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Research Assistant

CAL Classification: Research Assistant I
Program Area: PreK-12 ELL Assessment
Salary: $43,000 - $50,000
Hours Per Week: 35 hrs/wk (full time)
Position Available: Immediately


The Research Assistant I provides research and development support for project-specific tasks and activities, and is responsible for carrying out project activities as assigned, contributing to the completion of project tasks and deliverables.

  • Provide support to the test development team by reviewing testing materials
  • Review text and graphics of test items for content accuracy and grade-level appropriateness according to test specifications
  • Review, edit, and proof test forms and ancillary materials
  • Maintain and coordinate the test item database as needed
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of files and records in support of test development
  • Prepare and organize materials for cognitive labs, tryouts and field tests
  • Assist in the administration of cognitive labs, tryouts and field tests
  • Assist in summarizing findings from cognitive labs, tryouts and field tests
  • Perform key check on test materials prior to and after field test
  • Conduct research on topics for new studies and report preparation
  • Assist with completion of project tasks and deliverables
  • Other related tasks as assigned
  • Some travel may be required
Minimum Qualifications:
  • MA/MS in a relevant field, or BA/BS in a relevant field with 4 years of experience
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities
  • Degree in Language/Linguistics, Education, Second Language Acquisition, TESOL or related discipline
  • Experience working with English Language Learners (ELLs) and a commitment to improving education, particularly for ELLs
  • Teaching experience in the areas of reading, assessment, literacy and/or content area instruction
  • Experience developing tests, and teaching or learning a second language
  • Experience in English as a Second Language (ESL) education
  • Project assistance experience that involved working with multiple projects
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize work
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Proficiency with MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines
  • Acute attention to detail and strong work ethic
  • Excellent interpersonal skills


Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources Coordinator, Recruitment 13-14

Attn: Recruitment 13-14

CAL offers a comfortable work environment with competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. We are conveniently located two blocks from the Tenleytown/AU Metro Station on the Red Line.

The Center for Applied Linguistics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, handicap, or any other reason not related to employment.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, all successful applicants will be required to show proof of their legal right to accept employment in the United States.

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