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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 230000-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Management/Supervisory, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

WIDA, an organization within the University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin Center for Education Research, provides trusted tools and resources for educators of multilingual learners in early care and education programs through Grade 12 ( WIDA offers a fully integrated, research-based academic language development system, including language standards, assessments, professional learning, research and technical assistance. For a brief overview of WIDA, you can view our introduction video at This position will be housed within WIDA's Assessment Department and will report to the Senior Director of Assessment. The Director of Test Development will manage and direct the assessment development team as they develop WIDA's assessments from initial inception to operational implementation. This position will be responsible for leading the development of innovative language assessments for preK-12 students, serve as a liaison to other departments to ensure broad stakeholder and project sponsor satisfaction, and assist in conducting test development-related research in collaboration with external partners.

While it is preferred that the selected candidate live in or relocate to the Madison area, WIDA will consider telecommuting for the right candidate. Visit for more information on what Madison has to offer.

WIDA is committed to challenging linguistic discrimination, cultural biases, and racism in education. WIDA values linguistic and cultural diversity both as an end and a means for success in the field of education. As such, we strongly encourage applications from a diverse pool of candidates who champion social justice as a core value.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Master's degree required in the field of applied linguistics, second language development or English as a second or additional language, all with a specialty in assessment development.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- Minimum of 5-years of leadership experience in a large-scale, summative assessment program, preferably English as a second or additional language assessment program.
- Minimum of 2-years of experience successfully managing a team in a director or leadership role.
- Minimum 2-years of experience managing large-scale projects with challenging deadlines and multiple stakeholders.
- Experience in managing assessment development projects from inception to implementation, including design, development, piloting, field testing and operation administration.
- A deep knowledge of assessment development processes and familiarity with the psychometric activities associated with the development of large-scale assessments.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- A value of promoting and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- A willingness to engage in and deepen knowledge of WIDA's Social Justice program.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $90,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please upload a CV, cover letter addressed to Dr. Gary Cook, and a list of 3 professional references. Please provide contact information for your current supervisor. We will not reach out to anyone without communicating with you first.


Mary Hegge
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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