Literacy Prog Asst (Senior) (#344040)
$37.68-$45.81 Hourly / $6,531.87-$7,939.53 Monthly / $78,382.44-$95,274.34 Yearly
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Under general direction, plans, organizes, implements student/tutor training and related activities for an assigned Literacy Program such as Adult, Family, Reach-Out-and-Read, English as a Second Language, or other literacy programs; may act in a lead capacity by training, assigning and reviewing the work of other Literacy Program Assistants in carrying out the goals of the Program; performs related duties as required.


This classification is characterized by the responsibility to perform and/or lead training and related activities for students, general volunteers and project-specific volunteers and assisting in the daily operations of the Program.  This class is distinguished from the Literacy Program Manager in that the latter has responsibility for the overall management and administration of the Literacy Program.


SALARY POLICIES - The starting salary is ordinarily the first rate shown on the front of the announcement.  After satisfactory completion of approximately six months, a 5% salary advancement may be authorized.  Thereafter, further increases are possible upon completion of additional periods of six months, twelve months, and eighteen months, assuming satisfactory service.  Longevity, shift differential, bilingual, call back and stand by pay are provided for some classifications.  Effective December 1, 1998, all new hires are required to participate in the Direct Deposit Program.


HOLIDAYS & VACATIONS – Regular full time employees receive twelve paid holidays per year, and accrue vacation at the rate of ten days per year.  After three years of continuous service employees accrue vacation time at the rate of fifteen days per year and at the rate of twenty days per year after ten years. Senior and Executive management positions start earning vacation at a higher rate.


SICK LEAVE – Regular full time employees accumulate twelve sick leave days per year.


RETIREMENT - The county is a member of the Public Employee’s Retirement System (PERS), and benefits are coordinated with Social Security.  The County has reciprocity with all State PERS and County 1937 Act Retirement Systems agencies.  PERS retirement for miscellaneous employees is based on a formula of 2.7% @55 with both employee and employer contributing.  PERS safety retirement is based on a formula of 3.0% @ 50 or 2.0% @ 50 depending on the job classification.  The County reports the employer’s contribution to PERS as salary, thereby increasing employees pay upon retirement. 


HEALTH BENEFITS - Employees and their dependents are eligible for vision and dental insurance with 100% of the cost paid by the County of Solano.  The County also participates in a cafeteria medical plan administered by PERS HealthCare (eligibility is dependent upon job classification). 


EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - An Employee Assistance Program is also available.


OTHER BENEFITS – Employees also may elect to participate in a deferred compensation and the credit union.  All County employees are eligible to purchase auto and/or home owners, renter insurance from Liberty Mutual Insurance.  This is a group policy and therefore receive substantial savings on premiums.  Life insurance is also available for employees only.

Examples of Duties

Depending on assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:
1. May lead the work of others engaged in planning, organizing and implementing student/tutor training and related activities for an assigned Literacy Program; provides advice and direction in the resolution of problems; trains new employees in department program policies and procedures relation to assigned function, assists in the performance evaluation process by monitoring and reporting on work performance.
2. Plans and presents volunteertraining workshops and programs; matches volunteer to appropriate literacy activity; provides follow-up and on-going consultation and support; trouble-shoots and problem-solves as appropriate.
3. Administers adult-student assessments; matches students with volunteer tutors; conducts assessment ofstudent progress; works with students to develop their participation.
4. Implements instructional and supportive activities for adultstudents and volunteers including: writing workshops, reading groups, continuing education sessions and support groups.
5. Orders books and other materials for use in the Program.

6. Maintains accurate records of student and volunteeractivities for State grant and other reports.
7. Assists with publicity and fund-raising activities.
8. Maintains working relations with other literacy providers and other community organizations involved in literacy; facilitates collaboration with community providers of human services involved in promoting literacy in the County. 
9. Conducts and/or assists with family events and storytimes for literacy program clients.
10. Plans and implements pediatric early childhood literacy assists and collaborates with health  professionals involved with the program.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of training and instruction; interviewing and counseling techniques; and literacy materials, techniques and methodologies, departmental program policies and procedures.  Ability to train, guide and supervise the work of others.
Knowledge of volunteer programs, organizations and community resources.
Ability to plan, organize and conduct workshops and training sessions; train, guide and oversee the work of volunteers; assess reading levels of students; effectively match volunteer tutors and students; communicate effectively with people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and temperaments, communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; make presentations before groups; work independently, exercise good judgment and take initiative; maintain cooperative working relationships; exercise tact and diplomacy; identify and procure literacy materials; collect, analyze and prepare data for State grant and other reports; work a flexible schedule; use a computer.

Education and Experience

Some professional work experience in a literacy or related program and training which demonstrates possession of and competency in requisite knowledge and abilities.  Typical qualifying education and/or experience would be:
A minimum of two years of experience in a literacy program or other community program as a trainer, counselor or program evaluator and equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in education, psychology, communication or a closely related humanities, social science or behavioral science field.


Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class C California driver's license is required.


Independent travel will be required.
Incumbents may be required to work outside normal business hours.

CLASS: 344040; EST: 9/1/2001;