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Assessment Specialist/Sr. Assessment Specialist, Writing & Language

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The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for an Assessment /Sr. Assessment Specialist, Writing and Language. This position will be based out of Iowa City, IA.

Named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative education companies, the College Board is a mission-focused organization. This job requires a strong focus on improving educational opportunities and outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged students, in the context of a competitive business environment.

This position is for an individual with appropriate qualifications and relevant experience as a writer/teacher of writing outside of standardized, large-scale assessment (Assessment Specialist), or for an individual with a minimum of four to six years’ experience in standardized, large-scale K-12 or K-16 assessment development (Senior Assessment Specialist).

Under the direction of a manager in the ELA/Literacy group, the individual in this position will work as part of the Writing and Language team, making important individual contributions and gaining valuable knowledge and experience. The primary responsibility of the Writing and Language team is the development of the Writing and Language section of the SAT Suite of assessments.  

What you’ll do

  • Contribute actively to the development of ELA/Literacy assessments and assessment-related projects within the larger Assessment Design & Development department, with a focus on the Writing and Language section of the SAT Suite.  
  • Write and revise an assigned number of test passages and questions in accordance with established quality and process standards and within established timelines.
  • Review prospective passages, questions, and operational/practice forms, with an aim of helping monitor and improve content quality.
  • Implement defined operational ELA/Literacy assessment goals and process/procedure improvements; monitor and improve progress toward goals; serve as a content expert; and provide status updates to director-level ELA/Literacy staff, as needed.
  • Provide expertise in assessment, standards, instruction, curriculum and/or closely related areas to internal clients. Keep up-to-date on trends and developments in ELA/literacy standards, instruction, curriculum, and assessment.
  • Provide specific direction to vendors, partners, and independent contractors tasked with providing assessment products and services.
  • Acquire a general understanding of the work of other departments and divisions within the College Board and of the organization as a whole.
  • Help promote a collaborative, constructive, mission-focused work environment in which the highest standards of quality and process are established and maintained; problems are prevented or quickly corrected with the least possible impact; staff are nurtured; creativity and problem solving are encouraged and rewarded; and the needs and expectations of students and other stakeholders are foremost in mind.

PRINCIPAL RELATIONSHIPS

Internal Contacts:

Communicate and coordinate closely with AD&D staff (including those in NYO and IO as well as regional and telecommuting staff). Develop and maintain strong relationships with other College Board staff, particularly those in program/project management, research, and relevant program areas.

External Contacts:

Contribute to strong relationships with vendors, partners, and independent contractors. Maintain regular contact with experts in ELA/literacy, assessment, and related fields, with a focus on teachers of writing and composition, to ensure that assessments are aligned with current theory and practice.

About you

Education/Experience: 

Assessment Specialist: Master’s degree or the equivalent education and experience in English, English education, writing, journalism, or closely related field preferred. Bachelor’s degree required. Two to three years of professional writing, editing, or middle school/high school/post-secondary teaching experience required. Familiarity with English grammar and usage conventions and terminology required. Experience with and knowledge of disciplinary literacy theory and practice, including work with informational graphics, in history/social studies and/or science highly preferred. In-depth exposure to state and national curriculum standards preferred.

Senior Assessment Specialist: Master’s degree or the equivalent education and experience in English, English education, writing, journalism, or closely related field required. Four to six years of experience in standardized, large-scale K-12 or K-16 assessment with a nationally recognized testing organization or publisher or a state testing program highly preferred. Familiarity with English grammar and usage conventions and terminology required. Experience with and knowledge of disciplinary literacy theory and practice, including work with informational graphics, in history/social studies and/or science highly preferred. Teaching experience at the middle school, high school, or post-secondary level preferred. In-depth exposure to state and national curriculum standards preferred.

 More about you

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Solid organizational, time, and task management skills
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office applications
  • Availability for national travel

Benefits
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.

Mission

Our mission is to clear a path for all students to own their future.

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.