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Director (Dyslexia Specialist)

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Job Location:
205 Jefferson St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101


College and Career Readiness

Examples of Work Performed

  • Plan training and professional development; create training materials; recruit administrators, teachers and outside organization for participation.
  • Design and disseminate best practice intervention and treatment models.
  • Educate school personnel regarding the indicators of dyslexia, the science surrounding teaching a student who is dyslexic, and classroom accommodations necessary for a student with dyslexia.
  • Write or co-write dyslexia reports for task-force, legislative, community, and educational audiences.
  • Identify valid and reliable screening and evaluation assessments and protocols.
  • Attend national, regional, and state meetings focused on dyslexia.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia.
  • Support school personnel to create reading progress monitoring systems, multi-tiered systems of supports, and special education eligibility.
  • Recommend to the Task Force and schools evidence-based reading instruction programs.
  • Present to assorted organizations (community, civic, and educational) on dyslexia.
  • Review technical documents as requested by Coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, Masters preferred.
  • Training and certification as a dyslexia therapist, licensed psychometrist, licensed speech-language pathologist, certified academic language therapist, or certified training specialist.
  • Three years of successful experience screening, identifying, and treating dyslexia and related disorders.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Acquired knowledge and experience with Orton-Gillingham methodology.
  • Ability to identify dyslexia assessments through collaboration with national and statewide teams.
  • Ability to develop professional development materials and methods of implementation on a national, statewide and regional basis.
  • Ability to speak and write effectively.
  • Ability to manage diverse activities and meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze complex educational problems and develop feasible solutions.
  • Ability to establish rapport and effective working relationships with federal and state departments of education, legislators, local school district personnel, state and national organizations and universities.
  • Travel may be required with expenses reimbursed at the approved rate.

(Other qualifications and experience, which in the opinion of the Commissioner of Education meet the requirements of the position may be accepted in lieu of the above.)


Application Procedure

Complete a DESE application online. Please attach a scanned copy of your transcripts with the application. You will receive an e-mail confirmation when your application is received online.

Note: If a college degree is a requirement for this position, transcripts must be submitted with the application in order to be considered for employment. Failure to include transcripts (when required for the position) with your application will eliminate the application from the review process.

We do not keep applications on file to submit for other vacant positions. You must submit an application for each vacant position you are applying for.