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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 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 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.

Deputy Director of Libraries - Full-Time (40 Hours a Week) - Beatley Central Library

Custodian - Part-Time (20 Hours a Week) - Duncan Branch Library

Sunday Circulation Supervisor (Library Associate I) - Full-Time (40 Hours a Week) - Beatley Central Library

Library Page - Part-Time (10 Hours a Week) - Multiple Locations


Deputy Director of Libraries
Full-Time/40 Hours a week - Beatley Central Library

 

The Deputy Director of Libraries works closely with the Library Director in administering the operations of the Central Library and all branch libraries, in improving operating systems, and in planning for the future needs of the City for library service.  The incumbent in this position assists the Director in the production and implementation of long-range plans for the Alexandria Library Board’s review and approval in such areas as staff development, automation, economy of materials and staffing, publicity, and collection development.  Work is performed in accordance with professional standards and established policies and procedures within the Library Department and the City government, with a minimum of direction or supervision.  Supervision is exercised over professional and paraprofessional personnel, and work is reviewed through performance conferences, reports and results achieved.

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conferring with and advising division heads on policies and problems related to the administration of library services
  • Directing the supervisors of branch libraries in the performance of their duties
  • Instructing supervisory personnel in regulations and procedures, and conducting staff conferences and meetings
  • Directing the Library system in the absence of the Director
  • Studying methods and assisting in drafting plans to develop all services of the library system to effectively meet more the present and future community needs
  • Planning for the career growth and development of the sub-professional and professional staffs, and ensuring that training and development assignments are carried out
  • Investigating new library operational and control techniques and procedures, and revising present methods to improve operating efficiency
  • Conferring with officials, citizens, clubs and other community organizations explaining the library system objectives, policies and services
  • Participating in community activities and presenting lectures and talks about the library services
  • Assisting in the preparation and execution of the budget
  • Preparing grant applications and supervising grant programs
  • Completing special assignments from the Director and the Alexandria Library Board
  • Obtaining and reviewing competitive bids for services and recommending selections
  • Performing related work as required

 

Skills and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of library administration
  • Comprehensive knowledge of sound methods of management in relation to the operation of a growing public library system
  • Thorough knowledge of community needs and interest in relation to library services
  • Thorough knowledge of reading interest levels, a wide knowledge of books, authors, professional library publications and literature
  • Good knowledge of building maintenance requirements
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community leaders, public officials, professional groups and the general public; ability to analyze library needs and to evaluate library services
  • Ability to represent the library system effectively at professional library meetings and conferences and on professional panels; ability to supervise and coordinate the work of a large professional and clerical staff
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively

 

Minimum Requirements:

Extensive  responsible experience in professional library work, including supervisory experience at the level of Librarian III/Branch Manager (or equivalent), and possession of a master's degree in library science augmented by courses equivalent to a minor in business or library administration; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.  Systems administration or information technology skills a plus.

Additional Requirements:

Possession of a license to practice as a registered professional librarian issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia or the ability to obtain one in 3 months.

 

Salary:                  $83,723.64 - $137,620.45 per year

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.

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, Alexandria Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions:  703-746-1701, or careers@alexlibraryva.org

 

Open Until Filled

                                      

   


Custodian
Part-Time/20 Hours a week

 

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. 

Schedule:            Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Wednesday: 12:30pm - 4:30pm; Thursday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Location:            Duncan Branch Library - 2501 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

 

Salary:                  $15.15 - $16.41 hourly.

 

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, Alexandria Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions:  703-746-1701, or careers@alexlibraryva.org

Open Until Filled



Sunday Circulation Supervisor (Library Associate I)

Full-time 40 Hours a Week - Beatley Central Library

 

The Library Associate I is responsible for Sunday circulation services at the Beatley Central Library.  Under the direction of the Library Operations Supervisor, the individual in this position is responsible for supervising the activities of the Circulation Department including hiring, training and evaluating Sunday personnel.  The Sunday Circulation Supervisor is responsible for performing a wide variety of duties that require a thorough knowledge of library policies, procedures and automated systems.

 

Duties:

  • Responsible for the overall operation of circulation services on Sundays, at least one evening per week, and as needed during the week.  
  • Works closely with the Beatley Library Operations Supervisor and is responsible for some circulation procedures in their absence.
  • Provides direct public service at the Circulation Desk, including policy explanation, complaint resolution, problem solving, customer registration, fine collection, and materials processing.
  • Leads hiring, scheduling, training, and evaluating temporary Sunday Library Assistants. 
  • Assists with hiring, scheduling and training the Beatley Circulation Staff.
  • Ensures that customers are given efficient and courteous service.
  • Reviews and revises workflow processes on a continual basis.
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Skills and abilities:

  • Management and supervisory skills, including team building, time management, and planning.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion as part of the management team.
  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of automated, integrated library systems and technology.
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing library environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure during busy periods.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with staff.   
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

 

Minimum Requirements:

Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree and related public service experience at the level equivalent to a Library Assistant I or any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.

 

Salary

$19.46 - $25.48 per hour, depending on qualifications

 

Schedule

40 hours per week, including every Sunday, from 9am-5pm and at least one evening per week.  Hours are scheduled to meet the staffing needs of the Beatley Central Library. 

 

Location:

Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304-2903

 

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, Alexandria Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions:  703-746-1701, or careers@alexlibraryva.org.

Closing Date: 11/25/2019



Library Page

Part-Time (10 Hours a Week) - Multiple Locations 

 

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 per hour

This position is not eligible for benefits.

 

Locations:          Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library – 5005 Duke Street

                              Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library – 717 Queen Street

 

Schedule:           10 hours per week.  Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the branch. The Page position may include evening hours as well as, 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, HR Manager, Alexandria Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions:  703-746-1701, or careers@alexlibraryva.org

 

Please state your preference for location on your application.

 

This position is open until filled.