Director, ELA Assessment Development
The College Board - Iowa City, IA

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The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for a Director who will perform operations and functions that assist with the design and development of new English Language Arts assessments and related products. This position reports to a Senior Director and is located in Iowa City, IA.


The Director assists the Senior Director in working with vendors involved in these operations and functions; develops innovative solutions to maximize the effective contribution of Assessment Development to the organization, encouraging the application of new ideas.

The Director is expected to lead the planning and execution of a variety of test development projects and to provide expertise on an organization-wide basis, integrating knowledge of reading, writing, curriculum, test development, and measurement; may mentor and train more junior content specialists in ELA assessment.

  • Assist in the development of new and innovative assessments and supporting products, including the formulation of test and item specifications, item development, the design and execution of pretesting plans, the assembly of final forms, and the analysis of statistical results. Write and review multiple-choice and constructed-response ELA items and related materials.
  • Take a leading role in the development of new and existing assessments and supporting products and services in the area of ELA assessment. Lead in interfacing with vendors contracted to provide products and services for these assessments. Oversee the coordination of committee activities, including committee meetings, development of committee agendas, and recommendations.
  • Serve as an advisor to the English Academic Advisory Committee, presenting information to the Committee from the programs. Serve as a contact for internal and external expertise on reading and writing, particularly as they relate to test development. Give presentations internally and externally in ELA assessment for College Board programs. May represent the organization on panels and committees external to the organization with respect to ELA assessment.
  • Provide expertise in curriculum to internal and external clients, including working on alignments between College Board tests and national and state standards.
  • Review internal and external communications related to ELA pedagogy and assessment.
  • Mentor and train more junior content specialists in ELA assessment.

Education/Experience :
  • Master’s degree or the equivalent education and experience in English preferred. Five to seven years of experience in K-16 test development with a nationally recognized testing organization or state testing program required. In-depth exposure to state and national curriculum standards required.
  • Teaching experience at the middle, secondary, or post-secondary levels highly preferred. Must have in-depth knowledge and experience in ELA assessment, preferably as a test developer, and have worked extensively with multiple-choice and constructed-response items. Must have thorough knowledge of standards development and alignment.
Related Skills & Other Requirements:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including oral presentation/public speaking skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Solid organizational, time, and task management skills
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple situations simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office applications, especially PowerPoint
  • Available to travel nationally

We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.


If you are interested in joining the College Board’s in this position and you meet our qualifications, we encourage you to apply by submitting your resume and a brief, introductory cover letter.


The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Among our best-known products are the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and Advanced Placement Program®.

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