JOB: Literacy Program Specialist, San Jose Public Library, San Jose

Salary: $58,510.40 – $71,011.20

Posting Dates: 3/30/2015 – 4/09/2015

It is an exciting time in San Jose! With overwhelming support from our communities and our City Council we are increasing our open hours at all of our library branches. Would you like to work for one of the most exciting and innovative library systems in the nation? Now is your opportunity!

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 San José Way of library innovation and the Mission, Vision, & Values statements of the City of San José and the San José Public 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 will be responsible for coordinating programs and services at our Family Learning Centers.

The Library’s Family Learning Centers are located at seven of our branch libraries. Each Family Learning Center space has a classroom, computers with special software, and materials that provide the tools enabling families and individuals to attain self-efficiency. Program and service areas include but are not limited to: library orientation, adult and family literacy, ESL, citizenship, digital literacy, life skills, parenting, early education, and multi-lingual instruction. For more information about our sites please go to

Literacy Program Specialists are community connectors. They collaborate with partner organizations, identify community needs, and guide library customers to information and helpful resources. Specialists are responsible for performing a variety of professional duties including: conducting library tours and orientations; training and supervising volunteers; planning/implementing or finding partners for library programs; conducing community outreach; evaluating the effectiveness of programs, computer software, and materials; formulating a strong partnership with the Library’s adult and family literacy department, Partners in Reading; having knowledge of current literacy trends. These positions will include evenings and weekend shifts. Although not required, proficiency in a non-English language is highly desired.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Education, English, Literacy, or a related field.

Experience: Minimum one-year experience working in a literacy program.

How to Apply

To view the full announcement for this exciting opportunity and apply online with the City of San José, please visit the City of San José’s employment page. For more information about employment with the San Jose Public Library please visit