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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
70000.00 Per Year
Washington, District of Columbia
United States
Education, Training, Library
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Master's Degree

Research Liaison

Reports To: Director of Public Policy

FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary: The Research Librarian is responsible for planning and integration of library information services that support the strategic objectives of the National Resource Center for Victim Research and Evaluation (NRC-VRC). The Research Librarian also assumes an active role in the operation and maintenance of the innovative digital library

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Provides specialized assistance to victim services professionals seeking research publications, statistical information, bibliographic citations, etc.
  • Provides specialized reference services via telephone, e-mail, scheduled instant chat, and in-person methods to victim service professionals.
  • Creates bibliographic records for print, electronic, audio, and video materials for the victim research and evaluation library
  • Provides research assistance for NRC-VRC projects
  • Locates and acquires new publications for the library
  • Builds bibliographies and topical specialized reference lists for victim service providers and researchers on a variety of topics.
  • Produces tutorials, slide presentations, articles, and “how-to” guides for dissemination to library users.
  • Assists in grant writing and similar projects.
  • Provides instructional workshops, presentations and booths at national conferences (some travel required)
  • Builds and maintains relationships with numerous providers of training and technical assistance in victim services, and with research libraries.


Education and/or Experience


An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science (MA/MLS/MLIS/MIS) or non-U.S. equivalent is required; a subject degree in a discipline in the social or health sciences is preferred. Minimum of three years’ post-Masters experience in Library services or a related field that involves the collection of reference materials assistance to users.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Expertise in managing subject collections and electronic resources.
  • Experience working with digital repository systems.
  • Reference experience with expertise in social sciences.
  • Experience with government documents and legal references.
  • Experience with web site design and development including familiarity with web-authoring tools.
  • Experience with management of technology-based library services and electronic resources. 
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies in digital and web-based library services.
  • Knowledge of copyright and intellectual property issues in the electronic environment.
  • Familiarity with metadata standards, Dublin Core, electronic collections and institutional repository policies and procedures
  • Familiarity with best practices relating to audio visual materials.
  • Ability to plan, initiate and implement effective programs, projects and services.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to speak on bibliographic and library-related topics to diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of ethical standards of information services




Advantaged Qualifications


  • Grant writing experience is desirable.
  • Experience with relational database applications such as SQL or Access is preferred.
  • Foreign languages are a plus.
  • Knowledge of Section 508 Accessibility Standards.
  • Familiarity with publications and resources from fields of victimology, criminology, psychology, social work, or similar areas a plus
  • Familiarity with the challenges of the special library is preferred

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual must have excellent computer usage skills, including familiarity with the use of bibliographic databases and the internet. The individual should also know and easily generate work products in MS office suite.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, and crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate competencies in interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication, professionalism, quality assurance, adaptability, dependability, and initiative. Fluency in standard American English is required.


Residency Requirements

NCVC is an Equal Opportunity employer. Candidates must be a citizen or lawful resident  of the U.S. Although some remote scheduling may be possible, the successful candidate must live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.





This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive for this region and nationally. Benefits include health insurance coverage, regularly scheduled holidays, and 20 vacation days per year. The initial contract period runs through December 2018 and is renewable annually thereafter.

Application Process

Submit your cover letter, complete resume, and contact information for three knowledgeable references who can comment on your experience and skills, as a single PDF or Word document to:




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