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Resource Center Manager, National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), White River Junction, VT

The National Center for PTSD seeks a future-oriented, innovative leader to oversee the operation of the PTSDpubs database ( and serve as the Resource Center Manager. 


PTSDpubs is a freely available, online database of articles, reports, books, and dissertations related to the psychological effects of trauma.  This cross-disciplinary, international database is a high-visibility project, searched over 40 million times last year.  In 2018, PTSDpubs transitioned to a custom content management system paired with state-of-the-art semantic software with auto-tagging capabilities.  The incumbent will have the unique opportunity to shape and refine the administrative and public interfaces of this system for the 21st century.



Duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Creates and maintains PTSDpubs, an online database of literature related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other aspects of traumatic stress.
  • Works with the PTSDpubs vendor on continued maintenance and support of the database, including managing the contract with the vendor through the conclusion of its five-year term.
  • Creates and maintains thesauri for indexing and searching the traumatic stress literature that take into account the international, interdisciplinary nature of this literature and serve the needs of clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and students while remaining accessible to Veterans, their families, and the general public.
  • Devises and continuously evaluates publication discovery and ingest strategies.
  • Indexes relevant documents, using the controlled vocabulary contained in the PTSDpubs thesauri.
  • Demonstrates expertise in the use of EndNote and other reference management software; Drupal or similar content management software; and thesaurus management software.
  • Produces instructional materials and documentation for professional and nonprofessional users of PTSDpubs.
  • Develops mechanisms for making PTSDpubs available for searching by libraries and other users outside the National Center. Investigates and, where necessary, implements, alternative methods of dissemination of PTSDpubs.
  • Develops and implements Web-based mechanisms for access to and provision of full-text National Center for PTSD-authored documents indexed in the database.
  • Works with organizations and agencies representing potential users of PTSDpubs to increase awareness and use of the database.
  • Attends professional meetings and seeks training so as to consistently improve current skills and knowledge and enhance the performance of this element.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/28/2019.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: ability to perform, supervise, or direct one or more of the functional areas of work covered by this series; to understand the concepts, theories, new developments, and co-relationship of information in related fields; and to maintain up-to-date information on the state of the art.. OR,
  • Education: GS-12, no additional education requirements after the GS-11 requirement of 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science or doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) related to the position.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Communications
  • Database Management Systems
  • Information Management
  • Technical Competence

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


The salary range is $73,375 to $95,388 per year.

How to Apply 

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/28/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click
  1. To begin, go to the following link and click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


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