Manager, Test Assembly

Job Title: Manager, Test Assembly
CAL Classification: Research Associate
Division: Language Assessment Division
Division Appointment: Regular/Full-time 
Position Available: Immediately


Manage test assembly and quality control for large-scale English language proficiency tests. Oversee work of language testing specialists. Coordinate with managers of functional teams to ensure the assembly and delivery of final test forms, and ensure adherence to rigorous quality control processes.


  • Approve final test forms.
  • Guide the development of test blueprints.
  • Layout test content following assembly procedures and templates using Adobe InDesign.
  • Ensure the alignment of test forms to test specifications and manuals of style.
  • Review and approve edits to test items and ancillary documents during the test assembly process.
  • Develop and ensure adherence to timelines for test assembly processes and procedures.
  • Ensure all quality control procedures are followed in the test assembly processes.
  • Develop, write, refine, and implement new procedures as needed.
  • Solicit, document, and oversee implementation of feedback from funder, external reviewers, and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate work with Production and Tech teams for both routine procedures and special projects.
  • Coordinate across functional teams and with funder to prepare materials for pilot testing and field testing.
  • Conduct pilot testing and field testing with other team members.
  • Communicate with funder and external project partners about progress on tasks.
  • Document decisions and processes.
  • Write reports, memos, and other documentation as needed.
  • Update internal style guide.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a related field, with six (6) or more years of relevant experience, including supervisory experience; or
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Applied Linguistics, Language Testing, TESOL or a related field with four (4) or more years of relevant experience, including supervisory experience.
  • Experience in coordinating across functional teams, as well as coordinating test developers or test production team members to produce test materials, preferable for large-scale, standardized assessments.
  • Experience with PreK–12 Education, English Learner education, and/or language testing is preferred.
  • Experience with style manuals.

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


  • Strong oral and interpersonal communication.
  • Ability in English and a second language preferred.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office software and Adobe InDesign is required.
  • Ability to coordinate staff across multiple tasks to meet deadlines and quality control expectations.
  • Ability to understand highly-complex test designs with multiple interconnected parts.
  • Highly motivated, flexible, and able to show leadership in order to attain team goals.
  • Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively in a fast-paced team environment; show strong attention to detail while maintaining sight of the big picture; bring an analytical as well as a creative approach to tasks.
  • Strong organization, planning, and time management 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 “19-08 Manager, Test Assembly” in subject line.

Center for Applied Linguistics 
4646 40th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources, Recruitment 19-08 Manager, Test Assembly

Attn: Recruitment 19-08 Manager, Test Assembly

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