Assessment Specialist- Test Developer Verbal-Writing

Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, Educational Testing Service is the world’s premier educational measurement institution and a leader in educational research. As an innovator in developing achievement and occupational tests for clients in business, education, and government, we are determined to advance educational excellence for the communities we serve.

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. 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.

Title of Position: Assessment Specialist I

General Responsibilities:

• Write, review, and assemble test materials for college-admission and graduate-level assessments of writing and reading skills
• Learn and apply psychometric principles to the creation and management of assessments
• Help plan and direct test-development projects
• Work with outside contractors, academic committees, and corporate clients
• Provide expertise for research studies and help create new assessments

The type of work may include developing and managing assessments of reading-comprehension skills (e.g., SAT Critical Reading and GRE Verbal) and/or developing and managing assessments of writing skills (e.g., SAT Writing and GRE Analytical Writing). The major responsibilities of the latter include providing scoring expertise for constructed-response assessments and working with the readers and scoring leaders who score the essays as well as writing multiple-choice questions on grammar, usage, and editing.

Background and Skills

• Graduate degree in the Humanities or in a related academic field (required)
• Professional experience in college-level teaching, in writing, in editing, and/or in developing assessments
• 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

• Experience in teaching and assessing composition at the college level
• Ability to analyze the qualities of essay responses very perceptively and to articulate that analysis lucidly
• Understanding of informal argumentation
• Experience in holistic scoring

To Apply

ETS offers competitive salaries, outstanding benefits, a stimulating work environment, and attractive growth potential. ETS is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

We regret that we are not able to respond to each application received; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please submit the following documents by December 15, 2006 to Cheryl Wallace, Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, MS 046-D, Princeton, NJ 08541.

• Acover letter indicating the position for which you are applying for.
• Two copies of a current CV
• A sample of your scholarly writing (10 – 20 pages)