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Assessment Development Program Manager, Regional Professional Development Center, 81708

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Job Title: Assessment Development Program Manager, Regional Professional Development Center, 81708
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 41485
Hiring Department

UMKC's Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC)

Job Description

Provide the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) with support in the design and development of elements of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP). Provide educators with support regarding effective instructional methods, assessments and/or activities related to improving academic performance as measured by MAP. Collaborate with other initiatives and interagency work as requested by DESE.

• Facilitate activities involved in the development of assessment resources, assessment items and related content for a variety of purposes.
• Provide content expertise for the development and implementation of MAP assessments. These activities include but are not limited to item writing, content review, scoring material creation, item/form review, scoring monitoring, training materials review, assessment manual creation/review, and performance level descriptor drafting.
• Collaborate with DESE curriculum and assessment staff and MAPDP Program Manager.
• Plan and coordinate the development of assessment support materials, resources and training.
• Recruit educators to participate in assessment development activities.
• Maintain accurate records of activities.
• Provide training to a variety of audiences about issues related to MAP, local assessment, implementation of the Missouri Learning Standards (MLS) and priority standards, and related topics.
• Consistently report activities and data in a system and format designated by DESE.
• Attend and actively participate in recurring periodic and ad-hoc meetings and training as designated by the MAPDP calendar and direction of DESE.
• Attend and participate in conferences as requested by DESE.
• Other duties and functions as assigned by DESE.

Attendance at and participation in all events, trainings, and meetings shall be conducted in-person or virtually as directed by DESE, in accordance with RPDC policy and applicable requirements issued by the Missouri Office of Administration, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and/or local health department or municipality guidelines.

• The Assessment Development Facilitator Reports to the Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) Director and is expected to carry out project-specific activities at the direction of assigned DESE content and/or assessment director.
• The Assessment Development Facilitator is 12-month, full-time, professional role which is funded through September 30, 2024.
• The Assessment Development Facilitator position is remote.

This position may be required to travel in-state and out-of-state.

Minimum Qualifications

A Master's degree in related/relevant area, and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

Qualifications for personnel employed to provide services specified in this agreement are identified below. Deviations from these expectations must be approved by DESE.

Assessment Development Facilitator positions are specifically intended to provide large-scale assessment development support. Personnel filling these positions will have a thorough knowledge of the content required in their position. They will have knowledge and experience in the development of such assessments and be able to demonstrate a high level of skills in development, presentation, meeting facilitation, and delivery of quality professional development. Individuals in these positions are also expected to have a working knowledge of technology and be able to use it in development, presentation and delivery of training.

Personnel serving in the role of Assessment Development Facilitator are required to have a thorough understanding of the scope of the work and of the intended outcomes of the project. Individuals are expected to participate in developing, refining and/or revising materials when requested by DESE. It is the expectation that all contracted personnel will use the materials and tools provided or approved by DESE with integrity. Individuals providing services outlined in this contract are expected to be ambassadors of DESE in their work with districts, schools and communities.

• Five years of successful, progressively responsible experience in education or a closely related field, including the development of a variety of student assessments.
• Three years of classroom experience and elementary or secondary content-specific teaching certificate.
• Experience in the appropriate content area in large-scale assessment development, instruction, intervention, and assessment practices.
• Demonstrated knowledge of appropriate uses of educational tests and measurements for the improvement of instruction.
• Understanding of significant research in the content area regarding assessment and education and the ability to apply the findings to the improvement of instruction.
• Ability to express complex ideas to a variety of audiences clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
• Ability to manage diverse activities and meet established deadlines.
• Ability to establish and maintain rapport and effective working relationships with DESE, its partners and local school district personnel.
• Ability to analyze complex educational problems and develop feasible solutions.
• Ability to use technology to conduct work in remote and on-site settings and to deliver professional development in remote and on-site settings.

Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in education or closely related field (or equivalent combination of education and experience).

Must be able to lift 25 pounds.

Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, web browsers, web meeting tools

Full Time/Part Time

Full-time, benefit eligible


Up to $75,000 commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity.

Application Deadline


Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


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UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

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