As a member of the WV Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Team, the specialist will work with educators, as well as county campaign leaders, families, and community partners, to help transform schools and communities into highly engaging literacy learning environments focused on high-quality instruction, school readiness, attendance, extended learning, and family engagement.

Duties to include:

Through collaborative work with the staff from the Office of Early Learning and the June Harless Center, the Early Literacy Specialist will:

  1. Be responsible for promoting the Transformative System of Support for Early Literacy (Policy 2512) concepts and attributes statewide.
  2. Work with counties to engage community partners in order to permeate a culture of literacy for families and children birth through third grade.
  3. Provide technical assistance and intentional professional learning opportunities at the regional and local levels based on the unique needs of the region or local entity.
  4. Work collaboratively with county Grade-Level Reading Teams to secure the participation of families, school readiness programs, social service agencies, community organizations, higher education, businesses, civic organizations, philanthropic organizations, faith-based and government leaders into the County Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to support grade-level reading of all children.
  5. Provide leadership in assisting schools as they develop the foundation for a personalized learning plan process that evolves into a plan owned and managed by the student, schedule time for adults to collaborate around the needs of students as part of their core professional responsibilities, and use information from student plans to inform teaching needs.
  6. Attend all June Harless Center staff meetings, WVDE Office of Early Learning monthly staff meetings, P-5 Advisory Committee Executive Council meetings, and other meetings and trainings as directed by the Executive Director of the June Harless Center in collaboration with the WVDE Office of Early Learning.
  7. Work collaboratively with the WVDE Office of Early Learning executive director, office staff, staff from all divisions within the WVDE, the June Harless Center, RESAs, county Campaign for Grade-Level Reading teams, and other entities to design campaign resources, update state Campaign for Grade-Level Reading website, provide technical assistance and review county action plans.
  8. Work collaboratively with staff in other WVDE offices to identify and align additional resources to the county goals and indicators.
  9. Complete other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director of the June Harless Center in collaboration with the Executive Director of the WVDE Office of Early Learning.

Required Qualifications

  1. Master’s Degree Education, with a Reading Certification and a focus on early childhood education/ early literacy strongly preferred.
  2. Valid WV Professional Teaching Certification.
  3. Evidence of expertise with implementation of high yield research-based strategies, differentiated instruction and quality instructional design across multiple content areas
  4. Demonstrated experience and expertise in the implementation of Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools as related to a comprehensive approach to Early Learning (Pre-K through Grade 5) Programming
  5. Demonstrated expertise of the philosophy behind the WVDE’s P-5 Comprehensive Approach to Early Learning.
  6. A minimum of 3 years teaching experience in the elementary or early childhood education classroom preferred, with documented expertise in the delivery of quality instructional design focused on improved student achievement in reading comprehension, written communication in a variety of formats, and oral presentation skills.
  7. Demonstrated expertise in the integration of technology within the classroom as well as the use of technology in personal productivity and professional development
  8. Demonstrated expertise/experience in use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation software and telecommunications
  9. Demonstrated leadership skills within the school, the county school system, professional organizations and/or community groups
  10. Demonstrated expertise in developing and delivering professional learning opportunities that meet the needs of adult learners
  11. Ability to schedule, organize and perform multiple assignments while working collaboratively with multiple people across the state
  12. Exceptional attendance record and excellent work habits
  13. Superior communication skills, oral and written, and excellent presentation skills using current technologies
  14. Demonstrated strong work ethic and willingness to assume extra responsibilities.

Must be able to perform all essential job duties as outlined in the job description.