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Colorado State Senior Literacy Consultant Position #1253 in Denver Metro, Colorado

Senior Literacy Consultant Position #1253

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Senior Literacy Consultant Position #1253


$68,000.00 - $73,500.00 Annually


Denver Metro, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Education

Job Number



6/24/2021 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

About the Colorado Department of Education

Through setting a clear vision for increasing student performance, CDE continually supports the advancement and improvement of the state’s education system to prepare all learners for success in a rapidly changing global workplace.


All students in Colorado will become educated and productive citizens capable of succeeding in society, the workforce, and life.


The mission of the Colorado Department of Education is to ensure that all students are prepared for success in society, work, and life by providing excellent leadership, service, and support to schools, districts, and communities across the state.

Why work for the Colorado Department of Education?

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits ( :

  • Contribution Plan ( plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans (

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account (

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Discounted RTD EcoPass ( (Denver Metro locations)

  • BenefitHub ( state employee discount program

  • CafeWell ( employee wellness program

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at CDE

  • Creates and sustains a positive workplace culture that conveys the value of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization.

  • Completes required training regarding EDI. Encourages additional learning and reflection related to these topics and models these actions.

  • Takes swift and appropriate action(s) to stop any discrimination, harassment, and/or microaggressions when discovered, consulting Human Resources as appropriate.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

“ ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date. ”

Description of Job

Position Summary

The Senior Literacy Consultant supports the implementation of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) and Senate Bill 19 199. The Senior Literacy Consultant provides guidance, data analysis, professional development, and monitoring to districts and schools in support of scientifically based reading instruction.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Literacy Program Supervisor, work as part of a team with the Preschool through Third Grade Office including the Director of the Preschool through Third Grade Office, Literacy Program Supervisor, Principal Consultants and Senior Literacy Consultants to accomplish the mission of the office with adherence to the policies of CDE.

  • Support district level staff with interpretation and implementation of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) and Senate Bill 19-199.

  • Act as part of a team that provides Local Education Agencies training and professional development for kindergarten through third grade teachers as outlined in Senate Bill 19-199. Consistently evaluates and determines the training needs of districts and kindergarten through third grade teachers in the area of reading.

  • Collaborate with internal personnel to develop professional development and resources to support districts and schools with developing knowledge of and implementing scientifically based and evidence-based practices in teaching reading.

  • Maintain records and implementation plans for district based teacher training on evidence-based practices in teaching reading.

  • Engage in periodic reviews of instructional programs, professional development and assessments as required by the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act).

  • Provide monitoring and oversight of district based implementation of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) and Senate Bill 19 199.

  • Work with districts and schools to analyze kindergarten through third grade reading data and provide strategies to increase literacy achievement.

  • Collaborate with the Preschool through Third Grade Office Data and Decision Sciences Team to gather information in order to monitor and audit the use of per-pupil intervention money.

  • Attend all required Preschool through Third Grade Office and Literacy Team meetings.

  • Attend all required professional development.

  • Organize, setup, and provide regional trainings in evidence-based practices in teaching reading.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Competency and Qualification Requirements:

  • 5 plus years of experience in public education including elementary classroom experience.

  • A minimum of one year instructional leadership experience. This could include instructional coaching with an emphasis on literacy at the elementary level or administrative positions at the school or district level.

  • Understand the Legislation of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) and Senate Bill 19-199 and the necessary implementation requirements for Local Education Agencies.

  • Experience developing and providing professional development for adults in the science of reading or related topics.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Google.

  • Exceptional organizational skills, including ability to multi-task, balance competing priorities, track and meet deadlines and handle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

  • Evidence of ability to be a self-initiator.

  • Ability to work in a team environment and across teams.

  • Ability and willingness to travel as required during the performance of assigned tasks (travel may include over night stays for 1-3 nights at a time).

  • Ability to organize and setup regional trainings including but not limited to identifying sites, booking venues, arranging travel, etc.

  • The ability to pass a background check.

Minimum Education Requirments

Master’s degree in literacy, reading, elementary education or other related field with course work to support expertise in scientifically based reading research and application in grades


Preferred: - Knowledge of evidence-based practices for supporting culturally and linguistically diverse learners. - Knowledge of adult learning theory.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply:

Applicants MUST submit a resume and cover letter attached to the online application. Applications left blank or marked "See Resume" will not be accepted.

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  • A cover letter (attach to your online application).

  • A resume (attach to your online application).

    Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Colorado Department of Education is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Jessica Martella, at