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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Scholarship Fund of Alexandria in Search of an Assistant Director


Hi All --

I'm sharing a job opportunity for the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria's Assistant Director position. Please see the job description below, and if interested, send a resume and cover letter to (And please feel free to forward to others.) 



Job Opportunity

Assistant Director, The Scholarship
Fund of Alexandria

Opportunity: The
Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (SFA) seeks an energetic, enthusiastic
individual committed to SFA’s mission. 
The qualified applicant will be eager to support Alexandria
high school students obtain the financial aid information and college
scholarships that will help them access higher education. This position is full-time, year-round and
provides an opportunity to work in a small, dynamic, mission-driven public
nonprofit organization. Can-do attitude
essential! The Assistant Director
reports to the Executive Director.

Description: The Assistant Director will serve as the Program Director to the
Scholarship Program, overseeing the application, awarding, tracking and renewal
of scholarships. The Assistant Director
also evaluates program effectiveness; assists students and their families with
financial aid advising; manages the donor software database; supports outreach
and communication through social media outlets; and supports fundraising

Key Responsibilities of Assistant Director

Directs the Scholarship Program: Serves as program director to design, produce,
and administer the scholarship application process including on-line
application, promotional materials, and supplemental application
materials. Tracks collection and
verification of application materials and creates database to facilitate the
selection process by the program committee of the Board of Trustees. Maintains systems to track donors, students and other
pertinent information for the purpose of providing accurate financial and
program records for evaluation and audit.

Provides high-quality programmatic management of
scholarships, including but not limited to clear and accurate outreach and communication
to students, parents, and other key stakeholders; and timely award of new
scholarships and renewals.

data from student records, National Student Clearinghouse, ACPS and other
sources to record, report and analyze data required for meaningful program
evaluation and recommendations for improvement. 

Financial Aid Advising: Works with the Executive Director, the College
Adviser, and ACPS staff to develop printed materials, on-line resources, and
workshops to deliver financial aid advising resources to ACPS students to
assist them in understanding and accessing maximum federal, state, and private
financial aid. Provides direct delivery
of financial aid advising to students and/or parents on a daily basis.

Social Media Outreach and Evaluation: Provides outreach via social media platforms to
inform and engage key stakeholders. 
Evaluates effectiveness of engagement activities and makes
recommendations for improvement. 

Database Manager: Oversees procedures and quality control for SFA’s
Sage Fundraising 50 donor database to support effective fundraising campaigns
and student tracking for program evaluation. Coordinates and reconciles financial
records with bookkeeper and reconciles donor database with QuickBooks. Maintains systems to
track donors, students and other pertinent information for the purpose of
providing accurate financial and program records for evaluation and audit.

Fundraising: Supports the Executive
Director and Board of Trustees in organizing and implementing successful
fundraising events such as the annual Telethon and Spring Gala.

Other duties as Assigned: Assists
the SFA Board, the Executive Director, and ACPS Staff to promote the mission
and objectives of the Scholarship Fund in the community. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in
relevant area;

Superior interpersonal
skills, with experience working with people of varied backgrounds and cultures;

Strong communications
skills, both verbal and written (Spanish language fluency a plus);

Superior organizational
skills, including the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and
balance competing priorities;

Strong attention to detail
and accuracy;

Experience with community
engagement, including the ability to leverage social media tools to provide
outreach to stakeholders;

Knowledge of scholarship
or grant management;

and knowledge of the college financial aid process, along with Federal and
other college financial resources;

Knowledge of donor
management software, such as SageFundraising 50;

Knowledge of accounting
software, such as Quickbooks;

Experience with database management,
including the ability to use spreadsheet software such as Excel to produce

Understanding of and
commitment to maintaining confidential information;

Comfort with engaging and
supervising volunteers;

Willingness to support
fundraising activities; 

Ability to act on behalf
of the Executive Director in her absence; and 

Willingness to perform
other duties as assigned to ensure the success of the organization.

Commitment: This is a full-time, year
round position with a salary in the $40-50s range, depending on experience. 

Interested parties should
send a cover letter with résumé to No calls please. If your application is selected, you will be
contacted for an interview. All
employees must also consent to criminal and child protective services
background checks.

The Scholarship Fund of
Alexandria is an equal opportunity employer.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Alexandria Police Department Accepting Applications for the 30th Session of the Police Citizens Academy

Alexandria Police Department Accepting Applications for the 30th Session of the Police Citizens Academy
Get to know your Police Department! The 10-week Alexandria Police Citizens Academy provides an opportunity for residents to learn about various aspects of the Police Department, such as administrative philosophy, internal policies and the guiding principles of law and ethical conduct governing the delivery of police services. Classes are a combination of lecture and interactive activities. Class topics will include patrol operations, gangs, crime prevention, crime scene investigations, criminal investigations and the Special Operations Team.

The academy will be held every Wednesday from 6:30 10:00 p.m. at the Police Department’s new Headquarters, 3600 Wheeler Avenue, in the Community Room, located on the first floor. Classes begin on September 11, 2013, and end with a formal graduation ceremony on November 20. 2013.

The program is offered free of charge, however, each participant will be asked to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours per year post graduation. This could involve assisting with events, such as parades, road races, National Night Out, Project SafeAssured, etc.

Class size is limited to twenty participants. Due to the popularity of the class, participants are asked to commit to attending all of the 10 sessions. Participants of the Police Citizens Academy must be at least 21 years of age and live or work in the City. In addition, criminal history checks will be conducted on all applicants for final approval of acceptance.

The curriculum covers the core elements that are essential for participants to gain a greater understanding of police operations. As a result of their participation, residents can make more informed judgments about the Alexandria Police Department and its daily operations. The Police Department is simultaneously able to acquire a greater understanding of the views and concerns of the community through an enhanced relationship with the public.

For more information on the Police Citizens Academy or to request an application, or e-mail the Volunteer Office at The deadline for registration is August 1,, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

New Hours at Alexandria Library's Talking Book Service


New Hours at Alexandria Library's Talking Book Service

The Talking Book Service (TBS) at Alexandria Library will now operateMonday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Patrons may also reach TBS by calling 703-746-1760 or

The Alexandria Library's Talking Book Department offers a service to blind and physically challenged individuals through the provision of reading machines that play specially designed, pre-recorded tapes. These tapes are professionally recorded through The National Library Service of the Library of Congress. The tapes contain complete, unabridged books ranging from classical literature to current best sellers and cover a wide array of subjects. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tomato Thief

Ratings Agencies Reaffirm City of Alexandria’s Bond Rating

Ratings Agencies Reaffirm City of Alexandria’s Bond Rating
For Immediate Release: July 10, 2013
Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service have reaffirmed the City of Alexandria’s bond ratings of ‘AAA’ and ‘Aaa,’ respectively. The City has maintained these top grades from both major bond rating agencies since 1992.
Bond ratings (expressed in letters from ‘AAA’ to ‘C-’ for investment grade bonds on S&P’s rating scale, for example), are grades given to bonds that indicate their credit quality.  Private independent rating services provide these evaluations of a bond issuer’s financial strength, or its ability to pay a bond’s principal and interest in a timely manner.
In reaffirming the City’s bond rating, Moody’s cited Alexandria’s “very conservative debt issuance guidelines," and said the City’s “financial position will continue to remain healthy in the medium term due to strong financial management and conservative budgeting."
However, Moody's maintained its negative outlook on Alexandria's ‘Aaa’ rating, due to the City’s indirect linkages to the weakened credit profile of the U.S. government. Surrounding jurisdictions, including Fairfax and Arlington Counties, received negative outlook ratings as well, and for the same reason.
S&P also assigned a stable outlook to Alexandria’s series 2013 general obligation (GO) capital improvement bonds and affirmed its ‘AAA’ rating, with a stable outlook, on the city's existing GO debt.

Standard and Poor's notes the rating reflects “deep, diverse, and strongly performing local economy, which serves as one of the anchors of the greater Washington and northern Virginia regions,” adding, “Finances remain, in our view, very strong, characterized by a history of strong financial performance, strong reserves, and strong management oversight.”
“That the City received the top grades from these ratings agencies is clearly a strongly positive message concerning the City’s financial condition,” said Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille. “Once again, we’ve worked hard to maintain the careful financial planning and strong fiscal management that has earned Alexandria these rankings for more than two decades.”
For more information, contact Nathan Carrick in the Office of Communications and Public Information at, or 703.746.3199.

Police Investigate Shooting on Holmes Run Parkway


Alexandria Police Investigate Shooting on Holmes Run Parkway
For Immediate Release: July 10, 2013
Alexandria Police are investigating a shooting that occurred shortly before 7 am in the 5400 block of Holmes Run Parkway. An adult male, 35, has been flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital and was listed in critical condition with wounds to the body. 
Another male who was at the home was treated on the scene for a gunshot wound to the hand. This male, 23, was interviewed by detectives then was transported to Inova Alexandria Hospital for further medical treatment. 
The cause of this event is under investigation.   The subject in critical condition is a former resident of the home, and was there to pick up personal items from his estranged wife who resides there.  The subject with the hand wound was a visitor.  A pistol was recovered.
For further information, please call Lt. Mark Bergin, Alexandria Police Public Information Office, at 571.238.3778.

Monday, July 8, 2013

July Library Events

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library 
5005 Duke Street, 22304
Tel: 703.746.1702 Fax: 703.746.1763
Mon-Thurs 10am - 9pm; Fri 10am - 6pm; Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun 1pm - 5pm


LITTLE ONE-DERS Mondays, July 1, 8, 15, & 29, 10:30 to 11:00am and Thursdays,July 11, 18 & 25, 11:15 to 11:45am. Ages 12 to 23 months, with an adult.

TIME FOR 2’s Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10:30 to 11:00am. Ages 24 to 36 months, with an adult.

BABY RHYME TIME Mondays and Tuesdays, July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30,11:30am to noon. Ages 0 to 11 months, with adult.

GAME NIGHT Tuesdays, July 2, 16, 23 & 30, 7:00 to 8:00pm. Dare to be different. Challenge yourself, challenge your friends. Play now. Ages 8-12, games change monthly.

FAMILY STORY & CRAFT NIGHT Wednesdays, July 3 & 177:00 to 7:30pm. Tap into your creative side with an evening of stories and a craft! All ages, with an adult.

SATURDAY STORIES Saturdays, July 6 & 2011:00 to 11:30am. Enjoy Saturday morning stories and songs. All ages welcome, no pre-registration necessary.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 to 8:30pm. Bring the whole gang and enjoy a family-friendly movie! Snacks will be provided. All ages welcome.

MR. KNICK KNACK Wednesday, July 10, 10:30 to 11:15am. Dance and sing as Mr. Knick Knack plays guitar and sings favorites old and new. Ages 0 to 5, with an adult.

LEGO FAMILY NIGHT Wednesdays, July 10, 24 & 31, 7:00 to 8:00pm. Bring the whole family for an evening of creative play. All ages, with an adult.

SPANISH STORY TIME Wednesday, July 10 1:00 to 1:30pm. Join the Beatley Library for Spanish Story Time. All levels are welcome!

BIG DIG! Wednesday, July 10, 4:00 to 4:45pm. What lies beneath the surface of Alexandria? Find out at this hands-on workshop by the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Ages 6 to 12, without an adult.

STORY TIME Thursdays, July 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 to 11:00am or 3:00 to 3:30pm. Ages 3 to 5 years, without an adult.

THE UNCLE DEVIN SHOW! Saturday, July 13, 11 to 11:45am. Hear, see and play a variety of percussion instruments as you dance along with Uncle Devin. All ages welcome.

LET’S GO! Wednesday, July 17, 10:30 to 11:15am. Embark on a musical exploration of transportation and movement with musician Tracey Eldridge. Ages 0-5, with an adult.

MAGIC SHOW! Wednesday, July 17, 4 to 4:45pm. Prepare to be amazed by Mike Perrello’s delightful blend of magic and comedy. Ages 6-12, without an adult.

PAWS TO READ Thursdays July 18, 5:30 to 6:30pm. Sign up to read to a dog! Some friendly dogs are coming to the Beatley Central Library to listen to their human buddies read to them. Pre-registration required; call 703-746-1702 ext. 5 for a 15 minute slot or visit children’s desk. Grades 1 to 6.

ROCKIN’ AND READING Thursday, July 18, 7 to 7:45pm. Get ready to rock with Parents’ Choice Award-winning musician Leonardo. All ages welcome.

LITTLE KIDS, LITTLE SONGS Monday, July 22, 10:30 to 11:15am. Listen as The Green Golly Project uses little songs to tell little tales. Ages 0 to 5, with an adult.

CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL PUPPET SHOW Wednesday, July 24, 10:30 to 11:15am and 1 to 1:45pm. Sing along with the animal puppets from Rainbow Puppet Productions. Please choose one show to attend. Ages 0-5, with an adult.

SPECTACULAR SCIENCE Wednesday, July 24, 4:00 to 4:45pm. With the folks from Mad Science, learn the science behind magic and see spectacular indoor fireworks! Ages 6 to 12, without an adult.

GREECE LIGHTNING Saturday, July 27, 11:00 to 11:45am. Join Bright Star Theatre in a riotous romp through all things Greek – from mythology to yogurt! All ages welcome.

THE MOTHER GOOSE CABOOSE PUPPET SHOW Wednesday, July 31, 10:30 to 11:15am and 1:00 to 1:45pm. Spend the morning with Mother Goose and her friends in this show by Bob Brown Puppets. Please choose one show to attend. Ages 0-5, with an adult.

SUMMERQUEST FINALE Wednesday, July 31, 4:00 to 4:45pm. Watch a movie, enjoy a treat and celebrate SummerQuest at our grand finale!

James M. Duncan, Jr. Branch Library 
2501 Commonwealth Avenue, 22301
Tel: 703-746-1705, Fax: 703-746-1785
Mon 10am-7pm; Tues 10am-7pm; Wed 1pm-9pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm

UNO, DOS, TRES, CON ANDRES! Monday, July 8, 10:00 and 11:00am. An interactive music show for children. For ages 0 to 5.

BILL JENKINS Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 and 11:00am. Bill Jenkins leads us in hands-on music. For ages 1 to 5 years.

PAWS TO READ Tuesday, July 9 & 235:30 to 6:30pm. Sign up at the Children’s Desk or call 703-746-1783 for a 15 minute slot to read to a dog. For Grades 1 to 6.

MUSIC TOGETHER ALEXANDRIA Wednesday, July 10, 10:00am. Join us at the Mount Vernon Rec Center as part of Kids Rock Social Hour to enjoy interactive music that builds on children’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. Ages 0 to 5.

UNDER THE SEA Wednesday, July 10, 3:30pm. Under the Sea’s Andrew Wilson will entertain with fish and fish facts. For ages 6 to 12.

DIANE MACKLIN, STORYTELLER Thursday, July 11, 3:30pm. Join storyteller Diane Macklin for some magnificent tales. For ages 6 to 12.

CLASSIC TALES ’N’ TUNES Monday, July 15, 10am and 11am. Classic Tales’n’Tunes tells stories through music. For ages 0 to 5 years.

CHRIS FASCIONE Monday, July 15, 3:30pm. Enjoy an interactive performance that combines mime, juggling, and storytelling. For ages 6 to 12.

BAREFOOT PUPPETS Tuesday, July 16, 3:30pm. Barefoot Puppet’s presents Ooey Gooey Poetry. For ages 6 to 12.

JOE ROMANO Wednesday, July 17, 3:30pm. Be amazed as Joe Romano brings children’s books to life through magic. For ages 6 to 12.

THE GREEN GOLLY PROJECT Monday, July 22, 3:30pm. Green Golly and Her Golden Flute is a wonderful comic retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale with lots of surprises!

RAPTOR CONSERVANCY OF VIRGINIA Wednesday, July 24, 3:30pm. Meet a raptor and learn about these birds of prey from a local expert. For ages 6 to 12.

BRIGHT STAR THEATER Saturday, July 27, 2:00pm. Enjoy a live literary theater production.

GOODLIFE THEATER Tuesday, July 30, 10:00 and 11:00am. Enjoy Joe Pipik’s Backpack Puppets performing Rainbow Show. Ages 1 to 5.

GARY LLOYD, STORYTELLER Wednesday, July 31, 3:30pm. Join storyteller Gary Lloyd for Dig Those Dinos, whether you are a meat-eater or plant-eater, for some fun dino songs, stories and poems. For ages 6 to 12.

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library 
4701 Seminary Road, 22304
Tel: 703-746-1704, Fax: 703-746-1775
Mon 10am-9pm; Tues & Wed 10am-7pm; Thurs 1pm-9pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm 

C SHELLS Tuesday, July 9, 11:00 to 11:45am. A musical duo who use their imagination and encourage us to use ours. Ages 0 to 5 with adult.

BUDDIE FORD NATURE CENTER Thursday, July 11, 4:00 to 4:45pm. Come learn about insects and other creatures that dig into dirt. Ages 6 to 12 only.

CHRIS FASCIONE Monday, July 15, 7:00 to 7:45pm. Delight in this interactive performance that combines mime, juggling, and storytelling. Ages 6 to 12 only.

BOB BROWN PUPPETS Tuesday, July 16, 11:00 to 11:45am. Tuesday, July 16, 11:00 to 11:45am. Laugh at the antics of clever clown marionettes as they put on their lively circus show, Clowning Around. For ages 1 to 5 with adult.

GOOD LIFE THEATER Monday, July 22, 11 to 11:45am. “Going Buggy. World tales about insects. For ages 2 to 5 with adult.

MOVIE Thursday, July 25, 4:00 to 6:00pm. Come watch a movie with your friends. Ages 6 to 12 only. For more information, please call 703-746-1704.

¡UNO, DOS, TRES, CON ANDRES! Tuesday, July 30, 1:00 to 1:45pm. Dance and sing while learning Spanish words and Latin American culture. Ages 0 to 5 with adult.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
717 Queen Street, 22314
Tel: 703-746-1703, Fax: 703-746-1708
Mon 1pm-9pm; Tues 10am-9pm; Wed & Thurs 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm

READ, SING, PLAY, BABY! Mondays, July 8, 15, 22 & 29, 4:00 to 5:00pm. For ages 0 to 11 months with an adult. Songs, games & a play period with toys.

MOTHER GOOSE TIME Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, 10:15 to 10:45am. Songs,games & other interactive fun for ages 12-23 months with an adult.