LINGUIST List 29.3623

Thu Sep 20 2018

Jobs: Englsih; Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics: Test Development Specialist, Edutech Lab, Inc

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Date: 20-Sep-2018
From: Gina Caruso <>
Subject: Englsih; Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics: Test Development Specialist, Edutech Lab, Inc, Bellevue, Washington, USA
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University or Organization: Edutech Lab, Inc
Job Location: Washington, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Test Development Specialist

Job Rank: Test Development Specialist

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)


Edutech Lab, Inc. in Bellevue, Washington is now accepting applications for full-time English language test development specialists 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 already doubled the size of our operation and plan to continue expanding. 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 purposes

- Add your voice and ideas to ongoing test development activities including:
- writing test specifications
- drafting and quality control of test items
- standard setting and rating of test-taker responses
- designing and revising of assessment 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 progress and 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
- Ability to identify and correct flaws in multiple choice and constructed response items
- Ability to identify problems and conceptualize solutions, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and G Suite

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 outside of the classroom
- 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
- Experience with automation and relational databases

To Apply:
Please send your CV or resume to the application email provided below.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)
Bellevue, WA
Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Gina Caruso

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