The Center hires experienced, accomplished professionals with demonstrated expertise in the design, evaluation, and implementation of assessment and accountability systems. We are always looking for superb experts to join our team. If you are an assessment and accountability expert at the top of our field, or if you have the potential to get there, we’d welcome the opportunity to talk with you. Generally, Center for Assessment professionals fall into two main categories, Senior Associate or, for more junior candidates, Associate. All Center for Assessment professionals must have excellent written and oral communication skills. They must work effectively as part of team, while possessing the initiative to work independently for extended periods of time. Position descriptions for both levels follow.
The Senior Associate is a nationally recognized leader in assessment/accountability system design and implementation. In general, the Senior Associate is able to secure and manage contracts with states and other agencies, and is the “point person” for all work related to the specific client. The Senior Associate therefore must be able to effectively plan, organize, and complete the necessary project work. The Senior Associate develops methods, tools, and intellectual products to solve problems in assessment and accountability posed by clients and the field. Senior staff members are expert facilitators, able to help lead meetings and workgroups, such as Technical Advisory Committees or work sessions of state educators designing content standards. The Senior Associate is able to recognize emerging trends in assessment, accountability, and school reform in order to help lead our work with clients and continue to position the Center to be a leading contributor to such issues.
The Senior Associate is a nationally recognized leader in assessment/ accountability system design and implementation; is sought after and contributes to our field in professional mission activities, through publications, presentations, advising, and/or professional leadership. Senior Associates must hold an earned doctorate in psychometrics, assessment, statistics, curriculum, or a related field and have at least five years’ experience working in practical settings such as a state department of education or with a testing contractor. The Senior Associate must demonstrate the ability to secure and manage large contracts with public and/or non-profit agencies, and to lead collaborative teams to ensure that the client’s needs are best served and Center staff members have opportunities to learn and grow.
The Associate possesses a deep understanding of assessment and accountability principles and shows promise for becoming an important contributor to major assessment/accountability issues. In general, the Associate will work along with a Senior Associate or Center management on specific projects, but will also be expected to take on more responsibility, over time, for independent work with a limited number of clients. Center Associates must work well with a range of clients and are expected to develop the skills necessary to help lead meetings and workgroups. The Associate must be able to develop and pursue an applied research agenda to develop solutions to important issues in measurement or accountability directly applicable to the work and mission of the Center.
An Associate must hold an earned doctorate in psychometrics, assessment, statistics, curriculum, or a related field. Associates should have at least some experience working in practical settings such as a state department of education or with a testing contractor. The Associate demonstrates promise for developing a solid project, publication, and/or presentation record and for becoming a recognized intellectual leader among her/his peers.
The Center for Assessment offers a very competitive salary and benefits package.
The Center for Assessment is committed to fostering a culture of respect and inclusion. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.
The Center is pleased to support an annual summer internship program advanced doctoral students in educational measurement and/or assessment/accountability policy who want the opportunity to work with the Center’s professionals on projects with direct implications for state and national educational policy.
Interns will work on one major project throughout the summer (to be negotiated between the intern and the Center mentor) and will participate with Center staff on multiple ongoing projects. The intern will have the opportunity to attend meetings and interact with numerous state assessment personnel. Interns will be expected to produce a written report, suitable for conference presentation and/or publication, as evidence of successful completion of their project.
The intern must have completed at least two years of doctoral course work in educational measurement, curriculum studies, statistics, research methods, or a related field. Interns with documented previous research experience are preferred. Further, interns must document their ability to work independently to complete a long-term project. Specific qualifications are posted each year.
The internship duration is eight weeks and is located at our offices in Dover, NH for the full eight weeks. The specific term will depend on the intern’s school schedule, but generally starts the first week of June. The Center will provide a stipend as well as a housing allowance and reasonable relocation expenses
Each year, usually in January, the Center will produce a formal internship announcement with a list of project and specific application procedures.