Circuit Librarian - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - Philadelphia, PA

  • 1 Nov 2021 4:37 PM
    Message # 12090137

    DATE: November 1, 2021

    POSITION TITLE: Circuit Librarian

    VACANCY NUMBER: LIB 11/21-01

    LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

    CLASSIFICATION LEVEL: JSP-16 – Court Unit Executive

    SALARY: $163,284 – $212,265 per annum depending upon experience and educational qualifications

    CLOSING DATE: November 22, 2021


    The Circuit Librarian is an executive position that is responsible for the administration of the library program and related services for the United States Courts for the Third Circuit. The Third Circuit library program serves the judges and all judiciary personnel in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The headquarters library is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to the Library Headquarters, there are nine staffed satellite libraries throughout the Circuit.


    • Develops, markets, implements, and evaluates library programs; establishes internal operating policies and procedures; devises measurement studies to identify and analyze problem areas; develop solutions and opportunities. • Oversees the operation of all library locations and management of library staff. Sets requirements, assigns work, evaluates performance of staff, and recommends personnel actions; coordinates work schedules to meet the goals of the library program; establishes operating guidelines; implements procedures, methods, and other work-related changes. • Conducts collection studies; develops collections and recommends changes. Reviews and analyzes data and develops budget. • Develops and implements spending plans; acts as final approver for legal resources and operations spending. • Develops long-range strategic planning. • Oversees research education and orientation programs for court staff. • Oversees library archival activities. • Participates in professional library organizations and activities. • Travels to court locations within the Third Circuit and to national events across the country. • Serves on Third Circuit Committees, judiciary advisory groups, and other national judiciary committees.


    • M.L.S. Degree or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library school. • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible supervisory and other experience that provided an opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of the basic concepts, principles, policies, and theories of management of a law library. • Experience developing and executing strategic plans, fostering effective working relationships, and integrating current and future technologies. • Knowledge of legal resources and proficiency in legal research utilizing print and digital resources. • Knowledge of library database systems and software applications, including website development. • Experience with an Integrated Library System, SIRSI preferred.


    • Supervisory experience with responsibilities for directing, monitoring, developing, and appraising direct reports. JD from an ABA accredited law school is strongly preferred. Knowledge of digital archives management. Effective oral and written communication skills and commitment to strong customer service.


    Federal benefits include paid vacation based on years of service and/or experience, paid holidays, sick leave, health and life insurance plans, Federal Employees Retirement System, long-term care insurance, and the Thrift Savings Plan (similar to 401K plan).


    Applicants should submit the following documents: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) five professional references, and (4) a completed AO-78, Application for Federal Judicial Branch Employment (version dated 10/09). Application instructions are available on-line at under Vacancy Announcements. The application form (AO-78) is on-line at Online documents must be in PDF format. Faxes will not be accepted.

    Resumes will be screened, and only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview. Due to the anticipated large response to this announcement only those interviewed will be notified of the selection outcome. No telephone calls please. Travel expenses for interviews cannot be reimbursed.

    The Circuit reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without written notice to applicants. If a subsequent vacancy of the same position becomes available within a reasonable time of the original announcement, the Circuit may elect to select a candidate from the original qualified applicant pool.

    All information provided by applicants is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Employees in executive, high-sensitive positions such as the Circuit Librarian undergo an OPM background investigation. Appointment is provisional and contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background investigation. Pursuant to the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, selection is contingent upon providing proof of being legally eligible to work in and for the United States. Employees are required to use Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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