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English Language Test Development Specialist

Date 2017-06-02 19:06:33 Location : North America

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.

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/assessment purposes


Add your voice and ideas to ongoing test development activities including:
writing test specifications
drafting and quality control of items
standard setting and rating of items
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