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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.

 

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.

Sunday Librarian

Part-Time (4 Hours a Week) - Burke 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.
  • 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.

 

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

Burke Branch Library – 4701 Seminary Road

 

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. 

 

Position closes: Open Until Filled

 

Custodian

Beatley Central Library - Part-Time (10 hours a week) Unbenefited

 

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. 

 

Compensation:  

$15.15 an Hour

This position is not eligible for benefits

Schedule:
The custodian will be assigned to Beatley Central on Monday through Thursday hours between 5pm-8pm, 10 hours per week.  This position will also include one Saturday every other week and will be working at Beatley Central and Burke.  

 

This position is considered essential and will be called on to assist in weather emergencies.

 

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.

Youth Services Librarian (Librarian I)

Duncan Branch Library - Full-Time/40 Hours

 

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 in-person, by phone, and through email with inquiries regarding library materials, library services, and other sources of information;
  • Plans and conducts children’s programs including story times for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as programs for school-age children and teens; Creating flyers and promoting programs.
  • Visits schools and other local organizations and community events to promote library resources and programs such as summer reading;
  • Stays abreast of new children’s and young adult literature and popular children’s and young adult media in order to better provide readers’ advisory services and make beneficial purchase suggestions;
  • Stays abreast of current research on early literacy and early childhood development;
  • Conducts shelf reading and weeding of collection;
  • 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 and
  • Other duties as assigned.
     

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of children’s and young adult literature;
  • Knowledge of early literacy skills and early childhood development;
  • Ability to instruct customers using various technologies;
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment under pressure;
  • Ability to assist a diverse population of customers in a calm and courteous manner;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and library customers;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to push carts and bins loaded with library materials up to 50lbs; and the
  • 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:

$45,837.48 - $50,534.90

 

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, and every other Saturday.

 

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, Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304-2903, Contact with questions Phone 703.746.1701, Fax 703.746.1789 or careers@alexandria.lib.va.us. 


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Beatley Central Library - Part-Time (10 hours a week) Unbenefited

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, public 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:

$15.15 an Hour

This position is not eligible for benefits. 

 

Location:         

Beatley Central Library – 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304

 

Schedule:

10 hours per week.  Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the branch. The Page position located at Beatley Central can include Saturday and Sunday hours.

 

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.

 


Sunday Library Assistant I

Beatley Central Library - Part-Time (4 hours a week) Unbenefited

 

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.

 

Compensation:   $17.13 per hour.

Not eligible for benefits as the position is temporary.

Location:         

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.  Online applications encouraged.