Employment Opportunities

Alexandria is a great library system to work for, rich in history and located in a city which boasts incredible diversity. We proudly reflect that diversity, with 22 different languages spoken by our 102 staff members. Positions include full-time, part- time, and seasonal jobs in both professional and paraprofessional capacities. Vacancies are posted as they occur, so check back often. 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.

 

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

Youth Services Manager (Librarian II) - Full-Time (40 Hours a Week) - Burke Branch Library

Library Assistant II (Youth Services) - Part-Time (20 Hours a Week) - Burke Branch Library

Library Assistant I - Part-Time (20 Hours a Week) - Barrett Branch Library

Communications Assistant (Library Assistant I) - Part-Time (20 Hours a Week) - Beatley Central Library

Sunday Librarian (Librarian I) - Part-Time (4 Hours a Week) - Duncan Branch Library & Beatley Central Library

Library Page - Part-Time (10 - 14 Hours a Week) - Duncan Branch Library & Barrett Branch Library

    

 

Central Library Manager (Librarian IV)

Full Time - 40 Hours/Week – Beatley Central Library

 

The Librarian IV is responsible for the operation of the City of Alexandria’s Central Library, the largest library in the system.  The Librarian IV supervises the Circulation, Adult Services and Youth Services Section Managers of the Central Library.  In addition, this position oversees several citywide library services, including Interlibrary Loan Service, Talking Books Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and Outreach Services.  The Librarian IV receives general supervision from the Deputy Director of Libraries.

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares annual goals and objectives for the Central Library
  • Plans and coordinates the library services of the Central Library
  • Supervises and evaluates  the Section Managers of the Central Library
  • Delegates library duties, assigns special projects and approves leave
  • Responsible for system-wide Outreach Services through Circulation, Adult Services, Youth Services and Talking Book Service
  • Responsible for developing and evaluating adult material collections
  • Interprets library policies, resolves patron complaints and provides library information for the public
  • Writes monthly, annual, and special reports for Library Administration
  • Participates in the development of new library policies and procedures for the library system
  • Reviews and writes personnel budget recommendations for Library Administration
  • Liaison for the Friends of the Library at the Central Library
  • Plans special library programs at the Central Library, including tours and presentations
  • Serves as a certified passport agent and provides assistance on a rotating basis
  • Secures and ensures the security of the building and the safety of employees
  • Represents the library at regional professional meetings and community meetings

 

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of professional library principles, methods, materials and practices, especially as they relate to the field of specialization; thorough professional knowledge of reader interest levels and books and authors; ability to analyze professional and administrative problems, to make recommendations, and take appropriate actions in their solution; ability to utilize electronic databases and computers; ability to supervise and train professional, paraprofessional and support staff in the various activities of a branch library or a major section of the library; ability to interpret library policies and objectives to community groups, public officials, business and education leaders and the general public; ability to participate in the development or improvement of professional library methods and standards and to establish and maintain effective public relations.

 

Minimum Requirements:

Minimum: Master's Degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited school; at least five years of experience in professional library work, including two or more years of experience in a supervisory capacity at the level of Librarian III; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  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.

 

Salary: $62,657.92 - $102,994.90

 

Schedule: 

Hours are scheduled to meet the staffing needs of the library, and will include days, evenings, two Saturdays per month, and occasional Sundays at the Beatley Central Library.

 

Benefits:

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

 

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

 

This position is open until filled

 

 

Youth Services Manager (Librarian II)

Full Time - 40 Hours/Week – Burke Branch Library


The Youth Services Manager is responsible for operations of the Burke Branch Library Youth Services Team and reports to the Branch Manager.


General Duties:

  • Supervises one part-time Library Assistant and one part-time Library Page.
  • Plans and implements educational programs and literacy initiatives including summer reading programs for children ages 0-12.
  • Collaborates with the Teen Services Coordinator to plan and implement programs and initiatives for young adults.
  • Coordinates collection development and maintenance of children’s materials
  • Assists children, caregivers, parents, teachers, etc. with requests for information and library materials.
  • Coordinates outreach activities with Alexandria City Public Schools, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, and related organizations providing Youth Services in the community.
  • Stays aware of professional trends and continually works to improve youth services.
  • Functions as building officer in the Branch Manager’s absence.
  • Weeds and updates the collection and evaluates print and digital resources.
  • Participates on system Youth Services Committee and other committees.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Skills and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of children’s and young adult literature, programming and services 

  • Management and supervisory skills, including team building, time management, and planning 

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills 

  • Knowledge of integrated library systems and technology 

  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing library environment 

  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with staff 

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team 

  • Prior supervisory experience is preferred 



Minimum Requirements

Master's Degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited school; at least five years of experience in professional library work, including three or more years of experience in a supervisory capacity at the level of Librarian I; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. 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.

Foreign languages skills preferred.


Salary: $51,552.80 - $60,885.50 Annually


Benefits:

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


Location: 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304


Schedule:

Hours are scheduled to meet the staffing needs of the Burke Branch, and will include days, evenings and two Saturdays per month.


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 II (Youth Services)

 Part-Time - 20 Hours/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. 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.

 
Duties:

  • 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, summer reading programs and other special events
  • Works and collaborates 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

 

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

 

Salary:      $15.716 – $17.330 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


 


Library Assistant I

 Part-Time - 20 Hours/Week - Barrett 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 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.
  • 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.

 

Schedule:   

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

 

Location:        717 Queen Street, Alexandria VA 22314 

 

Salary:            $15.4711 - $20.2578 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: 12/01/2017

 

 

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 social media intern. 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.

E-mail newsletter
  • Develop and create web electronic newsletter for Alexandria Library using software programs (Mailchimp) or related software.

 

Social Media

  • Develop and post content for Alexandria Library in several social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other platforms
  • 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.

 

Videography

  • Use high-tech camera to take videos of Alexandria Library programs and events. Video can be for various promotional materials.

 

 Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience using and/or administering campaigns through social media, including: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other platforms
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team
  • 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

 

Salary:            $15.01per hour

 

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

 

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:

This position requires the following:

  • Ability to work independently, as well as to work well with other staff as a contributing team member.
  • Experience with computers and Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with social media programs (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)

 

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 Ross Farley, HR Manager, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or careers@alexlibraryva.org


 

Position Closes: 12/07/2017


 


 

Sunday Librarian (Librarian I)

 Part-Time - 4 Hours/Week - Duncan Branch Library & Beatley Central Library


Under the direct supervision of the Branch Manager, 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, including but not limited to, passport processing.
  • 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.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  •  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.

 

 Preferred Skills:

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

 

Requirments:

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.

 

Salary: $ 21.819/hour

This position is not eligible for benefits.

 

Schedule: 4 hours per week – every Sunday 1-5 PM

 

Location: Duncan Branch Library – 2501 Commonwealth Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

and

Beatley Central Library - 5005 Duke Street, 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

 

 

Library Page

Part-Time (10-14 Hours a Week) - Duncan Branch Library & Barrett Branch Library

 

The Alexandria Library is looking for a dynamic team player to join the team at the Alexandria Library.  The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to contribute to a busy, central library. 

 

Duties:

  • Shelving library materials;
  • Sorting book carts;
  • Checking shelf order;
  • Shifting books in order to maintain neat and appealing shelves;
  • Clearing book drops;
  • Assisting other staff as requested;
  • Assisting patrons with locating information and materials;
  • Dusting, organizing and clean up as necessary and
  • Additional duties as assigned which may include Circulation Desk functions.

 

 Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to read, write, count and communicate well with others in English;
  • Good alphabetic and numeric skills;
  • Be responsible and reliable;
  • Be able to work with minimal supervision;
  • Have the ability to work harmoniously with both the public and co-workers;
  • Ability to work independently on feet standing or walking for periods up to an hour; and
  • 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. You must be able to 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 necessary. Previous library experience is helpful.

 

Compensation:           $13.671 per hour

 

Locations:         

Duncan Branch Library

2501 Commonwealth Ave

Alexandria, VA 22301

 

 Barrett Branch Library

717 Queen Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

 

Schedule: 10 - 14 hours per week.  Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the branch. The Page position located at Duncan will include Saturday and Sunday hours.

 

This position is not eligible for benefits.


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