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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.


Branch Manager (Librarian III)
Full-Time/40 Hours a week – Burke Branch Library

 

The Librarian III is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City of Alexandria’s Burke Branch Library.  The Librarian III supervises the Section Managers of the Burke Branch Library and receives general supervision from the Deputy Director of Libraries.

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares annual goals and objectives for the Burke Branch Library;
  • Plans and coordinates library initiatives at the branch level;
  • Supervises staff  including delegating duties, assigning special projects, approving leave, evaluating work performance;
  • Responsible for overseeing scheduling of staff to fit the needs of the branch including both daily and weekly schedules.
  • Interviews, selects and trains staff;
  • Schedules, plans and leads monthly meetings with staff;
  • Responsible for developing and evaluating adult material collections;
  • Interprets library policies, resolves customer complaints and provides library information for the public;
  • Writes monthly, annual, and special reports for Library Administration;
  • Recommends revising or developing new library policies and procedures for Library Administration;
  • Liaison for the Friends of the Library at the Burke Branch Library;
  • Plans special library programs at the Burke Branch Library;
  • Analyzes the local community for outreach opportunities and partnerships with local non-profit and civic organizations;
  • Secures and ensures the security of the building and the safety of employees;
  • Reports to Library Administration on any building issues that arise and serves as contact point for General Services on repair and maintenance issues.
  • Serves on various committees to assist with implementing library initiatives; and
  • Represents the library at regional professional meetings and community meetings.
     

Skills and Abilities:

  • Management and supervisory skills, including team building, time management, and planning; 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;
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems and emerging technologies;
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with a diverse group of employees and library customers
  • Ability to analyze professional and administrative issues and make recommendations for their solution
  • Thorough knowledge of professional library principles, methods, materials and practices;
  • Thorough professional knowledge of reader interest levels, books and authors, periodical and pamphlet materials and appropriate library guides and publications;
  • Ability to utilize electronic databases and computers and to perform database searches;
  • Ability to understand and interpret library policies and objectives to community groups, public officials, business and education leaders and the general public; and
  • Ability to participate in the development or improvement of professional library methods and standards, and to establish and maintain effective public relations.
     

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited ALA library school
  • 3-5 years supervisory/management experience of professional and paraprofessional staff
  • Previous public library experience
  • 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.
     

Preferred Requirements:

Active involvement in ALA, PLA and/or other related professional association.
 

Salary:

$59,674.68 - $83,655.26

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 at the Beatley Central Library.

 

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


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



Library Aide

Part-Time (15 Hours a Week) - Multiple Locations

 

The Alexandria Library is looking for several 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:            $15.15 per hour

 

Location:                    Multiple locations. This position may require travel between branches within the Alexandria Library.

 

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.

 

This position is temporary and 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, HR Manager, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or careers@alexlibraryva.org

This position is open until filled.

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.