Division Director, Language Assessment

Job Title: Division Director, Language Assessment
CAL Classification: Senior Research Scientist
Division: Language Assessment 
Division Appointment: Regular/Full-time 
Position Available: Immediately


The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) seeks an innovative and visionary Division Director of Language Assessment for an exciting opportunity in Washington, DC to direct large-scale national and international language assessment development, evaluation, and research initiatives within culturally and linguistically diverse K-12, postsecondary, and adult education.


  • Serve on CAL’s Executive Leadership Team and report directly to the President and CEO.
  • Provide strategic leadership within the organization and lead new business development efforts related to language assessment, research, and evaluation and provide high-level direction to a wide variety of language testing and psychometric projects.
  • Oversee all aspects of test design, development, analysis and implementation.
  • Direct activities with external partners in test development efforts and provide technical guidance to diverse and highly qualified staff with experience in the areas of language assessment, educational measurement, and technology-based assessment.
  • Represent CAL assessment initiatives internally and externally and contribute to scholarly publications.
  • For additional information visit our testing and assessment section


Oversee the work of four Directors and one Senior Director in the Language Assessment Division.


  • Doctoral degree (PhD/EdD) from an accredited college or university, in Language Testing, Applied Linguistics, Educational Measurement, or a related field, with a minimum of 10 years of demonstrated successful management and leadership experience in the area of language testing and research.
  • Experience in the following areas are also preferred: teaching English learners; teaching foreign languages to culturally and linguistically diverse populations; applied linguistics; industry-standards for assessment design; U.S. legal, regulatory and policy requirements for K-12 and adult language testing; literacy and/or content area instruction; and business development.


  • Demonstrated expert knowledge in language assessment as evidence by publications in peer-reviewed journals and track record of operational assessment management.
  • Track record in management, including quality control standards, involving multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to lead assessment initiatives resulting in the acquisition of public and private funding.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with CAL President and the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with clients, technical advisory committees, and other assessment stakeholders.
  • Outstanding skills in communicating across all levels of the organization.
  • Outstanding ability in building and maintaining strategic partnership relationships.
  • Outstanding organization, planning, and time management skills.
  • Strong oral, interpersonal, analytical, writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Strong skills in client interaction.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to effectively communicate. The employee may be required to sit or stand in a stationary position for 50% of the time. This position constantly operates a computer and other office productivity equipment. CAL adheres to ADA compliance and guidelines as a common practice.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CAL complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

CAL expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CAL employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


Please provide a resume and a cover letter to jobs@cal.org, referencing position number "19-04 Division Director, Language Assessment” in subject line.

Center for Applied Linguistics 
4646 40th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources, Recruitment 19-04 Division Director, Language Assessment


jobs@cal.org Attn: Recruitment 19-04 Division Director, Language Assessment

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