Performance Assessment Program Director

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Educ Policy Research & Admin
Pay Grade: 30
Categories: Professional Staff Union (PSU), Program Administration/Management

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The Program Director is responsible for directing and engaging in performance assessment work with Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA) and Education Commonwealth Project (ECP) districts to develop strategies to roll out equitable performance assessments and systems. The Program Director leads the coaching support and guidance to educators in developing, implementing, and scoring performance assessments that equitably measure student learning and growth. They coordinate the design and delivery of professional development workshops and individual coaching sessions for teams of educators in MCIEA and ECP districts to build knowledge and skills related to effective performance assessments. The Program Director also facilitates a public education campaign to build support for the transition to a new state accountability system that is more equitable and holistic.  The Director reports to the ECP/MCIEA Performance Assessment Senior Advisor. 


Essential Functions

  • Works with K-12 educators and administrators to develop and implement equitable performance assessment systems.
  • Collaborates with K-12 teachers to build their capacity to develop performance assessments that align with curriculum standards and required skills.
  • Coaches teachers and administrators in analyzing student data derived from performance assessments and uses the results to inform instructional decisions.
  • Develops and delivers professional development workshops and coaching sessions that focus on performance assessment best practices.
  • Collaborates with the Strategy and Operations Specialist to engage in a public education campaign, including legislative and public forums, for a new state assessment and accountability system.
  • Assists MCIEA and ECP districts to conduct annual district-wide showcases of student work derived from performance assessments and to demonstrate the power of school quality measures data dashboards to facilitate school improvement.
  • Builds support among school committees, superintendents, teacher unions, principals, and parent organizations for a more equitable, holistic state education accountability system.
  • Collaborates with the School Quality Measures director to integrate assessments of student learning through performance assessments into MCIEA schools' quality measures data dashboards.
  • Supports 3-5 pilot schools to design and build school-wide performance assessment systems that measure student achievement primarily through performance assessments.
  • Leads the ECP/MCIEA Performance Assessment Team in a collaborative manner.
  • Hires, supervises, and annually evaluates Performance Assessment Team members.
  • Collaborates with the Performance Assessment Team’s senior advisor and technical advisors and acts as a performance assessment leader in strategizing and determining all ECP/MCIEA performance assessment work.
  • Serves on the ECP/MCIEA Leadership Team.
  • Maintains current knowledge of performance assessment research and trends in K-12 education.
  • Coordinates with ECP/MCIEA researchers to study and research MCIEA/ECP districts and schools’ performance assessment work.


Other Functions

  • Builds effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the University by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed.
  • Ensures optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
  • Maintains an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles.
  • Attends all-staff meetings of the MCIEA and ECP teams.
  • Provides performance assessment resources for MCIEA and ECP website.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Doctorate in education or related field (or in final stages of submitting dissertation)
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in K-12 education, strong understanding of and experience with performance assessment theory and practice.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of educators.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
  • Experience in coaching K-12 educators.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

This is a remote position, with some required travel, mostly in eastern Massachusetts.


Additional Details

This is a grant-funded position.


Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, with flexibility.


Salary Information

Level 30

PSU Hiring Ranges


Application Instructions

Along with the application, please submit a resume (and cover letter / optional). References will be checked at the finalist stage, please be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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