1) Reporting to the Managing Director for the Office of Language Assessment (OLA), the Assessment Specialist coordinates test development and administration for studentsâ™ language proficiency in foreign languages across the University and supports assessment-related research practices.Â
2) Conducts regular, ongoing validation studies of existing and newly developed UChicago tests. Â
3)Â Creates, expands, and adapts policies for test administrators and test users to meet national standards.
4) Maintains communication and outreach with programs and departments across campus to meet their needs and to ensure that tests are used appropriately and test scores interpreted accurately.
5) Maintains contact with test users (i.e. students and others) to ensure that they are prepared for both test format and content.
6) Creates workshops for language instructors as components of the LPII to provide expertise and best practices to language instructors in the design and development of tests.Â
7) In consultation with the OLA director, provides oral and written feedback to participants for assessment projects.
8) Teaches additional courses or workshops for language instructors beyond the LPII in a given academic year, contingent upon demand and relevancy.Â
9) Attends meetings and conferences to present research and other aspects of the LPII.
10) Oversees administration of Foreign Language Proficiency Certification Assessments, including scheduling tests, preparation of materials, communication with test-takers, room scheduling, and recording and distribution of results.
11) Updates all print and web materials with information about the format, policies and administration of tests. Â
12) Maintains accurate records of test results and provides those results to appropriate parties.
13) Participates in related pedagogical initiatives, including test development across languages, assessment training workshops, course development, or new projects as they present themselves.Â
1) Design and construct relevant instructional materials for training sessions, workshops or courses. 2) Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with faculty, students, and various administrative offices at all levels in the University for multiple purposes. 3) Strong administrative and project management skills. 4) Budget management skills. 5) Excellent written and verbal communications skills. 6) Demonstrated willingness and ability to work with a wide variety of individuals, units and cultures. 7) Analytical skills. 8) Maintain confidentiality. 9) Work independently and as part of a team. 10) Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines. 11) Work on weekends and/or evenings.
1) Bachelor's degree.
2) Masterâ™s degree or PhD, preferably in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Assessment, Second Language Acquisition, foreign language teaching, instructional technology, or a related field.
ExperienceÂ 1) 2-5 years experience in language testing and/or teaching practices, including test design and validation, and test administration. 2)Â Teaching experience, preferably in second or foreign language, at the post-secondary level, including experience with course design and implementation. 3)Â Familiarity and/or experience working with multimedia and/or data management. 4)Â Experience managing a grant or other comparable program. 5) Experience with and knowledge of statistical analysis as it relates to language testing.
Technical Knowledge or Skills: 1) ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Assessment training highly desirable. 2)Â Advanced proficiency in at least one foreign language. 3)Â Track and manage participant progress efficiently and with timeliness. 4)Â Proficiency in Excel or other appropriate software to manage LPII logistics.
1) CV or Resume 2)Â Letter of interest in this position 3)Â Sample of self-designed syllabi 4)Â Sample of self-designed assessment 5)Â Provide your philosophy of teaching or assessment 6)Â Please note that we will make arrangements with selected candidates for a minimum of two reference letters Â
NOTE: Â When applying, all Required Documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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