Congressional Affairs Officer


Tuesday, March 5, 2013 to Friday, March 22, 2013


AD-0301-00 Congressional Affairs Officer


$89,033.00 - $115,742.00


Full Time Excepted Service (This is an Administratively Determined position under the authority of 20 U.S.C. Section 9105(b). Competitive Civil Service is not acquired under this appointment.)


AD-0301-00 (Equivalent to the GS-0301-13)


1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC


All Qualified Candidates

The Office of Communication and Government Affairs (OCGA) is currently seeking interested applicants for the position of Congressional Affairs Officer. The incumbent is responsible for the development and implementation of a congressional affairs strategy and for assisting the Director of Communications and Government Affairs in the development and implementation of an overall congressional communication.


  • This position is open to all qualified candidates
  • Please read all instructions to ensure that you are applying correctly.
  • The individual selected may be subject to a background security investigation.


The Institute of Museum and Library Services, an Executive Branch agency, is the primary source of Federal support for the Nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute works at the National level, in coordination with state and local organizations, and with libraries and museums throughout the United States to carry out its mission of connecting individuals to information and ideas.

The incumbent is a highly visible agency representative and is responsible for contributing to strategy, planning, and representing IMLS to members of Congress and congressional staff, trade organizations, other federal agencies, potential grant applicants, and other IMLS constituencies. Advises on the development and implements a congressional outreach and federal partnerships strategy for the agency. Establishes and maintains strong, positive relationships with members of Congress and their staffs, particularly those on the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related Agencies; the House Committee on Education and Labor; and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Works closely with the Director of Communications and Government Affairs, to establish and meet IMLS’s legislative affairs and federal partnership goals. Meets and communicates with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss budget and legislative needs. Coordinates and assists in developing preparation of IMLS budget request and its justification to Congress.

Advises the Director of Communications and Government Affairs and the Director, IMLS, on strategies to address sensitive concerns from members of Congress. Anticipates and analyzes congressional reaction to IMLS programs and policies and recommends appropriate enhancements. Identifies and evaluates proposed or introduced legislation affecting IMLS and its mission. Develops effective outreach for congressional liaison and legislative advocacy functions. Provides guidance to the Director of Communications and Government Affairs, in all aspects of preparation for Congressional hearings to include drafting of testimony; preparation of written briefing materials; and coordinating responses to Congressional inquiries. Monitors congressional activities that could affect IMLS goals and objectives. Responds to complex questions regarding diverse points of view in both written and oral form, and in consultation with the Director of Communications and Government Affairs, provides detailed explanation of IMLS programs and policies. Reviews IMLS correspondence for accuracy, tone and consistency with Administration policy; keeps IMLS staff informed about congressional action that affects the agency. Works with IMLS program offices to prepare communications for congressional offices. Develops and maintains administrative systems to track congressional correspondence.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

Knowledge Required by the position:

  • Mastery of the field of congressional relations, allowing the incumbent to achieve outcomes that have substantial impact on all agency programs. Experience in direct contact with Members and staff. Knowledge of the federal budget process. Knowledge of national political landscape.
  • Knowledge of IMLS programs and activities. Knowledge of the museum and library fields.
  • Mastery of principles of writing. Skill and experience in writing and editing.
  • Skill in communicating complex matters, both orally and in writing, in a clear, concise and logical manner to be able to present the views of the agency on matters of interest to Congress Members and key staff, and to accurately convey Congressional views to high-ranking officials both inside and outside the agency.
    Ability to make decisions or recommendations on procedures and programs of awareness that will be used to influence the Congress in acceptance of agency’s goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge and skill to analyze public and congressional reaction to agency programs and policies in developing recommendations that significantly modify an agency’s programs or policies; and integrating diverse points of view in a communication plan in establishing and maintaining mutual understanding with stakeholders.
    Knowledge of the laws, regulations, principles and methods applicable to agency programs sufficient to assess existing or proposed legislative approaches, concepts and strategic objectives and to provide recommendations and/or advice for consideration in resolving complex issues having legislative considerations.

Important Notes:

  1. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in your not being considered for this position.

  2. To be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

  3. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

  4. This position has promotion potential to the AD-13.

  5. The individual selected may be subject to a security investigation. Favorable results on a background investigation may be a condition for employment or selection to another position. If you do not provide all the information requested, you may lose consideration for this position.

  6. Moving expenses are not authorized.

  7. All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the Office of Human Resources. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against qualification requirements for the position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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1. Résumé
2. Writing Sample(s)
3. References

For Veterans: DD-214-For Disabled Veterans: DD-214, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later


Antoine Dotson
Director, Office of Human Resources

Agency Information:
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Office of Human Resources
1800 M Street, NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20036


After a review of your résumé and required documents is complete, you will be notified of your referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.