Program Associate, Assessment Technology

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JOB TITLE:                       Program Associate, PARCC Assessment Technology

DEPARTMENT:                  PARCC

STATUS:                           Exempt           

REPORTS TO:                   Associate Director, PARCC Assessment Technology

EFFECTIVE DATE:             April 2013

POSITION SUMMARY

The Program Associate will be responsible for supporting the management and execution of key projects related to the ongoing development of PARCC’s assessment technology infrastructure, including the School and District Technology Readiness Tool, platform development, PARCC assessment scoring and reporting, and the Partnership Resource Center (a dynamic and interactive web-based library of all PARCC resources and materials). The Program Associate will work closely with the Associate Director of PARCC Assessment Technology and the PARCC Summative Assessment Management Team to coordinate multiple streams of work and to facilitate engagement of PARCC states and other stakeholders in the development process. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Program Associate’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Technology development and implementation support

  • Conducts background research on key policy elements for PARCC, including online assessment systems, technology, state and district technology readiness, accountability, state longitudinal data systems, and teacher effectiveness
  • Analyzes data from the PARCC Technology Readiness Tool and synthesizes findings into reports and summaries for different audiences
  • Drafts reports, white papers, and briefing materials on behalf of PARCC and Achieve
  • Participates in vendor meetings, management meetings, and other meetings that would impact or be impacted by PARCC technology development
  • Coordinates the development of procurement documents, including drafting scopes of work or other technical specifications, facilitating state and internal reviews, and documenting feedback

Communications and engagement

  • Works with other Achieve staff to develop written communications supporting the implementation of the PARCC assessment for key constituencies, including PARCC state leaders and partner organizations.
  • Organizes regular communications, including teleconferences, webinars, and in-person meetings, with state working groups and other stakeholders to advance high priority issues, discuss progress, and identify challenges; develops meeting/call agendas, supporting materials (e.g., PowerPoints or memos), and participant lists; takes notes and documents action steps; and generates summaries and follow up
  • Develops and assembles PowerPoint presentations for the PARCC and Achieve websites and for senior staff visits with state and national audiences on behalf of PARCC
  • Builds relationships with state content leads and other stakeholders
  • Attends national briefings and reviews reports on issues of importance to PARCC and Achieve.  Prepares summaries for staff. 
  • Represents senior staff at internal and external meetings as needed.
  • Responds to inquiries and requests for information from state education agencies as well as other stakeholders.

Project support and management

  • Provides general project support including the following:
    • Provides project invoice support and validates the associated backup documentation
    • Manages and maintains archival records and program files on issue logs, specifications, and quality-control checklists
    • Keeps accurate records of work products, meetings, and key decisions
    • Supports the Associate Director, Assessment Technology, who serves as the point of contact with vendors on the execution of specific contracts

Working Relationships

Internal: Associate Director, Assessment Technology; PARCC Summative Assessment Management; PARCC Content and Instructional Supports; PARCC Policy, Research, and Design

External: State leaders, consultants, policy and content organizations, key stakeholders

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree, plus two to four years experience in education technology, policy, business or public administration, or a related field, plus two to four years of experience in related area. Master’s degree in policy, education technology or related field is a plus and may be substituted for two years experience.

  • Knowledge of state assessments, education technology, data systems, and standards
  • Ability to comprehend complex technical information and communicate it in a variety of formats to a variety of audiences, including policy makers, district leaders, and teachers
  • Previous experience in reading and interpreting technical documents and diagrams a plus
  • Previous experience in project management a plus
  • Proven ability to manage multiple short- and long-term projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to build collegial relationships with colleagues, state representatives, project consultants and others in order to achieve a goal
  • Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple priorities, and make deadlines while maintaining a strong attention to detail in a fast-paced and highly dynamic work environment
  • Persistence, resourcefulness, drive and ability to work proactively
  • A passion for education

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@achieve.org with the position title in the subject line.