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City of Charlottesville Library - Branch Specialist (Nelson County Memorial Library) in United States

Library - Branch Specialist (Nelson County Memorial Library)

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Library - Branch Specialist (Nelson County Memorial Library)


$34,216.00 - $44,491.20 Annually


Lovingston (22949), VA

Job Type

Regular Full-Time

Job Number



Jefferson-Madison Regional Library


Branch Operations

Opening Date


Closing Date

5/28/2024 5:00 PM Eastern

Bargaining Unit


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  • Benefits

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General Summary

The City of Charlottesville is seeking candidates to be considered for the position of Branch Specialist for the Nelson County Memorial Library who are highly motivated and who strive for success by demonstrating Charlottesville's Core Values of Commitment, Respect, Innovation, and Collaboration.

The preferred hiring range for this position is between $16.45 to $21.39 hourly. Starting offer is based on applicable education, experience, and internal equity. This is a full-time, non-exempt, position. The position also provides excellent benefits including 13 paid holidays plus 1 floating holiday, paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance options with employer contribution, employer-paid life insurance, City's retirement options, gym membership reimbursement, and continuing education/training opportunities.

  • For a general summary of benefits offered by the City, please click the 'benefits' tab on this posting, or visit .

  • The City of Charlottesville manages its own retirement system and does not participate in VRS; however, the City has a Portability Agreement with VRS and there are certain provisions that must be met. If questions pertaining to the Portability Agreement, please contact the City's Benefits Administrator at 434-970-3462.

This position plans, organizes, publicizes, and conducts library programs and outreach for children and/or young adults and/or families, which may include but is not limited to the Summer Reading Program, family programs, and/or weekly story times. Provides reader advisory and reference services for patrons of all ages. Performs functions related to the circulation of library materials. Prepares displays and booklists. The individual must have a good rapport with children, young adults, and/or families.

Work is performed under the supervision of the Library Branch Manager.

For more information about the Library and this position please go to: (

The City of Charlottesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Values Diversity at All Levels of its Workforce.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

  • Performs functions associated with circulating library materials including data entry.

  • Checking in/checking out and the shelving of library materials.

  • Plans, organizes, publicizes, and conducts library programs for children and/or young adults and/or families.

  • Completes forms and/or computer work for items missing, lost, damaged, weeded, de-new, having errors in processing or labeling and for video rotation.

  • Performs functions associated with the receipt and disbursal of funds including record keeping and preparing money for deposit.

  • Provides reader's advisory and reference services for patrons of all ages, utilizing print and electronic sources.

  • Promotes library services and materials.

  • Interacts with patrons to determine information needs (reference interview), including follow up.

  • Communicates and enforces library policies to patrons.

  • Registers patrons and collects fines and fees.

  • Responds to patron inquiries.

  • Assists patrons in the use of library resources and equipment, offering some computer assistance to the public.

  • As needed, works with other branches related to interlibrary loan coordination.

  • Operates equipment associated with the opening, operating, and closing of the branch including phones, computers, copier, fax machine and cash register.

  • Creates attractive and accurate booklists, flyers, displays, and signs.

  • Maintains neatness of public areas, including returning furniture to correct position, picking up library materials for eventual re-shelving and collecting other miscellaneous items.

  • Organizes and presents interesting and effective library tours, as needed.

  • Assumes responsibility for library during daily, short-term, or extended absences of the branch manager.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education, Experience and Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree.

  • Minimum one (1) year of customer service experience.

  • Requires familiarity of Windows applications and the Internet.

  • Requires a general knowledge of children or young adult materials, resources, needs, and interests.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working with children and/or young adults preferred.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and Saturdays.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of Windows applications and the Internet, extensive customer service experience, and an excellent public service attitude.

  • General knowledge of library practices.

  • Knowledge of computer hardware and other technology associated with circulation of library materials and the ability to troubleshoot.

  • Knowledge and ability to follow library policies and procedures associated with the circulation of library materials.

  • Knowledge of and ability to use online information sources in reference situations.

  • Knowledge and ability to use nonfiction and print reference collection for reference inquiries.

  • Knowledge and ability to shelve materials by call number.

  • Knowledge of policies and procedures related to appropriate completion of forms and/or computer work and ability to perform such tasks.

  • Knowledge of policies and procedures and ability to accomplish tasks of the pick list and holds shelf maintenance.

  • Knowledge of policies and procedures and ability to accomplish tasks related to interlibrary loan coordination and maintenance in the branch.

  • Knowledge of library procedures associated with the opening, operating, and closing of the branch.

  • Knowledge of patrons' needs/interests and the local community.

  • Ability to plan programs.

  • Ability to conduct and evaluate programs including using a variety of techniques, resources and activities and recording statistics.

  • Ability to organize and maintain library materials.

  • Ability to budget, to maintain a calendar of programs, and to utilize outside presenters.

  • Ability to produce publicity for library programs, including use of applicable computer programs.

  • Ability to utilize applicable library computer hardware/software.

  • Ability to prepare attractive and accurate booklists, displays, flyers, and signs.

Physical Conditions & Additional Information

Ability to push book trucks, carts, and bins weighing up to 30 pounds; ability to lift 30 pounds; ability to be able to stand for extended periods, stoop, bend and carry. Contacts include supervisor, staff, and public.


Updated July 1, 2022

Benefits cited represent those for regular 40-hour employees and may differ for Management Level, Part-Time, and/or Library positions. Long-term temporary employees are eligible for all benefits except retirement. Interns, temporary, seasonal, substitute, and relief employees are not eligible for benefits.

  1. LEAVE:
  • Vacation:

  • 3.09 hours accrued biweekly -- 0 - <3 years

  • 3.85 hours accrued biweekly -- 3 - <5 years

  • 4.62 hours accrued biweekly -- 5 - <10 years

  • 5.40 hours accrued biweekly -- 10 - <15 years

  • 6.16 hours accrued biweekly -- 15 - <20 years

  • 6.93 hours accrued biweekly -- 20 - <25 years

  • 7.70 hours accrued biweekly -- 25+ years

  • Sick:

  • 4.62 hours per biweekly pay period, approximately 120 hours a years, no limit on accumulation

  • Holidays:

  • 14 paid holidays per calendar year (13 observed and 1 floating)

  • Aetna Medical –

  • Choose from three options with different premiums and levels of coverage and coverage is effective on the first of the month following date of hire:

  • HMO: $0 premium for employee only coverage

  • POS 1: Employee-only premium of $36.28 per biweekly pay

  • POS 2: Employee-only premium of $13.02 per biweekly pay

  • (Dependent coverage is available but the cost of the premium is not subsidized.)

  • Prescription Card ($10 generic, $30 lower cost name brand, $55 higher cost name brand)

  • Mail Order Maintenance Prescription Drug Program ($20 generic, $60 lower cost name brand, $110 higher cost brand)

  • Dental (Delta Dental)

  • No cost for employee only coverage. Dependent coverage is available but the cost of the premium is not subsidized.

  • Diagnosis and Preventive -- 100% of allowable charge; Basic Dental Care - 80%; Major Dental Care - 50%

  • Primary -- $50 deductible, 80/20

  • Prosthetic & Complex Restorative -- $50 deductible, 50/50

  • $1,500 maximum annual benefit

  • $1,000 Orthodontic Benefit

  • MetLife Vision Plan: Optional

  • Employee only coverage: $2.50 bi-weekly; Dependent coverage also available at differing rates.

  • Eye health exam, dilatation, prescription and refraction of glasses covered after $10 co-pay;

  • $130 allowance for frames, after co-pay, plus additional discounts where accepted.

  • Life:

  • Two times annual salary (paid by the City)

  • Optional supplemental life available for employee, spouse, dependents (paid by employee)

  • AFLAC: Optional

  • Cancer/accident/short term disability/intensive care insurance (paid by employee)

  • Long Term Disability

  • Protection from income loss due to long-term illness or injury (paid by the City)

  1. RETIREMENT: The City of Charlottesville manages its own retirement system and does not participate in VRS, however the City has a Portability Agreement with VRS. There are certain provisions that must be met and the portability request must be executed within 18 months of vesting in the City's Plan.
  • Pension:

  • Choose from two options:

  • A Defined Benefit Pension plan pays a monthly benefit in retirement using a defined formula based on the employee's earnings history, tenure of service, and age. Our plan has a 5 year vesting period and an employee contribution of 5% of salary.

  • A Defined Contribution 401a plan in which fixed contributions are paid into an individual's account by the employer, the contributions are invested, returns (positive or negative) are credited to the account, and the account balance is used to provide retirement benefits. The vesting schedule for our 401a plan is 33% after one year of service, 67% after two years of service, and 100% after three years of service. There is no required contribution from salary. (Note that: the Defined Contribution retirement plan is the only plan available for Library employees)

  • Supplemental:

  • Deferred Compensation (457) - employee contribution

  • Flexible Spending Accounts:

  • Health Care Expenses

  • Dependent Care Expenses

  • Parking/Mass Transit Expenses

  • Parking Subsidy of $50 per month

  • Wellness Programs:

  • Gym Reimbursement Program

  • Monthly On-Site Nurse and Annual Flu Shots

  • Health Screenings and Fairs, Education Sessions, & Weekly Fitness Classes

  • Weight Watchers at Work

  • Bike Commuter Program:

  • Reimbursement of up to $20 per month for reasonable bike commuting expenses

  • Employee Assistance Program:

  • A variety of confidential, personal professional services for you and your family available 24 hours a day.

  • Tuition Reimbursement Program:

  • Up to $1,500 for undergraduate OR Up to $3,000 for graduate level tuition per fiscal year per employee.


    Do you have any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelors degree?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have previous library work or volunteer experience?

  • Yes

  • No


    Briefly describe your experience and knowledge related to children's materials and familiarity with children's needs, interest, and resources. If no experience, write "none."


    Please indicate the following Microsoft Windows Application you are proficient using. (Check all that apply.)

  • Outlook (composing email messages; sending and receiving email messages; organizing email messages into folders; managing contacts; scheduling appointment and meetings; managing tasks)

  • Word (Knowledge of common functions such as creating a title; using, modifying, and creating styles; indenting paragraphs; using tabs and tables; inserting a hard page break; using page numbering; creating headers and footers; inserting graphic; adding comments and tracking changes)

  • PowerPoint (Creating a template and working with a design template; working with graphics, animation and multimedia)

  • None of the above


    To be considered, qualifying education and experience, including City of Charlottesville employment, must be clearly documented in the education, work history, and additional information sections of the employment application. Resumes can be attached but should not be used as a substitute for the required information on the application. I understand that an attached resume may not be accepted in place of a completed employment application and that my qualifications should be stated on the employment application itself.

  • Yes

  • No


    I certify that the information above is true and correct, and I certify that it can be verified with reference to the information in my basic application. I understand that my application may be rejected if the responses to supplemental questions do not match my basic application.

  • Yes

  • No

    Required Question


City of Charlottesville


P. O. Box 911 605 East Main Street Charlottesville, Virginia, 22902


(434) 970-3490