April 22, 2020 – Rockville, MD-based executive search firm JDG Associates has been engaged to conduct the search for a Register of Copyrights for the Library of Congress. Leading the assignment is Darren DeGioia, president of the search firm.
The incoming leader will be responsible for administering the provisions of copyright and related laws set out in Title 17 of the U.S. Code. “The Register has long been an internationally recognized position in the U.S. government,” said Mr. DeGioia. “As a result, the Register must have substantial expertise and experience in national and international copyright law and policy,” he said. “Moreover, since copyright law must adapt to the new technological challenges in these difficult times, the Register must have a strong understanding of technology needs of the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO).”
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The Register of Copyrights is appointed by the Librarian of Congress, and acts under the Librarian’s general direction and supervision. The law directs the Register to advise Congress on national and international issues related to copyright and related matters, provide information and assistance on copyright matters to other federal agencies and the judiciary, participate in meetings of international intergovernmental organizations and meetings with foreign government officials, conduct studies and programs regarding copyright, and to perform such other functions that Congress may direct or as may be appropriate in furtherance of the functions identified in the U.S. Code.
The Register is empowered to make office-wide, day-to-day decisions consistent with the Librarian’s executive direction and established Library policies, said Mr. DeGioia. “The Register monitors and oversees the management and progress of subordinate units to ensure that the organization’s overall mission and strategic objectives are met,” he said. “The Register is responsible for allocating financial and other resources to ensure that the organization’s programmatic mission and objectives are met.”
The Register oversees Copyright Office employees performing a wide range of public services, including functions such as registration, recordation, statutory licensing, law and policy, public information and education, operations and modernization program activities. The Register also keeps the Librarian informed of significant developments affecting Copyright Office operations.
Because the Register needs access to top secret cables and participates with executive branch agencies in international IP enforcement and trade negotiations, a top secret security clearance is required for the role.
Mr. DeGioia said that candidates must have a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates:
Ability to lead, manage and oversee the administrative and/or operational programs of an office or agency: This includes the ability to accomplish strategic and organizational goals by ensuring the effective interaction and integration of processes; delegating and managing multiple tasks; and planning and organizing resources, people and activities effectively and efficiently.
Knowledge of copyright law: Must have the ability to apply knowledge of and analyze issues related to U.S. and foreign copyright law.
Ability to develop and/or administer policies and propose legislation related to copyright: This includes the ability to prepare statements and opinions related to copyright and affecting the mission of USCO.
Ability to lead a diverse workforce: This includes managing and resolving conflict, fostering an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued, developing others and inspiring and fostering team building.
Candidates must also have the ability to convey legal analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations. They must further be able to communicate in writing and review the writing of others.
Candidates should possess an LL.B. or J.D., or higher degree from a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association or a state-accredited school of law and be a current active (or equivalent) member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Selected candidate must maintain active membership in good standing of the bar throughout their employment.
JDG Associates has been providing executive recruitment services to Fortune 1000 corporations, associations and non-profits, federal, state and local governments, research and consulting firms and defense contractors since 1973. The firm’s research-intensive process and personal approach have resulted in more than 4,000 senior-level searches across a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines in the Washington, D.C. region and nationally.
Mr. DeGioia conducts senior-level search assignments for research and consulting organizations as well as the public sector. His areas of expertise include information technology, accounting and finance, the quantitative sciences, operations / general management, marketing and communications. Prior to joining JDG, Mr. DeGioia spent four years in the hospitality industry with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Sheraton Hotels.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media