Project Manager

Job Title: Project Manager
CAL Classification: Research Associate or Senior Research Associate
Division: Language Assessment Division
Division Appointment: Regular/Full-time 
Position Available: Immediately


Provides content, technical and research expertise across language assessment projects, including test development and validation efforts. Possess language assessment expertise and project management skills, develop and execute project plans, maintain deadlines, and work closely with a committed, dynamic team to meet project goals. In addition, the Project Manager will represent project work at professional meetings and conferences and develop research publications.


  • Contribute to the implementation of language assessment project activities across CAL, including test development and validation efforts.
  • Contribute to and support related language assessment entrepreneurial activities.
  • Provide language assessment expertise in the areas of item development, rater training and scoring, and test validation research.
  • Define the project scope, goals, and deliverables that support project goals and outcomes in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders, which may include staff outside the Language Assessment Division and/or external clients.
  • Develop and implement project plans, budgets, resources and timelines.
  • Manage day-to-day work of test development activities within and across teams.
  • Provide quality control of test development projects and materials, including documentation of project activities and outcomes, and develop ongoing recommendations to improve future work.
  • Represent research and test development work at external meetings and conferences and in writing.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university, in Applied Linguistics, Language Assessment or a related field, with at least six (6) years of relevant experience; or
  • Doctorate degree (PhD or EdD) from an accredited college or university in Applied Linguistics, Language Assessment or a related field.
  • Experience with developing language assessment materials for linguistically and culturally diverse populations.
  • Experience with PreK–12 Education, English Learner education, and/or language testing is preferred.
  • Experience designing and conducting research projects in language testing or related fields.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing project tasks and timelines.
  • Experience in test item development processes.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable.


  • Strong background in language assessment.
  • Ability in English and a second language preferred.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office software and appropriate statistical packages.
  • Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Strong background in quantitative research methodologies desired.
  • Excellent organization, planning, and time management skills.
  • Excellent oral and interpersonal communication.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.

Remote Work and Relocation

This position requires on-site work at the CAL office in Washington, DC. There is no option for remote work and/or relocation assistance for this position.

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.

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Please provide a resume and a cover letter to, referencing position number “19-09 Project Manager” in subject line.

Center for Applied Linguistics 
4646 40th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources, Recruitment 19-09 Project Manager

Attn: Recruitment 19-09 Project Manager

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