Early Literacy Assistant (library Information Assistant)

Fairfax, Virginia
$23.74 - $39.57 Hourly
Apr 24, 2021
May 08, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Provides county-wide outreach and in-library programming for children age birth-5 and caregivers to promote reading readiness. Schedules story time visits with children in Head Start classrooms, childcare centers and family child care homes. Creates publications for parents and preschool educators, manages the distribution of materials from the Lending Library and prepares and distributes materials for volunteer Storytime visits. Assists the Early Literacy Outreach Manager in supporting the needs of staff, outreach volunteers and customers. Performs other duties as may be assigned to further the goals and objectives of the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL). This position works under direction of the Early Literacy Outreach Coordinator.

Note: This job announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

The hourly rate offer will not exceed the midpoint (or $31.6539) of the advertised compensation range. Promotional rules apply for current Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools employees.
Schedule: Position requires incumbent to work a flexible schedule, approximately 20 hours per week, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, however, some assignments may require working weekends and or hours outside of the 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. hours, dependent upon the needs of the unit assigned, example - 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Incumbent must be able to travel to various locations throughout Fairfax County.

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Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)

Answers informational and reference questions from customers using print and electronic resources;
Assists and instructs customers in the use of print and online materials and technology;
Advises and assists customers in the selection of books, periodicals, media, and other materials;
Plans and provides programs and outreach to customers of all ages;
Maintains collection by weeding, marketing, and merchandising library materials;
Troubleshoots library computers and reports unresolved problems through proper channels;
Performs copy cataloging of library materials;
Identifies materials to be considered for addition to the library collection;
Remains current in resources, services and technologies in the information field;
May supervise volunteers.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

Working knowledge of the principles, standards, and practices of library science;
Knowledge of library reference sources and methods;
Ability to provide information service to customers of all ages;
Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with others;
Ability to exercise tact, good judgment, and initiative;
Knowledge of word processing and computer applications;
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to answer reference questions and provide reading guidance;
Knowledge of the Library's operating procedures;
Ability to understand and interpret policies;
Ability to promote interest in library services;
Ability to plan and provide community-oriented library programs and outreach;
Ability to adapt to workplace change.
Ability to prepare and present trainings.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university plus two years of experience working in a library, bookstore, educational or research setting.

Valid driver's license.

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree, plus two years of professional experience in early childhood, elementary education or children's programming. Knowledge of children's literature and early literacy concepts. Experience in assisting others with basic computer technology and troubleshooting equipment. Self-motivated and highly organized. Ability to establish priorities, work independently and proceed with objectives with limited supervision. Ability to use a personal computer, email and various software packages. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driving record check and Child Protective Services Registry check to the satisfaction of the employer.
Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Incumbent must be able to travel to various locations throughout Fairfax County.


Ability to stoop, bend and reach. Ability to be physically active and stand for up to 3 hours. Ability to lift up to 10 pounds. All duties performed with or without accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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