Madison, WI
May 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 90802-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time

Department: EDUC/WCER

Location: Madison

Categories: Research, Scientific, Other

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 90802-AS

Working Title: Science Performance Assessment Task Writer


Hiring Department: A177500-SCHOOL OF EDUCATION/WCER

FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: JULY 15, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $50,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Master's Degree in Science Education or closely related field

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

A minimum of 2 years of experience in the following:
* Designing and writing science curriculum lesson plans and formative assessment opportunities for upper elementary, middle school, or high school classrooms.
* Organizing data collections in schools.
* Interviewing educators and students.
* Demonstrating strong organizational skills.
* Working independently as well as effectively collaborating with a team to create and produce assessment tasks.
* Managing multiple responsibilities effectively.
* Demonstrating a proven track record of meeting deadlines.

Preferred Experience:
* Storyboarding creative technology-based academic assessments in science.
* Knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards.
* Working with IT engineers and designers.
* Conducting experimental and/or qualitative research.
* Coding and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
* Demonstrating proficiency in interpreting and presenting quantitative and qualitative data.
* Teaching upper elementary, middle or high school science to English learners (ELs).

The item writing and research team for this grant will be working in the greater Washington DC area and travel to this area is an expectation for this position. This position can be remote, living in the DC area is not required.

Position Summary:

The task writer will work on a grant-sponsored project that is developing innovative science assessments and materials for middle school students called "Dynamic Interactive Formative Assessment Tasks and End-of-Unit Tests for Measuring Challenging Concepts and Skills of Diverse Middle School Students". The individual will create formative assessment tasks and associated materials for the project as well as participate in research activities. For additional information on the Institute for Innovative Assessment, please see Some staff for this project work remotely and telecommuting may be allowed.

Additional Information:

Upon receipt of application materials, all candidates will be required to complete an assignment as a part of the application process. Candidates will be asked to draft a set of "storyboards" of a technology-based assessment task on the topic of their choosing in grades 6-8 science. Storyboards are essentially a draft of a task. This assignment will help the search committee to assess each candidate's skills and creativity at designing such performance tasks and their knowledge of the task content. More detailed information on the assignment will be provided after the application materials have been processed. This may take 2-4 working days after the application has been sent by the candidate.


Mary Hegge
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide the contact information for three professional references. Please refer to PVL 84985.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Advertised: 25 May 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: 22 Jun 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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