Final Filing Date:
Monday, October 7, 2013 at 5:00 p.m, or upon receipt of the first 50 applications
The City of San Mateo is now accepting applications for the position of:
Literacy Program Coordinator
San Mateo is a city of 97,000 residents, located in the scenic San Francisco Peninsula. Operating as a Charter City with a Council-Manager form of government, San Mateo is a full-service city with a total budget of $130 million and over 500 fulltime employees.
One of the City’s strengths is its diversity, both in the ethnic makeup and the physical development of the community. San Mateo has distinct residential neighborhoods, a strong business sector including significant office uses and two premiere shopping centers, extensive recreation programs and facilities including a City-owned golf course, and a historic 30–block downtown of which the Main Library is an anchor.
Under the direction of the Supervising Librarian, the Literacy Program Coordinator plans, implements, coordinates and evaluates the Library’s adult literacy programs as well as programs for adults who speak little or no English. This position supervises merit and per diem staff and program volunteers. This is a full time (37.5 hours weekly) position.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Plans, organizes, evaluates and coordinates the operation of the adult literacy program.
- Supervises the performance of staff; participates in the selection of program staff; trains new staff; conducts employee performance reviews.
- Plans, directs, coordinates and implements the recruitment, training and support of students and volunteers; provides in-service training opportunities for students and volunteers; oversees assessment and matching of tutors and students; plans and directs workshops and training for tutors; develops opportunities for volunteer development and appreciation.
- Prepares budget requests and manages program funds in accordance with approved budget; prepares financial and program reports as required by the Library, City, State Library and other funding sources.
- Collects and maintains appropriate program records, statistics and performance measures.
- Keeps abreast of effective instructional materials and methods by reviewing professional literature; selects and orders instructional materials.
- Develops publicity strategies; works actively with various community groups to promote programs and to collaborate on service provisions; prepares public relations materials to attract learners and tutors and to inform the community to the literacy program; speaks to community groups about literacy issues and services; provides workshops for library staff and stakeholders to inform them about the program.
- May assist with and participate in a variety of library activities and operations including assisting with library patrons.
- Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
- Shifts may include evenings and weekends.
The Library provides an array of core services for all age groups: A collection of library materials comprised of books, magazines, newspapers, media, electronic databases, and downloadable e-books; information and reader’s advisory service; free access to information technology via public computers and wireless Internet, library programs for children, teens and adults; literacy instruction; specialized collections in the areas of business and biotechnology; a world languages collection that includes titles in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Farsi and French; and an extensive volunteer program that integrates the community with opportunities to help fulfill the Library’s mission.
The City of San Mateo offers an excellent compensation package:
Salary and Benefits
Salary: $5,009 to $5,977 monthly
Retirement: Enrollment in PERS, depending on status: formula is 2% @ 55 or 2% at 62, with 4.5% employee paid contribution and participation in the Social Security Program
Insurance: A choice of medical plans with City paid single coverage of 100% of the lowest cost HMO single coverage or City paid two party or family coverage up to 95% of the least costly HMO family plan or $100 per month if waived. City paid premiums for Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance ($50,000)
Vacation: 11 – 25 working days annual vacation, depending on length of service
Holidays: 13.5 paid holidays per year (includes 3.5 floating holidays)
Leaves: 12 days per year earned; extended sick leave and family sick leave
Programs: Credit Union, Employee Assistance, Deferred Compensation, Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks & Recreation programs
Bilingual Differential: $195 per month (if applicable)
Unit: This classification falls within an employee bargaining unit, employees of which may elect to join and/or pay an equivalent service fee
Experience and Education Guidelines:
Any combination of experience and training that would
likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is
qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and
abilities would be:
Two (2) years of experience in the field of librarianship,
literacy, education or other related fields; program
management and volunteer coordination experience; one
(1) year of lead supervisory experience.
Direct experience in the management of an adult literacy
program in a public library setting is highly desirable.
Training & Education:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or
university with major coursework in education, the social
sciences or other related fields;
Master’s degree or post graduate degree from an
accredited college or university in a relevant field with
specialization in library science, adult literacy, adult
education and or coursework in English as a second
language is desirable.
- Literary materials, techniques and methodologies for teaching literary skills to adults.
- Literary program planning, development, implementation and evaluation.
- Community resources and outreach strategies.
- Volunteer recruitment, assessment, management and Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
- Budgetary and grant practices and procedures.
- Standards principles, policies, practices, and functions of a public library system.
- Conduct student intake interviews that effectively assess reading, writing and comprehension skills of adults.
- Relate effectively with persons of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, the public, community
- groups, other literacy programs and City Departments.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Work flexible hours, evenings and weekends.
- Supervise, advise, consult with and train the work of the program staff and tutors.
- Prepare and present operational and statistical reports.
- Manage a budget.
- Provide instruction in the specific methods and materials in literacy instruction.
ADA Special Requirement:
Essential duties require the following physical abilities and
Ability to work in a standard office environment with some ability
to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, climb.
The Examination and Selection Process
Based upon a review of employment applications, and supplemental questionnaires
received, a limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process. The examination process will consist of a panel interview. The examination is tentatively scheduled for:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
An eligible list will be established from those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least one year unless exhausted sooner. Once placed on an eligible list, and at the time a vacancy needs to be filled, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional departmental interviews.
NOTE: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of
qualified candidates invited to the examination process.
Go to: www.cityofsanmateo.org to apply on-line. Click on “I want to…”, “Apply for…”,
“A Job with the City”, and “Literacy Program Coordinator” links to complete an on-line
employment application, and supplemental questionnaire. You may also mail a complete
employment package to:
City of San Mateo
Human Resources Department
330 West 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
Fax to: (650) 522-7261
By: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2013 or
Upon Receipt of the First 50 Applications
All applicants must submit a completed official City of San Mateo employment application,
and supplemental questionnaire, by the filing date.
Unless otherwise specified, ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL
ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION. Therefore, it is imperative that
you provide an email address to which you have regular access, and it is recommended that
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT is meant only as a general description guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute an expressed or implied contract.
1. Please describe how your education and experience have prepared you for this
position, inclusive of your supervisory experience.
2. Please describe what the important components are of an effective adult literacy
program including what innovative services and programs you might initiate and
how you would sustain a successful program.
3. Briefly describe why public libraries are relevant in assisting adults to improve
their literacy skills and what you think are the challenges facing public library