Literacy Partnerships Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $65,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



2465 Bancroft Way, Suite 218
UC Berkeley
United States


The Public Service Center at UC Berkeley has a job opportunity for a thoughtful education professional who is committed to transformative social change. If you have a background in K-5 education and want to work collaboratively with students and colleagues to build a more just, equitable world, please apply!

Job Details

Literacy Partnerships Program Manager (#25778)

Location: Main Campus-Berkeley

Department: Dean of Student Centers 

The First Review Date for this job is: October 18, 2018 (applications will be rolling after this date) 

Departmental Overview

The Public Service Center is a department that reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Office within the Division of Student Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs aims to advance the learning and personal growth of students by providing leadership, services, and opportunities that enable students to succeed in and contribute to a diverse and global society. The Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, its Centers, and staff create environments to educate, support, and challenge students to seek and follow their purpose, build resiliency, transform themselves, and engage communities. To learn more about the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Office, please visit

The Public Service Center (PSC) serves as a critical hub for public service on the Berkeley campus by connecting Berkeley faculty, community partners, and alumni with student leaders — through service, internships, and courses — to create a more just and equitable world. Founded in 1967 by a coalition of student service groups, the PSC has grown at a remarkable rate and now supports nearly 200 student leaders and more than 5,000 students who partner with approximately 200 community-based organizations each year. The PSC is committed to growing our next generation of social change leaders. Through our programming and coaching we build student leadership skills, help students find their public service passion and purpose, enhance the capacity of our community partners, and lift up the public service mission of the University.


The Literacy Partnerships Program Manager works with the City of Berkeley, the City of Oakland, both school districts, and local nonprofit partners to realize our shared goal of educational equity for youth. The position manages partnerships that both support literacy for local elementary school students and offer leadership opportunities for Cal students. The largest such program, BUILD, places 350+ Cal students as Work Study or volunteer reading mentors in local after school and summer programs. The Program Manager administers all aspects of the BUILD program and designs training and supervisory practices for all Cal student mentors in BUILD. Program administration includes overseeing the hiring process and biweekly payroll, tracking student Work Study allocations, creating and maintaining systems to collect required program documents, and managing site assessment and program evaluation.

The Manager also runs a leadership series for student directors of BUILD sites to help them develop the peer leadership skills and professionalism needed to manage a community-school partnership. In addition, the Manager designs workshops for students to unpack systemic inequities in education, with a focus on how race, power, and privilege shape student opportunities. The Program Manager represents the PSC in community collaborations with the Oakland Literacy Coalition and the City of Berkeley’s 2020 Vision, a collaborative effort to end the racial predictability of educational outcomes in Berkeley. The Program Manager coordinates the 2020 Vision’s Third Grade Reading Work Group which has staff representatives from BUSD, the Berkeley Public Library, and the City of Berkeley. The Program Manager may coordinate additional literacy-themed partnerships such as summer reading or creative writing programs for Berkeley and/or Oakland youth, book drives for local school partners, and collaborations with local libraries, bookstores, arts and/or reading organizations

Required Qualifications

•Basic knowledge of working with K-5th grade youth in an educational or youth development capacity.

•Experience working with young adults (18-24 year-olds) to both challenge and support them.

•Skills in decision-making, and problem solving exercising good judgment.

•Communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, student employees, and community partners, both verbally and in writing.

•Attention to detail and ability to analyze complex quantitative data.

•Ability to manage multiple assignments and projects in a fast-paced environment.

•Capacity to be flexible and open-minded.

•Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.

•Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.

•Demonstrated commitment to social justice and reducing societal inequities.

•Bachelor’s degree in related area or equivalent years experience and/or training.

•Basic knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.

•Experience mentoring or supervising students in leadership roles.

•Experience working with communities of color with an understanding of the issues facing underrepresented students.

•Demonstrated ability to provide services that effectively contribute to the retention of all students.

Preferred Qualifications

•Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Salesforce.

•Experience with STATA desirable.

•Experience tutoring or mentoring youth and/or leading trainings.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience.  Hiring range is $60,000-$65,000/annually.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

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  • Click: External applicants (or “Internal Applicants” if you work at UC Berkeley)
  • Search by: #25778
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About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities.  Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Go to

Click: External applicants (or “Internal Applicants” if you work at UC Berkeley)

Search by: #25778

Click: Apply Now (you will have to Register a user name & password to apply)