Director of AP Comparative Government & Politics
The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for a Director of AP Comparative Government & Politics in the Advanced Placement (AP®) Program. This position can be remote based or based in one of the College Board offices.
The Director is responsible for preserving and improving the quality and validity of the AP Program’s core deliverables within the subject domain: the course curriculum, the exam, and the professional development content.
About the College Board
We are a mission focused organization that believes that investing in education is investing in the future. From our earliest days, we have devoted ourselves to educational opportunity and achievement. We have promoted innovation, equity and excellence for generations of students. We are advocates for children and parents; we empower teachers and educators; and we are a strong presence in thousands of schools and communities across the country through programs and services - the SAT, Advanced Placement (AP®) and Pre-AP are just few. Our work falls broadly into four categories: College Readiness, College Connection & Success, Student Opportunities and Advocacy.
About Advanced Placement (AP®)
AP® is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion and hard work of students and educators from secondary schools and higher education. With more than 30 courses in a wide variety of subject areas, AP provides willing and academically prepared high school students with the opportunity to study and learn at the college level. Learn more are http://press.collegeboard.org/ap.
About the position
The Director must lead and engage with committees of subject-matter experts, typically college professors and secondary school teachers, training them on curriculum and assessment development protocols, and translating between academics and technical experts (test developers and psychometricians). In addition, the Director must present, speak, and moderate dialogue with large academic and membership audiences to ensure that ongoing change and improvement within AP courses and exams is understood, accepted, and supported in both secondary and post-secondary educational communities.
What you’ll do
- Serve as the best practices thought leader for AP Comparative Government & Politics curriculum, instruction, and assessment as related to AP and Pre-AP initiatives.
- Participate in regular discussions with AP Assessment staff and ETS test development staff on matters of AP assessment development as related to AP Exam design revisions and improvements; ensure that exam development aligns with committee-approved curricula and test specifications; monitor and improve exam validity and reader reliability in accordance with established Program thresholds.
- Manage existing AP Development Committee recruitment and membership; direct the overarching AP outreach strategy for the course's committee.
- Lead development of new products designed to address unmet teacher instructional needs, including developing prototypes, participating in small-scale market-testing, and creating models for subsequent development in conjunction with other AP staff. Recruit, train, and directly supervise Committee members in designated subject areas as content development contributors. Liaise with AP Publications, AP Project Management, and AP Professional Development staff as needed to execute project plans.
- Represent and increase support for the AP Program’s mission among external stakeholders through a variety of strategies
- Conduct multiple face-to-face, weekend meetings and virtual meetings annually with each of the committees within the Director’s stewardship as well as other Committee meetings in the discipline as needed.
- Maintain a familiarity with current research and best practices related to curriculum development, instructional pedagogies, and assessment; participate in regular discussions with other CIA members on the current professional literature to build a set of common, shared beliefs about AP’s direction within the larger educational community.
- Recommend strategies and approaches that will help the program effectively scale to support and encourage high usage across urban, suburban and rural districts geographically distributed. Support translating the existing PD model to effectively address the needs of AP teachers in that discipline.
- Work with the AP Higher Education team to co-develop and implement plans to raise college and university awareness of AP courses and exams in the subject area.
- Assist efforts to recruit college faculty and experienced AP teachers to serve as AP Readers; co-lead the planning and execution of discipline-specific AP Faculty Colloquia events.
- Master’s degree, although a doctorate in a related discipline is desirable, plus extensive AP classroom (or college equivalent) teaching experience.
- Experience with design and implementation of professional development is desirable as is experience with instructional design and content development.
- A strong background in adult learning is required.
- Other requirements include superior communications skills; strong computer skills; and ability to conduct research on instructional topics, methods and media.
More about you
- Excellent organizational and planning skills, including attention to detail and the ability to effectively handle multiple tasks simultaneously
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to proofread
- Skills in process and procedure development and implementation
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to deal with staff at all levels
- Strong customer service orientation
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Professional and using Internet application
- Able to travel 35%
We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.
If you are interested in joining the College Board in this position and you meet our qualifications, we encourage you to apply by submitting your resume through our Careers page at www.collegeboard.org/careers
The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Among our best-known products are the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and Advanced Placement Program®. The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.