Education Director of Literacy Research & Reading Success

Education Division Director 1 (Hybrid)

Recruitment #220714-3200MP-001


Do you have expertise in the science of reading, structured literacy, and evidence-based early literacy? Are you passionate about oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, rapid automatic name, letter name fluency, and reading comprehension and the impact it has on literacy and reading success? Does a career in public service excite you? If so, come make an impact by serving your State. Read below & apply today!

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is a now accepting applications for the exciting role of Education Director of Literacy Research & Reading Success (Education Division Director 1) in Hartford, CT, with some remote work possible. The Director will oversee the Center for Literacy Research and Reading Success and will have responsibility for advancing a statewide vision for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 literacy research and reading success, to ensure that all Connecticut students are proficient readers by third grade.

This will involve designing, coordinating, and managing a statewide literacy/reading plan and intensive reading instruction strategies and programs for students in kindergarten through grade three, as well as addressing reading and literacy strategies for multilingual learners. The Director will assist in the development and administration of a program of professional learning for teachers and principals in scientifically based reading research and instruction. Additionally, the Director and Center will assist local and regional boards of education in the administration of the reading assessments and the implementation of school district reading plans. They will also have the opportunity to develop and administer other state-wide reading and literacy initiatives for students in kindergarten to grade twelve. The Director will facilitate communications with all stakeholders to disseminate information on the tools and services the Center provides on reading and literacy information and instruction.

Our ideal candidate will have experience in the philosophy and methods of education for all learners, including the science of reading with emphasis on educational design and comprehensive systems of support. They will have experience with both State and national literacy standards, assessments, and scientifically based programs, experience with family and removed engagement models and have a background overseeing budget preparation and fiscal management as the role will be responsible for managing grants, contracts and developing budgets.

This opportunity is full-time, located in Hartford, CT with potential for telework. 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! We provide an incredible opportunity to collaborate with Connecticut’s Educator Preparation Program Providers, Family and Community Partners.

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Selection Plan

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  • 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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Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Faith MacDonald at or 860-937-6362.


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.


  • An 092 Intermediate Administrator, 093 Superintendent or equivalent certification
  • Experience working in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 literacy research and reading success
  • Experience with tiered evidence-based literacy support and strategies, such as scientifically research based interventions and multi tiered systems of supports
  • Experience developing and implementing tiered, evidence-based literacy curriculum
  • Experience working with multilingual learners in a classroom or central office environment



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