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Date: Apr 1, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 342081 

Agency: Department of Education

Working Title: PROGRAM SPECIALIST IV-DOE-SES - 48003427

Position Number: 48003427 

Salary:  $50,000 

Posting Closing Date: 04/15/2021 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The employee must be productive under tight timeframes, balance multiple and competing priorities and maintain goal-directed behavior and performance sometimes under stressful conditions.
  • The employee must interact courteously with others.
  • The employee's performance and behavior must demonstrate consideration of the workload concerns of others and must not negatively affect productivity and morale of the unit.
  • Attendance is an essential function of this position.
  • Employee's time and effort is assigned to a dedicated function as is indicated on the monthly payroll.
  • As Reading Specialist, this position provides statewide leadership, coordination and assistance for reading instruction in the implementation of education reform and accountability.  This requires consulting and assisting in a variety of educational program initiatives. 
  • Provides leadership, coordination and technical assistance in the design, development and implementation of a variety of State mandates and literacy initiatives that occur across the year.
  • Provides leadership, coordination and technical assistance to Department personnel, school districts and other education stakeholders on instructional programs, research, best practices, innovations, materials and strategies related to the teaching of reading and language arts in grades K-12.
  • Create and provide professional development, field questions and correspondence for K-12 Language Arts - B.E.S.T. ELA Standards grounded in the science of reading.
  • Assists professionals in other areas in developing reading strategies for implementation of interdisciplinary instruction.
  • Assists in the implementation of school improvement activities statewide, especially for low performing schools.
  • Participates in the activities of professional organizations as they relate to state leadership responsibilities in the area of literacy instruction.
  • Assists other bureaus in the development, dissemination, distribution and implementation of literacy instructional programs and materials.
  • Ensures reading related content on CPALMS is updated and in place.  Serves on special boards, task forces or committees as requested. 
  • Review and approve K-12 Comprehensive Evidence-Based Reading Plans.
  • Participate in professional learning opportunities to keep abreast of the latest research in reading/English language arts and effective instructional implications that lead all students to be successful in all disciplines.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master's Degree in reading/literacy or endorsed or certified in reading
  • Certification in PreKindergarten/Primary Education (Age 3 - Grade 3), Elementary Education, English 5-9, English 6-12, and/or ESE K-12
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience with documented success of teaching reading


Desired Skillset:

  • Knowledge: A thorough understanding of the following is vital:
    • Reading processes, acquisition, assessment, curriculum and instruction
    • Systematic, explicit instruction in oral language development, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension
    •  Instructional coaching approaches and strategies for teaching adult learners
    • Scientific reading research and evidence-based practices for effective classroom instruction, assessment and intervention
    • Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for English Language Arts
    • Florida’s Multi-Tiered System of Support/Response to Intervention
    • Data analysis and application


  • Skills: Acquisition of the following expertise is crucial:
    • Ability to support implementation of major literacy initiatives and priorities
    • Ability to effectively prioritize, schedule, manage and organize multiple daily tasks to achieve goals
    • Ability to produce quality comprehensive documents and reports under tight timelines
    • Ability to rapidly acquire and apply new skills and information
    • Strong observation skills and the ability to provide effective instructional feedback
    • Ability to identify problems and develop appropriate solutions
    • Use effective written and oral communication skills, including the ability to engage in difficult and candid conversations with staff and a variety of stakeholders


  • Attributes: The following personal qualities are essential:
    • Sense of urgency for literacy achievement
    • Motivating others to perform at high standards
    • High degree of professionalism to ensure and protect the confidentiality of the Department, staff and stakeholders
    • Strong work ethic, self-directed, reliable and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
    • High quality interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to and interact with adults exhibiting a range of abilities and dispositions
    • Persistent in spite of obstacles
    • Ability to orchestrate change/Maintain a growth mindset
    • Value lifelong learning
    • Belief that all students can learn to read
    • Desire and ability to grow professionally

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee