POSITION: Deputy Director of Libraries
APPLY BY: Open Until Filled

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

Alexandria is an 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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 [email protected].

Open Until Filled

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 this position. This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks, including a criminal background screening professional librarian issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia or the ability to obtain one in 3 months.