Executive Director of Literacy Education

Recruitment #220511-UNCE-275




The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Oklahoma.  We work directly with the state’s 500+ school districts and the legislature to ensure that Oklahoma students receive the quality education they deserve.  If you are looking for a rewarding career that positively affects the lives of children, you are in the right place!  For more about OSDE please visit our website at www.sde.ok.gov

Actively assist the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction to direct content-area directors of English Language Arts and Reading Sufficiency, and all related specialists and/or coordinators, to enact state and federal laws and policies associated with literacy and civic literacy. The Executive Director will manage the Oklahoma Early Literacy initiative designed to provide statewide training and instructional coaching support to Oklahoma schools on evidence-based literacy instruction in the areas of reading and writing. Duties will include reviewing budgets, proposals and communication regarding initiatives undertaken by the OSDE Literacy Team.

PLEASE NOTE: This position is funded through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). The funding for this position will expire in December of 2024. It is the goal of the Oklahoma State Department of Education to apply for more funding if it becomes available.

• Candidates should demonstrate capacity for navigating complex education systems and leading systems change. Experience and knowledge in the following areas are essential for success in the role of Executive Director of Literacy Education:
o knowledge of state and federal school laws, rules, and regulations as they pertain to literacy;
o knowledge of and experience in adult learning;
o ability to approach challenges with an improvement or growth mindset;
o strong analytic skills and demonstrate superb verbal and written communication skills;
o flexible and comfortable working in an environment where processes and timelines are fast paced and ever-changing;
o proven ability to lead at a district or state level.
• Candidates should have meaningful and current knowledge of literacy research, with proven ability to impact student outcomes. Experience and knowledge in the following areas are essential for success in the role of Executive Director of Literacy:
o knowledge and experience of the principles of the Science of Reading;
o knowledge of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts (OAS-ELA) and their progression from PK-12
o Knowledge of current literacy initiatives and their impact on the educators and students of Oklahoma.
• Candidates should have demonstrated experience convening, organizing, and leading teams including supervisees, peers, and external stakeholders. Experience and knowledge in the following areas are essential for success in the role of Executive Director of Literacy Education:
o knowledge and experience with project management including overseeing budgets and meeting deliverables on predetermined timelines;
o ability to establish and maintain satisfactory and effective working relationships with fellow employees, school officials, public school administrators, and the general public
o ability to express facts and opinions clearly and concisely;
o conscientious commitment and willingness to provide courteous, consistent, and efficient service through the performance of the prescribed job duties;
o ability to design and facilitate productive workshops, convenings, and meetings with teachers, school administrators, and the general public;
o foster productive team dynamics and able to work in highly collaborative and interdependent teams, leading and supervising individuals who have expansive responsibilities and are also engaged in leading statewide networks of stakeholders toward ambitious goals;
o manage relationships with a variety of constituents, including school leaders and community partners;
o ability to stay organized and updated on all content-area and shared projects, including the ability to collaborate with directors to identify and check-in on project milestones, ensure adherence to relevant laws and policies, and maintain accurate timelines of multiple projects.

• Manage and oversee staff members of the OSDE Curriculum and Instruction Literacy Team including reviewing and approving all programs, initiatives and large-scale communication efforts;
• Keep the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction advised of all Literacy Team initiatives, their progress and budgets;
• Maintain a project management system that ensures all projects being overseen are progressing to meet deadlines and expectations;
• Collaborate with and coach content directors on effective project management;
• Collaborate with the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction to ensure the Oklahoma Early Literacy initiative meets with agency goals and allowable expenses for federal funds;
• Manage the Oklahoma Literacy Initiative including: communicating with school districts, enacting contracts with vendors and school districts, verifying invoices and maintaining the initiative budget;
• Serve as a team lead for the Curriculum and Instruction Literacy Team, leading the review, revision and enactment of the Oklahoma Literacy Plan;
• Stay abreast of all state and federal laws, statutes, policies, rules and regulations affecting literacy.

Directly supervise members of the OSDE Curriculum and Instruction Literacy Team, Oklahoma Early Literacy Regional Specialists, Instructional Coaches and assigned Administrative Assistant(s).

20% Travel required with occasional overnight stays.

This position is eligible to telework up to two (2) days a week with supervisor approval. A Telework Agreement is required upon hire.

General office setting

N (Not Applicable) - Activity is not applicable to this position
O (Occasionally) - Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 – 2.5+ hrs/day)
F (Frequently) - Position requires this activity from 33%-66% of the time (2.5 – 5.5 hrs/day)
C (Constantly) - Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)
Physical Demands  Physical Demands  Lift/Carry 
Stand F Reach Over Shoulder O 10 lbs or less F
Walk F Speak F 11-20 lbs F
Sit F Climb O 21-50 lbs O
Listen F Crawl O 51-100 lbs N
Grasp O Squat or Kneel O Over 100 lbs N
Reach Outward O Bend O  


Generous benefit allowance in addition to salary to off-set insurance costs
More information at https://www.ebd.ok.gov
11 Paid Holidays
15 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave the first year
Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) participation with all contributions paid by the employer
More information at https://www.ok.gov/TRS
Employee Assistance Program
Longevity Bonus for years of service

• Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full time basis;
• Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

The Oklahoma Department of Education provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, OSDE complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This job description has been reviewed and approved by the Hiring Manager.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


• Master’s degree from an accredited college in Education from and accredited college or university or National Board Certification [official transcript(s) required];
• A valid teaching certificate in a related discipline (e.g., English Language Arts, Elementary Education);
• Five (5) years of experience in an education setting.


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