County of Alameda

Literacy Specialist (#4121)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Prof/Tech (011)
$31.97-$37.99 Hourly / $2,397.75-$2,849.25 BiWeekly /
$5,195.13-$6,173.38 Monthly / $62,341.50-$74,080.50 Yearly

Under general supervision, Literacy Specialists are paraprofessionals who perform services for the Library Outreach Service Units of the County Library. Positions in this class perform functions related to the coordination, planning, instruction and evaluation of curriculum for literacy participants; and to do related work as required.


Literacy Specialist is a journey level class in the library series. Positions in this classification are under the general supervision of a Senior Program Specialist or Administrative Specialist II. Incumbents in this classification perform with a high degree of expertise in literacy related issues and will be required to work in a variety of settings, which may include correctional institutions (both juvenile and adult). Incumbents have generalized knowledge and experience in program systems and operations, database management and outreach. In addition to organizational skills, they are required to possess specialized knowledge of current theories and practices of adult and juvenile literacy instruction, as well as experience providing direct literacy instruction to adults and/or children. The class of Literacy Specialist differs from the class of Literacy Advocate in that incumbents in the latter class have the primary responsibility for recruiting students and volunteers for participation in the Literacy Program, while the former class provides direct instruction to program participants and have responsibility for curriculum development, day to day program operation and the coordination of volunteer staff.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Coordinate with staff to develop curriculum and provide group instruction in literacy,

2. Monitor, assess and evaluate the literacy skills of program participants.

3. Assist in the recruitment of volunteers and students for participation in the literacy program.

4. Monitor volunteers and provide curriculum support and training as needed.

5. Schedule, coordinate and maintain small groups of program participants.

6. Assist in the planning and organization of supportive programs for students and volunteers.

7. Screen prospective literacy students and assist them with placement into appropriate tutorial setting.

8. Develop and organize educational support programs for volunteers and staff to increase knowledge of learning strategies.


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


The equivalent of two years full-time experience providing instruction in both reading and writing to adults and/or children in a professional or public setting.


Possession of a valid California Class C Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

The equivalent of two years full-time experience providing administrative support (i.e. database management, record maintenance…) 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.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Current literacy needs of the adult client population.
• Current and effective strategies, methods and practices of adult literacy instruction.
• Curriculum development.
• Personal computers including word processing and software applications related to database management.

Ability to:

• Communicate orally and in writing.
• Display interpersonal and cultural sensitivity to learning differences.
• Work sensitively with underserved populations.
• Effectively organize and plan.
• Publicly speak before audiences.
• Provide instructional and emotional support to adult and juvenile learners.

NE:po 1/25/2007
Newspecs: 4121.doc
CSC Date: 12/5/2007


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.