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EMPLOYMENT

Alexandria Library, with six locations and a virtual branch, is a thriving community resource.  We provide opportunities for all people to learn, explore, create, and connect.  Our innovative staff is devoted to service and we are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join us in offering excellent customer experiences.

 

Alexandria Library celebrates diversity within our community and staff by:

  • Offering programs and resources that reflect our uniquely multicultural community
  • Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Fostering an atmosphere of dignity and respect
  • Providing opportunities for all staff members to grow and excel

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Alexandria is an historic city located in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.  Distinct neighborhoods including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End offer something for everyone.  Headquarters to several prominent organizations, including the Patent and Trademark Office and the National Science Foundation, our city of nearly 150,000 residents is a diverse community—a distinctly urban area that retains a small town atmosphere.

Alexandria Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites applications from all qualified individuals. Proficiency/fluency in Amharic, Arabic or Spanish is highly desired, but not required for these positions. These positions require the successful completion of pre-employment background checks, including a criminal background screening.

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at Alexandria Library!

POSITIONS

Please submit a completed application form for each position for which you are applying. You may download the Employment Application in PDF format or fill it out online.

      

 

Communications Assistant (Library Assistant I)
Part-Time/20 Hours a week – Beatley Central Library

The Alexandria Library is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing, creative, social media-experienced, hard-working and eager individual to serve as the Communications Assistant. As the Library’s programs and services grow, this is an excellent opportunity for a talented individual to make a difference and be directly involved with critical projects.

 

Purpose: To expand and ignite engagement of Library constituents online, increase visibility in the community and highlight the Library’s impact.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Graphic Design
    • Develop and create web graphics using latest Adobe Creative Suite software (Adobe Photoshop) or related software
    • Create high-quality graphics for both web and print medium
  • E-mail newsletter
    • Assist with the development and creation of content for the Library’s web-based electronic newsletter using Mailchimp
  • Social Media
    • Develop and post content for Alexandria Library in several social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other platforms
    • Provide analytics (using Google Analytics) of social media content and utilize data to increase traffic to social media outlets and increase customer engagement
    • Stay on top of best practices for social media and assist in the development of new social media strategies for the organization
  • Photography
    • Use high-tech camera to take photographs of Alexandria Library programs and events; Photography can be used on various social media platforms, print and web medium
  • Videography
    • Use high-tech camera to capture video of Alexandria Library programs and events
    • Edit and produce high-end videos that can be used on social media and library website
  • Other duties as assigned
     

Qualifications:

  • Experience using and/or administering campaigns through social media, including: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other platforms
  • Experience with computers and Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with social media programs (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
  • Experience with high-tech camera and video equipment
  • Experience with Google Analytics for data tracking
     

Compensation:                

$17.13 - $18.35 per hour

 

Benefits:

Earns annual and sick leave and is eligible for health insurance, retirement, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and long-term care insurance.

 

Schedule:           

20 hours per week (4 hours - Monday through Friday -- flexible)

 

Location:            

Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304-2903

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently, as well as to work well with other staff as a contributing team member.
  • Highly organized and has the capacity to manage multiple projects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and editing skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all aspects of job responsibilities
  • Ability to edit and produce high-end videos that can be used on social media and library website
  • Ability to create high-quality graphics for both web and print medium

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Two-Year College Degree or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  (Transcript may be requested)
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to read, speak, and write well in English.
  • Basic arithmetic and computer skills.
  • This position will require confidentiality when dealing with patron, staff, and other information.

 

Application instructions:

Click here to apply  attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory.  Address Cover Letter to Renée DiPilato, Deputy Director of Libraries, Alexandria Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions:  703-746-1701, or careers@alexlibraryva.org.

Open Until Filled

                                                 

Youth Services Librarian (Librarian I)

Duncan Branch Library - Full-Time/40 Hours

 

Under the direct supervision of the Youth Services Manager, the incumbent is responsible for assisting children and caregivers at the Youth Services Information Desk and providing general support for the Youth Services Department, including programming, collection development, and outreach.

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Staffs the information desk to assist library customers in-person, by phone, and through email with inquiries regarding library materials, library services, and other sources of information;
  • Plans and conducts children’s programs including story times for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as programs for school-age children and teens; Creating flyers and promoting programs.
  • Visits schools and other local organizations and community events to promote library resources and programs such as summer reading;
  • Stays abreast of new children’s and young adult literature and popular children’s and young adult media in order to better provide readers’ advisory services and make beneficial purchase suggestions;
  • Stays abreast of current research on early literacy and early childhood development;
  • Conducts shelf reading and weeding of collection;
  • Demonstrates use of catalog and electronic databases to customers;
  • Provides technology instruction to customers and troubleshoots in the use of internet, computers, printers, copiers, tablets, and e-book readers;
  • Designs attractive, thematic book displays;
  • Interprets policies and procedures of the library to the public and
  • Other duties as assigned.
     

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of children’s and young adult literature;
  • Knowledge of early literacy skills and early childhood development;
  • Ability to instruct customers using various technologies;
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment under pressure;
  • Ability to assist a diverse population of customers in a calm and courteous manner;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and library customers;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to push carts and bins loaded with library materials up to 50lbs; and the
  • Ability to reach and retrieve library materials at high and low shelf heights.
     

Minimum Requirements:

Master’s Degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited school.  Applicant must possess or obtain, within 3 months of hire, a license to practice as a registered professional librarian by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Salary:

$45,837.48 - $50,534.90

 

Benefits:

Earns annual and sick leave and is eligible for health insurance, retirement, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and long-term care insurance.

 

Schedule:

Hours are scheduled to meet the staffing needs of the library, and will include days, evenings, and every other Saturday.

 

Application Instructions

Click here to apply  attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory.  Address cover letter to Ross Farley, Human Resources, Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304-2903, Contact with questions Phone 703.746.1701, Fax 703.746.1789 or careers@alexlibraryva.org. 

               


Library Operations Supervisor

Part-Time (30 Hours a Week) - Alexandria Law Library

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director, the incumbent is responsible for the daily operation of the Law Library.  The Operations Supervisor is the primary contact for the public when accessing and utilizing the Law Library’s resources.  This position requires professional work of a confidential nature, independent judgment, initiative and discretion.

 

Duties:

  • Answers all types of legal reference questions using traditional, electronic, and internet sources in an efficient and courteous manner. 
  • Assists customers in selecting and locating materials.
  • Plans and conducts programs relating to consumer law and legal issues.
  • Stays abreast of trends in legal information and resources.
  • Makes recommendations for the Law Library collection, including reference and print resources.
  • Conducts shelf reading and weeding of collection.
  • Demonstrates use of catalog and electronic databases to customers.
  • Interprets policies and procedures of the library to the public.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Skills, Abilities and Experience:

  • Ability to communicate clearly and in a friendly and positive manner with staff and library customers from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Comfort with working independently, within established policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare written reports.
  • Ability to supervise and coordinate the work of others, including volunteers.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems and technology.
  • Knowledge of legal resources, including print materials and online databases.
  • Experience in a library or educational setting
  • Enthusiasm for the work and a willingness to try new things.

 

Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s Degree and at least one year of experience working at the equivalent of a Library Assistant III level.  Prior experience in a library and/or law firm or performing legal research is highly preferred. 

 

Schedule:

30 hours per week. Hours will be scheduled to meet the needs of the Alexandria Library.

 

Salary:

$21.78 - $23.71 per hour, depending on qualifications.  Eligible for pro-rata annual and sick leave, health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance and retirement plans.

 

Location:

Alexandria Law Library, 520 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

 

Application Instructions:

Click here to apply  attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory.  Address Cover Letter to Ross Farley, HR Manager, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or careers@alexlibraryva.org.

 

Position is open until filled

 

 


Library Assistant I

Full-Time (40 hours a Week) - Burke Branch Library

The Alexandria Library is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic individual to join our team.  The ideal candidate will have an exceptional work ethic, a willingness to learn, and the desire to contribute to a busy, community-oriented branch.           

 

Duties:        

  • Assist library users in routine selection and location of library materials.
  • Check library materials in and out for library users.
  • Collect fines and fees, issue library cards and revise registration records.
  • Assist customers with the use of library catalogs and other databases, Internet computers, printer and copy machine.
  • Shelf-reading, inventory and withdrawal of library materials.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
     

Schedule:       

Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, and will include days, evenings, and weekends. 

Salary:            $17.65 - $20.25 per hour

 

Benefits:         Eligible for annual leave, sick leave, health insurance and a retirement plan.

 

Location:        4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304

 

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service orientation and the ability to work well with the public under demanding and sometimes difficult circumstances.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as to work well with other staff as a contributing team member.
  • Previous library experience at the page, library aide or library assistant level is desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge of integrated library systems preferred.
  • Experience with computers and Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
     

Minimum Requirements:

  • Two-Year College Degree or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. 
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to read, speak, and write well in English.
  • Basic arithmetic and computer skills.
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 15 pounds.
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities; 

 

Application Instructions:

Click here to apply  attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory.  Address Cover Letter to Ross Farley, HR Manager, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or careers@alexlibraryva.org.

 

Position Closes: 5/31/2019

 

 


Youth Services Assistant (Library Assistant II)

Part-Time (20 Hours a Week) – Burke Branch Library

 

The Burke Branch Library is seeking enthusiastic, creative candidates for a Library Assistant II position. The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to contribute to a growing Youth Services Department that serves a very diverse community. Under the supervision of the Youth Services Manager, this position is responsible for staffing the Youth Services Desk, planning and presenting programs to children and young adults, maintaining the youth collection and creating displays.

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Staffing the Youth Services Desk to assist library users with reference services, library technology, reader’s advisory, and circulation services.
  • Providing technology instruction to customers and troubleshooting in the use of the Internet, word processing, computers, printers and copiers.
  • Furnishing information about library activities, facilities, rules and services.
  • Creating displays and other promotional materials.
  • Assisting in developing and maintaining the youth collection.
  • Suggesting and evaluating children’s materials.
  • Shelving, shelf-reading and conducting other collection management related tasks.
  • Assisting customers in choosing and finding Children’s/Young Adult materials.
  • Planning and presenting story times for very young children, summer reading programs for up to age 18 and special programs.
  • Working and collaborating with tweens and teens, ages 10-18, including those with diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

 

Skills and Abilities:

  • Two-year college degree.
  • At least one year of experience at the level equivalent to the Library Assistant I; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Some knowledge of library practices and procedures.
  • Familiarity with integrated library and computer systems.
  • Knowledge of Children’s/Young Adult literature and programming.
  • Excellent command of the English language.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and customers.
  • Applicant must demonstrate patience with children of all ages and their families, teachers and caregivers.
     

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience in working with very young children.
  • Some teaching experience to provide guidance when using library resources and to assist with technology instruction.
  • A passion for serving people from many cultures.
     

Schedule:

Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the branch and will include mornings, afternoons, Thursday evenings and rotating Saturdays.

 

Location:

Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304

 

Compensation:  $17.32 - $19.21 per hour, depending on qualifications.

The City’s promotional policy states that an employee who is promoted will be placed on the pay grade associated with their new job classification on the step held prior to promotion unless the increase exceeds 20%, in which case the employee will receive a salary adjustment of 20% plus placement on the next higher step of the new grade, or the minimum of the new grade, whichever is greater.  In no case may the employee's salary exceed the maximum salary of the new pay grade.

 

Application Instructions:

Click here to apply  attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory.  Address Cover Letter to Ross Farley, HR Manager, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or careers@alexlibraryva.org.

Open Until Filled