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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 a 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.

Custodian - Part-Time (15 hours a Week) - Multiple Locations

Library Assistant I - Full-Time (40 Hours a Week) - Floating Between Locations

Library Aide - Part-Time (15 Hours a Week) - Barrett Branch Library

Part-Time Librarians - Part-Time (4 - 10 Hours a Week) - Beatley Central Library


Custodian

Part-Time/15 Hours a Week - Multiple Locations

 

A Custodian performs routine manual tasks involving the custodial care and cleaning of public buildings. This work includes performing cleaning and minor maintenance tasks in an assigned building or building area. Primary responsibilities are to use proper methods, materials and equipment in cleaning and attending to the neatness and sanitation of buildings and/or equipment. An employee in this class works under close supervision, and activities follow a well established routine.

 

Duties include:

Sweeps, mops, scrubs floors and spot cleans all common areas; dusts and cleans offices; washes windows, walls, and mirrors; cleans, sanitizes and deodorizes restrooms and replenishes supplies; helps move office and building furniture and equipment, and prepares rooms for meetings; empties waste cans and ash cans; recycles bottles, cans, white paper, newspapers; maintains a variety of cleaning equipment; reports building problems; maintains immediate outdoor areas by picking up trash, weeding, and watering plants. Other duties as assigned.

 

Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of cleaning methods, materials, and equipment; ability to exercise care in the use of cleaning materials for different types of surfaces; ability to follow simple oral and written instructions; ability to work safely without hazard to self and/ or others; and sufficient physical strength to withstand the strain of working long hours performing cleaning work ---reaching, bending, stooping, and carrying.  Some experience in janitorial or related custodial work; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities is preferred.  Applicant needs to be hardworking, able to work independently, reliable, and must show initiative. 

 

Minimum requirements:

Ability to follow simple oral and written instructions in English.  Must be able to lift 20-50 lbs on a regular basis without help and carry custodial materials, office supplies, furniture, tools, and other materials in a safe and secure manner. Must have a valid local driver's license and be insurable by the Alexandria Library’s insurance company. Must own or have regular access to an automobile, and must be able to travel to different locations - when needed.  Employees will be reimbursed .58 cents per mile driven for work-related purposes. 

 

Salary:  

$15.15 an Hour

This position is not eligible for benefits.

 

Schedule:
The custodian will be assigned to either Burke, Barrett, or the Duncan Branch Library on Monday through Thursday hours between 5pm-8pm, 15 hours per week.  This position will also include one Saturday every other week.

 

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 Manager, Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions:  703-746-1701, or careers@alexlibraryva.org

 

Open until filled.  Online applications encouraged


                         


Library Assistant I

Full-Time/40 Hours a Week - Floating Locations

 

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 branches.

 

Duties:           

  • Assist primarily with assigned responsibilities for passport acceptance services, for example: processing passports, mailing passports, keeping statistics, managing the customer list and assisting customers and staff with passport procedures, training new staff.
  • Answers reference questions in person, via telephone or email, and provides instruction on using the library catalog, databases and all equipment in the reference area.
  • 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.

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;
  • Preferred: Foreign language skills and customer service experience.
  • US Citizenship is required for passport services. 

Location:        The selected candidate will float between the Beatley Central Library and Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library located at: 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22304 & 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Schedule:        Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library & Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library. Individual will split time between locations and will work Friday through Tuesday, to include Monday and Tuesday evening.

 

Salary:            $17.65 per hour.

 

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

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: 2/27/2020

                 


Library Aide

Part-Time/15 Hours Per Week - Floating Locations


The Alexandria Library is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the Circulation team with the Alexandria Library.  The ideal candidates will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to contribute to a busy neighborhood library.  Under the direction of the Operations Manager, this position is responsible for direct customer service to patrons. 

 

Duties:

  • Register patrons for library cards, check items in/out and retrieve materials for patrons;
  • Answer questions and direct phone calls;
  • Collect fines and fees associated with library services;
  • Assist patrons with searches, locating materials, using online databases, computers, printers, self-check machines, photocopiers;
  • Organize materials to be shelved and
  • Additional duties as assigned.

 

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public;
  • Ability to bend, stoop, lift and stretch in order to manage materials 

 

Minimum requirements

High School Diploma or GED is required; some college education is preferred.  Library Page (Page I) experience is desirable.  Physically lift and carry materials either loose or in bags/boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.  Must be able to push fully loaded book carts.  A knowledge of, or willingness to learn, library practices (including the use of computers and other technologies) is required.

 

Other library experience, customer service experience, office work, or volunteer experience can be applied.   

 

Compensation: $15.65 per hour

This position is temporary and not eligible for benefits.



Location: The selected candidate will float between the Barrett, Duncan, and Bruke Branch Libraries.

 

Schedule: 15 hours per week.  Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the branch and will include Saturdays and at least one evening per week.

  

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

             

Part-Time Librarian Positions Available

4 – 10 Hours a Week - Beatley Central Library

  

The Alexandria Library is searching for part-time Librarians. The incumbent is responsible for assisting customers at the Reference/Information Desk and providing general support for the Adult Services Department.

 

Duties:                    

  • Answers all types of reference questions using print and digital sources in an efficient and courteous manner.
  • Staffs the information desk to assist library customers in person and by phone with inquiries regarding library materials and other sources of information.
  • Assists customers with the online catalog, electronic reference services, and with the automated internet registration and printing.
  • Interprets policies and procedures of the library to the public.
  • Furnishes information about library activities, facilities, rules, and services.
  • Helps customers with other community services provided through the library
  • Qualify to become a U.S. passport agent
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Skills:                    

  • Knowledge of reference sources; some knowledge of books and authors.
  • Ability to instruct customers using various technologies.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment under pressure.
  • Ability to assist a diverse population of patrons in a calm and courteous manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and library customers.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

 

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of e-Readers and e-Book mobile applications.
  • Public library experience.

 

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 issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

 

Pay Rate: $ 21.819/hour

 

 

Schedule:     10 Hour a Week Position: 3 Hours every Thursday; 7 Hours every Saturday

                        4 Hours a Week Position: 4 Hours every Sunday 1-5 PM

 

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

 

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, Alexandria Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions:  703-746-1701, or careers@alexlibraryva.org

 

Open until filled.