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Certified Library Professional  

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Req Number PAC20-0059  
Category Administration  
Division PacArctic LLC  
Location PAC Washington, DC  

PacArctic is looking for a Certified Library Professionals with a Top Secret clearance to support our government customer in the Washington, DC metro area.

We offer competitive compensation and an extraordinary benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, 401K with company matching, flexible spending accounts, paid holidays, three weeks paid time off, and more.

The Librarian will be providing information retrieval services and perform electronic records searches in support of FOIA and other requests. The purpose of the work is to provide expertise in organizing, accessing, and disseminating legal and policy information in specialized subject areas to meet the needs of the IPS user community. The librarian formulates search strategies to retrieve information from IPS's databases and collaborative tools (e.g. Boolean.)


  • Analyze perfected FOIA requests and develop comprehensive search strategies to meet the standards of a reasonable and adequate search. Strategies identify the major concepts in each request, along with appropriate related terms. Related terms account for Department-specific terminology that matches the intent of the requestor as well as differences in language used in varying modes of communication, encompassing formal language used in official correspondence as well as informal terms used in in emails and other informal communication channels.
  • Communicate detailed search strategies to case processors case managers so that they can be shared with Bureaus, offices, and posts tasked for each request to ensure that search strategies are consistent in terms of quality and thoroughness.
  • Identify all relevant repositories of State Department records that may contain relevant documents.
  • Deploy advanced knowledge of Boolean operators and online search skills to conduct thorough searches in all relevant repositories identified as responsive for each request.
  • Review search results and eliminate all documents that are irrelevant or otherwise non-responsive to the original request.
  • Create thorough documentation of the search strategy and sources searched that includes a written analysis of the request, the detailed search strategy developed as a result of that analysis, the sources searched, and the results of each search conducted.
  • Maintain direct communication with case managers and inform them of leads to additional Bureaus, offices, and posts that should be searched.
  • Conduct additional searches as necessary in cases where other Bureaus, offices, and posts identify additional relevant search terms likely to identify responsive material.
  • Use in-depth knowledge of the principles of information organization and retrieval to provide advice on the development of online tools and repositories used to manage official Department of State records.
  • Contribute to the construction of appropriate metadata schema to thoroughly describe those records and identify the most appropriate system requirements and database fields to support precise search and retrieval.


Position Requirements


  • Master’s degree in library and information science or related degree from an accredited college or university REQUIRED


  • A minimum of three years is required to meet the GS-12 equivalency, and a minimum of five years’ experience is required at the GS-13 level in the following areas:
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting complex online searches.
  • Working as a professional research or reference librarian.
  • Demonstrated experience in the areas of foreign policy, diplomacy, foreign aid, or national security.
  • Evidence of strong and effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a collaborative team.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to provide training on developing effective search strategies.
  • Must have a minimum of an Interim Top Secret clearance.

Working Environment & Conditions

This position is primarily indoors, consistent with a standard office position and has a noise level of mostly low to moderate. The incumbent is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. The work load may require the incumbent to stand for extended periods of time. The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Includes travel to local, remote and out of state locations.

Our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The company is an equal opportunity employer. The company shall not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity (except where gender is a bona fide occupational qualification), national origin, age, disability, military/veteran status, marital status, genetic information or any other factor protected by law. We are committed to equal employment opportunity in all decisions related to employment, promotion, wages, benefits and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.

The company is dedicated to seeking all qualified applicants. If you require an accommodation to navigate or to apply to a position on our website, please contact Heaven Wood via e-mail at or by calling 703-488-9377 to request accommodations. This contact information is used for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire on a status of your application.

Travel Requirements  
Security Clearance Must have atleast an Interim Top Secret clearance (May consider clearable candidates)  
About our Company

PacArctic provides high-end federal acquisition support services, cultural resource surveys, professional facility management and critical infrastructure protection, as well as business transformation and process improvement services. Additionally, PacArctic provides program management of specialized IT services such as employee assistive technologies, photogrammetry utilization for native rock art recording, and geographic information systems (GIS) program management for transportation planning needs.

Excellence, Integrity, Accountability


Our Equal Opportunity Policy EOE Minorities/Female/Protected Veterans/Disabled. Shareholder Preference in accordance with Public Law 88-352  

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