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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 150,000 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!

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Communications Assistant - 20 hours a week

Library Assistant I - 40 hours a week

Library Operations Supervisor - 40 hours a week

Sunday Librarian I - 4 hours a week

Sunday Services Manager (Librarian II) - 40 hours a week


Communications Assistant

20 Hours a week

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library

The Alexandria Library is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing, creative, social media-experienced, hard-working and eager individual to serve as the Communications Assistant. As the Library’s programs and services grow, this is an excellent opportunity for a talented individual to make a difference and be directly involved with critical projects.

 

The Library Communications Assistant performs public relations/public information work and reports to the Library’s Senior Communications Officer. Work involves writing, editing and planning layout of brochures and flyers, writing articles, press releases, and/or planning and implementing publicity campaigns.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Assists with communicating important information about Library programs, projects, events, initiatives, services and issues to the residents, employees of the Library and the media;
  • Researches, writes, and edits content including press releases, web copy, and marketing collateral;
  • Assists with photo and video production and has some experience with Adobe Creative Suite software or similar multimedia editing programs;
  • Publicizes upcoming events and exhibitions through use of print and electronic media, including posting information, graphics and links on Library website and social media;
  • Assists with creating graphic designs for multiple projects under tight deadlines;
  • Creates original concepts, design, images, artwork for print, the Internet and other media;
  • Tracks projects, produces internal reports, researches best practices, consults knowledge bases, updates skills, maintains contacts, files and maintains resources, references and image libraries;
  • Assists with the physical production and distribution of marketing materials such as bookmarks, posters, etc.;
  • Conducts research to respond to inquiries from reporters, staff, and members of the public;
  • Answers inquiries by phone and e-mail;
  • Performs general support tasks and related work as required.

 

Salary:                 $17.55-$28.02 per hour

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:            20 hours per week

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

 

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of the preparation of web content, press releases, and informational literature; ability to create and edit various forms of informational materials including graphics, photos, and marketing collateral; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; ability to develop and maintain working relationships with the staff and the public.

Minimum Requirements:

Two-year college degree with coursework in marketing, public relations, or communications; two years of experience in communications, public relations, public information and graphic production or publications editing work; two years of experience with desk top graphic publishing and experience with writing and editing information for wide distribution under deadlines; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Requirements:

Four-Year College Degree in Communications, Public Relations, or related field; three-five years of experience in a communications department or public relations agency; experience communicating to media and the public.

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 Linda Wesson, HR Manager, Alexandria Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions:  703-746-1799, or careers@alexlibraryva.org.

 

Open until filled



Library Assistant I

40 Hours Per Week

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library
 

The Alexandria Library is looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals to join our team.  The ideal candidates will have an exceptional work ethic, a willingness to learn, and the desire to contribute to a busy, community-oriented branch.

 

Duties:

  • Answer questions in person, via telephone or email, and provide instruction on using the library catalog, databases and public computer equipment.
  • Assist library users in routine selection and location of library materials.
  • Check library materials in and out for library users.
  • Collect fines and fees, issue library cards and revise registration records.
  • Assist customers with the use of library catalogs and other databases, Internet computers, printer and copy machine.
  • Assists with assigned responsibilities for passport acceptance services, for example: processing passports, mailing passports, keeping statistics, managing the customer list and assisting customers and staff with passport procedures, training new staff
  • Shelf-reading, inventory and withdrawal of library materials.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
     

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service orientation and the ability to work well with the public under demanding and sometimes difficult circumstances.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as to work well with other staff as a contributing team member.
  • Previous library experience at the page, library aide or library assistant level is desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge of integrated library systems preferred.
  • Experience with computers and Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Foreign language skills are preferred
     

Minimum Requirements:

  • Two-Year College Degree or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to read, speak, and write well in English.
  • Basic arithmetic and computer skills.
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 15 pounds.
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities;
  • US Citizenship is required for passport services.

 

Salary:             $38,946.44 - $60,064.16 annually

Benefits:         Earns annual leave 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 needs of the Library, and will include days, evenings, and weekends.

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

 

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 careers@alexlibraryva.org.

 

Open Until Filled


Library Operations Supervisor

Full-Time/ 40 Hours Per Week

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library

 

The Alexandria Library is looking for an enthusiastic individual to lead its Central Library Circulation Team.  The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to develop new staffing and service models.  Under the direction of the Central Library Manager, the Library Operations Supervisor develops library circulation policies and procedures, while managing the circulation department of the Beatley Central Library.

 

Management Duties: 

  • Provides vision and leadership for the Central Library’s Circulation Department;
  • Facilitates and plans monthly Circulation Manager meetings with the Branch Library Circulation Managers, planning and coordinating system-wide initiatives and services, resolving system-wide issues, and reviewing and revising system-wide circulation policies and procedures;
  • Schedules employees, approves leave requests, assigns work and special projects, reviews performance and completes annual evaluations, monitors and approves time records, provides ongoing training and feedback regarding performance and contributes to annual and long-term goals and priorities;
  • Assists in preparing job postings, interviewing, and selecting candidates for circulation positions;
  • Implements and evaluates new policies and procedures;
  • Helps develop guidelines for circulating new types of materials;
  • Oversees and manages meeting and conference room requests, as well as inventory and repair of library materials;
  • Conducts regular meetings with circulation staff;
  • Under the guidance of the Central Library Manager, participates in Central Library Department Head Meetings and building-wide initiatives;
  • Meets with other branch staff to recommend goals and events, as well as coordinate work;
  • Opens and closes the Central Library through opening and re-securing the building; preparing daily cash receipts for transfer and reconciling discrepancies;
  • Participates in Library committees;
  • Resolves sensitive account issues and explains library policies and procedures to patrons;
  • Performs related work as required.
     

 Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  •  Management and supervisory skills, including team building, training, mentoring, time management, and planning.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of technology including digital services, integrated library systems, and online databases
  • Knowledge of public library resources and operations
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing library environment, analyze problems, and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to interact courteously and effectively with the public, with the library’s business contacts, and with other staff, even in stressful situations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers and staff.
  • Thorough knowledge of paraprofessional library methods, procedures and practices.    
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to create schedules for a large team of full and part-time staff members.
  • Ability to maintain records, prepare reports, and meet deadlines.

 

Minimum Requirements:

Four-Year College degree and one year of experience equivalent to a Library Assistant III, or some related paraprofessional management experience using specialized computer systems; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

 

Salary:  $47,240.70 - $83,131.88 Annually

Schedule:  Hours are scheduled to meet the staffing needs of the library, and will include days, evenings, rotating Saturdays, and occasional Sundays at the Beatley Central Library

Benefits: Earns annual and sick leave and is eligible for health insurance, retirement, life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care insurance.

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 careers@alexlibraryva.org.


Sunday Librarian I

4  Hours a Week

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central 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.

 

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 the automated internet registration and printing.
  • 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:   

  • 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.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • 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: $ 25.51/hour

Benefits: This position is not eligible for benefits.

Schedule: Every Sunday 1-5 PM

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

 

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 careers@alexlibraryva.org .

 

Open Until Filled


Sunday Services Manager (Librarian II)

Full-Time / 40 Hours Per Week

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library

 

The Beatley Central Library is seeking enthusiastic, tech-savvy candidates for a Sunday Services Manager position.  The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to contribute to a busy, main library.  Under the direction of the Adult Services Manager, this position is responsible for supervising the activities of Beatley Library’s Sunday services.  Responsibilities include recruitment and selection for Sunday librarians, training and evaluating personnel, developing schedules, and overseeing Talking Books operations. This position also works closely with the Adult Services manager to develop technology initiatives, plan/implement programs, and assist with collection development.

 

Duties:

  • Utilizes library resources to respond to patron inquiries;
  • Serves on at least one Library committee each year;
  • Develops and implements goals;
  • Manages Beatley Sunday staff
  • Trains newly hired staff in library procedures and city policies;
  • Facilitates creative and diverse library programming;
  • Evaluates and reviews staff members' work progress, counsels and disciplines staff when appropriate;
  • Acquires materials in a variety of formats that reflect the diversity and needs of the community;
  • Creates displays and bibliographies which highlight specific areas of the collection;
  • Uses appropriate weeding techniques to maintain the vitality of the collection;
  • Partners with local and City agencies to plan and present special programs and events;
  • Reviews numerous professional periodicals and book reviews;
  • Stays informed of current technology and library trends;
  • Oversees Talking Books Service operations and acts as a liaison with the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (prior experience with Talking Books Service not required).
     

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.
  • Ability to learn, stay current, and develop programs with emerging technologies, including promoting the use of technology in staff trainings and meetings.
  • Ability to build and maintain productive partnerships with local organizations.
  • Familiarity with reference services using a variety of print and electronic resources.
  • Knowledge of library programming trends and experience developing and presenting programs.
  • Experience conducting outreach and working within a diverse community.
  • Some management or supervisory experience preferred.
  • U.S. citizenship required to become a certified Passport Acceptance Agent.
     

Schedule:  Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the Central Library and will include evenings, occasional Saturdays and every Sunday.

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

Salary:  $54,680 - $96,226 Annually

Benefits: Earns annual and sick leave and is eligible for health insurance, retirement, life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care insurance.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited library school required.
  • 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.
  • At least one year of professional library experience at the level of Librarian I.

 

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, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or careers@alexlibraryva.org

 

Open Until Filled


Last updated:  June 2022