Principal Assessment Designer

🇺🇸 Remote - US

🕑 Full-Time

💰 $72,000 - $95,000

💻 Instructional Design

🗓️ September 18th, 2023

6-12 Smartsheet K4/InCopy
At McGraw Hill we create best-in-class, next-generation learning platforms that are used by millions of students and educators worldwide from kindergarten through graduate school. Our goal is to accelerate student success through intuitive and effective learning tools and content that maximize a teacher’s time and a student’s learning experience. We do all of this in a supportive, collaborative environment where you can grow your career in a way that fits into your life. 
How can you make an Impact?
We are looking for a Principal Academic Designer with a focus on 6-12 assessment for our Literacy program. Working with the assessment director, the Principal will craft the testing and data narrative for the Literacy program and support and mentor the Academic Designers in translating that narrative into materials and instructional events. This is a fantastic opportunity to help build our future Literacy program!
It will be filled as a Project Status Worker (PSW) designation. These roles are remote and candidates can reside anywhere within the United States.
Principal Academic Designers are content and curriculum experts. They lead through establishing best practices on vendor strategy, content creation, and authoring. Principal Academic designers are acknowledged experts in their field, and their expertise is used both within the team and cross-functionally to help develop the solution design (both conceptualization and implementation). 

What you will be doing:
  • Generate ideas and approaches to testing and data use that merge with McGraw Hill School’s broader assessment strategies
  • Work with the assessment director to investigate enhancements to assessment platform capabilities, tagging, and reporting
  • Generate prototypes, writer’s guidelines, item specifications, and test blueprints
  • Train Academic Designers on their respective roles relating to content development, documentation, planning, and digital authoring/tagging
  • Articulate a vendor strategy and manage multiple vendors and freelancers
  • Demonstrate the relationship between Grades 6-12 Reading/Language Arts and English Language Development pedagogical issues and assessment solutions in all offerings 
  • Guide more junior team members to produce accurate, error-free, high-quality products that meet curriculum standards (including CCSS and other state standards), align with project scope, follow item specifications and testing models, and use the digital platform capabilities regarding style and accessibility
  • Share out to team and cross-functional leadership emerging educational/curriculum trends, testing trends, standards initiatives, educational technology, and research within field and adjacent to field 
  • Represent McGraw Hill in customer-facing encounters regarding testing purpose, validity and reliability, student growth, and data use
  • Network extensively and provide thought leadership on assessment across the organization

What you need to be considered:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, literacy, linguistics, or related field
  • 5+ years of experience developing assessments/data-driven solutions within the educational publishing sphere
  • Ability to create and visualize assessment content for various delivery formats and measurement needs
  • Ability to mentor others and provide guidance, direction, and leadership
  • Ability to understand concerns, needs, and issues raised by junior team members and create novel solutions, including cross-functional problem solving
  • Skill in proactively identifying risks and developing contingency plans
  • Knowledge of how research, pedagogy, and best practice apply to product design
  • Knowledge of appropriate industry and subject-area content development practices, content standards (such as CCSS, B.E.S.T., and TEKS), high-stakes assessments (both at state and national levels), and testing and reporting trends, with the ability to drive innovation in teams and products
  • Act in a manner that displays inherent initiative, integrity, and professionalism
  • Display of excellent verbal and written communication skills, which include a thorough command of the English language, spelling, writing, and grammar and a strong attention to detail
  • Engagement of effective organizational and time management skills; productive, efficient work habits; and the ability to prioritize, multitask, and exhibit flexibility
  • Showcase of diverse computer skills, including expert-level in MS Office suite and proficiency with Adobe Acrobat, Smartsheet, and K4/InCopy markup

  • Experience building accessible content in digital authoring systems is a plus
  • Experience creating widely-used assessments/testing instruments

The pay range for this position is between $72,000 - $95,000 annually, however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and location. Additionally, a full range of medical and/or other benefits may be provided, depending on the position offered. Click here to learn more about our benefit offerings. 

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