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Ohanian Comment: On Sept. 2, the US Department of Education announced the winners of the Race to the Top Assessment competition. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) received $170 million to develop a common assessment system anchored in college and career readiness and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Achieve is the project manager for this operation.

Created in 1996 by the nation's governors and corporate leaders, Achieve bills itself as an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization. It provides technical assistance to states on their standards, assessments, curriculum and accountability. In 2005, Achieve launched the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network. Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., a founder of Achieve, is currently Chairman Emeritus. In 2006, Education Week ranked Achieve as the 7th most influential education policy organization in the nation,

Achieve's current funders: The Battelle Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,The Boeing Company,Brookhill Foundation, Carnegie Corp. of New York, The GE Foundation, IBM Corp., Intel Foundation , JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Lumina, Nationwide, Noyce Foundation, The Prudential Foundation, State Farm Insurance Companies, Washington Mutual Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. And of course US taxpayers.

In an unpublished letter to the New York Times, and USA Today, June 10, 2004, Gerald Bracey asked, "Why do you insist on publishing stuff from Achieve, Inc.? It might be non-profit, but it is certainly NOT non-partisan. Achieve is the bastard child of Lou Gerstner and his "education summits," the Business Roundtable, and Republican Governors. . . ."

NOTE: The job qualifications require very little knowledge of children. One job requires 3-5 years related experience teaching in a K-12 setting, another says Classroom experience preferred. That's it. One doesn't need to know kids to prepare tests to assess them.



Job Openings at Achieve

Associate Director, PARCC 3-8 Assessment

Achieve, a national leader in education reform, is an independent bi-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

Achieve seeks an Associate Director, PARCC 3-8 Assessment. Reporting to the Director, PARCC Assessment, the Associate Director is responsible for coordinating the design and development of PARCC English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and mathematics assessments and associated tools for grades 3-8. The Associate Director will work closely with the PARCC Assessment Design & Development team to establish the design of the 3-8 assessments; act as the liaison with state content leaders; work closely with the PARCC research team to conceptualize necessary research to support the assessments and their use; and help oversee various vendors, by monitoring timelines and ensuring high quality deliverables for the 3-8 ELA/Literacy and mathematics assessments and tools. Ultimately, the Associate Director is responsible for ensuring the PARCC 3-8 assessments and supporting tools are of high quality, reliable and valid, and can be used to inform instruction and support multiple forms of accountability for individual students, teachers, leaders and schools.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Associate Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Assessment Design and Development

• Helps leads all activities related to the development of the PARCC 3-8 ELA/Literacy and mathematics assessments, including test design, test development, scoring, research agenda, quality assurance (including item and alignment reviews), and oversight of various PARCC work groups and development committees (including Media Review, Item Review, Rangefinding, Data Review, and Bias and Sensitivity).
• Supports and advises the Director, PARCC Assessment on the design and implementation of PARCC's 3-8 assessments related to test design, research agenda, accountability measures, manual development, professional development, contract management, budget preparation and management, policy development, and quality assurance of support systems and programs.
• Works with PARCC state content experts and educator committees to unpack the Common Core State Standards to develop test specifications and test blueprints in ELA/Literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8. Ensures that the PARCC 3-8 assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Works with the Associate Director, PARCC High School Assessment to ensure the 3-8 and high school assessments and blueprints are aligned and create a path towards college and career readiness.
• Oversees the design of the components of the 3-8 assessments, including the through course and end-of-year components, and works with states to determine the content on each component.
• Coordinates, monitors and/or facilitates activities and meetings of the 3-8 development committees including, but not limited to design teams, and working groups, content review committees, and specially convened committees. Attends and participates in the Research Strategy Group and Technical Advisory Committee meetings, as necessary.
• Works with the Director, PARCC Assessment, and state committees to develop the procurement documents (requests for proposals (RFPs) and invitations to negotiate (ITN)).
• Coordinates the development of appropriate test administration policies that can impact the design and development of the 3-8 assessments and works with the Associate Director, PARCC High School Assessment to ensure the policies are aligned and support all grade levels.

Supporting Tools

• Works with PARCC state experts, educator committees, and other Achieve staff to help develop and produce tools and online resources for educators and students to support the Common Core State Standards and PARCC 3-8 assessments, including released and model items, model curricula, and model instructional units.
• Works with PARCC state experts, educator committees and focus groups to develop professional development and training modules for educators and the public to understand the PARCC assessment system and the Common Core State Standards.
• Works with states to develop strategies to build capacity for professional development by drawing on the expertise within the field. Works with PARCC state experts and other Achieve staff to conceive of and develop additional tools and professional development modules that will support states in their use of the PARCC assessments.

Outreach and Engagement

• Facilitates discussions and works to build agreement with PARCC states on key issues related to the development and implementation of the PARCC high school assessments, supporting tools, and professional development modules.
• Engages professional organizations as necessary to establish good relationships and develop buy in. Represents PARCC at various conferences and meetings, presenting updates and information on the PARCC assessments and establishing and maintaining professional relations with national and state organizations in order to remain abreast of critical issues in the field.
• Works with other Achieve staff to develop written communications, professional development sessions, virtual meetings and telephone calls supporting the implementation of the PARCC assessments for their key constituencies.
• Works with other Achieve staff to build awareness, support and credibility for the assessments within the K-12 community, colleges, universities, and postsecondary officials and faculty in partnering states.

Other Responsibilities

• Helps oversees multi-million dollar annual Achieve PARCC project management budget; helps ensure the appropriate and effective use of $170 million in federal funding for the PARCC consortium.
• Helps to develop and manage multi-year and long range work plans, schedules, staffing needs, goals and objectives. Establishes performance measures standards for the team and evaluates program effectiveness in terms of attainment of goals, continuous improvement and effective resource utilization.
• Participates in vendor meetings, management meetings, and other meetings that would impact or be impacted by PARCC.
• Provides assessment development progress reports and maintains regular contact, via conference calls and face-to-face meetings, with various PARCC working groups, including Governing Board, Leadership Team, Assessment Design and Development Committee and various focus groups.
• Works with other Achieve staff to conduct necessary research to ensure PARCC assessments are internationally benchmarked.
• Manages and maintains archival records and program files on procedures, specifications, quality-control checklists, and reports of assessment results.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Internal: Director, PARCC Instructional Supports and Resources, Achieve staff and contractors retained by Achieve

External: PARCC states and key state personnel, USDOE, PARCC committees, PARCC vendors, higher education faculty and staff, national higher education organizations, national ELA/reading organizations, and national mathematics organizations

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
We are looking for the following qualifications and experience:

Master's degree (preferred English, mathematics or measurement), plus 3-5 years related experience teaching in a K-12 setting (preferred English or mathematics), and 5-10 years related experience in assessment; doctorate may be substituted for two years.
• Knowledge of the Common Core State Standards, curriculum alignment and test development.
• Proven experience with standards and assessment development, working with state educator committees and assessment vendors, including delivering assessment products on time.
• Demonstrated ability to work productively and collegially with individuals and teams, including the ability and experience interacting with higher education faculty, state content experts, educators, and state officials.
• Experience working effectively in an entrepreneurial, collaborative environment, and ability to work in harmony with a diverse group of highly motivated and capable individuals. Strong diplomatic skills in forging partnerships and effective working relationships internally and externally
• Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple priorities, and make deadlines while maintaining a strong attention to detail
• Comfort and experience working in a fast-paced and highly dynamic work environment.
• A passion for education
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to travel frequently


Associate Director, PARCC High School Assessment

Achieve, a national leader in education reform, is an independent bi-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

Achieve seeks an Associate Director, PARCC High School Assessment. Reporting to the Director, PARCC Assessment, the Associate Director is responsible for coordinating the design and development of PARCC English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and mathematics assessments and associated tools for high school. The Associate Director will work closely with the PARCC Assessment Design & Development team to establish the design of the high school assessments; act as the liaison with state high school and higher education leaders; support engagement efforts with the higher education community related to the development and successful implementation of the PARCC high school assessments; work closely with the PARCC research team to conceptualize necessary research to support the high school assessments and assessment models and their use; and help oversee various vendors, by monitoring timelines and ensuring high quality deliverables for the high school ELA/Literacy and mathematics assessments and tools. Ultimately, the Associate Director is responsible for ensuring the PARCC high school assessments and supporting tools are of high quality, reliable and valid, and can be used to inform instruction and support multiple forms of accountability for individual students, teachers, leaders and schools.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Associate Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Assessment Design and Development

• Helps leads all activities related to the development of the PARCC high school ELA/Literacy and mathematics assessments, including test design, test development, scoring, research agenda, quality assurance (including item and alignment reviews), and oversight of various PARCC work groups and development committees (including Media Review, Item Review, Rangefinding, Data Review, and Bias and Sensitivity).
• Supports and advises the Director, PARCC Assessment Development on the design and implementation of PARCC's high school assessments related to test design, research agenda, accountability measures, manual development, professional development, contract management, budget preparation and management, policy development, and quality assurance of support systems and programs.
• Works with PARCC state content experts and educator committees to unpack the Common Core State Standards to develop test specifications and test blueprints in ELA/Literacy and mathematics for high school. Ensures that the PARCC high school assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Works with the Associate Director, PARCC 3-8 Assessment to ensure the 3-8 and high school assessments and blueprints are aligned and create a path towards college and career readiness.
• Oversees the design of the components of the high school assessments, including the through course and end-of-year components, and works with states to determine the content on each component and the specific structure of the high school assessments.

• Coordinates, monitors and/or facilitates activities and meetings of the high school development committees including, but not limited to design teams, task forces and working groups, content review committees, and specially convened committees. Attends and participates in the Research Strategy Group and Technical Advisory Committee meetings, as necessary.
• Works with Associate Director, Research and the Senior Fellow, Postsecondary Engagement to establish a research driven process for standard setting that ensures standards are evidence based and aligned with college and career readiness.
• Works with the Director, PARCC Assessment, and state committees to develop the procurement documents (requests for proposals (RFPs) and invitations to negotiate (ITN)).
• Coordinates the development of appropriate test administration policies that can impact the design and development of the high school assessments and works with the Associate Director, PARCC 3-8 Assessment to ensure the policies are aligned and support all grade levels.

Supporting Tools

• Works with PARCC state experts, educator committees, and other Achieve staff to help develop and produce tools and online resources for educators and students to support the Common Core State Standards and PARCC high school assessments, including released and model items, model curricula, and model instructional units.
• Works with PARCC state experts, educator committees and focus groups to develop professional development and training modules for educators and the public to understand the PARCC assessment system and the Common Core State Standards.
• Works with states to develop strategies to build capacity for professional development by drawing on the expertise within the field. Works with PARCC state experts and other Achieve staff to conceive of and develop additional tools and professional development modules that will support states in their use of the PARCC assessments.

Outreach and Engagement

• Facilitates discussions and works to build agreement with PARCC states on key issues related to the development and implementation of the PARCC high school assessments, supporting tools, and professional development modules.
• Engages professional organizations as necessary to establish good relationships and develop buy in. Represents PARCC at various conferences and meetings, presenting updates and information on the PARCC high school assessments and establishing and maintaining professional relations with national and state organizations in order to remain abreast of critical issues in the field.
• Works with other Achieve staff to develop written communications, professional development sessions, virtual meetings and telephone calls supporting the implementation of the PARCC assessments for their key constituencies.
• Works with other Achieve staff to build awareness, support and credibility for the high school assessments within the K-12 community, colleges, universities, and postsecondary officials and faculty in partnering states.

Other Responsibilities

• Helps oversees multi-million dollar annual Achieve PARCC project management budget; helps ensure the appropriate and effective use of $170 million in federal funding for the PARCC consortium.
• Helps to develop and manage multi-year and long range work plans, schedules, staffing needs, goals and objectives. Establishes performance measures standards for the team and evaluates program effectiveness in terms of attainment of goals, continuous improvement and effective resource utilization.
• Participates in vendor meetings, management meetings, and other meetings that would impact or be impacted by PARCC.
• Provides high school assessment development progress reports and maintains regular contact, via conference calls and face-to-face meetings, with various PARCC working groups, including Governing Board, Leadership Team, Assessment Design and Development Committee and various focus groups.
• Works with other Achieve staff to conduct necessary research to ensure PARCC assessments are internationally benchmarked.
• Manages and maintains archival records and program files on procedures, specifications, quality-control checklists, and reports of assessment results.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Internal: (Direct Reports) PARCC Project Associates, PARCC Senior Advisers (Content Specialists). Other internal contacts include: Director, PARCC Instructional Supports and Resources, Achieve staff and contractors retained by Achieve
External: PARCC states and key state personnel, USDOE, PARCC committees, PARCC vendors, higher education faculty and staff, national higher education organizations, national ELA/reading organizations, and national mathematics organizations.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Directs, monitors and evaluates the activities of staff to ensure that PARCC assessments are developed on time and within budget. Identifies resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities.
• Develops, manages, and updates multi-year work plans, schedules, staffing needs, goals and objectives. Helps establish performance measures for the PARCC team and evaluates program effectiveness in terms of attainment of goals, continuous improvement and effective resource utilization.
• Appraises performance of subordinate employees directly supervised and serves as reviewing official on evaluation of others in PARCC team as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

We are looking for the following qualifications and experience:

Master's degree (preferred English or mathematics or measurement), plus 3-5 years related experience in teaching in a K-12 setting (preferred English or mathematics), and 5-10 years related experience in assessment; doctorate may be substituted for two years.
• Knowledge of the Common Core State Standards, curriculum alignment and test development.
• Relevant experience in the alignment between K-12 and higher education sectors with the goal of creating a seamless transition from high school into college.
• Proven experience with standards and assessment development, working with state educator committees and assessment vendors, including delivering assessment products on time.
• Experience working effectively in an entrepreneurial, collaborative environment, and ability to work in harmony with a diverse group of highly motivated and capable individuals. Strong diplomatic skills in forging partnerships and effective working relationships internally and externally.
• Demonstrated ability to work productively and collegially with individuals and teams, including the ability and experience interacting with higher education faculty, state content experts, educators, and state officials.
• Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple priorities, and make deadlines while maintaining a strong attention to detail
• Comfort and experience working in a fast-paced and highly dynamic work environment.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• A passion for education
• Ability to travel frequently

Associate Director, Postsecondary Engagement

Achieve, a national leader in education reform, is an independent bi-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

Achieve seeks an Associate Director, Postsecondary Engagement. Reporting to the Senior Fellow, Postsecondary Engagement, the Associate Director is responsible for advancing Achieve’s mission through work with postsecondary education leaders, faculty, and organizations by continuing to assist states as they develop and implement mutually aligned college and career ready policies that will help their higher education systems embrace P-20 alignment. This work will include working with states participating in the American Diploma Project and in the PARCC consortium. Major responsibilities include promoting a supportive state policy environment for alignment, assisting in the development and implementation of a higher education engagement strategy for the Partnership for Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), mobilizing postsecondary institutions and leaders to work collaboratively with K-12 in the development and implementation of a college readiness indicator, developing and implementing appropriate high school interventions to increase the number of students who are college ready prior to matriculation in college, developing and strengthening partnerships with national higher education organizations to advance Achieve's policy agenda.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Associate Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Assist states as they develop and implement mutually aligned college- and career-ready policies that will help their high education systems embrace P-20 alignment;
• Promote a supportive state policy environment for alignment;
• Assist in the development and implementation of a postsecondary engagement and outreach strategy that ensures postsecondary education involvement in and support for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC);
• Provide leadership to the Higher Education Leads in PARCC's twenty-five states in the development and implementation of an effective state-specific outreach strategy to engage all colleges and universities in understanding and supporting the Common Core State Standards;
• Provide leadership in the development of college readiness assessments that will be accepted as an indicator of readiness for first-year, credit-bearing courses at all colleges and universities within states and across PARCC consortium states;
• Provide leadership to the PARCC College Ready Advisory Committee, which will consist of key higher education leaders from PARCC states as well as nationally recognized leaders in higher education, e.g., system leaders, presidents), in its work with the PARCC Governing Board to shape the consortium’s strategy for working with higher education systems, institutions, and K-12 to ensure the successful development of college readiness assessments;
• Assist the Senior Fellow, Postsecondary Engagement, in the field and manage coordination and outreach work from the office;
• Develop and administer the Postsecondary Policy Alignment Scan Tool for use by the PARCC states and work with the Senior Fellow, Postsecondary Engagement, to provide feedback and an action agenda to states in response to the policy scans;
• Support the development and/or identification of effective intervention programs to increase the number of graduating high school seniors who meet college readiness standards prior to enrollment;
• Assist in the building and sustaining relationships with higher education leadership teams, including state higher education executives, system leaders, college presidents and other officials;
• Assist in strengthening relationships with national higher education organizations, keeping them informed about Achieve's college readiness work; and
• Represent Achieve's college readiness component externally with higher education audiences.

Other Responsibilities

• Support and advise the Senior Fellow, Postsecondary Engagement in the management of grants and budgets associated with implementation of postsecondary engagement;
• Assist in the development and implementation of activities to meet the requirements/deliverables of all grants that support the work of PARCC and Lumina;
• Assist in designing a process to award mini-grants to PARCC Governing States; and
• Develop an assessment/evaluation process to determine the effectiveness of PARCC states in developing and implementation an effective outreach strategy to postsecondary education institutions in their respective states.

Supporting Tools

• Work with PARCC higher education leads and Achieve staff to develop and produce tools and online resources to support the work of the higher education leads in their outreach programs to postsecondary institutions in their states.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Internal: Achieve staff and contractors retained by Achieve

External: PARCC states, higher education leaders, college presidents, PARCC College Ready Advisory Committee, system leaders, national higher education organizations, State higher education executives

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

We are looking for the following qualifications and experience:

Master’s degree, plus five years related experience working with postsecondary systems or institutions, including the following:

• Experience working with or in postsecondary education systems and institutions on college readiness expectations and standards;
• Understanding of state-level public policy processes that impact higher education;
• Demonstrated ability to work productively and collegially with individuals and teams, including the ability and experience interacting with higher education faculty, educators, and state officials.
• Experience working effectively in an entrepreneurial, collaborative environment, and ability to work in harmony with a diverse group of highly motivated and capable individuals. Strong diplomatic skills in forging partnerships and effective working relationships internally and externally
• Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple priorities, and make deadlines while maintaining a strong attention to detail
• Comfort and experience working in a fast-paced and highly dynamic work environment.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• A passion for education
• Advocacy experience at the national, state and/or local level, related to postsecondary issues, is desired.


Director, PARCC Assessment Development

Achieve, a national leader in education reform, is an independent bi-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

Achieve seeks a Director, PARCC Assessment Development. Reporting to the Senior Vice President, PARCC, the Director is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the design and development of PARCC assessments and associated tools. The Director, PARCC Assessment Development will also act as the liaison with state design teams, technical advisory committees and task forces; and oversees the various vendors, by monitoring timelines and ensuring high quality deliverables. Ultimately, the Director is responsible for ensuring the PARCC assessments are reliable and valid, and can be used to support multiple forms of accountability for individual students, teachers, leaders and schools.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Assessment Design and Development

• Directs all activities related to the development of the PARCC assessment, including test design, test development, scoring, technology platform development, research agenda, accountability measures, report structure and design, quality assurance (including item and alignment reviews), and oversight of various PARCC work groups and committees.

• Ensures the development of valid and reliable assessment in grades 3-8 and high school that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Oversees the design of the components of the system, including the through course and end-of-year components, and works with states to determine the structure of the high school assessments.

• Coordinates, monitors and/or facilitates activities and meetings of assessment development committees including, but not limited to design teams, research and strategy group and technical advisory committee, task forces and working groups, content review committees, and specially convened committees.

• Oversees all assessment development quality assurance activities on behalf of PARCC, including item review, alignment review, bias and sensitivity, range finding, and data review.

• Oversees the development of appropriate test administration policies that can impact the design and development of the assessment.

• Works to ensure comparisons can be made between PARCC and SBAC.

• Works to ensure PARCC assessments are internationally benchmarked.

Supporting Tools

• Oversees the development and production of associated tools, training modules, and online resources to support the Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessments, including professional development modules, the PARCC Resource Center (including released and model items), model curricula, and the K-2 formative assessments.

• Coordinates with other Achieve staff to conceive of and develop additional tools as needed and professional development modules that will support states in their use of the PARCC assessment.

• Works with states to develop strategies for building professional capacity by drawing on the expertise within the field.

Outreach and Engagement

• Engages professional organizations as necessary to establish good relationships and develop buy in. Represents PARCC at various conferences and meetings, presenting updates and information on the PARCC assessment system and establishing and maintaining professional relations with national and state organizations in order to remain abreast of critical issues in the field.

• Works with states and other Achieve staff to provide policy leadership for states transitioning from current assessments to the PARCC assessments.

• Works with states and other Achieve staff to develop written communications, professional development sessions, virtual meetings and telephone calls supporting the implementation of the PARCC assessments for their key constituencies.

• Works with states and other Achieve staff to build awareness, support and credibility for the assessment within the K-12 community, colleges, universities, and postsecondary officials and faculty in partnering states.

Other Responsibilities

• Presents regularly to PARCC governing board and leadership team.

• Serves as the point of contact with all vendors. Participates in vendor meetings, management meetings, and other meetings that would impact or be impacted by PARCC.

• Develops the procurement documents, (requests for proposals (RFPs) and intents to negotiate (ITN), working with the fiscal agent and state committees, and directs the proposal development and writing processes. Helps facilitates vendor selection committees.

• Ensures that assessment and accountability issues are accurately and appropriately represented in policy decisions.

• Responds to inquiries and requests for information for state education agencies as well as other stakeholders.

• Provides assessment development progress reports and maintains regular contact, via conference calls and face-to-face meetings, with various PARCC working groups, including Governing Board, Leadership Team, and Assessment Design and Development Committee.

• Coordinates with SBAC on design and development issues as necessary.

• Manages and maintains archival records and program files on procedures, specifications, quality-control checklists, and reports of assessment results.

• Helps oversees multi-million dollar annual Achieve PARCC project management budget; helps ensure the appropriate and effective use of $170 million in federal funding for the PARCC consortium.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Internal: (Direct Report) Meeting Planner. Other internal contacts include Achieve staff and contractors retained by Achieve

External: USDOE, fiscal agent (Florida), PARCC states, PARCC governing board and leadership team, PARCC committees, PARCC vendors

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Directs, monitors and evaluates the activities of staff to ensure that PARCC assessments are developed on time and within budget. Identifies resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities.

• Develops, manages, and updates multi-year work plans, schedules, staffing needs, goals and objectives. Helps establish performance measures for the PARCC team and evaluates program effectiveness in terms of attainment of goals, continuous improvement and effective resource utilization.

• Appraises performance of subordinate employees directly supervised and serves as reviewing official on evaluation of others in PARCC team as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

We are looking for the following qualifications and experience:

Doctorate in psychometrics, or a related discipline, plus 12-15 years experience in the educational assessment or government/state policy field.

• Proven project/program management skills, including experience developing and managing large-scale state assessment initiatives and directing assessment vendors in creating and delivering assessment products on time and within budget. Demonstrated experience managing large budgets and complex programs to achieve high stakes/high visibility goals.

• Working knowledge of federal legislation and requirements for assessment of student educational progress. A deep understanding of state accountability metrics and issues. Experience integrating national and state level education policy issues into large-scale assessment initiatives. Current contacts with key players.

• Knowledge of state standards, curriculum alignment and test development.

• Demonstrated ability to work productively and collegially with individuals and teams, including the ability and experience interacting with state officials, education policy makers and institutions of higher learning.

• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Strong problem solving skills
• A passion for education.


Director, PARCC Implementation

Achieve, a national leader in education reform, is an independent bi-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

Achieve seeks a Director, PARCC Implementation. Reporting to the Senior Vice President, PARCC, the Director is responsible for program management and oversight of Achieve’s work plan for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The Director, PARCC Implementation ensures the on time delivery of PARCC deliverables, monitors timelines and budget, provides internal coordination, and acts as key liaison to the PARCC fiscal agent (Florida) as well as to various vendors under contract to the PARCC fiscal agent.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Project Management and Implementation

• Develops and manages PARCC work plan, risk management plan, timelines, resource allocation, and budget as required by the fiscal agent.
• Acts as internal coordinator to ensure coherence and timely delivery of all activities related to the development of the PARCC assessment, higher education engagement, and educator outreach, as they pertain to the overall project work plan and time line.
• Monitors overall work plan and individual project work plans to ensure critical deadlines are met and milestones are achieved. Evaluates the effectiveness of implementation in meeting established goals and making suggestions for improvement, minimizing Achieve’s exposure and risk on project.
• Manages and oversees multi-million dollar annual Achieve PARCC project management budget; helps ensure the appropriate and effective use of $170 million in federal funding for the PARCC consortium. Develops protocols for fiscal and programmatic reports, Works with Office of Finance and Operations to develop necessary and detailed reports for the Governing Board, the Fiscal agent (Florida) and USDOE to effectively communicate progress of monthly and annual goals. Approves invoices, billing and payment on behalf of Achieve employees, consultants, and Achieve work.
• Monitors and tracks the deliverables of the assessment development committees including, design teams, technical advisory committee, technical working groups, content review committees, and various ad hoc committees.
• Manages, uploads, and maintains online record keeping, including, but not limited to, archival records and program files on work plans, timelines, budgets, procedures, specifications, and quality-control checklists. Works with Web manager to oversee the content and updating of the PARCC website and the data reporting mechanism.

Other Essential Responsibilities

• Helps develop Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Invitations to Negotiate (ITNs), working with the Director, PARCC assessment development, other Achieve staff, and the fiscal agent. Helps facilitate vendor selection committees.
• Serves as the point of contact with vendors, as it pertains to fiscal matters. Participates in vendor meetings, management meetings, governance meetings, and other meetings that would impact or be impacted by PARCC.
• Provides work plan, time line, and budget progress reports and maintains regular contact, via conference calls and face-to-face meetings, with various stakeholders, including Achieve’s PARCC division, Achieve staff, PARCC executive committee, PARCC governing board, PARCC leadership team, PARCC fiscal agent (Florida) and USDOE.
• Develops and delivers presentations on relevant data, research, and team progress to the PARCC governing board, the leadership team, the Achieve implementation team and other Achieve staff, as needed.
• Responds to inquiries and requests for information for state education agencies as well as other stakeholders.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Internal: (Direct Report) Meeting Planner. Other internal contacts include Achieve staff and contractors retained by Achieve

External: USDOE, fiscal agent (Florida), PARCC states, PARCC governing board and leadership team, PARCC committees, PARCC vendors

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Directs, monitors and evaluates the activities of staff to ensure that PARCC assessments are developed on time and within budget. Identifies resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities.
• Develops, manages, and updates multi-year work plans, schedules, staffing needs, goals and objectives. Helps establish performance measures for the PARCC team and evaluates program effectiveness in terms of attainment of goals, continuous improvement and effective resource utilization.
• Appraises performance of subordinate employees directly supervised and serves as reviewing official on evaluation of others in PARCC team as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
We are looking for the following qualifications and experience:

Master's degree in education, education administration, business, or a related field and a minimum of five years experience in a leadership role managing complex project implementation. Ph.D. in education, research, measurement, statistics, or a related field and/or Master's degree in strategic planning, research, measurement, or statistics are strongly preferred. Certified Project Management credentials are required.

• Minimum of five years experience in a leadership role managing large-scale assessment programs
• Executive level management of budgets and programs of considerable size and complexity
• Executive level project management involving planning, organizing, coordinating, and evaluating large-scale, critical projects from conception to implementation
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in budget development and management and/or contract management, resource allocation, strategic planning, resolving conflicts and disputes in a workplace setting, effectively managing and guiding group efforts
• Demonstrated experience with procuring services for, managing negotiations for, and implementation of large test development contracts
• Demonstrated experience in managing all phases of the psychometric/development work of customized assessment programs
• Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Strong problem solving skills


Program Associate, PARCC Assessment Development

Achieve, a national leader in education reform, is an independent bi-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

Achieve seeks a Program Associate, PARCC Assessment Development. Reporting to the Associate Director, the Program Associate is responsible for providing program and research support the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a 26 state consortium that will design and develop common assessments in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. The Program Associate is a critical member of the PARCC development team, using demonstrated knowledge of education policy and experience in qualitative research and project management, supports the development of the PARCC assessment system.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Program Associate's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Participate in the design, development and production of reports, white papers, briefing materials on behalf of PARCC and Achieve.
• Conduct and provide research on key policy elements of the PARCC project, including standards, assessments, accountability, technology, accommodations and teacher effectiveness.
• Attend national briefings and reviews reports on issues of importance to PARCC and Achieve. Prepare summaries for staff.
• Work with other Achieve staff to develop written communications, professional development sessions, virtual meetings and telephone calls supporting the implementation of the PARCC assessments for their key constituencies, including the necessary supporting materials, such as agendas and meeting materials.
• Develop and assemble PowerPoint presentations for the PARCC and Achieve websites and for senior staff visits with state and national audiences on behalf of PARCC.
• Represent senior staff at internal and external meetings as needed.
• Establish and maintain relationships with individuals from states -- particularly assessment and content experts -- in relation to PARCC projects. Serve as a liaison to project consultants and off-site staff as necessary to keep them informed of and engaged in Achieve's work.
• Keep accurate records of meetings, work products, and key decisions. Assist in the development and maintenance of a data warehousing system and project files for PARCC projects. Manage and maintain archival records and program files on procedures, specifications, quality-control checklists, and reports of assessment results.
• Monitor project work plans of the various PARCC work groups and development committees, ensuring timely delivery of deliverables. Track changes to the work plan and works with the Director, PARCC Assessment Development, and the Director, PARCC Implementation, to keep work plans up to date.
• Coordinate with Achieve's Meeting Planner to plan and make logistical arrangements (including travel) for meetings (internal and external), conference calls (with states and consultants), briefings, institutes, press events, presentations, speaking engagements, etc. to support the work as necessary.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Internal: Other PARCC staff, Content Research and Development staff, State Policy and Leadership staff, Meeting Planner, Operations staff

External: Project Consultants, State Agencies, partners and contacts

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
N/A

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
We are looking for the following qualifications and experience:

Bachelor's degree, plus two to four years experience in the education policy arena. Master’s degree in education policy (or related field) preferred and may be substituted for two years experience.

• Excellent research, oral and written communication skills
• Knowledge of state standards, curriculum alignment and test development.
• Strong diplomatic skills in forging partnerships and effective working relationships internally and externally. Demonstrated ability to work productively and collegially with individuals and teams, including the ability and experience interacting with educators and state officials.
• Classroom experience preferred.
• Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Google Groups, Webex, Video conferencing.
• Basic understanding of budgets to monitor monthly department updates.
• 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.
• A passion for education


Program Associate, PARCC Assessment Research

Achieve, a national leader in education reform, is an independent bi-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

Achieve seeks a Program Associate, PARCC Assessment Research. Reporting to the Associate Director, Research, the Program Associate is responsible for providing program and research support to the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a 26 state consortium that will design and develop common assessments in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. The Program Associate is a critical member of the PARCC development team, using demonstrated knowledge of statistics, data analysis and education policy, supports the development of the PARCC assessment system and the Partnership's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Program Associate's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Review, analyze and verify quantitative research conducted by the PARCC assessment TAC and vendor. Produce report of findings for Achieve staff, the TAC and external policy audiences.
• Under the direction of the TAC or the associate director for research, conduct ad hoc research studies and produce reports of findings.
• Produce literature reviews of existing assessment and accountability research.
• Attend national briefings and reviews reports on issues of importance to PARCC and Achieve. Prepare summaries for staff.
• Work with other Achieve staff to develop written communications, professional development sessions, virtual meetings and telephone calls supporting the implementation of the PARCC assessments for their key constituencies, including the necessary supporting materials, such as agendas and meeting materials.
• Develop and assemble PowerPoint presentations for the PARCC and Achieve websites and for senior staff visits with state and national audiences on behalf of PARCC.
• Represent senior staff at internal and external meetings as needed.
• Establish and maintain relationships with individuals from states -- particularly assessment and content experts -- in relation to PARCC projects. Serve as a liaison to the TAC and other PARCC committees, as well as to project consultants and off-site staff.
• Keep accurate records of meetings, work products, and key decisions. Assist in the development and maintenance of a data warehousing system and project files for PARCC projects. Manage and maintain archival records and program files on procedures, specifications, quality-control checklists, and reports of assessment results.
• Monitor project work plans of the various PARCC work groups and development committees, ensuring timely delivery of deliverables. Track changes to the work plan and work with the Associate Director for Research to keep work plans up to date.
• Coordinate with Achieve's Meeting Planner to plan and make logistical arrangements (including travel) for TAC meetings and related conference calls, briefings, institutes, press events, presentations, speaking engagements, etc. to support the work as necessary.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Internal: Other PARCC staff, Content Research and Development staff, State Policy and Leadership staff, Meeting Planner, Operations staff
External: Project Consultants, State Agencies, partners and contacts

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
We are looking for the following qualifications and experience:

Bachelor's degree, plus two to four years experience in the education policy arena. Master's degree may be substituted for two years experience.

• Advanced studies and/or solid experience in statistics with knowledge of assessments (psychometrics and development), data systems and accountability.
• Proficient in SAS, SPSS or other statistical programs -- as well as in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Google Groups, Webex, Video conferencing.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Strong diplomatic skills in forging partnerships and effective working relationships internally and externally. Demonstrated ability to work productively and collegially with individuals and teams, including the ability and experience interacting with vendors.
• Basic understanding of budgets to monitor monthly department updates, consultant contracts, etc.
• 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.
• A passion for education.


Senior Adviser, English Language Arts/Literacy (PARCC)

Achieve, a national leader in education reform, is an independent bi-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

Achieve seeks a Senior Adviser, English Language Arts/Literacy. Reporting to the Associate Director, High School Assessment, the Senior Adviser is responsible for providing leadership and guidance for the development of the ELA/literacy assessments and supporting materials for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Adviser's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

PARCC Assessment

• Provides leadership and vision for ELA/literacy assessment development and act as a key communication link to the ELA community regarding the new PARCC assessment.
• Provides content knowledge to the PARCC consortia in terms of content validation of assessment items, blueprint construction, performance task development, and implementation tool development.
• Develops and refine tools and processes for conducting analyses of standards and assessments to ensure their quality
• Works closely with assessment vendors to monitor quality of assessment items.
• Facilitates state content leads in the design and development of the PARCC assessments
• Develop analyses and write reports and ensure quality and accuracy of final products (possibly in coordination with a team of content consultants).
• Work with Contracts Manager to review and execute contracts with Content consultants in accordance with Achieve guidelines and provide input to develop scopes of work with states for fee for service work.
• Present findings of Achieve analyses to state teams via conference calls, work sessions, in-state and national meetings as needed.

Supporting Tools and Implementation

• Supports state implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessments through tools and analyses
• Participates in the development of supporting PARCC curriculum and assessment tools including model curriculum frameworks, model instructional units, sample classroom tasks and prototype assessment tasks to support teachers in successfully implementing the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessments.
• Provides content support for the PARCC K-12 educator leadership cadres and teams of higher education faculty to develop their expertise in the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessments so that they can become ambassadors for the PARCC in their states.
• Supports the development of the text complexity diagnostic tool to support the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessments.

Outreach/Liaison

• Maintain existing relationships with organizations that partner with Achieve (e.g. NCTE, UELN, etc.) and cultivate new partnerships/relationships as requested.
• Serve as spokesperson for Achieve and PARCC in presentations to state and national audiences as requested.
• Perform other duties as assigned

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Internal: PARCC team; Content, Research and Development team; Senior Advisors in Mathematics, Science and ELA; Director, Content, Research and Development; State Leadership Team; Contracts Manager; Senior Leadership Team.
External: Achieve partner organizations, PARCC states; state and national audiences.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
We are looking for the following qualifications and experience:

Master’s degree plus 4-6 years related experience; PhD or EdD may be substituted for two years.

• Documented experience in large-scale assessment in ELA and/or reading
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to develop and execute strategic programs and direction around Achieve's work in English Language Arts assessment.
• Proven experience in writing or reviewing alignment between standards and assessment items for large scale assessment.
• Track record in assessment design and development at various levels including, but not limited to classroom assessments and state-level assessment
• Strong project management skills and proven ability to successfully manage multiple (often conflicting) priorities and people in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment to achieve results.
• Proven ability to generate and manage project work plans and budgets
• Strong attention to detail
• Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

Senior Adviser, Mathematics (PARCC)

Achieve, a national leader in education reform, is an independent bi-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

Achieve seeks a Senior Adviser, Mathematics (PARCC). Reporting to the Associate Director, PARCC High School Assessment, the Senior Adviser, Mathematics is responsible for providing leadership and guidance for the development of the mathematics assessments and supporting materials for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Adviser's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

PARCC Assessment

• Provides leadership and vision for mathematics assessment development and act as a key communication link to the mathematics community regarding the new PARCC assessment.
• Provides content knowledge to the PARCC consortia in terms of content validation of assessment items, blueprint construction, performance task development, and implementation tool development.
• Develops and refine tools and processes for conducting analyses of standards and assessments to ensure their quality
• Works closely with assessment vendors to monitor quali

— Susan Ohanian
Achieve
2011-02-02
http://www.achieve.org/careers


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