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WIDA Director of Psychometrics and Research

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 13, 2024

Minimum $90,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see: .

Job Summary:

The Director of Psychometrics and Research position is located within the Assessment department and will report to the Chief Assessment Officer. This position will be responsible for directing activities related to psychometrics, data systems and management, applied or policy-related research, indigenous assessment and research, and technical assistance. This role will oversee a team whose activities include supporting psychometric review and evaluation of WIDA's assessments, managing WIDA's comprehensive data warehouse and assessment database systems, and overseeing research projects in psychometric, quantitative, qualitative, and Indigenous assessment, leading technical assistance activities supporting WIDA states, and collaborating to ensure the consortium meet rigorous standards for peer review. The Director of Psychometrics and Research will serve as a subject matter expert in these areas for WIDA's internal and external stakeholders. This position directs the identification and implementation of research methodologies and communicates findings in a variety of venues, including national conference presentations, research reports, and professional publications.

Working fully remote is an option for this position within the United States (working remotely internationally is not an option). Requests to work remotely would need to be reviewed based on the UW and School of Education (SoE) remote work policies and go through the SoE implementation process. To learn more about these policies, visit .

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. For more information on WIDA?s Mission and Values, please visit

Responsibilities: Identifies research problems, designs research methodologies, performs and supervises research, and prepares and presents results for presentation to professional organizations or for scholarly publications. May supervise staff.
  • 20% Identifies research problems and develops highly complex research methodologies and procedures. Publishes and presents results to help advance research
  • 5% Collects and analyzes highly complex research data, conducts experiments and interviews, and documents results according to established policies and procedures
  • 5% Conducts literature reviews, prepares reports and materials and, disseminates information to appropriate entities
  • 15% Attends and assists with the facilitation of scholarly events and presentations in support of continued professional development and the dissemination of research information
  • 15% Identifies, writes, or assists in developing grant opportunities, grant applications, and proposals to secure research funding
  • 15% May supervise the day-to-day activities of a research unit and staff and resolve routine personnel issues
  • 5% Serves as an institutional subject matter expert and liaison with key internal and external stakeholders providing expert level information and representing the interests of a specialized research area
  • 20% Monitors program budget and approves unit expenditures
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


PhD in Educational Psychology, Educational Measurement, Education Policy and or Evaluation with a focus on second language learning or in Applied Linguistics with a focus on K-12 education or in other related disciplines.


* A minimum of 7 years of progressive responsibility for leading research and/or psychometrics in an educational center, government education agency, for-profit or non-profit education-related business, or other relevant research organization.
* Experience in managing research and/or psychometric projects from design through implementation, data collection, analyses, interpretation, publication, and dissemination.
* A deep knowledge of the education research process and of educational measurement, especially as it relates to multi-lingual learners.
* Record of leading grant proposals or grant-funded projects as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI.
* Leadership experience overseeing large and complex projects
* Experience supervising and coaching a team (manager or director-level preferred)
* Excellent verbal communication, written communication, and presentation skills
* Solid analytical problem-solving capabilities with strong attention to detail

Preferred Skills
* Experience leading large-scale assessment development or research
* Experience in K-12 educational assessments

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position will be remote and requires work be performed at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Additional Information:

What is WIDA? For nearly 20 years, WIDA has provided a trusted, comprehensive approach to supporting, teaching, and assessing multilingual learners. We are an educational services organization that advances language development and academic achievement for multilingual children in early childhood and grades K-12. In short, we provide educators around the world with high-quality language standards, assessments, professional learning, and research. We are proud to be a part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within UW-Madison's nationally ranked School of Education. Visit and watch our Introduction to WIDA video to see why WIDA is an incredible place to work!

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), established in 1964, is one of the first, most productive, and largest university-based education research and development centers in the world. WCER's researchers and staff work to make teaching and learning as effective as possible for all ages and all people. WCER's mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners. To this end, our center helps scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct, and share grant-funded education research.

WCER's Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison and The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). Individual differences and group diversity inspire creative and equitable outcomes. WCER actively affirms values and seeks to increase diversity in our everyday interactions, practices, and policies.

For more information and news about our center, please go to .

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability during the recruitment process, please email , and one of our Division Disability Representatives will contact you. More information can also be found at .

How to Apply:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to submit:

- A cover letter describing how your experience and qualifications meet the requirements of this position.
- A current resume or CV.
- A list of at least three professional references, including contact information.

A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment


Kelly Krahenbuhl
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Scientist III(RE045)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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