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Research Assistant

CAL Classification: Research Assistant II
Program Area: World Languages and International Programs
Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week (full time)
Position Available: Immediately


The Oral Proficiency Assessment Team (OPAT) conducts research on and develops oral proficiency tests, provides professional development and training on the use of world language assessments, and conducts language program evaluations. Current projects involve conducting research on assessment and maintaining and coding data for a national evaluation of student and teacher language programs; contributing to online courses on assessment, conference planning, and organizing for a Language Resource Center; developing and entering data into databases and conducting research on assessment for test development projects; and other duties as assigned.

  • Create and maintain databases
  • Develop surveys for research projects
  • Conduct library and Internet searches and other research activities
  • Develop IRB protocols
  • Code and analyze data
  • Coordinate project tasks and timelines
  • Correspond and coordinate with project managers, research assistants, interns, advisers, partners, and other persons involved in projects
  • Write and edit proposals, research reports, articles, conference presentations, and other project-related products
  • Create professional development and training materials on assessment
  • Deliver professional development workshops and conference presentations on assessment
  • Transcribe language data
  • Administer tests to students
  • Develop language tests and assessment tasks
  • Masterís degree and two years of relevant work experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well on a team. Must be flexible, organized, attentive to detail, and able to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Experience collecting and organizing data, conducting research, and writing and editing reports
  • Proficiency with MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency in a language other than English
  • Experience with language teaching and/or professional development for teachers.
  • Experience with language test development and analysis.
  • Experience conducting research projects.
  • Experience coordinating projects and communicating with outside partners.
  • Experience with HTML and basic programming/web design.
  • Proficiency with MS Access.


Center for Applied Linguistics
Phyllis Pointer-Tate
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Phyllis Tate, Recruitment 12-21

Attn: Recruitment 12-21

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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