Curriculum & Assessment Specialist - 12071BR

Curriculum & Assessment Specialist

Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

ATLAS, a research center that oversees the development and implementation of the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment, is seeking a Curriculum and Assessment Specialist to manage the development of instructional and assessment resources for multiple projects. ATLAS promotes learning by creating accessible and academically rigorous technology-based learning and assessment systems. The center serves students with disabilities, struggling learners, and teachers through several projects focused on improving student outcomes. ATLAS serves state departments of education by providing The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive abilities and customized, state-specific assessment products. This is a full-time (40 hours/week), unclassified position at the Lawrence campus, with occasional off-site meetings.
The Curriculum and Assessment Specialist will lead development and delivery efforts for customized state assessment products, develop assessment and instructional resources, and collaborate with multiple teams to develop training materials for a variety of test development projects. The Specialist will work closely with the test development lead to ensure that complex development processes are implemented and documented consistently and will ensure that quality assurance criteria and delivery deadlines are met. The successful candidate will have excellent understanding of instruction and assessment, project management and communication skills, and an understanding of one or more of the following: professional development and training, large-scale assessment development, and/or instruction for struggling learners.

Job Description

  • 50 % manage multiple small projects, including delivery of state customized assessments, and development of instructional resources, training materials, and assessments. Activities include overseeing temporary staff and student workers, managing workflow multiple development projects at different stages, designing and delivering training to item writers, internal staff, and external reviewers. Collaborate on test design for new assessment products.
  • 20% prepare documentation about test development processes for technical and non-technical audiences. Activities include contributing to recruitment materials, training plans, and technical reports for assessment products.
  • 15% provide project management support to the test development lead. Activities include collaborative planning and implementation of timelines, deliverables and documentation for a wide range of projects and initiatives within ATLAS.
  • 10% collaborate with the larger test development team on special events and support delivery of the Dynamic Learning Maps alternate assessment in multiple academic content areas.
  • 5% communicate with external audiences including state departments of education and professional organizations.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree and five years of teaching experience, or Master’s degree and three years of teaching experience
  2. Knowledge of at least one of the following: professional development and training, large-scale assessment development, and/or instruction for struggling learners as evidenced by work history.
  3. Experience independently managing complex projects; producing accurate, high quality products; meeting deliverables and managing timelines.
  4. Experience with desktop and web-based technologies (e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Skype).
  5. Experience working in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment as evidenced by work history, professional training, or a combination of both.
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills for diverse audiences, as evidenced in application materials and interview.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience with large-scale test development (e.g., writing or editing items, serving on a review panel)
  2. Expertise in social studies education (e.g., teaching certification or experience, knowledge of contemporary content standards)
  3. Direct experience working with students with disabilities
  4. Formal training or certification in project management
  5. Experience managing a team
  6. Ability to learn specialized proprietary testing software.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes online application, CV/resume, cover letter that describes how the applicant meets the required qualifications including specific examples of experience, and contact information for at least three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered. Initial Review will begin June 11, 2018.

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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