American Educational Research Association - AERA

Director, NBME Assessment Alliance

Diversity Focus
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
11 days ago



NBME® is recruiting for a Director of NBME's newly formed Assessment Alliance. The Director, NBME Assessment Alliance will serve a critical role in building and maintaining NBME's programs focused on facilitating productive and creative collaborations with innovators in health professions education, as well as those the assessment and educational technology fields. The Director will oversee the operations and relationship management of The Alliance and ensure focus on NBME's support of promising initiatives and productive collaborative solution development.

Initially, NBME's Assessment Alliance will include two types of programs; those designed to support collaborative networks across health professions schools and programs (NBME Creative Communities) and those focused on external funding support of innovators, health professions education experts and scientists to work with NBME (Assessment Innovation Grants). The first NBME Creative Community focused on Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) for Clinical Reasoning was recently announced.

To be successful in this position an individual will possess the following key competencies:

  • Change management: Ability to build consensus and lead successful change management process to build this new and exciting collaborations program at NBME.
  • Stakeholder Management: Proactively create and maintain strategic relationships.
  • Present NBME as a preferred partner with which to work with.
  • Collaborative: Create an effective environment to build and maintain trust and respect among collaborators.
  • Cultural Competence and DEI: Respect, understand and appreciate cultural differences and the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion; bring insights to inspire and engage collaborators in solving complex problems
  • Leadership: Effectively liaise with a cross functional NBME team in support of NBME collaborations in a solution-oriented manner.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

At NBME, we continue to innovate and improve how we fulfill the evolving needs of the health care community. This commitment starts and ends with the people at NBME. By recruiting and empowering talented individuals from various disciplines and backgrounds, which includes professionals with diverse life experiences, abilities, and perspectives, NBME can take a well-informed, robust approach to advancing health professions education and assessment for years to come. We also continue to focus on ensuring that our DEI work is impactful and ingrained in everything we do, including with our staff, workplace culture, products and services, the Philadelphia community and the broader medical education landscape.


  • Manage a portfolio of strategically oriented collaborative relationships with external investigators, health professions education programs, and organizations
  • Such collaborative programs will help to advance the strategic goals of building systems of assessment to support growth-oriented assessment for learning, while advancing diversity among learners and health care providers necessary to provide high-quality care to the diverse patient community.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for relationships with external investigators and health professions education programs to optimize effective operations of the NBME Assessment Alliance program.
  • Liaise with an internal cross-functional team of NBME staff from key business enabling units to maintain optimal operations of the NBME Assessment Alliance.
    • These will include staff from finance, marketing/communication, legal, project management, Information Technology, and meeting planning to ensure that the Alliance program runs effectively, is communicated effectively (internally/externally) and allows collaborators to interact with NBME as seamlessly as possible.
  • Liaise with NBME's Philanthropy Director and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director to ensure mission alignment of the NBME Assessment Alliance
  • Manage the overall NBME Assessment Alliance budget in concert with NBME strategic finance and philanthropy efforts
  • Develop periodic progress reports of the success of the NBME Assessment Alliance programs for internal reporting to leadership and governance, as well as external presentations.
  • Draft policies and procedures that lead to the effective operations of NBME Assessment Alliance
  • Supervise program administrator staff to effectively plan, coordinate and communicate activities across the Alliance network.
  • Communications with funded school faculty, investigators, industry innovators; maintaining schedules of activities to assure completion of all aspects of work
  • Plan and organize the activities of an external advisory panel


  • Manage complex operations of a multi-faceted collaborative program across individuals and organizations
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the NBME Assessment Alliance program by developing and tracking a set of key metrics. As this is established, produce quarterly reports.
  • Assure efficient planning of activities, meetings(internal/external) and reports across the collaboration network.
  • Anticipate and deliver solutions, as well as resolve any potential communication, funding and strategic alignment of work across the collaborations network.
  • Deliver timely reports of progress and budgetary tracking of the Alliance projects.
  • Ensure information for NBME internal and external communications is accurate.
  • Represent NBME and the NBME Assessment Alliance program to external stakeholders, health professions schools/programs and organizations with the highest degree of integrity, trust, and collaborative spirit.

About NBME:

NBME offers a versatile selection of high-quality assessments and educational services for students, professionals, educators, regulators and institutions dedicated to the evolving needs of medical education and health care. To ensure our assessments meet the highest standards of quality, stay relevant and align to the current curriculum in medical schools and training programs, we rely on a wide network of collaborators. These include the volunteers who help develop our exam questions, the committees and panels who represent various groups within the medical education community, external researchers and health profession organizations.

We are committed to meeting the needs of educators and learners globally with assessment products and expert services such as NBME® Subject Examinations, Customized Assessment Services, Self-Assessments, the International Foundations of Medicine® Program and Item Writing Workshops. Together with the Federation of State Medical Boards, NBME develops and manages the United States Medical Licensing Examination®, which measures the ability to apply knowledge and skills that form the basis of safe and effective patient care. Our Competency-based Assessment unit is focused on new methods as well as the optimization of assessment in the workplace and education.

As a result of leadership in ongoing research, innovative measurement practices and the exploration of forward-thinking assessment modalities and improvements, NBME advances assessment science. Our grant and funding opportunities further support this dedication to medical education and assessment science. We help develop the next generation of assessment professionals through our Summer Psychometric Internship Program. Through the Stemmler Fund, Strategic Educators Enhancement Fund and Latin America Grants Program, researchers and educators can continue to improve the assessment of health care professionals around the world.

NBME views diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as foundational and enduring to our strategy and vision. We continue to focus on ensuring that our DEI work is impactful and ingrained in everything we do, including with our staff, culture, products and services, the Philadelphia community and the broader medical education landscape. Our commitment manifests in our hiring and staff development, recruitment for committees, grants programs, design and review of our assessments, and involvement in our local and national communities.

Learn more about NBME at

The NBME offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a rewarding work environment. Excellent Benefits include: Healthcare, Dental, Prescription, and Vision plans; 401(k) w/match, Tuition Reimbursement Plan, Commuter Benefit: Public Transit or Parking options. Remote Friendly Workplace.

COVID-19 Considerations:

Effective January 2022, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be a condition of employment, subject to potential reasonable accommodations for legitimate medical or religious reasons which prevent such vaccination. Applicants who have received a conditional offer of employment will be requested to provide information about their COVID-19 vaccination status.

NBME is an equal opportunity employer as defined by the EEOC.



Skills and Abilities

  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Outstanding organizational skills; Project management background
  • Anticipation and creative resolution of challenges to ensure the growth and success of all the NBME Assessment Alliance programs
  • Understanding of grants and extra-mural funding programs in health professions education and/or healthcare context, including grants management, call for applications, selection of awardees, timely signing of agreements, management of time-bound projects and associated deliverables including progress reports from collaborators, payment to collaborators and grant recipients.
  • Basic meeting planning skills - and ability to work with NBME meeting planning staff
  • High emotional intelligence


  • 5 years related work experience
  • Experience developing and maintaining program/project budgets
  • Supervision of direct reports


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or a combination of equivalent education and experience
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is strongly preferred

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60965569
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Company Name: NBME
  • Position Title: Director, NBME Assessment Alliance
  • Job Function: Management/Admin - R & D
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Fellowships: Not Applicable
Educational Services
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About NBME: NBME offers a versatile selection of high-quality assessments and educational services for students, professionals, educators, and institutions dedicated to the evolving needs of medical education and health care. To serve these communities, we collaborate with a comprehensive array of professionals including test developers, academic researchers, scoring experts, practicing physicians, medical educators, state medical board members, and public representatives. Together with the Federation of State Medical ...

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