DATE ENTERED: July 2, 2020
APPLY BY: This position is 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.


The Librarian IV is responsible for the operation of the City of Alexandria’s Central Library, the largest library in the system. The Librarian IV supervises the Circulation, Adult Services and Youth Services Section Managers of the Central Library. In addition, this position oversees several citywide library services, including Interlibrary Loan Service, Talking Books Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and Outreach Services. The Librarian IV receives general supervision from the Deputy Director of Libraries.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares annual goals and objectives for the Central Library
  • Plans and coordinates the library services of the Central Library
  • Supervises and evaluates the Section Managers of the Central Library
  • Delegates library duties, assigns special projects and approves leave
  • Responsible for system-wide Outreach Services through Circulation, Adult Services, Youth Services and Talking Book Service
  • Responsible for developing and evaluating adult material collections
  • Interprets library policies, resolves patron complaints and provides library information for the public
  • Writes monthly, annual, and special reports for Library Administration
  • Participates in the development of new library policies and procedures for the library system
  • Reviews and writes personnel budget recommendations for Library Administration
  • Liaison for the Friends of the Library at the Central Library
  • Plans special library programs at the Central Library, including tours and presentations
  • Serves as a certified passport agent and provides assistance on a rotating basis
  • Secures and ensures the security of the building and the safety of employees
  • Represents the library at regional professional meetings and community meetings


Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
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 and books and authors; ability to analyze professional and administrative problems, to make recommendations, and take appropriate actions in their solution; ability to utilize electronic databases and computers; 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; ability to interpret library policies and objectives to community groups, public officials, business and education leaders and the general public; ability to participate in the development or improvement of professional library methods and standards and to establish and maintain effective public relations.

Minimum Requirements:
Minimum: Master's Degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited school; at least five years of experience in professional library work, including two or more years of experience in a supervisory capacity at the level of Librarian III; 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.

Salary: $62,657.92 - $102,994.90

Hours are scheduled to meet the staffing needs of the library, and will include days, evenings, and may include weekend hours.

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

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 [email protected]

This position is 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.