Pearson Content Specialist - English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - Part-time in Amherst, Massachusetts

Content Specialist - English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - Part-time

Description

Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in more than 180 countries, where we validate the skills and knowledge of millions of individuals every year.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson, the world's leading learning company with global-reach and market-leading businesses. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO).

The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson VUE offers dynamic teacher licensing and performance assessment solutions. Our custom teacher licensure testing programs are 100 percent aligned to state standards. We also provide a wide variety of teacher licensure testing services such as test development, administration, and scoring.

Overview

The Part-time Content Specialist in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) occupies a position within the Test Development Services department of Evaluations Systems. The qualified candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following academic areas: ESOL pedagogy; applied linguistics (as applied to ESOL); theoretical foundations of first- and second-language acquisition; and English language arts pedagogy, with a particular emphasis on reading instruction based on scientific reading research. The primary responsibility of this position is to develop multiple-choice and constructed-response test items and other related materials for educator licensure assessments in ESOL at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Other responsibilities include reviewing and editing materials from other item developers and ensuring content accuracy and quality control. The Content Specialist reports to a Test Development Manager.

This position is located in our Hadley, MA office. Remote work is not offered at this time.

Responsibilities

  • Writes and edits test items and related assessment materials for use in test banks and test preparation products

  • Evaluates and documents alignment of assessment materials to state and national standards

  • Stays apprised of developing trends in the field of ESOL education at the state and national level

Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • A master's degree or equivalent in a field directly related to English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (e.g., applied linguistics in ESOL, speech language pathology)

  • ESOL teaching experience, including the use of educational technology, at the elementary, middle school, and/or high school level highly desirable

  • ESOL assessment and/or curriculum development experience with an educational publisher or assessment provider a plus

  • Knowledge of reading development and reading instruction based on scientific reading research a plus

  • Familiarity with Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts a plus

  • Familiarity with the WIDA English Language Development Standards a plus

Skills

  • Demonstrated advanced writing, editorial, and research skills

  • Proficiency with computers and software, including Microsoft Word

  • Works well independently and in a collaborative team setting

  • Well organized, able to set priorities and manage work within tight schedules

  • Willing and able to accept constructive criticism and refine skills as needed to produce high quality work

  • Flexible and able to adapt to unexpected shifts in priorities

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-MA-Amherst

Work Locations: US-MA-Hadley-300 Venture Way 300 Venture Way Amherst 01002

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Assessments VUE

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Apr 30, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Part-time Regular

Req ID: 1806538

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.