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Mineral County Schools 36 Baker Place, Keyser, WV 26726            Phone: 304-788-4200            Fax: 304-788-4204

Reading Literacy Specialist

Reading Literacy Specialist





POSITION:                                  Reading Literacy Specialist


IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:      Principal and/or Director of Title One




EMPLOYMENT TERM:              Minimum 200 days annually, pursuant to WV Code §18-5-45; extended       employment terms may be established by the Mineral County Board of Education.


SALARY:                                    Pursuant to WV Code §18A-4-2, in accordance with Mineral County Teacher Salary Schedule, commensurate with experience and education level.

EVALUATION:                           Performance in this position will be evaluated by the building             principal/immediate supervisor and in accordance with WV State Code §18A-2-12, WV State Board Policy 5310 and Mineral County Board of Education Evaluation Policy. 

JOB SUMMARY:                       Under the direction of the principal and/or Director of Title One, the responsibilities of the position fall into two categories. As a teacher, the reading specialist is responsible for providing direct instruction to students, individually or in small groups, to enable students to develop literacy skills. As a literacy leader, the position is responsible for implementing a comprehensive literacy program at the assigned school through coaching, supporting, and guiding teachers in best practices for literacy instruction.




  • Provides direct instruction to students identified as eligible for reading services in individual, small group, and/or full classroom settings with an emphasis on emergent, beginning, and transitional readers.
  • Uses identified needs to guide the learning process toward student achievement of district’s reading/language arts content standards.
  • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units and projects using formal and informal assessment data obtained from students.
  • Uses a variety of instructional techniques and literacy materials consistent with reading/language arts content standards and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.
  • Creates a classroom environment and research-based program of study that are conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.

      LITERACY LEADER (minimum of 25%)

  • Identifies literature for use in all content areas in support of the curriculum.
  • Provides curriculum support and training for all teachers and continuous staff development that supports the school district initiatives.
  • Models and coaches instructional methods in a variety of settings (whole group and small group) and provides follow-up support.
  • Collaborates with and coaches teachers on the use of assessment data to plan instruction; analyzes school literacy data and plans for future literacy needs
  • Provides ongoing training and follows-up in the use of assessment tools.
  • Selects instructional materials to meet student needs.
  • Participates in vertical and horizontal collaborative instructional planning.
  • Assesses students using a variety of measures to determine appropriate placement and specific instructional needs.
  • Conducts classroom visitations and provides feedback to teachers and administrators on the school’s literacy program.
  • Serves as a liaison between the school and the Director of Title One by attending meetings and disseminating information.
  • Maintains an organized system and accessible location for the storage and circulation of reading and writing materials.
  • Maintains a comprehensive inventory of instructional materials and resources.
  • Assists with the planning and delivery of parent workshops and informational sessions involving the language arts program.
  • Participates in parent conferences and provides instructional suggestions.
  • Remains grounded in content standards and objectives in order to facilitate integrated and concept based instruction.
  • Adheres to Employee Code of Conduct as outlined in Mineral County School’s Policy 3210; and
  • Performs other duties deemed appropriate and assigned by the Superintendent and/or immediate supervisor(s).



  • Valid teaching certificate licensing the individual to teach in the specialization and grade levels, pursuant to WV Code §18A-3-2a;
  • Master’s Degree in Reading;
  • Five years of successful classroom teaching experience in which the teaching of reading was the primary responsibility; a comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications;
  • Knowledge of district’s curriculum and techniques for integrating curriculum;
  • Knowledge of Mineral County Schools policies and effective instructional practices;
  • Knowledge of the needs of students requiring remedial reading instruction;
  • Knowledge and thorough understanding of the teaching and learning process;
  • Ability to provide instruction that reflects multiple perspectives and multicultural education;
  • Ability to infuse technology into curriculum;
  • Ability to guide and train teachers in effective techniques and strategies;
  • Ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, central office, school based staff, students, parents and community;
  • Ability to use diagnostic data to tailor instruction to meet the needs of the student(s);
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and human relations skills;
  • Criminal background check conducted pursuant to WV Code §18-5-15c and/or §18A-3-10, as appropriate; and
  • Meets the qualification outlined in WV Code §18A-3-2a.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee shall remain free of any alcohol or non-prescribed drugs while in the workplace. Alcohol and controlled substance which affects employee productivity, safety or judgment in the workplace will not be tolerated.



The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach, stand, walk, lift, grasp, write, talk, hear, see, use technology such as computers and multimedia equipment, and use repetitive motions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may frequently lift and/or move at least 10 pounds of materials. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, the ability to adjust focus. The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and interact with the public and other staff members.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Most commonly, the educational setting is indoors. The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate (20-60 dB).



The information contained in the job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of duties performed by this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned by the Superintendent or his/her designee.


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