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

School Readiness Specialist



POSITION:                                  SCHOOL READINESS SPECIALIST

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:      Curriculum and Instruction Director/Elementary


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 Curriculum and Instruction Director/Elementary 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:                       Responsible for coaching, mentoring, trainings, and supporting teaching staff with planning and implementing quality teaching practices which supports the development and learning of children in all developmental domains


       Facilitates ongoing process of observation, reflection, and planning with the intention of improving professional practices, program quality and child outcomes;

       Models and/or co-teaches effective teaching strategies that teachers are expected to adopt in their classrooms to support and increase school readiness;

       Provides staff with appropriate resources to assist them in developing strategies for improving their interactions with children and their families;

       Provides workshops, trainings, and/or technical assistance in early childhood development topics related to Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) implementation, ELRS, the chosen curriculum for Pre-K; WV College and Career Readiness Standards, Early Learning Standards Framework, The Head Start Performance Standards, and PBIS;

       Uses informal observations and other tools as needed to gain insight into all areas of strength and challenges for teachers;

       Establishes and maintains ongoing supportive relationships with the Education Coordinator, Family Service Coordinator, Pre-K/Head Start Director, Elementary Principals, and School Instructional Specialists;

       Provides program level mental health consultation and technical assistance;

       Reviews child assessment data, CLASS scores, and other assessments or evaluations data to identify areas of need for technical assistance;

       Plans and implements regular site visits, classroom observations, and work groups, to assess program needs and planning strategies for system/process improvement and/or development of early childhood education, disabilities, and mental health;

       Assists the classroom teachers in designing interment strategies to enhance children’s development including social-emotional development and mitigates behavioral disruption;

       Provides mental health consultation regarding children with social emotional challenges including the administering of screening and assessment tools as warranted;

       Facilitates in partnership with the Family Service Coordinator to create referrals for children and families with more intensive needs to the most appropriate available health, early intervention, or mental health (or other support) provides;

       Assists in the gathering of data and preparation of required reports; maintains all necessary records such as documentation of referrals, responses to those referrals, training evaluations, and reports required by regulatory agencies and/or necessary for program evaluations;

       Provides behavioral/crisis intervention for students and teachers;

       Advises classroom teachers in applying behavior management principles toward classroom organization, physical environmental factors, and general student management, if needed;

       Consults with parents on successful behavior management programs and suggests community resources;

       Consults with the Behavioral Specialist at the school level, Pre-K Steering Team, Head Start Behavior Manager and Head Start Program Specialist to develop plans, gain insight, and implement design;

       Establishes training in behavior management techniques and crisis intervention as necessary;

       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-3-2;

       Teaching experience preferred;

       Criminal background check conducted pursuant to WV Code §18-5-15c and/or §18A-3-10, as appropriate; and

       Meets the qualifications 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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MINERAL COUNTY SCHOOLS: 36 Baker Place, Keyser, WV. 26726      |      Phone: 304-788-4200      |      Fax: 304-788-4204
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