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.

 

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

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

Youth Services Librarian (Librarian I) - Full-Time (40 Hours a Week) - Beatley Central Library

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

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

   

 

Library Operations Supervisor

Part-Time (30 Hours a Week) - Alexandria Law Library (Located within the Courthouse)

 

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:

Minimum: 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@alexandria.lib.va.us.

 

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@alexandria.lib.va.us.

 

Position is open until filled


 

 

Youth Services Librarian (Librarian I)

Full Time - 40 Hours/Week – Beatley Central Library


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 of all ages in-person, by phone, and through email with inquiries regarding library materials, library services, and other sources of information
  • Plans and conducts developmentally appropriate children’s programs including story times for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as programs for school-age children
  • Visits schools, local organizations, and community events to promote library resources and programs such as summer reading
  • Stays abreast of new children’s literature, media, and related trends in order to better provide readers’ advisory services and make beneficial purchase suggestions
  • Keeps current on early literacy and early childhood developmental reasearch and seeks out and participates in continuing education opportunities
  • Seeks out information on youth services programming trends, investigates and learns new technologies, and plans and presents cutting-edge programs
  • Assists Youth Services Manager with Collection Development including weeding and making purchase suggestions for children’s titles
  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of children’s and young adult literature
  • Knowledge of early literacy skills and early childhood development
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and library customers
  • Enthusiasm and enjoyment in working with children and families
  • Ability to instruct customers using various technologies
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment under pressure
  • Ability to develop, plan, and present library programs for children of many different ages
  • Ability to assist a diverse population of customers in a calm and courteous manner
  • Ability to learn, stay current, and develop programs with emerging technologies
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to push carts and bins loaded with library materials up to 50lbs
  • 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: $46,758.92 - $57,154.76

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.

 

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, two Saturdays per month, and occasional Sundays.


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

 

Position Closes 9/18/2017


 


 

Sunday Librarian (Librarian I)

 Part-Time - 4 Hours/Week - Duncan Branch 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

 
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@alexandria.lib.va.us.

 

Position closes: 10/01/2017