Careers

As part of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles, 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

Reporting directly to the Deputy Director of System Design, the Principal Data Steward will provide leadership and on-going oversight and management of all data elements and systems for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced), housed within UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS). The role encompasses the development of processes, policies, guidelines, and responsibilities for administering the Smarter Balanced Unit at UCLA’s and consortium’s data in compliance with policy and regulatory obligations. Smarter Balanced has an annual budget of approximately $37 million and employs approximately 30 staff members. The primary responsibilities of the Principal Data Steward, in collaboration with Smarter Balanced senior leadership include: Design and on-going Oversight and Refinement of Smarter Balanced’s item and test database; Lead the design of evaluation instruments (e.g. surveys, web content) with an eye towards user experience; Establish policies and procedures that align with the Consortium’s strategic vision to sustain and enhance the assessment system; Collaborate directly with the technology team, technical experts, researchers, service providers, and states to identify and resolve issues as necessary to ensure that the Smarter Balanced data systems and reporting meet the needs of stakeholders and meets technical criteria established by research, industry best practices and the requirements of federal law and regulation; Monitor and Refine legislation, policies, and procedures for data storage and data flow; Ensure critical milestones and deliverables are met in a timely manner in compliance with Consortium policies and policy plans; Manage the resolution of data issues by systematically planning staff and consortia member meeting agendas; Develop standard operating procedures as necessary to provide guidance on data use and access.

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Under the direction of the Smarter Balanced Executive Director and Chief of Staff, and in compliance with the University’s policies and procedures, serve as the Executive Assistant for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium housed within UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS). Major functions and areas of responsibility include oversight and coordination of operational functions of the Center: space coordination and facilities liaison, cultivate effective relationships with service providers and key consortium partners, proof documents and coordinate the development of technical presentations, manage the executives’ calendars, travel plans, and travel reimbursements. Coordinate Consortium in-person meetings including managing meeting budgets, procuring venues and tracking reimbursements. Maintain and enhance Key Consortium Documents including Governing Board Procedures, Consortium Vote Records, and Consortium Staff Procedures. Serve as Smarter Balance coordinator for emergency planning and security matters. Perform special projects or assignments, as needed. Serve as the primary in-person point of contact to other UCLA departments. Coordinate and monitor internships as required.

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The Director of Psychometrics will provide leadership and on-going oversight and management of the technical measurement aspects of assessments that are part the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced), housed within UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS). Smarter Balanced has an annual budget of approximately $37 million and employs approximately 30 staff members. The primary responsibilities of the Director of Psychometrics, in collaboration with Smarter Balanced co-Directors, senior leadership, and Consortium Governing States are to: Develop a strategic vision, with intermediate and immediate goals, to sustain and enhance the technical quality of the assessment system, in accordance with the AERA/APA/NCME Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing; Provide guidance to senior leadership and Governing States regarding the operational implications of technical measurement and design decisions; and Coordinate the activities of technical experts and service providers to continuously develop and implement, consistent with the Smarter Balanced theory of action, research studies that are embedded in the validity framework for the Smarter Balanced system of assessments. The Director of Psychometrics will have oversight responsibilities regarding the ongoing analyses of test characteristics, including but not limited to item and scale stability, item bias and population invariance, generalizability, reliability, and validity. The Director of Psychometrics will also apply current research in the field of educational measurement and Evidence-Based Design to provide expertise in Consortium decision making regarding: system design and the sufficiency and overall quality of the item pools used and maintained by Smarter Balanced; design of operational and field tests; item scoring, calibration and scaling; standard setting; and comparability and reporting.

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