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Pearson Director Research & Psychometric Services - Remote in Frankfort, Kentucky


This is a position for Pearson Clinical Assessment Division. The psychometrician will be responsible the supervision of the psychometrics department and providing psychometric services (consulting, data analysis, psychometric review) for Pearson offices. This psychometrician may work remotely from home and reports to the Vice President of Portfolio Management and Delivery.

Job Responsibilities

  • Supervise and lead the department in all required tasks to achieve publication goals and advance the application of psychometric methods within the business.

  • Consult with team members and support their professional and technical growth as needed.

  • Serve as lead psychometrician on the assigned research projects from Pearson offices.

  • Daily psychometric-related consulting, problem solving, and innovation for the assigned research projects.

  • Conduct project planning regularly to make sure all needed psychometric service is provided on time, in good quality, within budget, and to the satisfaction of the internal and external customers.

  • Work closely with the content test development staff from Pearson offices to ensure the data are clean and the samples are stratified according to the need.

  • Review and approve all research specs and ensure the most appropriate psychometric procedures and research design are used for the assigned research projects.

  • Identify and draft the complete psychometric scope; write detailed data analysis specifications for conducting analyses documented in the scope.

  • Conduct the needed psychometric analysis, such as classic and IRT analysis, reliability and validity analysis, vertical scaling, equating, DIF, factor analysis, logistic regression, norms development, etc.

  • Conduct the needed quality assurance to ensure the quality of all psychometric work for the assigned projects.

  • Write SAS programs needed for digital products and their use of psychometric data.

  • Provide psychometric training to content test development staff as needed to ensure they understand the output of the data analysis results and can use them in test development.

  • Review and approve the psychometric-related section of the manual and assist RD in manual writing or in other technical writing. Conduct psychometric review for Pearson international adaptations.

  • Conduct research and/or work with researchers and professional organizations.

  • Contribute to innovation by bringing new ideas and testing them.


PhD in psychometrics, measurement and evaluation, psychology, or the related field. Demonstrated experience in several of the following areas: item response theory (IRT); classic and IRT Item analysis; DIF analysis; vertical scaling; equating; norming; computer adaptive testing; sampling theory; theoretical and applied statistics; structural equation modeling; generalizability theory; Bayesian inference; hierarchical linear modeling; logistic regression, etc. Demonstrated experience in leading a project.

Excellent SAS programming skills and comfortable with SAS macro and IML. Expertise in other statistical software packages, and programming languages such as: R, Python, Mplus, FlexMIRT, Winsteps & Facets, Amos, Parscale, Multilog, etc.

At least three years of experience in psychometrics/measurement or test development, as well as experience directly managing people.

Knowledge of psychological or educational assessments and the test development process, familiarity with digital and visualization technologies, programming skills, experience and knowledge related to data mining and information technologies and their applications are pluses.

As the position can be performed on a remote working basis and requires working with people located in different countries, self-discipline, autonomy, and communication skills are essential. Must have good communication skills in English.

As required by the Colorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, Pearson provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. For the state of Colorado only, the range of starting pay for this role is $125,000 - 150,000 per year. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program, and information on benefits offered is here.

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Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 4991