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Houghton Mifflin Director, Psychometrics & Analytics in United States

Director, Psychometrics & Analytics

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Date:Feb 12, 2024

Location: US

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Location: Remote

Who We Are

NWEA® is a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that supports students and educators through research, assessment solutions, policy and advocacy services, professional learning and school improvement services that fight for equity, drive classroom impact and push for systemic change in our educational communities. For nearly 50 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K–12 assessments, including their flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™ and their reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™. For more information, visit NWEA.org to learn more.

What you will do

As the Director of Psychometrics and Analytics, you'll lead a seasoned team of psychometricians and statistical analysts to develop innovative systems for adaptive educational assessments. These assessments, ranging from low-stakes (e.g., interim) to high-stakes (e.g., summative), contribute essential data for decision-making across various education levels. Your role involves collaborating on assessments for statewide accountability models, ensuring they meet rigorous standards for peer review.

If you are passionate about advancing educational assessment, leading a dynamic team, and contributing to meaningful research, we would love to hear from you.

Responsibilities

  • Manage a dynamic team, overseeing complex projects in a fast-paced environment.

  • Clearly communicate technical issues to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Enhance operational procedures and document best practices.

  • Ensure quality control processes for project deliverables.

  • Provide independent consulting support to both internal and external clients.

  • Engage in a research program, contribute to publications, and present at conferences.

  • Lead cross-functional discussions and respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

  • Support and mentor staff for professional development.

  • Travel as required for the role.

    Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated leadership in overseeing technical experts in large-scale psychometrics.

  • Strong knowledge of psychometric techniques, including computer adaptive assessment analyses.

  • Proficiency in software packages for psychometric work and research (e.g., SAS, R, Python).

  • Experience with Agile methods and collaborative problem-solving.

  • Ability to explain complex concepts to diverse audiences.

  • Collaborative mindset with a talent for providing innovative solutions.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

    What you will need

  • Ph.D. in Educational Measurement, Psychometrics, or a related field.

  • 5–10 years of work experience in educational measurement, including supervisory roles.

  • Record of leading complex projects in large-scale assessment over 5-7 years.

  • Experience working directly with clients and responding to RFPs.

  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including effective teamwork.

    Salary Range: 160k -175k

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, family status, marital status, pregnancy, gender identity, ethnic/national origin, ancestry, age, disability, military status, genetic predisposition, citizenship status, status as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces service medal veteran, other covered veteran, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity. We actively participate in E-Verify.

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