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Tech Lead K-12 Assessment (Applications Programmer)

CAL Classification: Senior Operations Specialist
Program Area: PreK-12 ELLs Assessment
Salary: $80,000 - $94,000
Hours Per Week: 35 hrs/wk (full time)
Position Available: September 1, 2012


Lead and coordinate the programming work of a technology team focused on creating a computerized language proficiency assessment for K-12. Serve as a liaison between CALís technology team, other CAL working groups and external technology partners.

  • Coordinate the technology aspects of the transition from a paper and pencil based assessment to an interactive, multimedia computer-delivered assessment
  • Serve as liaison with external technology partners
  • Facilitate the process of Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP) compliance between the test development, design and technology teams
  • Apply APIP standards to item development
  • Oversee all technological aspects of the item development for the operational assessment
  • Implement and enforce rigorous quality control procedures
  • Plan, design, develop and implement standardized templates to streamline item development
  • Ensure adherence to project timelines and coordination with CAL internal teams
  • Oversee the work of other programmers
  • Maintain consistency and integrity across all project work
  • Stay abreast of trends, new techniques and resources in computerized assessment

Education and Experience: Bachelorís or Masterís degree in Computer Science or a minimum of five years of equivalent education, and ten years of related experience. Successful candidate will have experience supervising and coordinating a team of programmers to produce computer-based materials. He or she will have project and/or production coordination experience, facility with the technical aspects of programming in a high volume production environment. Experience working with K-12 educational materials is preferred. Familiarity with large-scale test production, coordination of a technology team and strong hands-on programming is required.

Other Qualifications: The successful applicant must have experience developing applications using programs such as: java, php, c# and ASP.NET. and html5, SVG, XML. He/she will be able to balance multiple tasks and schedules, be motivated and flexible, show leadership in order to attain project goals, and have 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 and familiarity with the work of major assessment consortia and excellent communication skills in English is a plus.


Center for Applied Linguistics
Phyllis Pointer-Tate
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Phyllis Tate, Recruitment 12-20

Attn: Recruitment 12-20

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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