Literacy Program Specialist (FT)

Salary/Hourly Range
$79,060.80 - $95,921.28
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Position and Duties

The Library is seeking Literacy Program Specialists to join our team and change the lives of those we serve! The ideal candidate for these positions will understand, support, practice and promote the Mission, Vision, & Values statements of the City of San José and the library; demonstrate leadership and a commitment to active customer service; have knowledge of current literacy technology and trends; have experience working with a diverse community and staff; and enjoy working in a fast-paced, innovative team environment.

Literacy Program Specialists are community connectors. They are responsible for coordinating programs and services provided by the library. They identify community needs, collaborate with partner organizations, and guide library customers to information and helpful resources. Specialists are responsible for performing a variety of professional duties including: implementing grants; planning/implementing or finding partners for library programs; conducting community outreach; evaluating the effectiveness of programs, computer software, and online learning tools; formulating a strong partnership with the Library units (Family Learning Centers, Early Education, Expanded Learning, College and Career Pathways, Digital Literacy, Partners in Reading and SJPL Works); and having knowledge of current literacy trends. These positions may include evenings and weekend shifts.

The salary range for Literacy Program Specialist is approximately $79,060.80 - $95,921.28 annually. This amount includes an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable pay. Actual salary shall be determined by the final candidates' qualifications and experience.

We are currently recruiting Literacy Program Specialists who are detail orientation and have strong communication skills to implement the City's Education and Digital Literacy Strategy and the City's Education Policy.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other units (such as Digital Literacy, Early Education, ESL and/ or Adult Literacy) or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Literacy Program Specialist (FT) - Expanded Learning: SJ Learns

The Expanded Learning Unit at SJPL provides opportunities that are critical to the success of all students. Programs provide safe places for students to learn and grow socially and emotionally, provide access to resources, and support students in bolstering skills needed for academic success. The Literacy Program Specialist for Expanded Learning will:

  • Coordinate and oversee the City's SJ Learns grant program and the SJ Community of Practice
  • Build positive relationships with key partners, advisory committee members, community members, and grantees
  • Coordinate and assist with associated program(s) preparation and outreach events, grant reporting processes, including data collection, report writing, and presentation development
  • Assist in other expanded learning programming activities and duties as assigned

Literacy Program Specialist (FT) - College and Career Pathways

The College and Career Pathways (CCP) Coordination Unit at SJPL is leading the process to develop a coherent strategy for how the City will ensure all residents have access to coordinated services along a continuum of care, from cradle to career. The Literacy Program Specialist for CCP will:

  • Coordinate and oversee the evaluation and assessment process for the City's college and career programs
  • Serve as lead for quality improvement efforts of college and career programs systemwide
  • Implement and support CCP programs
  • Deepen engagement with other City departments and explore opportunities for partnership through a community of practice/advisory structure
  • Support the pathways strategy development with emphasis on efforts to improve education and employment outcomes for San José's youth through equity-focused and research-based approaches
  • Provide support for special projects of the College and Career Coordination unit, including:
    • Increasing youth participation in efforts to improve programs and services that affect them in collaboration with the Youth Commission,
    • Planning and facilitating programs related to College Week in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Office of Education,
    • Continuously improving the City's College and Career Readiness Logic Model.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Literacy, Education, Early Education, ESL, Social or Human Services, or related field.
One (1) year experience working in a literacy program.
Special Qualification
Fluency in at least one language other than English; Vietnamese or Spanish is preferred but not required.
Employment Eligibility
Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.