Job Announcement: Literacy Specialist 

The Ohio Department of Education, Center for Curriculum and Assessment, is seeking a Literacy Specialist to support program expansion. The successful candidate will have experience working with children and teachers in the area of language and literacy development as well as their families and/or school administrators. We are looking for talented individuals with proven expertise in teaching, professional development, leadership, education policy and/or program development and implementation. 

Major Responsibilities and Duties: 

Develops agency-wide systems and protocols for planning, developing and evaluating language and literacy specific professional development and resources that support current literacy initiatives in districts (e.g., align local curriculum to 5 components of reading, ODE Reading Achievement Plan and Model Curriculum PD, developing instructional leadership support, and language and literacy technical support as it relates to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement): 

• Collaborates with the internal State Systemic Improvement Plan team to build the capacity of evidence-based language and literacy practices; 

• Communicate with State Support Team Directors, Pilot Districts and Department staff about evidence-based literacy practices; 

• Researches evidence-based practices (strong to moderate that maps onto what Ohio state data reveals for K-grade 12 needs); 

• Develops and recommends criteria for identifying educator language and literacy professional development programs- listed in Ohio’s evidence-based Clearinghouse; 

• Develops and recommends language and literacy leadership professional development programs; 

• Ensures language and literacy professional development initiatives are implemented in a manner consistent with educator standards and Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement; 

• Creates products, tools and methods for appropriate language and literacy program implementation according to research supported by strong to moderate evidence; 

• Provides technical assistance regarding policies in language and literacy multi-tiered systems of support to support professional development; 

• Collaborates across agency to develop and deploy aligned systems and protocol for program development specific to language and literacy development, program support and delivery of professional development; 

• Ensures professional development initiatives are focused on improving student achievement and daily practice of educator; 

• Develops resources and supports for Reading Achievement Plan development and implementation to state support systems; 

• Documents and written protocols and maintain detailed records for complete all language and literacy initiatives; 

• Utilizes data software to manage work and document stakeholder input; 

• Designs opportunities for stakeholder input and feedback to evaluate initiatives; 

• Researches, compiles data, analyzes, reviews, interprets, and completes reports regarding initiatives; 

• Reviews changing state and federal laws, best practices, and educational data and research and recommends policy changes as needed to direct supervisor; 

• Proactively communicates progress of initiatives to leadership and stakeholders; 

• Travels statewide for presentations, conferences, trainings, and meetings. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

Completion of a Master’s degree or higher in one of the following areas: education [e.g., language and literacy, special education, English learners (EL), educational administration/leadership, curriculum, assessment, research, education technology, early childhood], speech and language pathology; and 3 years of experience in any combination of the following: 

• Working in an educational setting (i.e., pre-k-12) with an emphasis on language and literacy in the classroom working as a teacher. 

• Working in an educational setting (i.e., pre-k-12, higher education) with an emphasis on language and literacy in the classroom working in one of the following capacities (i.e., literacy coach, educational administration, administrator with experience in development of district/school-wide curriculum/assessments, professional development provider, speech and language pathologist). 

• Performing one of the following (i.e., measurements/psychometrics, educational policy development, assessment/evaluation) in a government and/or educational setting. 

Additional Information: 

- Requires travel throughout State of Ohio and may require overnight stay. (Must be willing and able to secure a valid driver’s license OR supply your own transportation.) 

- Starting compensation for this position is non-negotiable at $27.02 hourly/$56,201 annually with the opportunity to advance in pay after 6 months. 

All qualified candidates should apply at no later than July 22, 2018. 

The Ohio Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability (ADA), 

age or veteran status in employment, programs, or against individuals receiving services.