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LINGUIST List 23.1029

Wed Feb 29 2012

Jobs: Applied Linguistics; Language Testing: Senior Test Developer, Pearson

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Date: 29-Feb-2012
From: Rhonda Warren <rhonda.warrenpearson.com>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; Language Testing; Educational Measurement: Senior Test Developer, Pearson, CA, USA
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University or Organization: Pearson
Job Location: California, USA
Web Address: http://pearsoned.com
Job Rank: Senior Test Developer

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Language Testing; Educational Measurement

Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            Spanish (spa)


Pearson has one defining goal: to help people progress in their lives
through learning. We champion innovation and we invest in models for
education that deliver on our promise for effective, accessible, and
personal learning from early literacy, college and career readiness to
professional education, through data informed instruction and inventive
applications for mobile and digital learning.

Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global-reach and
market leading businesses in education, business, and consumer
publishing and is listed on the London and New York stock exchanges
(UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO). For more information, visit

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and a
member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women,
veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Pearson's Knowledge Technologies (KT) group provides products and
services based on proprietary and patented machine-learning technology
for language understanding.

The Test Development group is responsible for designing reliable and
valid language tests based on theories of linguistics and psychology, and
informed by an understanding of automatic speech recognition. Test
Developers are required to manage the development of new assessment
products at various stages of their construction, from designing tasks and
item specifications through to data collection, validation, documentation
and deployment.

Duties and Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the
following essential functions:
- Designing test tasks and writing test specifications
- Creating test items
- Coaching voice talent
- Recruiting participants for data collection
- Analyzing data and writing technical reports
- Screening, training and managing groups of external consultants (item
writers, reviewers, transcribers, raters)
- Participating in technical customer support
- Assisting customers with cut-score decisions based on their individual
- Giving academic or technical presentations at meetings and
- Designing, carrying out and writing up validation experiments
- Conducting original research for publication in the field of test
development and validation

Test developers are responsible for the success of the projects they
manage, and as such are expected to: run projects according to schedule
and within budget; anticipate and correct problems or shortcomings;
interact with our Engineering and Research & Development departments;
manage large teams of external consultants (typically between 10 and 50
consultants per project).

An MA or PhD in language testing, educational measurement, applied
linguistics, or related field is required.

Preference given to candidates with the following experience:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- The ability to manage projects independently and work well with others
at least five years of relevant work experience in linguistics, education, or
- A proven track record of research or publications

Additionally, the following qualifications are desirable:
- Knowledge of programming such as SQL or Perl
- Knowledge of statistics or psychometrics (e.g. Rasch, IRT)
- Fluency in more than one language

Application Deadline: 30-Mar-2012 (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications: http://jobs.pearson.com/job/Palo-Alto-Senior-Test-Developer-Job-CA-94301/1748663/
Contact Information:
Sr. HR Coordinator Rhonda Warren
Email: rhonda.warrenpearson.com
Phone: 210-339-5025
Fax: 210-339-5046
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