Reading Specialist

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date



1604 Morris Road Southeast
Washington School for Girls
District of Columbia
United States


Reading Specialist

Washington School for Girls - Washington, DC

Washington School for Girls (WSG) is now in its twenty-first year as an independent, privately financed school, serving an under-served population in the Southeast quadrant of Washington, DC. WSG provides a caring and safe environment for young girls, grades 3rd through 8th, who are living in an under-served urban area and are at risk of leaving school prematurely. Students receive a solid and holistic education in the Catholic educational tradition, featuring intellectual challenge, respect for diversity, and support for the spiritual, social and emotional growth of each student. WSG works with each student to identify the best high school placement and tracks her progress throughout.

Washington School for Girls includes 2 campuses and is searching for an individual who is strong and committed to the holistic development of children. Our Campus at The VIEW houses our 3rd - 5th grades, while our Campus at THEARC serves grades 6th - 8th. Our students face unusual daily challenges and live in an under-served section of Washington, D.C.

Job Title: Reading Specialist

Location: Washington, DC

Organization Name: Washington School for Girls

Department Description: The Reading Specialist is an experienced reading professional who will take a leadership role in the implementation of reading program at The Washington School for Girls. The overall goal is to meet the needs of students where they are, to foster a love of reading, and to demonstrate improvement in reading and writing through measurable outcomes. The program emphasizes the delivery of services to all students (grades 3rd – 8th) with an emphasis on earliest grades. The Reading Specialist will also provide faculty education and training.

Brief Description of Classification: This is a 12 Month Position (Year-Round)

Detailed Description of Duties and Responsibilities: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Exhibit personal interest and enthusiasm for reading to support the teaching of literacy and encourage student reading;
  • Thoughtfully advocates for and support all students with rich, deep and engaging literacy curriculum the teaching and learning of reading;
  • Assists administrator, teachers, and school staff in implementing and monitoring a comprehensive literacy program;
  • Connect WSG families and community members to the WSG literacy initiative in an intentional and meaningful way;
  • Evaluate students’ abilities in reading and writing skills for purposes of assisting in the identification of learning differences, developing remediation plans, and /or evaluating student progress;
  • Instruct students (e.g., individually, group sessions etc.) for purpose of assessing reading and writing competencies and improving student success;
  • Develop and coordinate new reading and writing interventions cooperatively with classroom teachers for purpose of supporting teachers and assuring student success;
  • Direct paraprofessionals, volunteers, and/or school aids etc. for purposes of providing effective interventions that meet the needs of individual students;
  • Work with Head of School to facilitate professional development for all staff. Support the development of common practices that support the learning strengths and needs of all students throughout the entire academic program;
  • Engages in professional learning to enhance his/her knowledge and skill in literacy, contribute to the knowledge and skill of others in reading, and work collaboratively to advance professional practice in reading.

Professional Competency

  • Reflect and model WSG values and attitudes as a Catholic School in interactions with students, teachers, families, and members of the public.
  • Follow the policies and procedures of WSG as described in the WSG Personnel Handbook, including such items as being on time, professional dress, and maintaining appropriate records and reports.
  • Demonstrate high standards of professionalism, including legal and professional ethics in interactions with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the public.

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Ability to work with diverse populations;
  • Collaborative leadership and decision making
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Data managements tools, organizational tools, computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Google Email)
  • Experience with Common Core State Standards
  • Experience with balanced literacy program
  • Ability to analyze and use data to design, modify, and evaluate literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Familiar with Assessment Materials (ex. Woodcock Reading Mastery Test)


  • Bachelors in Education or Reading
  • Two or more years as a Reading Teacher or Specialist


Job Type: Full-time


  • Reading Specialist: 2 years


Full Benefits Package.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email your resume, coverletter, writing samples, and references to jobs at

Subject: Reading Specialist at Washington School for Girls

ATTN: Brianne Wetzel, Principal