Careers

Smarter Balanced offers challenging yet rewarding career opportunities to impact the educational outcomes of millions of students across the country.

Our work is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed—regardless of disability, language or subgroup. If you share this belief, please consider applying for a position below.

Full Time Openings

Involves structuring, and / or administrating contractual documents that establish business relationships with contractors, customers and / or partners. Collaborates with internal partners as well as legal staff to structure contracts. Professional contracting services are provided in compliance with all policies and procedures. Analyzes contracts to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies. Advises management of contractual rights and obligations and provides interpretation of terms and conditions.

Uses contract administration skills and organization policies and procedures to draft and issue standard contracts. Works on contract administration problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors. May require guidance regarding specific transactions, drafting of complex contract language and assistance in interpretation of contract language. Manage the progress of project status in relation to overall scope of the contract. Escalate potential deviations of the schedule as needed.

Student Supports maintains and enhances accessibility needs throughout the assessment system.

Systems Design identifies, prioritizes and manages changes and improvements to the Smarter Balanced assessment system while helping to ensure that the formative, interim, and summative components of the system are aligned. Systems Design develops a strategic vision and leads psychometric analyses and research in support of the technical quality of the assessment system.

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Under the direction of the Finance and Operations Manager, and in compliance with the University’s policies and procedures, serves as the Administrative Officer for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium housed within UCSC Extension.

Major functions and areas of responsibility include oversight and coordination of operational functions of the Center.

Administrative services include activities in finance and human resources and may also include IT, facilities, or student services. General management activities include long and short range strategic planning in determining the mission and directing all activities of multi-disciplinary departments through subordinate management staff.

Uses professional concepts to apply organization policies and procedures to oversee a variety of ongoing administrative operational issues. Administers defined operational program. Analyzes and resolves operational problems of moderate scope.

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Involves technical acumen for planning, designing, developing, implementing and administering data-based systems that acquire, prepare, store and provide access to data and metadata. Maintains and optimizes systems and migrates data and systems as needed. Ensures integrity and completeness of data and workflow, manages and / or develops data practices, databases and information systems as well as guidelines, dictionaries, registries and / or services. May include interpretation of scientific research data artifacts as well as mediation across science and technology domains and long-term data care. As information architect and data steward, designs systems, data products and / or data production processes while focusing on data curation, data exchange, data security, data integrity and information environments. (Re)evaluates frameworks, strategies, standards and standards-making activities. May involve work with a project-level data repository, a center or an archive.

Oversees the server and networking infrastructure for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Serves as primary analyst for designated web and enterprise-scale applications which may include load balancing, single sign-on, web, and database components. Includes responsibility for application deployment, maintenance, security, and incident-response. Ensures that systems are highly available, secure, and have appropriate capacity. Having significant experience, applies advanced data / information management concepts and consortium objectives to resolve highly complex issues where analyses of situations, information or data require an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Selects methods and techniques to obtain desired results.

Technology Team—Smarter Balanced

The Technology Team is responsible for all Information Technology for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Work is concentrated in two general areas. Technology Operations provides IT services and support for staff and members. This includes internal services like office productivity applications, databases, and data analysis plus member services such as the public website, Digital Library, Data Warehouse, and Reporting applications. Technology Development is the development of open source applications for web-scale student assessment. These applications include item and test production, test delivery, scoring, reporting, and digital library applications.

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Involves technical acumen for planning, designing, developing, implementing and administering data-based systems that acquire, prepare, store and provide access to data and metadata. Maintains and optimizes systems and migrates data and systems as needed. Ensures integrity and completeness of data and workflow, manages and / or develops data practices, databases and information systems as well as guidelines, dictionaries, registries and / or services. May include interpretation of scientific research data artifacts as well as mediation across science and technology domains and long-term data care. As information architect and data steward, designs systems, data products and / or data production processes while focusing on data curation, data exchange, data security, data integrity and information environments. (Re)evaluates frameworks, strategies, standards and standards-making activities. May involve work with a project-level data repository, a center or an archive.

Oversees the operating system, database, and software infrastructure for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium most of which is cloud-hosted. Serves as primary analyst for designated web and enterprise-scale applications which may include load balancing, single sign-on, web, and database components. Includes responsibility for application deployment, maintenance, security, and incident-response. Ensures that systems are highly available, secure, and have appropriate capacity. Having significant experience, applies advanced data / information management concepts and consortium objectives to resolve highly complex issues where analyses of situations, information or data require an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Selects methods and techniques to obtain desired results.

Technology Team—Smarter Balanced

The Technology Team is responsible for all Information Technology for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Work is concentrated in two general areas. Technology Operations provides IT services and support for staff and members. This includes internal services like office productivity applications, databases, and data analysis plus member services such as the public website, Digital Library, Data Warehouse, and Reporting applications. Technology Development is the development of open source applications for web-scale student assessment. These applications include item and test production, test delivery, scoring, reporting, and digital library applications.

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Involves gathering, analyzing, and interpreting a wide variety of research data, which may include selecting data samples, preparing questionnaires, and analyzing collected information according to established statistical methods. Prepares reports, charts, tables, and other visual aids.

The Associate Director of Psychometrics will conduct analyses and provide technical guidance regarding the technical measurement aspects of assessments that are part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The Associate Director of Psychometrics applies extensive knowledge as a research professional with an in-depth understanding of statistical and / or other analysis techniques designed to support research projects of broad scope and complexity. May function as a team lead.

Systems Design identifies, prioritizes and manages changes and improvements to the Smarter Balanced assessment system while helping to ensure that the formative, interim, and summative components of the system are aligned. Systems Design develops a strategic vision and leads psychometric analyses and research in support of the technical quality of the assessment system.

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Involves gathering, analyzing, and interpreting a wide variety of research data, which may include selecting data samples, preparing questionnaires, and analyzing collected information according to established statistical methods. Prepares reports, charts, tables, and other visual aids.

The Assistant Director of Research Data Analysis performs adaptation of mathematical statistical models, cleans, manages, and transforms large-scale databases, applies advanced statistical software for data anlaysis, generates and reports findings, investigates and implements computer-based solutions for quantitiative and qualitative data capture, management, analysis and reporting, and conducts work in support of cyclical psychometric tasks and technical reports. In general, the Assistant Director of Research Data Analysis uses skills as a seasoned, experienced research professional with a full understanding of in-depth statistical analyses and research software programming techniques. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

Systems Design identifies, prioritizes and manages changes and improvements to the Smarter Balanced assessment system while helping to ensure that the formative, interim, and summative components of the system are aligned. Systems Design develops a strategic vision and leads psychometric analyses and research in support of the technical quality of the assessment system.

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