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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.


Initial Review Date: 06-27-2022 (posted until filled)


Executive Assistant - 39199

Under the direction of the executive staff and in compliance with the University's policies and procedures, serve as an Executive Assistant for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Major functions and areas of responsibility include oversight and coordination of operational functions: cultivate effective relationships with service providers and key consortium partners, proof documents and coordinate the development of technical presentations, manage the executives' calendars, travel plans, and travel reimbursements. Coordinate Consortium in-person meetings including managing meeting budgets, procuring venues and tracking reimbursements. Maintain and enhance Key Consortium Documents including Governing Board Procedures, Consortium Vote Records, and Consortium Staff Procedures. Serve as Smarter Balanced coordinator for emergency planning and security matters. Perform special projects or assignments, as needed. Serve as the primary in-person point of contact to other departments.


Initial Review Date: 08-01-2022 (posted until filled)


Senior Product Manager, Reporting System - 41208

Develops the overall strategic vision and product development life cycle of the Smarter Balanced Reporting System, which reports data and analytics on student assessment results for member states. Through subordinate staff, creates tactical work plans to achieve strategic goals. Drives multi-year roadmap, including data-driven change-management processes, to ensure that the product evolves as necessary to meet strategic needs. Creates analytical frameworks for prioritizing product features, filtered against market / competitive analysis and available system data, to best meet strategic goals. Builds requirements based on input from State Educational Agencies, educators, and staff to estimate effort and filters against market/competitive analysis. Determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals. Understands layered user personas and refines user experience to drive customer satisfaction and business impact. Reviews and approves recommendations for products / services development. Provides guidance to subordinates to achieve goals in accordance with established policies. Establishes systems and processes to prioritize reporting system development plans and feature enhancements. Oversees product budget to meet short-term and long-term needs, including large-scale product revisions. Manages product development work with direct and matrixed staffing resources.


Initial Review Date: 09-08-2022 (posted until filled)


Communications Specialist - 44979

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.

The communications specialist serves as a collaborative team member of the communications and member services teams in a remote context to support external communication projects and to facilitate member related events and correspondence.  The incumbent utilizes organizational skills and attention to detail to manage and track multiple tasks with limited supervision.


Initial Review Date: 11-15-2022 (posted until filled)


Director of Communications - 45256

Involves developing, implementing or executing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary communications program; involves work in multiple communications disciplines for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.


Initial Review Date: 11-28-2022 (posted until filled)


Member Services Advocate - 45484

Uses advanced concepts regarding organizational communication and member engagement strategies to anticipate and resolve highly complex issues. Members represent diverse students, teachers, and leaders from across the country. Plans, develops, and implements strategies for outreach to state departments of education and service providers. Outreach involves the development and advancement of policy positions through ongoing formal and informal communications with governmental staff, planning and directing large association meetings, and managing tasks that are large-scale, complex, and include varied controversial and / or politically sensitive issues or content. Promotes diversity, equity and inclusion as critical components of communications and program development.


Initial Review Date: 12-01-2022 (posted until filled)


Java Developer - 45761

Applies skills as a seasoned, experienced software professional with a full understanding of industry practices, community standards and relevant policies and procedures to medium-sized projects or portions of large projects with moderate scope and complexity. Resolves a wide range of issues. Demonstrates competency in selecting tools, methods and techniques to obtain results.


Initial Review Date: 12-08-2022 (posted until filled)


Software Test Engineer - 45744

Applies skills as a seasoned, experienced QA Release Management professional with a full understanding of industry practices and location and departmental policies and procedures to test complex software changes or enhancements. Selects methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for testing and releasing software. Provides support to domain-specific release management resources in a timely and efficient manner.


Initial Review Date: 12-08-2022 (posted until filled)


Business Analyst - 45773

Applies skills as a seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of industry-wide business process and analysis practices and organizational policies and procedures. Resolves a wide range of business process issues of moderate to complex scope. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques to support efforts that lead towards solutions.


Initial Review Date: 12-12-2022 (posted until filled)

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