Literacy Specialist

Newark, DE
May 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Delaware

Job Title Literacy Specialist
Job ID 104660
Location Newark, DE

Literacy Specialist

Professional Development Center for Educators

Pay Grad: 30E

Deadline: Open until Filled

(Hiring a possible of three coaches)

Under the direction of the Director of the Professional Development Center for Educators, the Literacy Specialist will work in schools to provide quality literacy professional development and coaching for teachers and administrators. Through the offering of workshops, demonstration lessons, and coaching activities, the Limited Term Researcher will work to enhance teachers' understanding of literacy research and development, their application of instructional routines aligned with that research, and their understanding of student achievement in literacy.

  • Study and communicate findings from literacy research.
  • Study and describe requirements of literacy standards and both formative and summative assessments.
  • Deliver professional development sessions aligned with the Center's goals and orientation at schools throughout the state, and other potential locations.
  • Develop professional development programs aimed at enhancing teachers' and administrators' knowledge of literacy teaching and learning.
  • Collaborate on writing grant proposals to improve literacy instruction in schools.
  • Participate in development, implementation, and maintenance of policies, objectives, and short-and long-range planning; develop and implement projects to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
  • Coach teachers and instructional assistants in activities that enhance children's emergent oral language skills, print awareness, phonological awareness, and alphabet knowledge; work directly with teachers in developing appropriate lesson plans.
  • Support fidelity to evolving national and state initiatives.
  • Serve on state and national literacy-related committees and initiatives, as needed
  • Support teachers and teacher-trainers in curriculum alignment efforts.
  • Teach courses - graduate or undergraduate - as needed.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

  • Master's degree in reading, literacy education, or other related field and four years job-related experience.
  • Experience administering literacy assessments.
  • Supervisory/leadership experience in curriculum development, professional development, and/or assessment design.
  • Effective organization and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Credibility with teachers, school/district staff administration, DOE personnel, and national leaders
  • Initial competence in communicating findings from literacy research.
  • Ability to provide professional development and technical guidance in integrating new strategies and techniques into the classroom.
  • Ability to problem solve, implement, and evaluate solutions.
  • Program planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of educational stakeholders internal and external to the University.
  • Computer skills with ability to write reports and prepare professional presentations.
  • Driver's license and a car and willingness to travel to school districts
  • Willingness to travel out-of-state to plan and facilitate professional development and coaching
  • Willingness to participate in training to learn the Bookworms curriculum and coaching techniques
  • Ability to collaborate as a member of a literacy team
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at


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