Test Development Manager

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


Test Development Manager (TDM) manages test development for a large-scale English language proficiency test for grades K – 12. Includes supervision of a multi-person team of language testing specialists, coordination with managers of functional teams to ensure the delivery of final test forms, and ensuring adherence to rigorous quality control processes.


  • Supervise and manage a team of test developers.
  • Develop and ensure adherence to timelines for test development.
  • Guide the development of item specifications.
  • Review and approve item specifications.
  • Review and approve test items during all phases of the item development process.
  • Ensure all quality control procedures are followed in the test development processes.
  • Refine, develop, and implement new procedures as needed.
  • Monitor the relationship between the tests and the standards upon which they are based.
  • Solicit and oversee implementation of feedback from funder, external reviewers, and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate work with Production and Tech Teams for item assembly.
  • Communicate with external project partners about progress on tasks.
  • Document decisions and processes.
  • Write reports, memos, and other documentation as needed.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in language testing, applied linguistics, TESOL or a related field with four (4) or more years of experience, including supervisory experience, is required; or
  • Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a related field with two (2) or more years of experience, including supervisory experience, is preferred.


  • Experience in coordinating across functional teams, as well as managing the development of language proficiency test items (preferably for large-scale, standardized assessments) is required.
  • Experience with PreK–12 education and/or English Learner education is preferred.
  • Experience using style manuals.

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


  • Expertise with Microsoft Office software.
  • Strong oral and interpersonal communication.
  • Strong organization, planning, and time management skills.
  • Strong attention to detail while maintaining sight of the big picture.
  • Highly motivated, flexible, and able to show leadership in order to attain team goals.
  • Ability to bring an analytical as well as a creative approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to understand highly-complex test designs with multiple interconnected parts.
  • Ability to coordinate staff across multiple tasks to meet deadlines and quality control expectations.
  • Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively in a fast-paced team environment.

Remote Work and Relocation

This position will start as temporary telework due to current COVID-19 work conditions but requires the selected candidate to reside within the DC/MD/VA area. There is no 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

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Please provide a resume and a cover letter to jobs@cal.org, referencing position number “20-08 Test Development Manager” in subject line.

Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources, Recruitment 20-08 Test Development Manager

Attn: Recruitment 20-08 Test Development Manager

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