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.

 

Branch Manager, Librarian III -- Full Time -- Duncan Branch

Children's Librarian, Librarian I -- Full Time -- Beatley Central

Reference Librarian, Librarian I -- Full Time -- Barrett Branch

Reference Librarian, Librarian I -- Full Time -- Beatley Central

 



Librarian III – FULL TIME

Branch Manager

Duncan Branch Library

 

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

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares annual goals and objectives for the Duncan Branch Library;
  • Plans and coordinates library services;
  • Supervises staff  including delegating duties, assigning special projects, approving leave, evaluating work performance;
  • 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 Duncan Branch Library;
  • Plans special library programs at the Duncan Branch Library;
  • Secures and ensures the security of the building and the safety of employees; 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;
  • Familiarity with reference services using a variety of print and electronic resources
  • 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, especially as they relate to the field of specialization;
  • 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: $58,498.96 - $83,893.16

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:

Apply online 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@alexandria.lib.va.us.


Open until filled, however applications received by December 19, 2014 will receive first preference.




Librarian I - Full Time/40 Hours

Children's Librarian

Beatley Central Library

 

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;
  • 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 literature and popular children’s 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, two Saturdays per month and occasional Sundays.  

 

Send/Fax/Email: Application, Cover Letter, Resume, and References (3) to:

Apply online attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address cover letter to Diana Price, Youth Services Manager, 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.

 

Open until filled, however applications received by January 30, 2015 will receive first consideration.

 


LIBRARIAN I

FULL-TIME/40 HOURS

BARRETT 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, computer troubleshooting, and with automated internet registration and printing;
  • Assists with collection development and maintenance for the library’s circulating and reference collections;
  • Interprets policies and procedures of the library to the public;
  • Furnishes information about library activities, facilities, rules and services;
  • Attend training sessions and meetings, as necessary and
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Skills:

  • Familiarity with reference services using a variety of print and electronic resources;
  • Ability to instruct patrons using various technologies;
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing library environment;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of information resources and adult services;
  • 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 patrons;
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, both written and oral

 

Preferred skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of technology including digital services, integrated library systems and online databases;
  • Knowledge of e-Readers and e-Book mobile applications;
  • One year of 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 at the Beatley Central Library. 

                                                                                   

Salary:  $45,837.48 – 50,534.90         

 

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. 

 

Application instructions:

Apply online attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory.  Address Cover Letter to Athena Williams, Librarian II, Barrett Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA  22314.  Contact with questions:  703-746-1701, or careers@alexandria.lib.va.us.

Position is open until filled; however, applications received on or before February 2, 2015 will receive first consideration.  


 

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:

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.


 

Position is open until filled; however, applications received on or before February 6, 2015 will receive first consideration.