• Content Specialist II, ELA

    Job Locations US-IA-Iowa City | US-Remote
    Posted Date 5 days ago(7/13/2018 3:30 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Test Development
    No Travel Required
  • Overview

    ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success.  Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.


    Learn more about working at ACT at act.org!


    A Content Specialist II applies content knowledge, flexibly and creatively, to further the work of the content team in exemplary ways. An individual in this position brings a global perspective and has knowledge of curriculum and workforce trends relative to the field of learning and assessment. The individual understands best practices in test development, contributes to process improvement activities, and has the ability to consistently create and deliver high quality test materials on schedule. The individual has the ability to conceive of, research, and write passages and essays appropriate for rigorous end-of-high school level Reading and English assessments. These texts cover a diverse range of subjects—such as arts, humanities, history, and science. The individual follows tight specifications to produce quality writing and is able to contribute to the development of similar specifications.



    Typical work-related activities include:

    • Create and/or review content as per quality processes and specifications
    • Assist in the creation of content authoring assignments and passage/stimuli selection (attending to accessibility and text complexity)
    • Work directly with external content providers to ensure the generation of high quality content aligned to item specifications
    • Assist in the creation of documentation to support content export and approve exported content in test delivery system
    • Assist in the creation of rubric/scoring criteria, range finding, validation, and calibration papers, performance scoring training
    • Assist in the completion of content alignments
    • Contribute to construct definitions, claims,       evidence statements, task templates, and item/passage/stimulus/rubric specifications
    • Contribute to root cause analysis activities
    • Contribute to proposal responses
    • Contribute to overall content quality including scoring monitoring



    Minimum Qualifications



    • Bachelor’s degree in English or Languae Arts or relate area required
    • Graduate degree preferred
    • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired



    • One year test development experience
    • One year workplace or teaching experience preferred



    • Excellent communication skills
    • Excellent writing and research skills
    • Innovative thinker
    • Strong time management skills
    • Excellent collaborator
    • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality regarding corporate information



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