Executive Director, Research
The College Board - Newtown, PA

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The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for an Executive Director, Research who will provide scientific and technical oversight of major research and measurement activities and projects across all areas within College Board research, development, and implementation. This position reports to a vice president of R&D and is resident in our Newtown, PA office.

The Executive Director, Research provides oversight and consultation in the conceptualization, design, and implementation of major assessments, research studies, statistical and psychometric analyses (including related operational processes), program evaluations, and innovative assessment development and delivery. This individual maintains high level interaction with key leaders in state and national assessment, educational research, and the measurement field in order to broker and implement meaningful collaborations in research, assessment, and development.

Key Responsibilities

Advance the College Board’s organizational understanding, knowledge of, and application in the following areas: teaching and learning, cognition, assessment design and development, test validation, measurement, and psychometrics.

Provide conceptual and technical leadership on key, new assessment design, development, implementation and validation. Develop and implement a long-term, rigorous research agenda for new assessments with close coordination with other key organizational stakeholders.

Provide expertise and leadership in developing and conducting scientific studies; provide expert advice and consultation to the Research & Development (R&D) research scientists and psychometricians; conduct methodological reviews of College Board proposals, research papers and presentations and assist researchers to improve the overall quality of R&D work. Assist research staff in the development of research manuscripts of peer review journal quality as well as proposals for presentations for national conferences.

Provide consultation and support to College Board assessment programs, strategic and operational improvements to the quality of ongoing programs, and collaboratively work with officers and senior staff across the organization to solve problems and address risks.

Work collaboratively with key external leaders and organizations in the development, implementation and evaluation of assessment programs, measurement initiatives, or research studies.

Oversee the development of research and psychometric staff in technical areas; provide mentoring and project supervision to staff and graduate interns; develop and disseminate R&D reports designed to reach specific audiences; and conduct technical presentations and seminars.

Maintain appropriate contacts with funding agencies for the development of new research projects and programs at the College Board. Promote and maintain professional relationships with relevant state, federal, and higher education measurement and assessment organizations through roles on advisory or technical panels, consultative service, or research collaborations.

Disseminate results of research through presentations and publications; collaborate with researchers, admission professionals, educators, and other key constituencies at educational institutions and national conferences.

Assist regional and government relations staff in the development of strategic response inquiries and challenges. Provide presentations and on-site consultations with technical and policy groups in support and validation of College Board assessments, research, and services. Help non-technical groups understand research and technical issues associated with assessment development and use.


A Doctorate in Educational Measurement, a quantitative specialty area of psychology, or a related degree, plus 10 or more years of professional experience with progressively increasing responsibility directly related to measurement and educational assessment are required. A substantive record of scholarly publications is required.

Related Skills & Other Requirements

Recognition as a national expert or leader in measurement and educational assessment.

Substantial experience in collaboration with multiple organizations to implement standard setting, performance level descriptors, and reach consensus on major policy-related issues with emphasis on the implementation and use of high stakes assessment results by multiple groups.

Ability to work closely with business leaders and functional departments to develop consensus in approaches to complex problems and development projects.

Experience in developing new assessments or revision/enhancement of traditional assessment programs.

Knowledge and experience in cognitively-based methods of assessment design (e.g., ECD).

Expertise and demonstrated successful experience in managing R&D projects, operational large-scale testing programs, test development and design, validation and measurement theory, and research design and methodology.

Successful experience in proposal development and management.

Successful experience in problem resolution and diplomacy.

Excellent presentation skills to multiple audiences (researchers, policymakers)

Demonstrated skills in negotiation and teamwork.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking, interpersonal and public relation skills, and writing and editing skills.

Excellent organizational, managerial, and consultation skills.

Ability to work on several projects simultaneously and independently.

Willingness to work long hours and travel frequently when needed.

Ability to adapt to organizational changes and flexibility in approaches to applied problems and issues.


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 Research & Development division in this role, and you meet our qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please search for the job title and submit 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®.

The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.

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