Employment Opportunities

Alexandria 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.

 

Local History/Special Collections Manager -- Barrett Branch Library -- Full-time 40 hours a week

Sunday Librarian I -- Multiple Locations -- Part-time 4 hours per week

Sunday Library Assistant I -- Multiple Locations -- Part-time 4 hours per week

Library Page -- Multiple Locations -- Part-time 10 hours per week

Librarian II -- Beatley Central Library -- Full-time 40 hours a week


 

 

Local History/Special Collections Manager, Full-Time, GS 20

Barrett Branch Library

 

The Alexandria Library is seeking an experienced manager to coordinate its Local History and Special Collections Branch.  The incumbent is responsible for the overall management of the branch in support of the Alexandria Library’s goals and priorities.  The incumbent will provide leadership and oversee daily operations to include acquiring, processing, organizing and preserving manuscripts, archives, photographs and digital collections.  In addition, the incumbent supervises staff, providing leadership through policy recommendations, team building and planning.

 

Duties:

  • Manages and oversees staff assignments, training and evaluation.
  • Analyzes books, documents and other materials to determine appropriateness for the Library’s historical and special collections branch.
  • Organizes the preservation and conservation of valuable materials.
  • Ensures adherence to professional standards for the work environment and collection records, including deeds of gifts, stewardship, storage and preservation.
  • Oversees the preparation of document descriptions and reference aids for use of archives, including accession lists, indexes, guides and bibliographies.
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of digital applications for the delivery of Special Collections resources.
  • Reviews existing materials in the collection and selects items suitable for digitization and inclusion in the Alexandria Library’s digital collections.
  • Plans, organizes and delivers educational programs, presentations and tours on topics related to Alexandria and/or Virginia history.
  • Fosters, implements and manages the Local History/Special Collections outreach activities.
  • Works closely with Barrett Branch Manager to ensure effective communication between staff, program coordination and facility management.
  • Maintains an appropriate knowledge of advances and trends in archives, librarianship and related fields through training, networking, and attending conferences and workshops.
  • Assists customers with research inquiries via e-mail, telephone and in-person by directing them to appropriate staff, resources and collections.
  • Serves as the liaison to the Friends of Local History/Special Collections.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Experience:

  • Ability to be proactive, flexible and collaborative in order to accomplish library and departmental goals.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with Library advocates, community groups and historical institutions.
  • Ability to manage projects to completion, prioritize work, meet deadlines, direct and/or manage a team and ensure accountability.
    • Familiarity with digital collections and management platforms, document imaging and conversion systems.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent customer service skills and an enthusiasm for public service.
    • Specialized training and experience in archives and digital preservation is preferred.
    • Knowledge of best practices for digital preservation and archives, including relevant software and applications (e.g. EAD, Archivists Toolkit, CONTENTdm) is preferred.
  • Experience with grant writing and historical research and writing skills is preferred.

 

Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution OR a Master’s Degree in History or related field.
  • At least five years of experience in professional library, museum or archival work.
  • At least two years supervisory experience or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • A strong understanding of southern history, especially the northern Virginia area and Alexandria, including the contributions of minority populations.  


Salary: $59,083.96 - $94,933.80

Depending on qualifications. Eligible for pro-rata annual and sick leave, health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance and retirement plans.

The City’s promotional policy states that an employee who is promoted will receive an 8.5% increase plus transition up to the closest step of the new grade, or placed at the minimum of the new grade, whichever is higher. An employee’s new promotional salary may not exceed the maximum salary of the new pay grade.

 

Schedule: 40 hours per week.

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


Location:

Alexandria Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

 

Contact:

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, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304. Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or careers@alexandria.lib.va.us.


Open Until Filled



 Sunday Librarian I - 4.0 Hours

Multiple Branch Locations

(Multiple part-time non-benefited positions)

 

Under the direct supervision of the Branch Manager, the incumbent is responsible for assisting customers at the 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 automated internet registration and printing.
  • Interprets library policies and procedures for 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 busy environment under pressure.
  • Ability to assist a diverse population of customers in a calm and courteous manner.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and library customers.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, both verbal and written.


Preferred Skills:

  • 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 6 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:    There are multiple positions available throughout the Alexandria Library. Our locations are:

 

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

 

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

 

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

 

Application Instructions:

Click here to apply. Address cover letter to Ross Farley, HR Manager. For questions, contact 703-746-1701 or careers@alexandria.lib.va.us

 
Open Until Filled

 

 


Sunday Library Assistant I - 4 Hours

Multiple Locations

(Multiple part-time non-benefited positions)

 

The Alexandria Library is seeking an energetic and reliable staff member to join the Sunday Services team 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 customers 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;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • 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:   $15.016 per hour.

 

Locations: There are multiple positions available throughout the Alexandria Library. Our locations are:

 

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

 

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

 

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

 

This position is not eligible for benefits.

 

Application Instructions:

Click here to apply. Address cover letter to Ross Farley, HR Manager. For questions, contact 703-746-1701 or careers@alexandria.lib.va.us

 

 Open Until Filled

 

 

Library Page – 10 Hours

Multiple Locations

 (Multiple part-time non-benefited positions)

 

The Alexandria Library is looking for dynamic team players to join our Circulation Departments at various locations.  The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to contribute to a busy library system. 

 

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 customers 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: $13.671 per hour


This position is not eligible for benefits.

 

Locations: There are multiple positions available throughout the Alexandria Library. Our locations are:

 

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

 

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

 

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

 

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

 

Schedule:    10 hours per week.  Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the branch and will include Saturday and Sunday hours.

 

Application instructions: 

Click here to apply. Address cover letter to Ross Farley, HR Manager. For questions, contact 703-746-1701 or careers@alexandria.lib.va.us 

 
Open Until Filled

 

 

Librarian II - Full Time

Beatley Central Library

 

The Beatley Central Library is seeking enthusiastic, tech-savvy candidates for a Librarian II position. The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to contribute to a busy, main library. Under the supervision of the Adult Services Manager, this position is responsible for coordinating the Alexandria Library’s volunteer programs, plans special events and community outreach activities, and supervises interlibrary loan functions.

 

Duties:           

  • Coordinates the Library’s volunteer programs to include developing training and evaluation materials and providing guidance to branch library volunteer coordinators.
  • Recruits volunteers for support work and recommends assignments that will make best use of individual skills and library needs.
  • Oversees all aspects of public programming, exhibitions, and special events including planning, implementation, and logistics.
  • Become a passport processing agent and assist in passport processing.
  • Oversee a staff member in the Talking Books services.
  • May attend/represent the Library at off-site programs and events.
  • Oversees the interlibrary loan program, to include updating ILL policies and procedures, training staff on ILL processes, and compiling monthly and annual ILL statistics.
  • Processes ILL requests from Alexandria Library patrons and provides materials to other libraries using OCLC.
  • Answers any patron or system-wide inquiries related to ILL policies and procedures.
  • Answers reference questions in person, via telephone or email, and provides instruction on using the library catalog, databases and all equipment in the reference area.
  • Contributes to collection development of the adult fiction and nonfiction areas through evaluating and ordering new materials as well as weeding and maintaining current collections.
  • Serves as manager or building officer in the absence of the Adult Services Manager
  • May supervise up to five staff members (part-time Librarian I and Library Assistant positions) including interviewing, selecting, training and evaluating these staff.

 

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be a US Citizen to qualify for Passport Training.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of automated integrated library systems and comfortable with technology.
  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Familiarity with reference services using a variety of print and electronic resources.
  • Ability to work independently to manage ILL processes.
  • Some management or supervisory experience preferred.

 

Schedule:       

Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the Central Library and will include evenings, Saturdays and occasional Sundays.

 

Location:        

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

 

Salary:  $51,042.42 - $66,834.82

The City’s promotional policy states that an employee who is promoted will receive an 8.5% increase plus transition up to the closest step of the new grade, whichever is higher. An employee’s new promotion salary may not exceed the maximum salary of the new pay grade.

 

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited A.L.A. library school and the Virginia professional library license are required.
  • At least one year of professional library experience at the level of Librarian I, experience in general reference, interlibrary loan and some supervisory experience is preferred.


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, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304. Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or careers@alexandria.lib.va.us.

 

Open Until Filled