ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research and Development
Quality Assurance Specialist- ILR OPI Testing
A full-time exempt position
ILR Testing Quality Assurance Specialist reports to the ILR Tester Program Manager and works closely with the Associate Director of CARD.
ACTFL is seeking a quality assurance specialist for its Center for Assessment, Research and Development (CARD). Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:
Quality Assurance: Support Tester, Rater, and Interagency Reliability:
Conduct quality assurance reviews; develop and implement tester/rater support based on patterns of tester and rater performance
Develop and implement proactive methods for ensuring adherence to the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) proficiency scale and upholding ACTFL standards for OPI testing (e.g. tester/rater readiness activities, self-analysis activities, etc.)
Complete reviews of rater justifications and make final rating recommendations
Review rating histories across raters/testers, languages, clients, etc.
Schedule and facilitate regular rater/tester conferences and norming
Author quality assurance action reports
Workshop Development and Delivery: Prepare learning materials and facilitate workshops
Develop novel OPI tester training approaches based on sound pedagogy, teaching methodology, systematic data analysis and identified testing trends
Develop learning materials with attention to: sound assessment, methodology, and learner engagement principles as well as by applying tested instructional design theories and practices
Facilitate workshops and rater norming sessions in formats including face to face, blended and/or online settings
On-Site Test Coordination: Act as the onsite project coordinator for face to face testing requirements (travel required)
Finance Management: Receive, verify and process consultant invoices in accordance with established budgetary parameters
Project Management: Employ a sound project management approach,
Professionalism: Demonstrate good judgment, professionalism, sound application of subject matter expertise; responsiveness in support of the ACTFL mission.
Collaborate across ACTFL departments and with ACTFL’s testing distributor to enhance the quality of offerings
Participate in the annual ACTFL Convention
M.A. or equivalent degree in language education, applied linguistics, testing and assessment, world language or related field
Proficiency in one or more world languages required
OPI tester certification preferred; familiarity with the OPI required
Ability to identify problems, conceptualize solutions, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills; ability to write effective copy, instructional text, audio scripts/video scripts
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a people-friendly attitude and an upbeat, positive demeanor
Strong organization, planning and time management skills
Ability to work collaboratively, cooperatively and collegially in a results-oriented environment
This position is appropriate for individuals with 3-5 years of relevant professional experience.
About American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
Since its founding, ACTF...L has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of foreign language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.