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Job Summary

Organization

Laurie Conaway

Location

Austin , TX, United States

Education Level

MA/MS

Work Experience

5-10 Years

Availability

Immediate

Job Category

Industry, Gov., Consulting

Texas Statewide College and Career Readiness Assessment Senior Project Manager (2 year limted term)

About the Organization

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system. Since being created by the Texas Legislature in 1965, the Board has worked to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students.

About the Job

This limited term position is available through August 31, 2015.

 

General Description:

Provides leadership, psychometric expertise, and coordination for the development and implementation of the statewide Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment Project for determining college readiness.  Oversees the work performed by,  and collaborates with, a national testing company involved with all aspects of test development and administration.  Works under the direction of the Director of Developmental Education and Adult Basic Education and in close collaboration with the Director of Research and Evaluation, agency leadership, and other agency program and policy staff. Work is performed under limited supervision with considerable latitude for use of initiative and independent judgment.

  

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages the development and implementation of the new statewide assessment under the TSI Assessment Project and related activities.
  • Manages the TSI Assessment Project contract with a major vendor to accomplish a complex program with statewide economic and academic impact.
  • Manages timely administration of the tests and analysis, interpretation, and reporting of assessment results in coordination with the selected vendor for the TSI Assessment Project and needs of agency leadership.
  • Manages quality control review of psychometric procedures, analyses and interpretations, and technical documentation and communications to ensure appropriate standards for and understanding of the reliability and validity of the new TSI Assessment and other assessments under the TSI Assessment Project for TSI exemption purposes.
  • Oversees the work of vendors related to the TSI Assessment in support of Developmental Education and Adult Basic Education reforms.
  • Works with diverse and dynamic teams of professionals within the agency and across agencies and institutions to ensure optimal use of assessment data for the provisions of appropriate supports to students statewide.
  • Coordinates with TEA staff regarding the STAAR End of Course assessments as appropriate and with testing organization officials regarding other assessments used in support of the new TSI Assessment.
  • Provides policy support and technical assistance to agency leadership on the TSI Assessment Project and other assessments and non-assessment-related categories used for TSI exemption purposes.
  • Develops and conducts presentations for small and large groups regarding the TSI Assessment and related activities.
  • Coordinates regularly with other agency departments to facilitate use of student performance data where appropriate.
  • Engages public and professional external groups in activities that support the student assessment program.
  • Communicates internally and externally with interested and affected parties in a timely manner to provide accurate information and to share upcoming activities according to the development schedule for the TSI Assessment.
  • May represent the agency in meetings, hearings, trials, legislative sessions, conferences and seminars, or on boards, panels and committees related to the TSI Assessment Project.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major graduate course work in  psychometrics; educational measurement and assessment; industrial/organizational psychology; or related degree.
  • Five years of responsible and substantive experience in managing a large-scale assessment program (e.g. at a state agency, licensure/certification organization, or national organization).
  • Experience planning, designing and implementing high-stakes assessments.
  • Doctorate from an accredited college or university with major graduate school course work in related fields may substitute for two years of the required work experience.

 

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of technical aspects of test development and administration; related state and federal statutes, policies, and regulations; and national technical assessment standards.
  • Knowledge of major college readiness initiatives in the state and representative college readiness programs in the nation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of principles of both classical test and item response theories and modern computer adaptive testing for large-scale assessment programs including test development and maintenance, psychometric quality, and administration and reporting consistent with industry standards.
  • Knowledge of the Texas education system.
  • Knowledge of the development and administration of assessments for English language learners and students with disabilities, end-of-course tests, online assessments, and Adult Basic Education.
  • Skills and proficiency in using a personal computer and various software applications including, but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook in a Windows environment.
  • Ability to direct and organize program activities; analyze and interpret complex statutory requirements; establish program goals and objectives; identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions;
  • Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures; handle multiple and shifting priorities; meet timelines; prepare concise reports; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish positive working relationships with all levels of staff; and plan, assign, and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to accept and follow instructions given in a variety of forms; and communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of forms (e.g., written and tabular reports, informal and formal presentations, publications) with a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with all work-related contacts.
  • Ability to travel up to 15% time.

 

Preferred:

  • Experience working with a variety of agencies and organizations such as the Texas Education Agency, Texas legislature, stakeholders, administrators and faculty in institutions of higher education, educators in public education, and business and professional organizations and with the technical experience relevant to developing and implementing the new TSI Assessment system. 
  • Technical experience developing and implementing assessments on a state wide basis or for a large educational system.
  • Doctorate from an accredited college or university with major graduate course work in psychometrics; educational measurement and assessment; industrial/organizational psychology; or related degree.

 

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a standard office environment and requires

  •  Regularly, reliably, and punctually attendance at work;
  •  Frequent use of personal computer, copiers, printers and telephones;
  •  Frequent sitting;
  •  Frequently works under deadlines, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.

 

 

Application Requirements

 

Apply on line at the Coordinating Board’s employment opportunities website.  Go to:  www.thecb.state.tx.us and select “Employment” at the bottom of the web page.  For questions please call the HR Department at 512-427-6190.  For vocal and/or hearing assistance call 7-1-1, (512) 427-6190.

 

 

"AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER"

 

 

 

Application Instructions

Apply on line at the Coordinating Board’s employment opportunities website.  Go to:  www.thecb.state.tx.us and select “Employment” at the bottom of the web page.  For questions please call the HR Department at 512-427-6190.  For vocal and/or hearing assistance call 7-1-1, (512) 427-6190.

laurie.conaway@thecb.state.tx.us