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Senior Director, State and District Relations

at The College Board | Iowa Office (Coralville, IA), Midwestern Regional Office (Chicago, IL) | View all jobs

The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for a Senior Director, State and District Relations, for our Assessment Design and Development (AD&D) department. This position can be based out of our New York headquarters, our Iowa office, or our Midwest Regional offices. It is also remote eligible. 

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.

The Senior Director, State and District Relations, leads the Assessment Design and Development (AD&D) department’s involvement with state and district initiatives and directs the work of department staff on all associated AD&D contributions. Key responsibilities include

  • Coordinating subject matter content-related work on alignment studies (both internal and external), performance level descriptors (PLDs), and standard settings; collaborating with relevant College Board program, content, psychometric, program/project management, and support staff as well as state staff in carrying out this work; and helping coordinate and facilitate PLD and standard setting meetings.
  • Aiding in the adoption and implementation of the SAT Suite of Assessments, including preparing and reviewing RFP content and attending remote and in-person RFP meetings.
  • Representing AD&D in person or remotely at state technical advisory committee (TAC) and other meetings and events.
  • Presenting, at the request of a state or district, on the SAT Suite.
  • Working with states on SAT Suite contributions to accountability requirements.
  • Recommending projects concerning and aiding with research, policy statements, and the like to address state and district needs and requests aligned with department- and enterprise-level goals and with best practices.
  • Building relationships with state and district partners (and potential partners).

The Senior Director, State and District Relations, possesses a deep knowledge of educational research, practice, and policy, especially as they relate to assessment, college and career readiness, standards, and accountability. This individual works closely with the Research, Psychometrics, College Readiness Assessments, and State and District Partnership teams. The person in this position brings this expertise to bear in discussions about how the SAT Suite assessments are designed, developed, and communicated about in order to ensure that the SAT Suite is able to support the needs of states and districts and to meet federal accountability requirements.

What you’ll do

  • Draw on extensive state and district policy experience to direct AD&D staff in performing state- and district-related tasks and to further department- and enterprise-level goals
  • Inform internal and external stakeholders on all aspects of the SAT Suite as they relate to state and district policy
  • Prioritize multiple, and sometimes competing, requests for state alignments to the SAT Suite;  oversee all aspects of state alignment reports and associated databases, and manage expectations from State and District Partnerships; manage resources and supervise AD&D content staff in the continual updating of reports and databases as states make changes to their education standards; help determine priority of alignment projects to stay ahead of RFPs and standard setting requests
  • Lead and organize all AD&D contributions to PLDs, including supervising AD&D and state DOE content staff in the initial development of PLDs, leading discussions to adjudicate PLDs between AD&D staff and states, and ensuring that PLDs meet the requirements for state standard settings
  • Possess expertise and experience in conducting standard settings, including having a strong working knowledge of common standard setting methods (e.g., modified Angoff, bookmark), and work closely with AD&D and state staff to successfully carry out standard settings
  • Weigh state and district stakeholder requests against SAT Suite policy and best practices; deliver on such requests, when appropriate, in the agreed-upon time frame
  • Advise states on contributions of the SAT Suite to state ESSA plans, with the goal of helping states pass peer review and meet stakeholder needs more generally
  • Review all state RFPs and advise AD&D leadership on strategic response; synthesize all AD&D RFP contributions and perform a final quality control check on RFP responses
  • Suggest and, when feasible, undertake or help coordinate research in support of state and district work (e.g., contribute to cognitive labs designed to collect evidence of test content validity)
  • Present on the SAT Suite at internal, external, and remote meetings and events
  • Collaborate with AD&D leadership to set the agenda for all state and district work
  • Ensure all state and district work is in line with department- and enterprise-level goals
  • Perform any other duties or tasks as assigned or required

Principal Relationships

Internal Contacts:

  • AD&D staff
  • Other College Board units, including Research, Psychometrics, College Readiness Assessments, and State and District Partnerships

External Contacts:

  • State DOE staff, district staff, teachers, and administrators
  • Consultants/vendors

About you

You have a master’s degree in a relevant field, such as education research, public policy, or education leadership; PhD preferred. 7+ years of directly relevant work experience demonstrating progressive levels of responsibility. Experience working with or within state or federal departments of education or district-level systems is strongly preferred. Knowledge of or experience in large-scale assessment programs at the state or national level is preferred.

More about you

You have…

  • Deep knowledge of assessment research and education policy
  • Extensive knowledge of state and district accountability needs
  • Extensive knowledge of developments and trends in state standards
  • Ability to maintain discretion when dealing with confidential information and with non–College Board contacts
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Project and vendor management experience
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong editing and proofreading skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel (roughly once per month)

This position will be subject to a background check.

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.


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.