Congressional Members and staff, and may serve as a witness at congressional hearings.
Has overall responsibility and delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs or operations. Is responsible for the management of informational and educational programs and services to specific copyright audiences or customers, such as library communities, legal and educational industry groups, and the public. Evaluates programs and operations in these areas of responsibility and recommends actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects. Develops and reviews annual budget plans for program activities and services.
Provides supervisory oversight of employees, some at GS-14 level. Manages and supervises the administrative and technical aspect for accomplishing the work.
Establishes and maintains working relationships with high-level individuals within the Library, at other agencies, members of the press, executives of major corporations, institutions with related interests, and members of the public to advance the programs and objectives of the Copyright Office.
Prepares analyses, background reports and briefings relative to the legislative developments. Studies and advises on issues and problems presented by Congress, the Executive Branch, U.S., and other interested parties on the laws of the United States, and recommends action to be taken. Works with specialized communities and stakeholders of the Copyright.
This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework
Opening Date: November 10, 2021
Closing Date: December 08, 2021
Grade: SL 00
PERMANENT (OPEN TO ALL)
Writer-Editor | Apply online at USAJOBS
The incumbent is a writer and editor who composes speeches, presentations, testimony, and publicly released written materials regarding copyright and the Copyright Office, primarily on behalf of the Register of Copyrights. The incumbent researches and analyzes topics as necessary to develop complete and accurate statements and works closely with Copyright Office senior management and subject-matter experts to gather information and verify facts and policies included in written materials. The incumbent consolidates diverse submissions into a unified written product for the intended audience. The work requires a delicate balance between maintaining accuracy and adjusting the level of writing to the understanding of different audiences.
Working closely with the Register, senior-level managers, and subject-matter experts, the incumbent manages written content for the Register of Copyrights for letters, publications, testimony, speeches, and other materials. Collaborates with the Register and the senior management team on strategies for communicating the Copyright Office’s mission, policies, programs, objectives, and priorities.
Collaborates with senior staff and other subject-matter experts to convey information regarding copyright and Office activities and practices to diverse audiences. Interviews external subject-matter experts as needed. Develops and synthesizes final submissions based on materials obtained through research, including material submitted by others that the writer verifies. Ensures the language level is appropriate for the stated audience and the necessary background information is provided.
Initiates and maintains relationships with subject-matter experts to prepare written materials on behalf of the Copyright Office. Exercises substantial judgment in developing, checking, verifying, and synthesizing information, recommending significant changes in the organization, presentation, and factual coverage as needed. Considers a variety of approaches and comments and provides persuasive reasons regarding whether to incorporate approaches and comments. Determines the accuracy and adequacy of written materials, verifying that conclusions are based on facts presented. Explains editorial standards adhered to in the preparation of products to subject-matter experts.
For exhibits or special programs, writes and edits complex materials designed to interpret a variety of types of information. Develops, collates, and synthesizes final copy. Frequently, the submitted material is in outline form or written for publication and requires extensive rewriting, reorganizing, and editing. Ensures the language level is appropriate for stated audience and that background information is provided so the audience will understand new or difficult ideas and concepts. Ensures all text and labeling coordinates with the visual presentation. Recommends addition of objects or graphic elements such as maps or charts to enhance understanding of exhibit objects. Determines the accuracy and adequacy of written materials, verifying that conclusions are based on facts presented.
Opening Date: December 6, 2021
Closing Date: December 21, 2021
Grade: GS 13