Arlington, Virginia
$57,387.20 - $91,811.20 Annually
May 25, 2019
Jun 07, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Public Library is seeking a Librarian with strong customer service skills to staff the library at the County Detention Center. This position will also work at the Bozman Government Center branch library providing general library services and assisting all library patrons in person or over the phone with locating county departments and services.

Specific duties include:
  • Overseeing the day to day operations of the library in the Arlington County Detention Center to include responding to inmate inquiries, assessing needs and interests of inmates to determine appropriate resources, recommending materials, conducting database searches, and assisting customers in finding materials;
  • Monitoring and inspecting selected materials for replacement, repair, and/or arrangement, to include selection and weeding;
  • Coordinating and maintaining partnerships with the Sheriff's office to support library operations and programs; and
  • Participating in system-wide teams and committees as assigned.
The ideal candidate possesses effective interpersonal and communications skills (both oral and written) and knowledge of law related resources.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Master of Library Science or Information Science degree from an ALA accredited college or university, plus up to three years' experience serving in a Librarian role including at least one year in providing customer service in a public library setting. Applicants may be hired up to the senior level which requires 3 years or may be hired at lower levels with 1 year required at entry level and two years required at the journey level.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with prior experience working in a correctional facility or similar environment.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Full-time 40 hours per week. May occasionally work evening and weekend hours. Actual work schedule will be determined upon appointment based on the needs of the work location. Assignment may change over time; current vacancy is at Plaza Library, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard and the County Detention Center, 1435 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA 22201.

This position is part of a pay for performance salary system within the Department. Entry salary within the band is determined by experience and qualifications. With satisfactory performance, professional development and position growth, employees may advance within the band up to the maximum of the band.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. In order to receive full credit for your experience, please ensure that you have included details of all relevant work experience on your application and have completed the Supplemental Questionnaire in its entirety.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Do you have a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited college or university?
  • Yes
  • No


How much full-time experience do you have working in a library serving a correctional facility?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please describe your work experience with any or all of the following:
  • De-escalating stressful situations
  • Resolving difficult issues
  • Working with vulnerable populations

Required Question

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