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Second Chance

San Diego, CA, United States

POSITION TITLE: Reading Specialist

Program: Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program (YORP)

Classification: Part-Time, Non-Exempt


The Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program (YORP) uses evidence-based curricula and cognitive behavioral training and interventions to aid incarcerated youth. The program is designed to meet the needs of the county's most severe and chronic juvenile offenders. Approximately 10% of the juvenile offender population has either failed out of the county's other programs or has committed a level of crime that necessitates an extended period of incarceration.


The Reading Specialist will administer the reading portion of the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) to all youth to determine which youth are below grade level and in need of remedial literacy and reading support. The specialist will meet with youth individually to provide literacy and reading support tailored to the needs of each youth. The Reading Specialist will be a collaborative member of the Multidisciplinary Integrated Team including the Program Manager and Probation staff.


Administer the reading portion of the Test for Adult Basic Education within 21 days of admittance into the facility
• Provide literacy and reading services
• Conduct post-assessment and compare to measure progress achieved through literacy and reading instruction services provided
• Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings with Probation and other agency partners.
• Provides direct reading intervention with identified youth.
• Meets with identified youth in small groups each week.
• Select and adapt reading instruction materials
• Assesses youth progress and monitors achievement in reading
• Create and monitor a Library system for the youth

Tailor activities and methods of service delivery to each youth. Activities will enable youth to meet the following objectives depending on their reading level:
o Learn simple sentence and story-reading
o Build basic comprehension
o Learn and apply effective strategies to understand a variety of basic reading selections such as newspaper and/or magazine articles, essays, and short stories.
o Demonstrate and describe comprehension of various reading materials both orally and in writing.
o Use and apply vocabulary learning strategies to enrich vocabularies and grammar for reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
o Identify and describe main ideas within paragraphs and short readings.
o Formulate short responses to assigned readings using clear and complete sentences.
o Write basic summaries to assigned readings.
o Demonstrate and describe comprehension of various reading materials, including news articles, periodicals, poems, and short stories
o Identify and describe main ideas within paragraphs and readings both orally and in writing
o Apply reading and writing skills to prepare for transition to college or workforce preparation.


Must possess English Learner authorization (CLAD or equivalent document) AND a valid California Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential OR California Reading Certificate.

• Experience working with or teaching students with school and social adjustment problems.
• General knowledge of the Juvenile Court System
• Methods and techniques for educating students who have documented school and social adjustment problems, behavior management and counseling strategies
• Ability to develop education programs for short-term students
• Ability to cooperate with Probation officials and caseworkers
• Ability to employ observation and evaluation techniques

• Bachelor's degree in education or related field required. A combination of relevant college coursework and at least two years experience performing similar duties and responsibilities may substitute for college degree.

• Required to have a valid driver's license and properly registered and insured motor vehicle meeting the minimum level of insurance as defined under the California Department of Motor Vehicle Code.
• Liability or malpractice insurance coverage in effect
• Meets background and security clearance guidelines for facility access and passes background check:
1. Criminal background clearance through the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
2. Driving record through the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
3. Drug Testing
4. Annual Tuberculosis Testing

• Job is performed in County juvenile detention facilities, Probation Department's community offices, and Agency's headquarters office.
• Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Monday: 2pm-8pm
Wednesday: 2pm-8pm
Friday: occasional hours for staff meetings

Mileage is reimbursed

• Incumbent will spend time sitting while: conducting plans and meeting with youth and team members; and, when operating a computer keyboard using a computer.
• Must be able to hear and speak to exchange information; see to perform assigned duties; sit and/or stand for extended periods of time; possess dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer and other office equipment; kneel, bend at the waist, and reach overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally, to retrieve and store files and supplies; physically restrain and/or lift students as appropriate
• Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Send a cover letter and resume with 3 references to and "Reading Specialist" in the subject line.

• Location: San Diego

• Post ID: 29080353 sandiego is an interactive computer service that enables access by multiple users and should not be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. © 2017