DATE ENTERED: January 26, 2021
LOCATION: The Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA
APPLY BY: 11:59 PM on February 9, 2021

Positions #00143 & #00218 (Full-Time), Pay Band 4
Library Specialist II; 29052
Salary Range: up to $45,000 (commensurate with experience)
Open to the General Public

Join an outstanding team of archivists and librarians committed to providing the best and most accurate information to Virginians and researchers around the world. The Library of Virginia, the archival agency for the Commonwealth of Virginia, is seeking two Reference Archivists. Reporting to the Archives & Library Reference Services Department in the Public Services & Outreach Division, the selected candidates will provide direct services to the general public; state and local government officials; local, national, and international media; academic and specialized researchers; and correspondents by interpreting, evaluating, and analyzing their research needs. The selected candidates will apply their knowledge of Virginia history and government, historiography, and the holdings of the archives in order to guide, direct, instruct, or provide the information necessary to answer inquiries and to make the archival records of the Commonwealth available for use as required by Section 42.1-76, Code of Virginia.

To be successful in this position, in addition to the qualifications listed, you will need to value working for an agency that fosters a diverse, open, inclusive, team-oriented work environment.  

The Library of Virginia offers a strong benefits package complete with 12 paid holidays, annual leave, family and personal leave, paid sick leave, parental leave, short- and long-term disability, retirement, deferred compensation, flexible work schedule, and much more.

60% - Assists Researchers & Staff
20% - Conducts Research
10% - Participates in Archival & Agency Projects
05% - Maintains collections
05% - Presentations & Tours


  • Bachelor’s degree in U.S. history, American studies, library science, or a related field with an emphasis in archival administration; or Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) certification and formal experience in an archival institution;
  • Knowledge and experience with best practices in public service and reference service models as articulated in the American Library Association’s “Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers,” as noted in the RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) section of the ALA website;  
  • Excellent written, verbal and listening skills;
  • Excellent customer service skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide moderately complex to complex reference service in an archival repository and research library;
  • Demonstrated ability to use computer programs and automated databases;
  • Ability to work with the public on a sustained basis and as a member of a team;
  • Ability to deliver presentations, analyze research materials, write effectively and prepare publications;
  • Ability to plan and carry out projects and direct the work of others;
  • Ability to work with the public on a sustained basis and as a member of a team; and
  • Ability to work alternate Saturdays.


  • Master’s degree in U.S. history, American studies, library science, or a related field with an emphasis on archival administration; and
  • Considerable experience in an archives, manuscripts repository, or special collections department of a major research library with emphasis on public service is desirable.
An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may substitute for educational requirements.


To apply, candidates must submit a completed Virginia state employment application online at for position #00143 by 11:59 PM on February 9, 2021. Candidates applying for position #00143 will also be considered for position #00218. Questions should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (804) 692-3586 or [email protected]. Please visit our website at for additional information about the agency.

The selected candidate must successfully pass a criminal background check. A record of criminal history does not automatically bar an applicant from consideration. Employment verification and reference checks, to include current/previous supervisors, will be conducted.
Sponsorship will not be provided for this position now or in the future. Confirmation of eligibility to work will be required at time of hire.

The Library of Virginia will record information from each new employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) into the Federal E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

Yellow/Blue Cards – If you have been affected by Policy 1.30 Layoff as a state employee and possess a valid Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) or a Preferential Hiring Card (Blue Card), you must submit this document BEFORE the closing date for this position. The document may be scanned and uploaded in the same manner as uploading a cover letter or resume during the application process, or it may be faxed to (804) 692-3587. Please include your name and the position number on the fax cover sheet and call to confirm receipt.

Fax, e-mail or mail applications will not be accepted. The online state application must contain all required information and fully respond to questions to be considered for this job opportunity. For assistance or computer access, please visit your local Virginia Employment Office or contact [email protected] or 804-692-3586.

The Library of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people with National Service experience to apply. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Library of Virginia will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodations to applicants in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. If you require accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (804) 692-3586 or email [email protected]. An EEO/AA/ADA Employer