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San Jose Public Library VISTA
The San José Public Library (SJPL) develops and provides programs that spark public interest and encourage customers of all ages to explore and utilize library resources. Working in partnership with non-profit service providers and local school districts, the Library has found that significant deficits in learning are rooted in a lack of effective programs that support both children and adults. San José is a city of two Valleys. While physically located in one of the wealthiest regions in the nation, Silicon Valley, over 30% of Santa Clara Valley families live in areas of persistent and concentrated poverty. Children who are low-income, Latino, or African-American are at a significant disadvantage. While exceptionally diverse (residents are 34% Asian, 33% Hispanic/Latino, 27% White and 6% Other, and speak more than 50 different languages), City services need more targeted, culturally competent community outreach programs and trainings. Under the supervision of a Library staff member, the SJPL VISTA will expand Library program capacity by evaluating and marketing current programs, developing engagement through volunteer service and community partnerships, and increasing program visibility though social media and on the ground outreach. Working at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, VISTA fellows have an opportunity to build local connections and ensure that branch programs and resources address critical community needs. This opportunity is perfect for those experience or interest in community organizing, developing and administering educational programming, volunteer recruitment and management, and resource development. As a VISTA you will have an opportunity to build connections with Library and City of San José leadership as well as library partner organizations. To learn more about SJPL visit our website at
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : VISTA responsibilities will include the following for the thematic area (early education, after school learning, adult literacy) of placement: - Evaluate and assess current Library programs for cultural and linguistic relevancy - Gather public knowledge to identify community needs and outreach opportunities - Use community profiles and input to identify opportunities for new or expanded Library programs and outreach - Create and implement a marketing plan to increase visibility of Library programs on social media - Develop a volunteer recruitment plan to increase Library program capacity - Work with Library staff to develop and implement a plan to expand Library programming including summer literacy and meal programs
Program Benefits : Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Education ,  Hunger ,  Children/Youth ,  Homelessness . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Leadership ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Education ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  General Skills ,  Youth Development ,  Recruitment ,  Teaching/Tutoring . 
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San Jose Public Library VISTA

Program Start/End Date
11/12/2019  -   11/11/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations CALIFORNIA   San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose  


Accepting Applications
From  08/13/2019  To  09/25/2020 

Contact Jason Pell
150 E San Fernando St
San Jose   CA   95112

Listing ID 84057