Associate Director, Assessment

Product Development & Management Remote, United States


Description

Associate Director, Assessment 

At Curriculum Associates (CA), we believe a diverse team leads to diversity in thinking, making our products better for teachers and students. If you read this job description, feel energized by what you see here, and believe you could bring passion and commitment to the role, but you aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! Above all, we are looking for the right person! 
 
Our goal is to make classrooms better places for students and teachers. By providing high-quality, research-based, engaging, culturally sustaining, and anti-racist content to the schools we serve, along with assessment tools for setting high expectations, we believe that we can help schools create a learning environment where every student succeeds.   
  
This role is part of the Assessment Programs team and reports to the Senior Director of Assessment Programs. The Assessment Programs team and the Assessment Editorial team together make up the Assessment Design team, which is led by the Associate Vice President of Assessment. In this role, you  will work with the Senior Director to lead the strategy and design of our early childhood and K–2 foundational literacy and math assessments, with a focus on curriculum-based and norm-referenced assessments for screening, progress monitoring, and identification of students with learning difficulties. You’ll work with a dynamic, hard-working team of directors, project managers, and editors focused on improving how we assess students’ literacy knowledge and skills.  
  
The impact you'll have:  

  • Work with the Assessment Programs team to define continuous improvement initiatives for our early childhood and early elementary assessment programs and conceptualize assessment products, including curriculum-based measures, based on competitive analysis, market research, culturally and linguistically responsive assessment principles, and academic research including RTI principles  
  • Your expert leadership and proven ability to communicate with senior leadership and cross-functional teams will play a central role in the company’s assessment positioning and prioritization in the literacy education field  
  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders and with cross-functional teams on marketing, implementation guidance, and sales proposals, making decisions to ensure assessment quality while meeting business needs  
  •  Work with Assessment Directors on assessment project strategy and scope, making decisions and recommendations for short- and long-term planning and prioritization that aligns with the company product roadmap 
  • Become an expert in and leader of our early childhood and early elementary assessment products, deeply aware of the latest industry trends, the assessment needs of our district customers, and issues faced by teachers in the classroom  
  • Given the increased focus and demand on early childhood and early elementary instruction and assessment based on applied educational research, your deep knowledge of foundational academic and early childhood development will guide the design and priorities for our assessments  
  • You’ll work with Assessment Directors on organizational and personnel initiatives such as professional development, vendor quality assurance, and balancing team morale and work/life balance with business needs 
  • You’ll work with subject matter experts on the Assessment Editorial team and serve as an internal stakeholder and advisor to that team once assessment products you have designed become active projects 
  • Your contacts in the education, school psychology, and assessment fields may serve to contribute as academic advisors, expert practitioner advisors, and/or assessment development contractors, and you may take on personnel management responsibilities in the future  

Who we're looking for:  

  • Proven ability to lead collaborative efforts with multiple team members and stakeholders, communicate effectively, and inspire innovation in teams  
  • Proven ability to synthesize data and feedback from stakeholders, early learning and assessment research and best practices, and market and business priorities to strategize assessment solutions  
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of assessments used in early childhood and early elementary school to measure students’ school readiness, early academic skills, and to monitor growth over time using RTI principles. Experience with developing assessments strongly preferred.   
  • Demonstrable knowledge, training, and/or clinical experience in the area of psychological or educational assessment   
  • Adaptable and accountable in setting, meeting, and communicating deadlines and project goals   
  • Proven ability to conduct, document, and report research, and lead initiatives as an expert on early childhood and early elementary assessment  
  • Passion for ensuring diverse, equitable, and inclusive assessment experiences for students of all backgrounds  
  • Strong analytical/critical and creative thinking skills    
  • Ability to work in a self-directed way    
  • Comfort working with new technologies such as content management systems, Microsoft Office products, and virtual meeting spaces   
  • Open and responsive to feedback and review   
  • A graduate  degree in early childhood and/or early elementary education, literacy education, clinical psychology or related field, or equivalent experience 
  • A minimum of 10 years of assessment experience  
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in early cognitive development, foundational literacy research, school psychology, instruction, and/or assessment 
  • Understanding of statistics and statistical inference with respect to assessment measurement 

Not required, although we'd love to see: 

  • In-school experience in a role involving assessment 
  • Doctoral or Master’s degree in School Psychology or related field 

Location: We encourage folks from across the U.S. to apply to this role!   
 
Compensation and Benefits: Equitable pay and great benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, employer contributed 401K.   
 



Curriculum Associates, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Curriculum Associates, LLC will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by law. Curriculum Associates, LLC will grant employment, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by law. Such action shall include, but not be limited to, the following: employment, upgrading, demotion, transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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