Early Literacy Outreach Librarian

Arlington, Virginia
$57,387.20 - $91,811.20 Annually
Aug 16, 2019
Sep 06, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

The Arlington County Public Library System is seeking an Early Literacy Outreach Librarian to provide readers' advisory and programming services for youth ages 0 to 5, caregivers, and families in our diverse communities. This employee will also represent the library while visiting daycare centers, preschools, and other community partners to promote early literacy to underserved populations. They will need to seek out new community partnerships and maintain relationships and channels of communication with current partners. There will be a general requirement of working at the Columbia Pike Branch Library in a librarian role, including collection maintenance and development in youth services; and operational duties, such as working at the service desk.

Specific duties include:
  • Serving as an outreach librarian by developing and continuing partnerships with County and other non-library organizations;
  • Assisting customers in the use of library resources both onsite and remotely;
  • Participating in the system-wide Youth Services Team and other teams as assigned;
  • Planning and providing programs for youth ages 0 to 5 including story times, book talks, caregiver training, visits to home daycare and daycare centers including Head Start; few on site programs will be required as the bulk of programming will take place off site, and be dependent upon the needs of the parent organization; and
  • Participating in the maintenance of the youth services collection.
The ideal employee for this position will be youth and customer service oriented, energetic, enthusiastic, and tech savvy.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Master's Degree in Library Science or Information Science from an ALA accredited college or university, plus three years of experience providing customer service in a Librarian role which includes at least one year in the youth services or directly related specialty.

Preference will be given to candidates with graduate or undergraduate course work in youth services or literature, educational programming techniques, or child/adolescent development.

  • Developing new and supporting existing partnerships with non-library organizations;
  • Conducting programs for youth, especially programs for children from birth through age five, and developing early literacy programs and collections;
  • Using social media and creating marketing materials to promote the library and its services;
  • Experience researching and writing grants;
  • Working with limited English speaking youth and families; and/or
  • Bilingual in English and another language.

Special Requirements

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment and maintain, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Full-time 40 hours per week. Schedule includes at least one evening per week and at least two weekend days per month, possibly more. Employee will be assigned to one of the Arlington Library locations. Current opening is at the Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, with a large portion of work taking place off site. Assignment may change over time.

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: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

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


Please indicate the number of years you have serving in a full-time Youth Librarian role.
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please indicate if you have experience in the following (check all that apply):
  • Developing new and supporting existing partnerships with non-library organizations
  • Conducting programs for youth, especially programs for children from birth through age five, and developing early literacy programs and collections
  • Using social media and creating marketing materials to promote the library and its services
  • Working with limited English speaking youth and families
  • Bilingual in English and another language
  • Experience researching and writing grants
  • None of the above


Please use this space to provide a detailed description of the experience in all the areas you have checked above (only if you did not provide details in your application).


Indicate below if you have graduate or undergraduate course work in youth services, children's literature, educational programming techniques, or child/adolescent development. If you do not have this course work, please type N/A.

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