Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Education Director of Literacy Research & Reading Success

Education Division Director 1

Recruitment #211214-3200MP-001


The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is a now accepting applications for an exciting Education Director of Literacy Research & Reading Success (Education Division Director 1) opportunity located in Hartford, CT. If you have expertise in the science of reading, structured literacy, evidence-based early literacy, and enjoy focusing on competencies in oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, rapid automatic name, letter name fluency, and reading comprehension this could be the role for you! Apply today if you possess knowledge in the following areas: 
  • Philosophy and methods of education for all learners, including the science of reading with emphasis on educational design and comprehensive systems of support. 
  • State and national literacy standards, assessments, and scientifically based programs; considerable knowledge of the principles of professional management. 
  • Family and engagement models. 
  • Principles and techniques of budgetary preparation and fiscal management.
The Role: You will serve as a leader to advance a statewide vision for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 literacy research and reading success, discover the opportunity to: 

  • Be responsible for the design, coordination, and management of the statewide literacy/reading plan and intensive reading instruction strategy/program to ensure that all Connecticut students are proficient readers by third grade. 
  • Assist in the development and administration of the program of professional learning for teachers and principals in scientifically based reading research and instruction. 
  • Administer the coordinated state-wide reading plan for students in kindergarten through grade three.  
  • Provide assistance to local and regional boards of education in the administration of the reading assessments and the implementation of school district reading plans. 
  • Coordinate reading and literacy information and assistance to Connecticut advising reading and literacy instruction. 
  • Address reading and literacy strategies related to students who are multilingual learners. 
  • Develop and administer other state-wide reading and literacy initiatives for students in kindergarten to grade twelve.  
Benefits: We participate in a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive healthcare policies including medical and dental coverage, retirement plan options, paid time off and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees and provide professional growth and development opportunities! 

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Selection Plan

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) in which you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location.
Important Information After You Apply: 
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 
  • Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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In the Department of Education, this class is accountable for directing the operations and activities of an Education Division or the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System.


Directs the staff, budget and operations of an education division, internal administration and management division or the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System; coordinates, plans and manages division activities; develops comprehensive long and short term goals and objectives which support educational initiatives and agency mission; participates and makes recommendations in review and formulation of agency policy, exercises general supervision over various forms of educational programs and services offered by the State to local school authorities, professional organizations, certain lay groups and individuals; exercises general supervision over internal management policies and programs as offered to local school authorities, professional organizations, other state agencies and State Department of Education staff; acts as consultant with respect to these programs and services; interprets and administers pertinent laws of bureaus; oversees fiscal operations of bureaus; prepares and presents reports before the State Board of Education; evaluates and assesses staff performance; serves as a member of the Commissioner's Senior Leadership Team; responds to inquiries from the Governor, federal, state and local educators concerning education initiatives and programs of bureaus; maintains statewide responsibility for all bureau programs and activities and represents agency and state in related activities as required; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of the philosophy and methods of education, with emphasis on educational administration and management; considerable knowledge of the objectives and purposes of educational programs within area of specialty; considerable knowledge of the principles of professional management; considerable knowledge of public school administration; considerable knowledge of the principles and techniques of budgetary preparation and fiscal management; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable written and oral skills; considerable ability to understand and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; administrative ability.


An earned advanced degree and eleven (11) years of professional experience in the field of education or related areas.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity in the oversight of the development or administration of an educational bureau, system, operation, school or service.

1. Managerial capacity is defined as full time managerial responsibility for a major program. Position will have supervisory responsibilities but the emphasis should be management activities defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies, developing and/or monitoring a budget.

2. For State Employees, the Special Experience is interpreted at the level of Education Bureau Chief.


1. A 092 certificate (Intermediate Administrator), or 093 certificate (Superintendent), or Sixth Year Diploma in Educational Leadership, or an Ed.D. (Doctorate in Educational Leadership) may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

2. An advanced degree and five (5) years of managerial experience in the oversight of the development or administration of an educational bureau, system, operation, school or service may substitute for the General Experience and the Special Experience.


  • Experience in managing of grants, contracts and developing budgets.                             
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders related to Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 literacy research and reading success.                         
  • Experience navigating complex working environments and management of competing projects, deadlines, and priorities.                                             
  • Experience with development and delivery of tiered, evidence-based literacy instructional practices, supports, and strategies.          
  • Experience working with multilingual learners and students who have reading difficulties. 



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.