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Senior Product Manager, Reporting Systems - 35175

Develops the overall strategic vision of the Smarter Balanced Reporting System. Through subordinate staff, creates tactical work plans to achieve strategic goals. Creates analytical frameworks for prioritizing product features to best meet strategic goals. Creates multi-year roadmap, including data-driven change-management processes, to ensure that the product evolves as necessary to meet strategic needs. Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals. Reviews and approves recommendations for products / services development. Provides guidance to subordinates to achieve goals in accordance with established policies.


Senior Director of Communications - 34412

Manages a comprehensive communications program and projects for the Smarter Balanced Consortium that supports the diverse needs of 13 state members. Designs team member oversight and workflow systems to address complex and technical issues. Oversees budget and establishes project plans as necessary including internal review deadlines to achieve audience and stakeholder-specific goals. Motivates, guides and supports subordinates to help staff grow professionally and better achieve organizational goals. Serves as part of a leadership team that addresses critical and emergent issues that can have system-wide and multi-state effects.


Chief of Staff - 30399

The Chief of Staff will have executive oversight regarding Human Resources as well as communications, both vital to the continued development, implementation, and oversight of organizational policies that will maintain the institution’s team-oriented, high performance, and inclusive culture. With this in mind, the Chief of Staff will further sponsor improvements to ensure the organization has equitable and transparent processes to attract and retain high-value diverse team members.

Initial Review Date: 03-08-2022


Psychometrics & Data Analysis Manager - 29863

Responsible for directing the data analysis and psychometrics unit and the staff and activities related to data analysis, data cleaning, and psychometrics. Establishes operational objectives and work plans and delegates assignments to subordinate managers, and staff. Objectives should be aligned to the Smarter Balanced strategic plan, vetted and reviewed by senior staff, stakeholders, and technical experts to determine priority and likely degree of success and priority. Responsible for preparing and managing the budget for the team. Directs the development of data systems that support the export of item and test information necessary for service providers to administer tests, operational procedures and ad-hoc inquiries.

Initial Review Date: 02-01-2022 (posted until filled)


UX/UI Designer - 37398

As an advocate for the end user, working closely with product teams and developers, applies skills as a seasoned user experience / user interface designer in order to bridge the gap between user, the development team and key business stakeholders to create or improve the accessibility and usability of user experiences and quality of interaction with Smarter Balanced applications. Encourages Design Thinking and able to work in environments that leverage both agile and waterfall project methodologies.


Communications Specialist - 37407

Independently oversees a comprehensive communications program for a unit or school with moderately complex communications requirements. The communications program usually includes written, visual, digital and electronic communications. Works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy. Designs and implements information campaigns.


Communications Specialist, Writer and Editor - 37421

Proactively identifies communication opportunities. Leads development of written materials that are aligned to the Consortium’s communications plan and messaging strategy that  can be incorporated into a variety of communication assets (e.g. video scripts, pamphlets, webpages, etc).  Supports staff and leadership by providing guidance regarding strategic messaging, developing written materials based on high-level information provided by other staff; leads and contributes to agile and efficient editorial processes.  Responsible for implementing a high-quality production process including information gathering from a variety of expert sources, writing, proofing for grammar and editing for clarity and ensuring stringent accessibility requirements are met.


Psychometrician - 28846

The Psychometrician will conduct analyses and provide technical guidance regarding the technical measurement aspects of assessments that are part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The Psychometrician applies extensive knowledge as a research professional with an in-depth understanding of statistical and/or other analysis techniques designed to support research projects of broad scope and complexity.

Initial Review Date: 01-19-2022 (posted until filled)


Project Manager (2 positions) - 26832

Applies skills as a seasoned, experienced project management professional with a full understanding of multiple project management frameworks and methods (e.g. waterfall, Agile, etc.). Demonstrates competency in selecting methods and techniques to manage projects of diverse scope, size, impact, budget and/or project team size. Applies relevant policies and procedures to resolve a wide range of issues related to the initiation, planning, execution, and closing of projects. Manages documentation and mitigation of project risks and resolution of project issues.

Initial Review Date: 12-06-2021 (posted until filled)

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