Position Description: The Project Manager for Collaborative for the Alternate Assessment of English Language Proficiency (CAAELP) will manage vendors, consultants, and all day-to-day project aspects for the CAAELP Project, a federally funded assessment development project, led by the Iowa Department of Education. The CAAELP Collaborative is a consortium of states who will work together under the leadership of the Iowa Department of Education (IDE) to develop and implement a new assessment for English language proficiency, to be administered to the population of English Learners who are the most significantly cognitively disabled. The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), a large, innovative national education research center, will act as project management and development partner to IDE, issuing sub-contracts and managing the work described in the CAAELP Project funding proposal. CRESST's role includes managing the project's activities, outputs, communication, and documentation under the leadership of IDE and in consultation with state representatives from the CAAELP Collaborative. The project manager, in collaboration with the project's Principal Investigators (PIs) and leadership, will provide overall and day-to-day project operations management and state client support as a member of CRESST's CAAELP Project team. The CAAELP Project Manager will work in collaboration with Principal Investigators (PIs) in the lead state and at CRESST to ensure all aspects of the grant-funded project are fulfilled according to funder and lead state requirements. The project manager will take a leadership role among the dynamic and dedicated CRESST team working on the project, helping to ensure that the project is managed and clients are served with high standards and thoughtful innovation.
The project manager will liaise with state departments of education, communication and program officers, and subject matter experts to facilitate communication, collaboration and the achievement of project objectives. The project manager will contribute to communications and content as requested and will appropriately document critical aspects of the project to support the technical quality of the assessment, consistent with best practices for development and implementation of assessment systems (e.g., USED Assessment Peer Review Guidance, 2018).
The CAAELP project encompasses more than a dozen subcontractors and consultants, approximately one hundred major deliverables, nine teams comprised of vendors and SEA staff, and numerous system documents and reports. Project contributors are national experts on educational measurement, research, special populations, English learners, linguistics, language acquisition, accessibility, and innovative test design. The ideal candidate will have experience managing complex, multi-phase projects and some familiarity with the U.S. K-12 education context, assessment, educational measurement or qualitative research. Candidates should have high-level skills in the required SKACs and be very comfortable interacting with clients, planning and facilitating meetings, establishing organizational structures and best practices, performing on-going risk assessment and load balancing.
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