Pearson Lead Editor/Test Development Manager - Early Childhood/Special Education in Amherst, Massachusetts

Lead Editor/Test Development Manager - Early Childhood/Special Education


Pearson VUE ( 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.

The Test Development Manager occupies a professional management position within the Test Development Services department. The primary responsibility of this position is to ensure the successful development of materials for educator licensure assessments. The Test Development Manager is responsible for planning and overseeing the development of assessments and assessment products for early childhood and/or special education certification. The Test Development Manager’s duties include staff supervision, test design and implementation, test question development, and quality control. The Test Development Manager reports to a Senior Test Development Manager and supervises Content Developers.

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

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manages the development of test frameworks, test items, practice tests, study guides, and related products

  • Writes test questions and supervises the work of others who write test questions for the same content area

  • Edits test questions and other assessment materials produced by in-house and consultant staff

  • Maintains knowledge of developing state and national trends in education, including pedagogical best practices, early child and adolescent development, and instructional and assessment best practices

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Creates planning documents, organizes staff, supervises development activities, and coordinates project activities within and outside the department

  • Supervises and trains staff, including full-time, part-time, and consulting staff

  • Facilitates the review of test items with committees of education professionals in a variety of content areas

  • Utilizes technological resources as management and development tools

  • Travels on behalf of the company as needed, up to 15%


  • Successful experience teaching students with special needs at the early childhood level (birth-age 9)

  • A graduate degree or advanced coursework in early childhood education and/or special education

  • Demonstrated knowledge of early childhood pedagogy (birth-age 9), early child development across domains, instructional strategies across content areas to support diverse learners, research- and evidence- based practices, working with linguistically and culturally diverse students and families, behavior management, and assessment practices

  • Experience teaching specialized areas (Blind/Low Vision, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Multiple Disabilities) a plus


  • Demonstrate advanced writing, editorial, and research skills

  • Must be proficient with computers and software, including Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Works well in a collaborative team environment

  • Must be organized, able to set priorities and meet deadlines with high quality work

  • Must be willing and able to accept constructive criticism and develop new and existing skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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: Feb 23, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1800305