American Educational Research Association - AERA

Director of Assessment Development

Law School Admission Council
Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States (remote)
10 days ago


Director of Assessment Development

LSAC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance law and justice by encouraging diverse, talented individuals to study law and by supporting their enrollment and learning journeys from prelaw through practice. LSAC provides products and services that support candidates and schools throughout the law school admission process, and innovative solutions to expand and diversify the range of prelaw students, enhance student outcomes in law school, and support legal professionals throughout their careers.

Summary of Position:

The Director of Assessment Development is a highly experienced manager and assessment content developer who is responsible for coordinating and managing operations for the Assessment Development group, including the management of Test Developers and related operational development work. This role is responsible for ensuring that the entire assessment development team is meeting the goals set forth by the Vice President for Learning and Assessment and for ensuring innovation, efficiency, fairness, and accountability.

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. The individual employed in this position will be responsible for the following:

  • Designs, develops, manages, and evaluates processes and procedures about development of LSAT and related assessment content, to include item writing, contract management, and related activities, such as development of item writer guides and the design and development of item banking processes.
  • Manages the activities and schedules of Assessment Development staff for the development of test items.
  • Evaluates and checks the quality and quantity of all test development-related products and activities, including DEI, accessibility, fairness, and innovation activities.
  • Collaborates with Assessment Sciences staff, evaluates item statistics for LSAT test content and uses item statistics and supplemental information to provide constructive feedback to test development staff.
  • Monitors the team operating budget in collaboration with the Director of Assessment
  • Collaborates on or manages communications about LSAT content quality and value of the LSAT to various constituencies.
  • Makes both internal and external presentations regarding the LSAT and the work of the Assessments team.
  • Assures prompt preparation and delivery of all required materials and
  • Manages operational test content activities in collaboration with other Assessment leads.
  • Manages and optimizes multiple-choice item pools; manages LSAT writing prompts.
  • Collaborates with Assessment Sciences on validity studies and other test performance analyses.
  • Supervises test information activities, including the development of all test-related materials, including test preparation content and any test-related information distributed to law schools, prelaw advisors, candidates, and other stakeholders.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including the preparation of all required test-related data, reports, and disclosures.
  • Manages or participates in policy decisions regarding LSAT test administration and
  • Manages or participates in responding to challenges of operational LSAT items and inquiries about test preparation materials.
  • Participates in test-related research as appropriate and implements policy or work changes related to research findings.



  • Exercises appropriate judgment independent of direct
  • Must be highly diplomatic, self-motivated, resourceful, and flexible.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent public speaking ability
  • Must have ability to manage a heavy and varied workload while maintaining responsiveness.
  • Must relate to law school volunteers and staff in an effective
  • Must exercise confidentiality and maintain security of confidential materials.
  • Successful management of direct reports and overall team.
  • Presents a relentless challenge to the status
  • Identify and manage effective contractors as needed.
  • Demonstrates strong commitment to LSAC’s mission including dedicated support for DEI goals.
  • Demonstrates willingness to learn and to adapt to new pressures.

Required Experience and Education:

  • Master’s degree in philosophy, linguistics, English, cognition, learning, or a related discipline involving strong reading, reasoning, and analytical skills or an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully complete all essential functions is required.
  • Five or more years of demonstrated experience in the management of an educational testing program, or equivalent management experience is required.
  • Management experience with subject matter experts is required.

Preferred Experience and Education:

  • Doctorate or doctoral-level coursework is preferred, as is ten or more years of related experience.
  • Business operations experience is preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position has significant supervisory responsibilities including principal and managerial staff.

Position Type:

  • The LSAC standard business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. ET. While these are the standard office hours for LSAC, as an exempt employee, the employee will be expected to work the hours necessary to satisfactorily complete their assignments in a responsible and professional manner.


  • Occasional travel is expected for this position.

Work Environment:

  • This job operates in a remote and professional office environment. Whether remote or in-office, this role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands: 

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to write, hear, speak, and present materials. 

Additional Information:

  • Please note that this job description may not contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Job responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.
  • Except as otherwise provided by law, all terms of employment are subject on an at-will basis and can change at any time.

LSAC actively seeks to foster greater levels of diversity in our workforce and in our pipeline of future leaders. We are committed to attract and retain candidates who have a passion for their work and encourage all qualified individuals, including minorities, women, LGBTQIA+, and individuals with a disability, to apply. LSAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 68477081
  • Workplace Type: Remote
  • Location:
    Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Position Title: Director of Assessment Development
  • Company Name For Job: Law School Admission Council
  • Job Function: Management/Admin - R & D
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Experience: MA + Exp
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Fellowships: Not Applicable
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