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Manager, Interim Assessments

CAL Classification: Project Manager
Program Area: PreK-12 ELLs Assessment
Salary: $60,000 - $75,000
Hours Per Week: 35 hrs/wk (full time)
Position Available: Immediately


Manage the development of innovative computer-based interim assessments for PreK-12 English Language Development. Provide content expertise in the development of language assessment tasks.

  • Ensure smooth functioning in the day to day aspects of the development of Interim Assessments, in compliance with project and grant requirements.
  • Under the guidance of the Project Director and collaborating with other key personnel, create Interim Assessment prototypes and keep framework and test specification documents up-to-date.
  • Develop, monitor and maintain project milestones and timelines to ensure timely completion of deliverables.
  • Chair and facilitate high-level meetings such as sessions at board meetings, quarterly meetings dealing with Interim Assessments, or weekly meetings with partners.
  • Collaborate with the WIDA Consortium staff to make sure that communication lines are open and that project work gets completed.
  • Conduct assigned research in support of computer based English language proficiency test development.
  • Manage resources and staff to fulfill the development of innovative items and tasks.
  • Document all feedback from all sources and ensure that feedback is implemented, following a quality control protocol.
  • Communicate with senior staff and partners on timelines and deliverables.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of project-related research activities.
  • Manage interactions with other teams, including Production, Psychometrics, and Test Development.
  • Supervise, train, and facilitate the work of test development specialist(s).
  • Serve as administrative liaison between the Project Director and project staff.
  • Oversee the write up, review and evaluation of test materials.
  • Coordinate the writing and revision of test and item specs.
  • Manage the development of prototypes of test items for computer delivery.
  • Facilitate testlet writing courses.
  • Draft reports and ancillary test materials. 
  • Manage the planning, conduct and analysis of cognitive labs.
  • Help develop proposals for new grants as needed.
  • Other tasks as assigned.
  • Master’s Degree with 6+ years’ of upper level relevant experience, or PhD and 2+ years’ experience in relevant field are required.
  • Education: Degree in Linguistics, Education, or related discipline is required. Degree in Applied Linguistics, Language Testing, or related field is preferred.
  • Experience: Successful candidate will have experience coordinating work on the development of language assessments and working with English language learners (ELLs). The successful candidate will show a commitment to improving education, particularly for ELLs. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in managing the development of language assessments in an educational context and will also have experience using technology in an educational setting. Testing experience is desirable; language assessment experience is a plus. Teaching experience in the areas of linguistics, language acquisition, assessment, literacy and/or content area instruction is desirable. Experience developing computer-based tests preferred. Familiarity with ACCESS for ELLs® is a plus.

The preferred candidate will be a self-motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively in a fast-paced team environment. Excellent skills in the following areas are highly desirable: organization, planning, and time management; oral and interpersonal communication; writing, editing, and proofreading; and knowledge of Microsoft Office software.


Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources Coordinator, Recruitment 14-02

Attn: Recruitment 14-02

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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