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Senior Assessment Designer

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation, in close collaboration with MIT, is developing a new graduate school of education—the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning—that aims to create a national model of mastery-based, time-independent teacher preparation that readies science and math teachers to succeed in the schools of today—and build the schools of tomorrow.

Position Overview

The WW Academy seeks a Senior Assessment Designer who will be involved in every stage of building its problem-based curriculum for teacher candidates. The process of designing this curriculum is being carried out by a large interdisciplinary team with expertise in the STEM fields, teacher education, learning design, technology, and assessment. This team comprises Woodrow Wilson faculty and staff, MIT staffers, and WW Academy Design Fellows, working together in various cross-functional work groups.

The Senior Assessment Designer will join this team and will oversee the design and development of assessments—both formative and summative—through which teacher candidates will demonstrate that they are mastering the elements of the curriculum and, ultimately, that they have developed the necessary competencies to graduate from the program. In addition to overseeing the development of the program’s assessments, the Senior Assessment Designer will be a hands-on leader, working closely with the various work groups to develop a curriculum that integrates the assessments.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with design teams during curriculum-building process to ensure a sharp focus on the WW Academy’s core competencies.
  • Develop capacity in assessment across the WW Academy’s staff.
  • Develop creative, valid assessment tools that:
    • Evaluators can use to assess student performance within specific curricular units.
    • Evaluators can use to review teacher candidate progress toward the program’s core competencies.
    • Teacher candidates can use to receive feedback that will keep them on track as they move through curricular units and through the program as a whole.
  • Develop assessment design processes that combine agility and scalability.
  • Design and develop reports to visualize performance data for various audiences.
  • Manage all milestones related to assessment design and product-related content development and delivery (e.g. ensuring that outsourced components are delivered according to the project plan).
  • Lead user testing and pilots, including the communication of observations and insights back to the team.

The ideal candidate will bring to the position the following characteristics:

  • Master’s degree (or higher) with an emphasis in assessment design, psychometrics, learning analytics, learning sciences, instructional design, cognitive psychology or related area.
  • 5+ years of experience in assessment design.
  • Experience in psychometric/statistical data analysis, validation, scoring, analyzing and reporting quantitative data.
  • Experience designing authentic assessments, simulations/games, and/or adaptive learning systems.
  • Experience with competency-based education.
  • Experience teaching, preferably K–12.
  • An ability to meet deadlines in a dynamic environment
  • A gift for collaboration, and
  • A sense of humor.

This is a full-time, renewable twelve-month appointment, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It offers competitive compensation and benefits.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and any additional material that will help us understand why you would be a great member of our team. We will accept applications until the position is filled. Questions and materials should be directed to Dr. Peter Laipson, Chief Administrative Officer, WW Academy of Teaching and Learning, [email protected].

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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