September 28, 2012

Job at the Center for Applied Linguistics: Research Assistant, Oral Proficiency Assessment Team

CAL Classification: Research Assistant II
Program Area: World Languages and International Programs
Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week (full time)
Position Available: Immediately

The Oral Proficiency Assessment Team (OPAT) conducts research on and develops oral proficiency tests, provides professional development and training on the use of world language assessments, and conducts language program evaluations. Current projects involve conducting research on assessment and maintaining and coding data for a national evaluation of student and teacher language programs; contributing to online courses on assessment, conference planning, and organizing for a Language Resource Center; developing and entering data into databases and conducting research on assessment for test development projects; and other duties as assigned.

 Create and maintain databases
 Develop surveys for research projects
 Conduct library and Internet searches and other research activities
 Develop IRB protocols
 Code and analyze data
 Coordinate project tasks and timelines
 Correspond and coordinate with project managers, research assistants, interns, advisers, partners, and other persons involved in projects
 Write and edit proposals, research reports, articles, conference presentations, and other project-related products
 Create professional development and training materials on assessment
 Deliver professional development workshops and conference presentations on assessment
 Transcribe language data
 Administer tests to students
 Develop language tests and assessment tasks

 Master’s degree and two years of relevant work experience
 Strong oral and written communication skills in English
 Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well on a team. Must be flexible, organized, attentive to detail, and able to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
 Experience collecting and organizing data, conducting research, and writing and editing reports
 Proficiency with MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
 Proficiency in a language other than English

 Experience with language teaching and/or professional development for teachers.
 Experience with language test development and analysis.
 Experience conducting research projects.
 Experience coordinating projects and communicating with outside partners.
 Experience with HTML and basic programming/web design.
 Proficiency with MS Access.


Center for Applied Linguistics
Phyllis Pointer-Tate
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Phyllis Tate, Recruitment 12-21

jobs at cal dot org
Attn: Recruitment 12-21

CAL offers a comfortable work environment with competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. We are conveniently located two blocks from the Tenleytown/AU Metro Station on the Red Line.

The Center for Applied Linguistics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, handicap, or any other reason not related to employment.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, all successful applicants will be required to show proof of their legal right to accept employment in the United States.

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