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Manager of Alternate Assessments - Remote Position

SUMMARY:

The Manager of Alternate Assessments is responsible for leading assessment design and content development of alternate assessments such as test design, blueprint development, test and item specifications, item development, and forms construction. The Manager of Alternate Assessments will set the vision for Questar’s alternate assessments and manage the assessment specialists responsible for Questar’s alternate assessments. As such, quality, service, commitment, innovation, problem solving, and flexibility are expected. We are seeking a colleague drawn to working in a fast-paced environment and that also has fun while accomplishing challenging and meaningful work.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop alternate assessment test designs that follow best practice, latest research in the field, and will meet requirements of peer review.
  • Develop and manage relationships with external partners. Establish clear scopes of work with roles and responsibilities outlined. Maintain strong communication including feedback on quality and timelines as well as providing program context needed to drive quality work.
  • Train and develop assessment specialists through the full test development cycle including test design, development, processes, and workflows.
  • Develop and maintain a budget. Forecast resource needs across the annual item and form development cycle. Develop a plan for scaling up and managing temporary resources during peak times.
  • Interface with Questar internal teams such as project management, publications, technology, and assessment delivery.
  • Develop and maintain metrics for assessment development, item and assessment quality, and item inventory.
  • Consult with clients to guide planning, recommend solutions, and mentor staff to do the same.
  • Guide and mentor a team to grow and balance their skills. Enhance talent within the organization by evaluating employee outcomes relative to goals, and holding team members accountable.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in people management.
  • Knowledge of alternate assessments, students with significant cognitive disabilities, and peer review requirements.
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to manage complex projects with cross functional teams.
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiating, and conflict management skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and team building skills.
  • Proactive strategic thinker, with ability to move rapidly between big picture and tactical detail level.
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work independently and manage own schedule.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to facilitate client discussions across a wide variety of program issues and considerations, along with general industry topics.

 

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