American Institutes for Research

  • Director, Psychometrics

    Job Location US
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    United States
  • Overview

    AIR Assessment is one of America’s leading K -12 educational assessment entities, currently holding prime contracts for educational testing and scoring in many states and is a national leader in computer based adaptive assessments; a market that is rapidly growing. We have a growing advanced psychometrics research and development program that works alongside day-to-day operations resulting in better-designed field tests, more stable calibrations, more accurate equating and linking, and more sophisticated use of the data.

    Currently, we are seeking a talented senior leader for the position of Director, Psychometrics to join the team.


    The Director of Psychometrics will provide oversight of the technical quality of educational assessment and analysis activities, specifically:

    • Leads multiple technical operational and research projects
    • Plans, coordinates, and performs statistical analysis for basic and complex project or work assignments.
    • Represents organization's position on technical issues to clients, external boards and panels, professional associations, and other agencies.
    • Conducts standard settings meetings with clients and other AIR teams
    • Works independently on most phases of statistical and/or psychometric analysis and provides guidance to less experienced statisticians/psychometricians.
    • Provides guidance and oversight to project staff on technical aspects of their work.
    • Accountable for basic and complex statistical design and analysis decisions such as variance estimations (weighting), sample design, statistical modeling, and psychometrics.
    • Ensures quality control of deliverables.
    • Designs, develops and documents technical and operational procedures and statistical guidelines for assigned area.
    • Assists with project development and monitors project budgets.
    • Applies advanced knowledge of statistical procedures, psychometric methods and their applications and statistical programming (e.g., SAS).


    • Ph.D. in Statistics, Education Measurement, Psychometrics, Psychological Measurement, or related field with an emphasis on quantitative analysis or psychometrics.
    • Advanced training in psychometric research and statistics including item response theory, scaling and equating, Monte Carlo methods, sample design and computer programming.
    • 10+ years of increasingly responsible professional experience, including experience with assessment systems, sampling theory and item response theory.
    • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team in a consulting environment.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

    AIR Assessment focuses on providing our clients with customized assessments that not only measure student achievement against state standards, but also provide meaningful score reports that can help students, parents, and educators address any areas of student weakness. Our environment is fast-paced and requires people at all levels who are willing to roll up their sleeves to get the work done on time while maintaining high quality. As a part of AIR, a not-for-profit organization, we are more than 1,900 people working to improve lives in communities domestically and around the world. Our mission calls for us to turn the best research into practice, which we do in every arena in which we work.


    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


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