American Institutes for Research

Director, Psychometrics

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United States


The Assessment Program at AIR is a well regarded organization that is growing rapidly. We focus 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 we seek individuals who are willing to roll up their sleeves to produce high quality work in a timely manner.

We are seeking a Director, Psychometrics to join the team in our Washington, DC office.


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.



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