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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3038641
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : January 4, 2019

Job Description





Position:                    Reading Specialist

Department:              Building

Reports to:                Building Administrator

FLSA Classification:  Exempt                                   

Approved by:             John F. Doherty, Ed.D                                  

Revision Date:           December 2015


SUMMARY: Birch Meadow School is seeking a 1.0 Interim elementary literacy specialist.  This specialist is responsible for consulting and coaching teachers on literacy instruction and programs; providing targeted literacy intervention to students in Grades K-5 and managing/facilitating school wide literacy assessments.  A successful candidate will have experience in some or all of the following programs and assessments:  Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI); Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System; Reader's Workshop; Guided Reading;  Fundations; DIBELS.  The ability to work flexibly with diverse student populations and strong communication skills are essential.  This position is an interim position. This is a benefits eligibe position.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work that is performed and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for by this position. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assists the principal and classroom teacher in determining the distribution of students into classes for effective reading instruction.
  • Assists in analyzing student needs in reading and making provisions for them.
  • Assists in selecting appropriate reading materials (books and audiovisual aids) and procedures with teachers to use in the classroom for individual students and groups.
  • Provides special remedial and enrichment for selected groups of children according to their needs.
  • Observes, consults with and assists individual classroom teachers in their instructional and classroom performance regarding the reading program.
  • Establishes class schedule to meet and instruct assigned students in the location designated by the Administration.
  • Works directly with individual students requiring special instructional help, specifically in reading.
  • Plans and administers the remedial reading program.
  • Interprets student needs and progress in reading remediation to the classroom teacher and parents.
  • Provides leadership and coordination in the regular program of reading instruction.
  • Recommends adoption and use of varied instructional materials, including textbooks, reference works, kits, trade books, audio-visual aids, and the like.
  • Assists in developing in-service workshops and demonstrations pertinent to methods and materials appropriate to various levels of reading instruction.
  • Consults with members of the special services team at individual case conferences as requested.
  • Confers with parents concerning individual students having special reading problems or requiring special remedial help, and with any parents requesting such a conference.
  • Interprets, as appropriate, test results and statistical data concerning reading.
  • Assists with the development of special instruction programs for disabled students.
  • Develops and maintains records and reports as are necessary to the success of the school reading program.
  • Maintain currency and share knowledge with teachers on research and effective practice in reading and language arts.
  • Assists and makes recommendations in the development of the departmental budget.
  • Reviews and recommends desirable reading curriculum changes to the Principal or Assistant Superintendent.
  • May assume other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Principal or Assistant Superintendent.



QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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, skills, and/or abilities required. The Superintendent may waive or modify the qualification requirements.



  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school staff, peers, parents, and community
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively to carry out assigned tasks and solve problems
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and the community
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form
  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies


Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Five years’ teaching experience desired.



Valid MA DESE Teaching license in Reading



The employee must also often remain in a stationary position for considerable periods of time. The employee may be required to occasionally traverse throughout the school building. The employee must be able to input information into a computer and as well as read material from a computer monitor as well as printed matter with or without visual aids. The employee must be able to communicate effectively with students and other staff members.



The noise level in this environment is usually quiet to moderate. The employee interacts with students and other staff members and occasionally must meet multiple demands from several people.


The physical demands and 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. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.





  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Classroom Teacher > Reading/Literacy
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Reading Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    It is unlawful in Massachusetts to require or administer a lie detector test as a condition of employment or continued employment. An employer who violates this law shall be subject to criminal penalties and civil liability.

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    Contact Information

    • Jennifer Bove , HR Admin
    • 82 Oakland Road
    • Reading, Massachusetts 01867

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