Employment Opportunities

Alexandria Library 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.

 

Librarian I -- Beatley Central Library (Full-Time)

Youth Services Manager, Librarian II -- Duncan Branch Library (Full-Time)

Library Assistant I -- Barrett Branch Library (Full-Time)

Library Aide -- Duncan Branch Library (Part-Time, Temporary)

Library Aide -- Burke Branch Library (Part-Time, Temporary)

 

 

LIBRARIAN I

FULL-TIME/40 HOURS

BEATLEY CENTRAL LIBRARY

 

Under the supervision of the Adult Services Manager, the incumbent is responsible for assisting patrons and providing general support for the Adult Services Department, including programming, collection development and outreach.

 

 DUTIES:                  

  • Answers all types of reference questions using traditional, electronic, and internet sources in an efficient and courteous manner
  • Staffs the information desk to assist library patrons in-person and by phone with inquiries regarding library materials and other sources of information
  • Assists patrons with the online catalog, electronic reference services, and with automated internet registration and printing
  • Interprets policies and procedures of the library to the public
  • Furnishes information about library activities, facilities, rules and services
  • Assists with maintaining the collection including weeding
  • Plans, coordinates and leads programs for the public
  • Participates in outreach initiatives in the local community as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned

 

SKILLS:

  • Knowledge of reference sources; some knowledge of books and authors
  • Ability to instruct patrons using various technologies
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment under pressure and adapt to a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to assist a diverse population of patrons in a calm and courteous manner
  • Comprehensive knowledge of information resources and adult services
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and library patrons
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, both written and verbal

 

PREFERRED SKILLS:

  • Experience providing adaptive library services
  • Knowledge of e-Readers and e-Book mobile applications
  • Public library experience

                      

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.

 

SCHEDULE:       

Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the library and will include days, evenings, two Saturdays per month, and possibly Sunday assistance as needed. 

                                                                                   

SALARY:  $45,837.48 - $50,534.90            

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:              

The selected employee will earn annual and sick leave and is eligible for health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; retirement plans; long-term disability insurance and long-term care insurance. 

 

LOCATION:

Charles E. Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Click here to apply online, attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Kevin Osborne, Librarian III, Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304. Contact with questions:  703-746-1701, or careers@alexandria.lib.va.us.

 

Applications will be accepted through May 8, 2015.

 

  

LIBRARIAN II / YOUTH SERVICES MANAGER

FULL-TIME 40 HOURS PER WEEK

DUNCAN BRANCH LIBRARY

  

The Youth Services Manager is responsible for operations of the Duncan Branch Library Youth Services Team and reports to the Branch Manager.

 

DUTIES: 

  • Supervises and schedules one part-time Library Assistant and two part-time Library Pages
  • Plans and implements educational programs and literacy initiatives including summer reading programs for children ages 0-12
  • Coordinates collection development and maintenance for children’s materials
  • Assists children, caregivers, parents, teachers, etc. with requests for information and library materials
  • Coordinates outreach activities with Alexandria City Public Schools and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities
  • 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
  • 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 anALA-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.


SCHEDULE: 

Hours are scheduled to meet the staffing needs of the Duncan Branch, and will include days, evenings and two Saturdays per month. 

 

SALARY$50,536.98 - $55,717.48 Annually

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 and long-term care insurance.

 

LOCATION: 

Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA  22301

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Click here to apply online, attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Renee DiPilato, Deputy Director of Libraries, Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions:  703-746-1701.

 

This position is open until filled; however, applications received by May 8, 2015 will be given first consideration.


 

 

LIBRARY ASSISTANT I

FULL TIME/40 HOURS PER WEEK

BARRETT BRANCH LIBRARY

 

The Alexandria Library is seeking a dedicated and flexible team player to join the Circulation team at the Barrett Library.  The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to make a positive contribution to the Circulation team. 

 

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:  

Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the Barrett Library and will include days, evenings, and two Saturdays per month.

 

COMPENSATION: 

$15.1662 - $19.8586 per hour

 

BENEFITS:  

The selected employee will earn annual and sick leave and will be eligible for health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; retirement plans; long-term disability insurance and long-term care insurance. 

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Click here to apply online, attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Sandra Cahill, Circulation Manager, Barrett Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA  22314.  Contact with questions:  703-746-1701.

 

Position is open until filled; however, applications received on or before May 15, 2015 will receive first consideration.  

  

 

LIBRARY AIDE

PART-TIME/15 HOURS PER WEEK (Temporary) 

JAMES M. DUNCAN JR. BRANCH

 

The Alexandria Library is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the Circulation team at the Duncan Branch.  The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to contribute to a busy neighborhood library.  Under the direction of the Circulation 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 and change machines;
  • 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: $13.719 per hour. This position is seasonal and not eligible for benefits.


LOCATION:

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301

 

SCHEDULE: 

15 hours per week. Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the branch and will include every other Saturday, 10am-5pm.

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Click here to apply online, attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Marilyn Doherty, Circulation Manager, James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, Phone 703.746.1792. 

 

Applications received by May 15, 2015 will receive first consideration; however, the position is open until filled.

 

LIBRARY AIDE

PART-TIME/15 HOURS PER WEEK (Temporary) 

ELLEN COOLIDGE BURKE BRANCH

 

The Alexandria Library is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the Circulation team at the Burke Branch.  The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to contribute to a busy neighborhood library.  Under the direction of the Circulation 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 and change machines;
  • 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: $13.719 per hour. This position is seasonal and not eligible for benefits.


LOCATION: Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304

 

SCHEDULE: 15 hours per week.  Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the branch and will include every other Saturday, 10am-5pm.

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Click here to apply online, attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Ms. Shahana Parvas, Circulation Manager, Ellen Coolidge Burke. Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304, Phone 703.746.1701. 

 

Applications received by May 15, 2015 will receive first consideration; however, the position is open until filled.