Assessment Specialist I, Verbal & Writing

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A test-development position is available in the Verbal and Writing Skills Assessment areas, which concentrate on assessments of writing and reading skills at the college and graduate school levels. To view the entire job description go to: then click on job openings and enter 80999 for the keyword.

Some highlights of the job are:
An academic background in the humanities is desirable for this position, although applicants with specialties in related disciplines will also be considered.

Applicants must have extensive expertise in analyzing, writing, and editing texts; experience with constructed-response (essay) assessments and holistic scoring would also be helpful.

Test Creation
Write and review items, gather and resolve feedback from multiple sources on items; evaluate item acceptability after testing.

Participate in constructed-response scoring activities, including work with faculty consultants or state department staff.

Assist in design and development of new assessments and innovative products and services; assist in development of blueprints.

Respond to irregularity reports and candidate inquiries, investigate possible copyright violations, and may review and make recommendations for security cases.

Assist with reliability, validity or comparability studies.

Assist with test development activities as a member of one or more program teams, possibly as a member of a test creation team.

Assist in project direction; help implement item development plans; work on special development projects.

A Master's degree in the humanities or in a related academic field is required.

Three years of professional experience in college-level teaching, in writing, in editing, and/or in developing assessments. Other requirements include: Highly sophisticated writing and editing skills; Detailed knowledge about the technical aspects of composition, including the principles of syntax, grammar, usage, and mechanics; Ability to analyze texts with precision, acuity, and subtlety; Ability to work both collaboratively and autonomously; Experience in using basic software applications and Internet searches.