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

Applies professional financial services concepts. Applies organizational policies and procedures to resolve routine issues and customer inquiries. Works on problems of limited scope. Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily obtained. Receives predetermined work assignments that are subject to a moderate level of control and review. Contacts are mostly internal with some external.

The finance office manages financial transactions, purchasing and receiving, invoices, travel reimbursements, direct pay requests, budgets, and reports for UCSC Extension’s Smarter Balanced program.

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Involves the processing and servicing of a variety of operational, personnel, and financial transactions and services. Includes cashiering, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, recharge billing, travel/entertainment, gift accounting, collections, data collection and data entry, analysis, review and control, customer servicing, and reporting.

Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced financial service professional with a full understanding of industry practices and organizational policies and procedures. Resolves a wide range of issues. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

The finance office manages financial transactions, purchasing and receiving, invoices, travel reimbursements, direct pay requests, budgets, and reports for UCSC Extension’s Smarter Balanced program.

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Involves developing digital communications when communications knowledge, rather than Information Technology knowledge, is paramount. Includes website design and development, or producing communications or instruction using the web, audio, video, and other digital media, which may involve content creation, designing, production and / or programming.

Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced digital communications professional to produce design and layout for a variety of non-routine and moderately complex web site applications; ensure search engine optimization; and develop social media platforms. Demonstrates a full understanding of industry practices and organization policies and procedures. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

Smarter Balanced is a University of California, Santa Cruz Extension program that provides standardized assessment for over 7M students across California and the U.S. The communication department oversees digital and social media, publications and communications for Smarter Balanced. The department reports to the senior director of public affairs, executive director of Smarter Balanced and dean of UCSC Extension.

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Involves designing, conducting, supporting, and managing comprehensive education program for K-12 students. Creates a flexible program and environment supporting personal growth in accordance with each student’s ability. Supports students, families in adjusting to structured educational environment, and making appropriate lifestyle, career and vocational choices.

Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced educator to resolve a wide range of K to 12 educational issues and needs assessments. Performs decision analysis and makes decisions of consequence to determine how best to provide individualized instruction to children with a wide range of learning needs. Demonstrates good judgment in application and interpretation of data, facts, procedures and policies. Receives general instructions and exercises judgment in selecting methods and techniques for classroom and instructional improvement. Uses full knowledge of course subject matter and program. Meets frequently with staff and parents. Demonstrates shared leadership with experienced teachers in achieving school’s goals.

Smarter Balanced 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. We involve experienced educators, researchers, state and local policymakers, and community groups working together in a transparent and consensus-driven process.

Smarter Balanced is a University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Silicon Valley Extension program that supports standardized assessment in California and 14 other states and territories across the nation. Through the work of thousands of educators, Smarter Balanced provides an online assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as tools for educators to improve teaching and learning.

Smarter Balanced headquarters is UCSC Silicon Valley Campus, 3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

The successful candidate will work REMOTELY.

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Involves designing, conducting, supporting, and managing comprehensive education program for K-12 students. Creates a flexible program and environment supporting personal growth in accordance with each student’s ability. Supports students, families in adjusting to structured educational environment, and making appropriate lifestyle, career and vocational choices.

Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced educator to design, review and create assessments and support materials that measure student progress toward college and career readiness and gives educators information and tools to improve teaching and learning. Performs decision analysis and makes decisions of consequence to determine how best to create and deliver various types of assessments and instructional supports. Demonstrates good judgment in application and interpretation of data, facts, procedures and policies. Receives general instructions and exercises judgment in selecting methods and techniques related to the use of assessment data for classroom and instructional improvement. Uses full knowledge of course subject matter and program. Meets frequently with colleagues, and works directly with the Director of Mathematics. Demonstrates shared leadership with experienced teachers in achieving goals.

Smarter Balanced is a University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Silicon Valley Extension program that supports standardized assessment in California and 14 other states and territories across the nation. Through the work of thousands of educators, Smarter Balanced provides an online assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as tools for educators to improve teaching and learning.

Smarter Balanced 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. We involve experienced educators, researchers, state and local policymakers, and community groups working together in a transparent and consensus-driven process.

Smarter Balanced headquarters is UCSC Silicon Valley Campus, 3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

The successful candidate will work REMOTELY.

Apply Online

Involves designing, conducting, supporting, and managing comprehensive education program for K-12 students. Creates a flexible program and environment supporting personal growth in accordance with each student’s ability. Supports students, families in adjusting to structured educational environment, and making appropriate lifestyle, career and vocational choices.

Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced educator to design, review and create assessments and support materials that measure student progress toward college and career readiness and gives educators information and tools to improve teaching and learning. Performs decision analysis and makes decisions of consequence to determine how best to create and deliver various types of assessments and instructional supports. Demonstrates good judgment in application and interpretation of data, facts, procedures and policies. Receives general instructions and exercises judgment in selecting methods and techniques related to the use of assessment data for classroom and instructional improvement. Uses full knowledge of course subject matter and program. Meets frequently with colleagues, and works directly with the Director of Supports for Instruction. Demonstrates shared leadership with experienced teachers in achieving goals.

Smarter Balanced is a University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Silicon Valley Extension program that supports standardized assessment in California and 14 other states and territories across the nation. Through the work of thousands of educators, Smarter Balanced provides an online assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as tools for educators to improve teaching and learning.

Smarter Balanced 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. We involve experienced educators, researchers, state and local policymakers, and community groups working together in a transparent and consensus-driven process.

Smarter Balanced headquarters is UCSC Silicon Valley Campus, 3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

The successful candidate will work REMOTELY.

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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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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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