Employment Opportunities

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Library Associate I - Full-Time (40 Hours a Week) - Beatley Central Library

Sunday Library Assistant I - Part-Time (4 Hours a Week) - Burke Branch Library

Research Historian - Full-Time (40 Hours a Week) - Local History/Special Collections

    

 

Library Associate I

Full-Time (40 Hours a Week) - Beatley Central Library

 

The Library Associate 1 is responsible for Sunday circulation services at the Beatley Central Library.  Under the direction of the Library Operations Supervisor, the individual in this position is responsible for supervising the activities of the Circulation Department including hiring, training and evaluating Sunday personnel.  The Sunday Circulation Supervisor is responsible for performing a wide variety of duties that require a thorough knowledge of library policies, procedures and automated systems.

 

Duties:

  • Responsible for the overall operation of circulation services on Sundays, at least one evening per week, and as needed during the week.  
  • Works closely with the Beatley Library Operations Supervisor and is responsible for some circulation procedures in their absence.
  • Provides direct public service at the Circulation Desk, including policy explanation, complaint resolution, problem solving, customer registration, fine collection, and materials processing.
  • Leads hiring, scheduling, training, and evaluating temporary Sunday Library Assistants. 
  • Assists with hiring, scheduling and training the Beatley Circulation Staff.
  • Ensures that customers are given efficient and courteous service.
  • Reviews and revises workflow processes on a continual basis.
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Skills and abilities:

  • Management and supervisory skills, including team building, time management, and planning.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion as part of the management team.
  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of automated, integrated library systems and technology.
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing library environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure during busy periods.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with staff.   
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

 

Minimum Requirements:

Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree and related public service experience at the level equivalent to a Library Assistant I or any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.

 

Salary:  

$19.46 - $25.48 per hour, depending on qualifications

 

Schedule: 

40 hours per week, including every Saturday, from 9am-5pm OR Sunday, from 12pm-5pm and at least one evening per week.  Hours are scheduled to meet the staffing needs of the Beatley Central Library. 

 

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, 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


 
 

Sunday Library Assistant I

Part-Time (4 Hours a Week) - Burke Branch Library

 
The Alexandria Library is seeking an energetic and reliable staff member to join the Sunday Services team at the Alexandria Library as a Library Assistant I.

 

Duties:    

  • Assisting library users in routine selection and location of library materials;
  • Checking library materials in and out for library users;
  • Collecting fines and fees, issuing library cards and revising registration records;
  • Assisting patrons with the use of self-check machines, library catalogs and other databases, Internet computers, printers and copy machines;
  • Shelf-reading, inventory and withdrawal of library materials;
  • Maintenance of one or more sections of the collection; and
  • Additional duties as assigned.

 

Skills and Abilities:

  • Willingness to acquire some knowledge of library practices and techniques;
  • Some knowledge of and interest in literature;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public, in busy and sometimes difficult circumstances;
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports;
  • Ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, without constant supervision;
  • An aptitude for customer service.

 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • A two-year college degree;
  • Proficiency in verbal and written English and basic arithmetic and computer skills;
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities;
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 15 pounds;
  • Foreign language skills and customer service experience preferred.

 

Schedule:

4 hours per week each Sunday the Library is open for service.

 

Compenstation:   $15.016 per hour.

 

Benefits:  

Not eligible for benefits as the position is temporary.

 

Location:

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


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


 

Research Historian

Full-Time (40 Hours a Week) - Local History/Special Collections

 

The Alexandria Library is seeking an entry level archivist to assist in its Local History and Special Collections Branch.  The incumbent is responsible for processing and describing collections, assessing physical condition, reference assistance, digitization, and assisting with the Branch’s public programming and outreach efforts. With guidance from the Branch Manager, the incumbent will provide assistance with archival and digitization workflows.

 

Duties:

  • Assists library customers in-person, by phone and e-mail with inquiries, providing research assistance to the general public, genealogists, historians, students, City agencies, and local historical communities;
  • Assists customers in locating materials in the Library and operating technology including catalogs, databases, computers, photocopiers, and microfilm readers;
  • Prepares specialized bibliographies and exhibits for the public;
  • Assists with programming related to a variety of areas of interest to the Local History Special Collections Branch, such as National History Day, Alexandria history, and other events hosted by the Library or affiliated organizations.
  • Helps organize and inventory materials, on a bi-annual basis, in order to help maintain an accurate catalog of resources;
  • Indexes and updates the Vertical File with materials related to Alexandria history and current events;
  • Assists with evaluating web-based reference resources  for inclusion in subject guides;
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Answers complex inquiries regarding Virginia and Alexandria history ;
  • Speaks to school classes, groups and organizations about local history or about the Library and Branch offerings;
  • Recommends changes which will increase the security and usage of Local History Special Collections materials;  
  • Creates guides compliant with professional standards such as DACS, has knowledge of encoding guides using EAD/EAC, and experience with ArchivesSpace


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Experience:

  • General skills include an understanding of archival research, processing methodologies, and ethics combined with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, with co-workers, employees of the City of Alexandria and a diverse clientele.
  • Reference skills include:
    • Thorough knowledge of Alexandria history or demonstrated ability to learn;
    • Thorough knowledge of the types of primary and secondary source materials relevant to the South, Alexandria and Virginia history;
    • Experience conducting historical research work involving research methodology;
    • Ability to assist researchers with locating archival materials in the Branch’s holdings or redirecting to relevant repositories;
    • Knowledge of state and national archival consortiums and how to search those sites;
    • Basic comprehension of US Copyright law, orphan works, and public domain works;
    • Ability to create articles or presentations relevant to various audiences such as archival colleagues, local historians, school children, or a general audience.
  • Description, Access, and Digitization skills include:
    • Experience processing and handling archival materials; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities;
    • Knowledge of best practices for digital preservation and archives, including relevant software, standards (digitization and metadata), and applications (e.g. OAIS, FADGI, DACS, EAD, Dublin Core, METS/MODS) is preferred;
    • Knowledge of collection and digital asset management software programs utilized in archives, such as ArchiveSpace, Archivist’s Toolkit, Collective Access, CONTENTdm, Omeka, etc.;
    • Knowledge of library technology, databases, and descriptive standards such as AACR2 and RDA;
    • Ability to read handwriting ranging from the Colonial American period to the present;
    • Basic knowledge of digitization workflows for photographic and textual formats and the ability to identify a variety of photographic media;
  • Preservation & Conservation skills include:
    • Basic preservation training focused on handling procedures and identification of formats ranging from photographic to audio-visual and electronic materials;
    • Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management.

 

Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution OR a Master’s Degree in History or Public History, preferably with a focus on archival science and historiography.
  • At least one year of experience in professional library, museum or archival work.
  • A strong understanding of southern history, especially the northern Virginia area and Alexandria, including the contributions of minority populations.  

 

Schedule:

40 hours per week. Hours will be scheduled to meet the needs of the Alexandria Library and will include days, evenings and two Saturdays per month.

 

Salary:

$49,096.84 - $75,130.12, depending on qualifications. Eligible for pro-rata annual and sick leave, health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance and retirement plans.

 

The City’s promotional policy states that an employee who is promoted will receive an 8.5% increase plus transition up to the closest step of the new grade, or placed at the minimum of the new grade, whichever is higher. An employee’s new promotional salary may not exceed the maximum salary of the new pay grade.

 

Location:

Alexandria Library, 717 Queen 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, 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