Legislative Data Specialist (Temporary Position)


Open: 04/30/2019-05/17/2019
Salary: $83,398 to $108,422 per year

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a service unit of the Library of Congress, works exclusively for the United States Congress providing non-partisan policy and analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. The Congressional and Information Publishing Division (CIP), in CRS, seeks a Legislative Data Specialist (GS-12) to support the senior members of the Congress.gov team in CIP.   

Responsibilities: The Congressional and Information Publishing (CIP) division, in CRS, is seeking a Legislative Data Specialist, for a 6-month pilot initiative, to expose, curate, and document the provision of Congress.gov data through an API in support of specific data research and analytical requirements.  The work will be conducted under the leadership of senior members of CRS’s Congress.gov team and will be accomplished, in large part, in partnership with CRS analysts and information professionals. The successful candidate will possess expertise and proven experience in data management, API’s, scripting languages, and in integrating data with end-user visual and analytical tools.  

Minimum Qualifications – Demonstrated ability and experience to partner with, support, and instruct subject matter experts to:

  • Identify and extract data, including from API’s, on a recurring basis using complex processes and automated tools where appropriate and/or merge or compile data from multiple sources.
  • Develop and use complex query scripts to further analyze and present results using end-user visual and analytical tools.
  • Develop and maintain best practices in the curation and management of data.
  • Recommend appropriate standard metadata schemas and workflows to describe, document and annotate data sets to enable their discovery and reuse.
  • Promote best practices and guidelines in documenting the data processing work performed on particular data sets.
  • Use statistical / qualitative analysis and data visualization tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with legislative information in a public policy context
  • Experience working with Congress.gov, SAS, Adobe Web Analytics, Confluence, R, Python, Java, and JSON

CRS is fully committed to workforce diversity. The work schedule is potentially comp-time, flextime, limited telework eligible, Monday thru Friday, 40 hours per week. The desired start date for the position is June 10, 2019 (and potentially earlier). Interested candidates should email a cover letter expressing an interest in this opportunity, and a federal style resume that clearly demonstrates their qualifications including experience, education and training related to the required qualifications and duties listed above to: Dale Shirachi, dshirachi@crs.loc.gov, by May 17, 2019.


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