Edutech Lab, Inc. in Bellevue, Washington is now accepting applications for a full-time English language test development specialist to participate in and oversee development activities for a variety of standardized English language assessments. All work takes place in our Bellevue, Washington office. Telecommuting is not possible for this position.
About us After securing a place in the English language learning and assessment market in Japan, our parent company has branched out to the Americas and is aiming to build a strong reputation in this part of the world. Starting from scratch in 2016, we have been expanding every month and will continue to grow the size of our operation in 2017. We are looking for talented and ambitious language assessment professionals to join a small team where your daily activities will have an immediate impact on the company’s future and language learners around the world.
About you • Would love to chat about syntax and the finer points of synonym distinction over coffee • A creative writer who can switch to writing precise technical documentation when necessary • Eagle-eyed when it comes to spotting grammar and spelling errors • Possess a declarative knowledge of English grammatical structures • Passionate about improving the validity and reliability of standardized language assessments • Know where to look for reputable, trendy, and authentic content that can be adapted for pedagogical purposes
Responsibilities • Add your voice and ideas to ongoing test development activities including: o writing test specifications o drafting and quality control of items o standard setting and rating of items o design and revision of rubrics • Mentor independently contracted item writers to create/acquire/modify authentic passages and write assessment items for those passages which conform to test specifications and CEFR levels • Mentor independently contracted test raters to evaluate test-taker performance according to rubric descriptors • Track progress, monitor performance, and provide professional feedback to independent contractors • Curate and develop training materials for test item writers and raters • Perform content review for all projects to ensure quality and standards • Collaborate to juggle many hats at the same time while maintaining composure • Communicate with overseas offices to ensure project alignment
Must Haves • PhD or Master’s Degree in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Education (with ELL/Bilingual endorsement), or closely related field • Several years of second and/or foreign language teaching experience with lesson planning and assessment development experience • Excellent communication skills • Knowledge of test development and assessment principles • Knowledge of the identification and correction of flaws in multiple choice and constructed response items • Ability to identify problems and conceptualize solutions, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines Nice to Haves • Extensive English as a second and/or foreign language teaching experience with lesson planning and assessment development experience • Prior ESL/EFL item writing and/or content development experience • Knowledge of and/or experience teaching workplace language, business practices, and/or workplace situations • Experience teaching Japanese students • Familiarity with CEFR • Ability to structure corpus queries to maximize relevant results • Experience with scripting/programming languages
About Edutech Lab
EduLab Group is a global platform building new business and investments in the fields of educational technology, language learning, and language assessment.