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Alexandria is a 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 160,000 residents is a diverse community—a distinctly urban area that retains a small town atmosphere.

Alexandria Library celebrates equity and 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 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!




Division Chief Administrative Services  

Full-time / 40 hours per week

The Division Chief of Administrative Services manages administrative functions for the Library. Those functions include accounting, purchasing, payroll, departmental performance measurement, budgeting, communications, marketing, facilities maintenance, and custodial services. This position also acts as a liaison and staff support for the Library Board and other city departments and manages staff support for the Alexandria Library Foundation and the James M. Duncan, Jr. Library Foundation.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and oversee all financial functions, acting as Library’s controller. This includes preparing and monitoring the Library’s annual operating budget and State Aid budget, as well as overseeing all accounting processes such as accounts payable, recording of income, and production of management reports. Work is done independently of City of Alexandria accounting systems.
  • Performs highly responsible management functions supervising and directing the activities of the Division of Administrative Services which includes fiscal operations (operating, capital, and special revenue), facility operations, and marketing and public information;
  • Directs, manages, and supervises the Division's employees and ensures that program objectives and outcomes are achieved;
  • Oversees management of subordinates to include decisions on hiring, time management, discipline and content of performance evaluations;
  • Assesses the department's administrative needs and problems, and reallocates or secures resources to meet those needs;
  • Conducts and attends meetings as a Departmental representative;
  • Oversees Communications infrastructure for Library;
  • Directs planning and inspection, research, and data analysis of operations and establishes/revises management methods and procedures to improve work flow, simplify reporting procedures, reduce costs and meet professional standards and legal requirements;
  • Provides guidance and assistance to Department top management regarding State/City regulations and procedures;
  • Oversees Library Board relations and support including creating agendas and board meeting minutes, maintaining files and policy administration;
  • Formulates and recommends policy on matters having Department implications, implements changes in policies and procedures, presents new or revised written directives, and monitors changes in State and Federal law affecting Departmental operations;
  • Monitors Department's operational effectiveness, selects program areas for inspection and analysis, conducts management studies, and audits to assess operational conditions;
  • Manages grants and special funds and oversees investment management according to Library Board policies;
  • Manages performance measurement for the department;
  • Provides leadership to managers regarding fiscal operations, facility maintenance, and custodial services;
  • Oversees or performs the dissemination of related budget information provided by contractors and management of payroll, purchasing and procurement, travel reimbursements and grant management;
  • Performs related work as required.  

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration; thorough knowledge of general administrative practices, office procedures, and records systems; good knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning and resource allocations; good knowledge of public personnel administration; good knowledge of the principles and procedures of fiscal management, particularly those related to accounting, budgeting, and grant and special fund management; good knowledge of standards of service and administration in the program areas served; ability to develop and monitor a departmental budget; ability to review and revise management methods and procedures; ability to formulate, revise, and implement administrative policies and procedures; ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to provide supervision, direction and guidance to subordinate staff; ability to develop, implement, and manage fiscal and management information systems; ability to interpret regulations, and to explain objectives and procedures; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other departmental staff, Library Board members, City officials, citizens, and vendors; skill in operating a personal computer and utilizing software applications used in developing word documents, spreadsheets, and other formats.


Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Management, or Business Administration or related field. With six (6) years’ experience in preparing and managing budgets, policy and procedure development, human resources, purchasing or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Two (2) years of experience in a lead or supervisory capacity.

Preferred: Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Public or Business Administration; seven (7) years' experience developing, monitoring and managing budgets and fiscal operations, working in administration; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Five (5) years of experience supervising professional and support staff, and providing guidance and direction.

Note: This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to a criminal background check.

Salary Range: $82,381.52 - $144,975.48 annually

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm. However, hours may change to meet the staffing needs of the library, and may include days, evenings, and possibly weekend hours.

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.  Address Cover Letter to Linda Wesson, HR Manager, Alexandria Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or

This position is open until June 19, 2024

Reference Librarian II
Full-Time / 40 Hours Per Week 

The Local History/Special Collections (LH/SC) Branch Library is seeking enthusiastic, tech-savvy candidates with knowledge of genealogy, historiography, and local, regional, and state history for a Reference Services Manager position. The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills, the desire to contribute to a dedicated, specialized branch library, and a keen eye for equity, diversity, and inclusion. This position focuses on reference services, along with training staff, volunteers, and researchers on all materials in the collection. The position also works closely with the Branch Manager to develop grant proposals, technology initiatives, plan and implement innovative programs and projects, and assists with collection development and the improvement of descriptive access. 
Under the direction of the Branch Manager, this position is responsible for managing and staffing the LH/SC Branch’s Reference Services desk. Primary responsibilities include assisting researchers in using relevant resources related to genealogy and Virginia history, programming, and outreach. Reference Services staff in the Local History/Special Collections Branch also create and maintain collaborative relationships with all historic organizations and City agencies, as well as educators and independent researchers.     


  • Schedules speaker events as well as creates workshops for the public, especially on basic to intermediate genealogy and research methods, incorporating the diversity of Alexandria’s residents and history on topics of interest to both the general public and professional/academic audiences
  • Provides orientations to the branch as needed 
  • Works with community partners to engage with audiences from K-12 to Seniors. Outreach efforts will engage with all aspects of Alexandria’s community
  • Represents the LH/SC Branch as a judge for regional National History Day events
  • Participates in the Library system’s outreach efforts 
  • Manages LH/SC staff in the absence of the Branch Manager
  • Stays informed on current technology and GLAMS trends
  • Utilizes library and online resources to respond to patron inquiries, especially complex genealogical, regional history, and house history questions
  • Oversees reference operations for the Branch, including reviewing email and phone requests/responses and fulfilling/assigning image and photocopy requests to staff
  • Monitors use of rare books and archival materials, and alerts appropriate staff to preservation or conservation needs
  • Creates displays, subject guides, and bibliographies which highlight specific areas of the collection
  • Selects materials in a variety of formats that reflect the diversity and needs of the community
  • Uses appropriate selection and weeding techniques for a special collection
  • Serves on a variety of committees each year such as City commissions, system-wide Library committees, and professional associations
  • In collaboration with other LH/SC staff, develops and implements projects and goals for volunteers and interns, including onsite and online projects
  • Trains new staff in library and branch procedures and city policies
  • Reviews professional periodicals and book reviews
  • Fulfills image reproduction requests from customers
  • Educates customers on the copyright status of requested images

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service, communication skills, and ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, partner organizations, and the public.
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems, digital asset management systems, subscription databases, DSLR cameras, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, and MS Office software.
  • Ability to learn and provide reference assistance to varied rare, unique, or specialized materials related to genealogy and local history.
  • Ability to provide access to and navigate archival, print, database, and online materials, including the online library catalog and archival finding aids
  • Ability to maintain accurate usage statistics, both physical and digital
  • Ability to use genealogy databases such as Ancestry and Fold3, historic newspapers and microfilmed records for genealogical research
  • Awareness of national, state, and regional-level websites relevant to genealogy, historic preservation, and history, such as Chronicling America, Umbra, Library of Congress’s HABS/HAER Collection, and Virginia Memory, and the ability to train others on how to use the websites. 
  • Ability to use MS 365 software (especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and virtual meeting software (Zoom and Teams)
  • Practical working knowledge of access, description, security, and handling needs for library and archival materials
  • Ability to learn, stay current, and develop programs related to genealogy, history, emerging technologies, including promoting the use of technology in staff trainings and meetings.
  • Ability to build and maintain productive partnerships with local organizations.
  • Knowledge and ability to understand and do minimal work with Dublin Core.
  • Familiarity with reference services using a variety of print, archival, and electronic resources.
  • Knowledge of library programming trends and experience developing and presenting programs.
  • Experience conducting outreach and working with diverse communities.
  • Some management or supervisory experience preferred.
  • Willingness to learn new software 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited library school required
  • Virginia professional library license within 3 months of hire
  • At least 3-5 years of professional special collections library experience at the level of Librarian I.

Schedule: Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the LH/SC Branch Library and will include evenings and rotating Saturdays. 

Location: Local History/Special Collections Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria VA, 22314 

Salary Range: $64,563.98 - $108,209.40 annually

Application Instructions: 
Click here to apply attaching a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Linda Wesson, HR Manager, Alexandria LIbrary, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or
Position Open Until Filled

Sunday Librarian Position

4  Hours a Week

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library


The Alexandria Library is searching for a part-time Librarian. The incumbent is responsible for assisting customers at the Reference/Information Desk and providing general support for the Adult Services Department.


  • 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
  • Assists customers with the online catalog, electronic reference services, and with the automated internet registration and printing
  • Provides technology instruction to customers and troubleshoots in the use of internet, computers, printers, copiers, tablets, and e-book readers
  • 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
  • Qualify to become a U.S. passport agent
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:   

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and library customers
  • 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
  • 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
  • Foreign language skills

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 issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. U.S. Citizenship is required for passport services.

Salary: $ 28.69/hour

Benefits: This position is not eligible for benefits.

Schedule: Every Sunday 1-5 PM

Location: Kate Waller Barrett Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


Application Instructions:

Click here to apply, attaching a cover letter, resume and three professional references. Address cover letter to Linda Wesson, HR Manager, Alexandria Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. For questions, contact 703-746-1799 or

 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, implements and directs youth educational programs, literacy initiatives, partnerships, outreach and volunteer support for the branch
  • 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
  • Makes program and collection decisions based on data, which include, but are not limited to program statistics, impact surveys, collection analyses, and system and branch-specific reports
  • 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
  • Passionate about public service and outreach to the community
  • 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 Range: $64,563.98 - $108,209.40 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 a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory.  Address Cover Letter to Linda Wesson, HR Manager, Alexandria Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or .

This position is open until filled

Last updated June 5, 2024