Denver Public Schools
Job Description
Director, Language and Literacy (Elementary & Secondary)
Emily Griffith Campus
Traditional 235 work days
FTE: 1.0
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Essential Functions and Objectives:
- The Director of Language and Literacy is responsible for developing a coherent K-12 instructional program that is aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards and Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards.  The Language and Literacy Director is responsible for the continued development of the DPS Literacy Plan 2020 and building the collaboration with the departments of English Language Acquisition (ELA), Early Childhood Education (ECE), Student Services, Professional Learning Center (PLC), Accountability Research and Evaluation (ARE), the Elementary Education Division (EED), and the Office of Post-Secondary Readiness (PSR) to ensure alignment and coherence across the K-12 language and literacy system. 
-  Collaboratively create the K-12 comprehensive vision and strategy for elementary and secondary language and literacy for the district
-  Lead, implement, monitor, and refine the district’s Early Literacy 2020 plan
-  Lead and support the implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) and Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards (CELPS) in alignment with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
-  Apply instructional expertise to improving the effectiveness of English Language instruction in DPS schools, specifically including implementation of the CAS, CCSS for English Language Arts and the CELPS.
-  Provide support and thought partnership to the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction and other critical stakeholders that support language and literacy programming.
-  Manage the elementary and secondary language and literacy teams to assess needs of language and literacy for all K-12 educators and develop robust plans to ensure the most critical system-wide needs are met
-  Manage district-supported “opt-in” reading and writing curricula and instructional programs in grades K-12
-  Coordinate the adoption, budgeting and evaluation of all literacy related district adopted and supported instructional materials
-  Creates detailed timelines for each initiative; assesses and tracks project progress regularly and drives project completion holding others accountable for responsibilities and deadlines
-  Helps manage the analysis and presentation of data and progress of data-driven initiatives for senior management team and external audiences; communicates progress to key stakeholder groups; and incorporates their input.
-  Anticipate, identify, and resolve complex obstacles for the success of the overall implementation of the DPS Literacy 2020 Plan and other district language and literacy initiatives
-  Develops, coordinates and aligns language and literacy curriculum and instruction at the elementary and secondary levels
-  Plans, organizes, implements, supervises and evaluates literacy programs and systems to ensure students demonstrate progress towards district identified standards and goals.
-  Engage all language and literacy staff in creating common goals and in identifying themselves as members of Curriculum and Instruction. Effectively manage their work through language and literacy managers so that the staff meets goals.
-  Act as an expert resource regarding literacy and language instruction including reading process, writing process and implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards and Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards.
-  Lead and manage the Language and Literacy department
-  Evaluate the work of the language and literacy staff, providing ongoing feedback and support that helps them meet goals as well as concrete, timely feedback during the annual evaluation cycle.
-  Evaluate program services on a regular basis to 1) encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research and assessment data, and 2) determine if program goals are being met.
-  Plan and assist in the retrieval, summarization, and analysis of all required reports.
-  Cultivate essential working relationships with other directors internal and external to Curriculum and Instruction and instructional superintendents to ensure that district language and literacy goals are met.
-  Cultivate essential working relationships and clarify responsibilities across all staff providing literacy leadership.
-  Other duties as assigned
Knowledge & Other Qualifications:
-  Demonstrated knowledge of language and literacy curriculum, instruction, assessment and intervention.
-  Demonstrated experience in providing professional development to a range of adult learners, including senior leadership, departmental leadership, school leadership, and classroom level educators.
-  Demonstrated passion for the academic achievement and personal development of urban students, including English Language Learners, and students with diverse learning needs.
-  Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local laws/policy, regulations and practices related to language and literacy.
-  Demonstrated knowledge of the Common Core State Standards, Colorado Academic Standards, and Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards or willingness to quickly develop local knowledge based on experience from another state.
-  Demonstrated experience managing programs and staff, including planning, accurately forecasting and monitoring goals, timely and effective communication, activities, budgets, and vendors/contractors as needed.
-  Demonstrated ability to communicate across a variety of stakeholders (BoE, central office, school leaders, teachers and external partner’s/community stakeholders) both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrated knowledge of MTSS/RTI.
-  Excellent organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks in many settings on a daily basis.                                                                
Education and Licensure Requirements:
-  Colorado teacher license
-  Current Colorado Administrator’s licensure preferred
-  Master's degree in Literacy, English Language Learners or a highly related field.  Doctoral degree preferred.
-  Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in education, focused on Literacy and/or Language Acquisition.
-  Previous administrative experience in education required (School Leader and/or Central Administration).
-  Academic preparation and/or deep experience working with students learning a second language preferred.
-  Demonstrated experience working in urban school districts requiring cultural and linguistic responsiveness to meet the needs of all students.
-  Demonstrated experience implementing and managing complex systems and flexibly adjusting to change.
-  Proficiency in Spanish preferred.
About Denver Public Schools:
Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  
Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at  
Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.
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