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Reading Specialist

Apply now Job no: 523658
Work type: Staff
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Classification:  Student Services Professional IV
Anticipated Hiring Salary:  $6,023 to $6,667 mo. or $72,276 to $80,004 annually
CSU Salary Schedule
Hours:  Full-time / 40 hours per week 
FLSA:  Exempt

Priority Screening Date:  March 6, 2023
Anticipated Start Date:  May 1, 2023
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled


Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision StatementCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. 


Under the general supervision of the Director, Center for Reading Diagnosis and Instruction; the Reading Specialist is responsible for independently performing the full range of varied and complex assignments in support of the day-to-day operations of the Center for Reading Diagnosis and Instruction which include the following: assess and provide instruction for a caseload of K-12 students which includes K-12 English language learners to assist in teaching reading skills, train and supervise CSUMB Undergraduate students who will in turn tutor K-12 which may include K-12 English language learners, assist the Director with in-service training for educators in the Tri-county region, interface with parents who bring children for assessment and instruction at the center, coordinate day-to-day activities of the center, and report to the Director as directed.  For more information, please visit the Center for Reading Diagnosis and Instruction website.  The Reading Center is a place to fulfill one’s potential, build self-confidence, and stir the imagination!

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:             

  • Provides training for CSUMB student tutors in the implementation of best practice strategies and evidence-based reading programs for use with K-12 students at the Reading Center. Monitors CSUMB student tutors and provides on-going training and assistance, as needed.                
  • Manages a caseload of students and provides direct one-to-one or small group instruction.  Documents all caseload activities and maintains thorough records on individual students, groups, etc., as prescribed by the Director.   
  • Provides content knowledge and resources about learning and teaching literacy–including: teaching strategies; assessment techniques; assessment of reading and writing skills; interpretation of assessment results; classroom routines; and practices that promote literacy, etc.    
  • Provides information and guidance regarding a range of effective and innovative literacy practices through various activities such as: individual discussions (informal and formal); coaching sessions; demonstration lessons with pre- and post-discussion/analysis; study groups.  
  • Acts as link between K-12 school personnel and other literacy professionals and resources.  
  • Administers reading and language assessments and develops individualized learning plans for K-12 students who struggle with reading and literacy.   

Other Functions:

Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


Thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices of the program area to which assigned or the ability to quickly acquire such knowledge.  General knowledge of the policies, practices and activities of Student Services programs outside the program to which immediately assigned; general knowledge of the principles, problems and methods of public administration, including organizational, personnel and fiscal management; general knowledge of advanced statistical and research methods.

Ability to carry out very complex assignments without detailed instructions; advise students individually or in groups on varied and complex matters; determine the appropriate course of action and proper techniques to utilize while ngaged with individuals and groups in personal interactions of a sensitive nature; reason logically and analyze and solve organizational and operating problems of one or several program areas; plan, coordinate and initiate actions necessary to implement administrative or group decisions or recommendations; analyze and define complex organizational, policy or procedural problems, collect and evaluate data, draw valid conclusions and project consequences of various alternative courses of action; understand the roles and responsibilities of others and to gauge relationships accordingly by taking into account the variety of the interrelationships, motivations and goals of the members of the organization served; and establish and maintain effective, cooperative and harmonious working relationships in circumstances which involve the denial of requests or the necessity to persuade others to accept a different point of view.


Education:  Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related.

Experience:  Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent to four years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience which includes experience in advising students individually and in groups, and in analysis and resolution of complex student services problems.

A master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or a job‑related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience.  A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling, guidance or a job‑related field may be substituted for two years of the required professional experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional, personal or career counseling.


A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Reading, Education, Special Education, or related field, plus three (3) years of successful classroom experience with a focus on reading, diagnosis and assessment of reading and literacy difficulties; OR three-years of progressively responsible work in a reading center, clinic or program.  Bilingual—preferably in Spanish.  Knowledge in informal and formal literacy assessment for K-12 learners. Previous experience in a reading program.  

Ability to interpret and evaluate descriptions and explanations of language, literacy, and reading challenges brought forward by individuals, parents, guardians or agencies.  Excellent organizational and communication skills, with attention to detail.  Ability to organize, assess capabilities, and present instructional materials to students of various educational levels. Understanding of the linguistic, sociological, cultural, cognitive, and psychological basis of the reading process; and experience teaching reading, writing, spelling and syntax.  Ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding students and families enrolled with the Center for Reading Diagnosis and Instruction; and to work cooperatively with other staff/team members, accept supervision, and help to promote a positive atmosphere in the classroom and in the Center.

Working knowledge of evidence-based programs; e.g., Read Naturally, Rewards, Reading Mastery, Superkids, Phonics for Reading, Language!, AIMSweb, and be well-versed in diagnostic techniques related to those programs.  Working knowledge of current teaching techniques, preferably in the areas of reading, language proficiency/comprehension, and word recognition.  Technical fluency in the use of Microsoft Office Professional; Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, Forms, etc.); 25Live; intranet drives; and internet browsers. 


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083  as a condition of employment.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority, will be required to participate in annual training, and to immediately forward to the Clery Compliance Officer all reports of Clery Act crimes brought to their attention.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.
  • Occasional evenings and/or weekend work is required.
  • Any employee with direct contact with minor children must undergo a background check; CSU policy requires fingerprinting for these individuals.


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks.  The position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time.  Requires travel between campus offices and off-campus locations.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, all students and employees are required to submit their vaccination status to the Otter Vaccination Registry and are encouraged to be vaccinated.


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, dental and vision plans; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14-paid holidays a year. For more information, visit CSU System Benefits. Additionally, as a perk, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Careers at CSUMB. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or email All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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