Scientific Data Engineering Branch Chief-Job Opportunity with the National Agricultural Library (Open 04/15 through 04/26/2019)

  • National Agricultural Library
  • Beltsville, MD, USA
  • Apr 16, 2019
Full time Product Development Computer Science

Job Description

Dear Colleagues,

The National Agricultural Library has a job opportunity for a Technical Information Specialist, GS-14.  The job opportunity is open from Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 26, 2019.  For details please see the announcement

This position is located in the National Agricultural Library (NAL), Knowledge Services Division, Scientific Data Engineering Branch in Beltsville, MD. This position serves as the Branch Chief and as the senior NAL Technology Advisor with administrative and management responsibilities for policy making, planning, directing, and evaluating program technical requirements for NAL's data products and services. 

Major Duties:

The Branch Chief works closely across the Division to establish technical requirements for existing and emerging data products and services.  Takes initiative in reviewing and evaluating project concept of operations and planning for the strategic use of cooperative agreements and contracts.  In addition, the position is responsible for:

  • Performing strategic planning and long-range projections/planning; establishing policies, programs, plans and budgets for the Division and Branch.
  • Assessing and developing technical operations and maintenance of capacity for NAL data products; reviewing appropriate methods to modernize the information technology infrastructure.
  • Serving as a Contract Officer Representative (COR) for contracts related to the Knowledge Services Division's applications.
  • Providing technical and administrative supervision as a first level supervisor by making selections for positions, assigning duties, reviewing work, identifying training requirements, and preparing performance evaluations.
  • Working with internal and external stakeholders to conceptualize integrated and advanced information services and systems to support scientific discovery within the agricultural community.

Some travel is required.

The position is open to all US citizens, no prior Federal work experience is needed.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  We also request that you share this announcement with other potential candidates.

Please forgive any cross-postings.



Susan McCarthy, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Knowledge Services
National Agricultural Library