Archive for March, 2008

The Write to Read adult literacy program has a Literacy Specialist position open to coordinate volunteer tutors in our expanding program. Please see the description below or click here Literacy Specialist to print the announcement and here for the Application. Please post or distribute to interested persons. If you have any questions, please contact Luis Kong, program director, at (510) 745-1484

 Alameda County Library

Literacy Specialist 

Part-time Position Minimum 18.75 hours per week

$24.63-29.25 approx. Hourly Rate + Pro-Rated Benefits Alameda County Library is currently recruiting for a Provisional Literacy Specialist.  This is a permanent part-time position.  The current vacant position works directly with adult basic education and immigrant populations, and the tutors and instructors who provide literacy services. 


POSITION:  Under general supervision of the Program Manager and in coordination with staff, coordinates small groups, volunteer adult literacy tutors and student pairs in Alameda County Library service areas including library branches in Newark, Fremont, Union City, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley and Dublin.  Positions in this series perform functions in direct support of Literacy Project Managers at the Alameda County Library’s Extension Services located in Fremont, CA. 


This position is responsible for assisting in the training of small group reading club tutors, volunteers and individual tutors; referring tutors to appropriate reading materials; assisting in the scheduling and convening of workshops for tutors and students.  Other duties include screening prospective volunteer tutors and learners; assisting in the selection of books for the literacy collection; matching students with tutors.  Knowledge of life skills and pre-GED instruction is helpful. 


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and the equivalent of two (2) years full-time experience providing instruction in both reading and writing to adults in a professional or public setting.   


DESIRED QUALIFICATION:  The equivalent of two (2) years full-time experience providing administrative support in an agency whose primary purpose is to (1) teach adults and children and/or (2) manage, coordinate or administer a volunteer service is highly desirable. 


Salary:  $24.63 with step progression to $29.25 hourly and pro-rated benefits. 


APPLY:  The County application form may be obtained directly on the Alameda County website:  www.acgov.org.  Click on any posting and find “Apply.” Please send completed County application and current resume to:  Luis Kong, Ed.D., Alameda County Library, 2450 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA  94538.  Send questions via e-mail to:  lkong@aclibrary.org.  APPLY IMMEDIATELY may close at any time.  EEO 


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·        If the tutor has selected a library book, the coordinator reserves and collects as many books as there are students signed up for the reading club, plus two extras – one for the tutor, and one extra to be used for in class use only (for students who might join the reading club later on.) 

 ·        The coordinator checks these books out to the tutor’s library card.  

·        On the first day of the reading club class, the tutor distributes books to the students, and makes time at the end of class to take students up to the check-out counter and have them re-check the book out to the student’s library card.  There is no need to use the book sign out sheet to keep track of who has what library book now.  ·        Students and tutor are responsible for renewing their books when necessary.   

·        If a student joins a class mid-session, the tutor lends them the in-class copy of the book for that class meeting.  For “homework,” the new student is responsible for checking out a copy of the book from the library, or requesting a book from another library if necessary.  The tutor can help students with this if necessary at the end of the class. (*If a tutor is not sure how to do this, a librarian will be happy to show them and the student.) 

·        If a tutor has any extra copies of the book after the first day, the tutor should simply return them to the library. That way the books will be in the system for anyone who needs one later on.  

·        The Book Sign-out sheets will only be needed for books that are NOT library books—books that are “Program Copies.” The sign out sheet is a way for tutors and staff to keep track of who has these books and who returns them. At the end of a session, staff will collect those forms in order to contact any students who are still holding on to program copies of books. 

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