The Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing strives to provide exemplary service to students who seek testing opportunities and alternative options for credit award. The Assessment Officer team assists in coordinating the provision of student testing services for assessment of academic support skills. Team members are responsible for administering college placement examinations and other testing options, interpreting test scores, determining course placement and course recommendations based on placement test scores, identifying students who display need/desire for developmental coursework or other academic support services, assessing needs of individual students through test results and other documents, advising (explaining to) students and providing a liaison between students and other academic departments as needed. The Assessment Officer -Veterans Focus has primary responsibility for military prior learning assessments and assisting with non-military PLA, as well as supporting all CAS programs, performing administrative tasks associated with department activities, and maintaining the standards and procedures of the department and the college.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Shared responsibility for computerized placement testing (CPT's)
Provides information about Communications and Mathematics placement rules.
Assists in the coordination of student testing services for assessment of academic skills.
Administers CPT's to new and returning students.
Assesses needs and determines course placement options based on test scores.
Informs and advises students about placement results and recommendations.
Identifies students in need of developmental coursework or other academic support services
2. Primary responsibility for individualized military assessments
Interacts with military and veteran students to provide vocational and academic assessments, including the review of military training and other credentials for college level credit.
In conjunction with the Coordinators of Alternative Studies and Testing, researches and develops alternative credentialing and testing strategies and policies that will improve options for veterans and are customized to individual veterans' military experiences.
Assists with non-military PLA
Organizes and oversees referrals for military/Hanscom AFB testing.
Confers with Veterans Services Specialist, Coordinator of Alternative Studies and other college offices about needs of military students.
Trains CAS staff on protocol regarding veteran students.
Updates student files; updates and distributes flyers; sorts and files student records.
Serves as resource to College and local community agencies with regard to veteran students and related issues/concerns; coordinates activities, reviews services; exchanges information and resolves problems.
3. Shared responsibility for computerized CLEP and DANTES testing on the Danvers campus
Administers individual student testing.
Operates computers, enters data, and performs general data management.
Updates policies as appropriate.
Schedules student appointments; collects and records fees as necessary.
Maintains student records.
4. Shared responsibility for computerized TEAS entrance examinations
Collaborates with other CAS staff to plan and administer testing sessions.
Provides information and assistance regarding the application process for nursing and allied health programs
Advises students post-testing about results and options.
5. Advisement to students in relation to CAS services
Explores student career, academic and personal goals.
Counsels potential, new and returning students regarding academic program requirements, admissions standards and course pre-requisites.
Advises students about CAS testing and alternative credit options.
Provides guidance and referrals to other college departments and community agencies.
Explains assessment processes and individual test results.
6. Assistance with all aspects of overall departmental operations
Supports DANTES, HiSET, and other standardized examination administration.
Supports Alternative Studies credit processes.
Assists with course-related testing.
Answers telephones and distributes information about CAS credit options.
Utilizes word processing, database, computerized testing, or other software programs.
Prepares reports, forms and general correspondence as needed.
7. Maintains professional knowledge
Maintains a working knowledge of CAS related areas
Attends conferences, workshops, and training sessions.
8. Performs other duties as assigned
SUPERVISION: Reports to the Director of Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing
SALARY RANGE: Anticipated starting salary range $49,711.00 - $53,000.00. Actual salary will be commensurate with education and experience in accordance with the MCCC/MTA collective bargaining agreement.
STARTING DATE: ASAP
Submit cover letter and resume no later than August 19, 2018. Applicants selected for an interview will need to provide unofficial transcripts or foreign degree evaluations and the name, address, email and telephone number of at least three current professional references to Human Resources before the interview takes place.
Master's degree in Education, Counseling or closely related field required and one (1) year experience and/or training in computerized test administration, academic assessment/placement, academic advisement/counseling, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Background in alternative credentialing (prior learning assessment) with veteran focus preferred.
Computer program manipulation or computer operations in an academic environment.
Counseling experience and strong interpersonal skills.
Communication skills that demonstrate sensitivity to non-traditional adult learners, especially military and diversely prepared students.
Sophisticated understanding of academia and alternative credentialing with a veteran focus.
Experience with post-secondary learning programs.
Requires availability to work evenings and weekends on occasion. Must be able to travel between campuses and to off-campus locations.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative.
Successful experience interacting with culturally diverse populations.
Candidates will be required to pass a CORI/SORI background check as a condition of employment.
Additional Salary Information: Anticipated starting salary range $49,711.00 - $53,000.00. Actual salary will be commensurate with education and experience in accordance with the MCCC/MTA collective bargaining agreement.
NSCC is one of 15 Massachusetts community colleges. The college serves 26 cities and towns along the coastal region from north metropolitan Boston to Cape Ann. Since its founding in 1965, NSCC has grown from a single building to three campuses, and from five to nearly 90 academic programs of study. The college has an urban campus in downtown Lynn, a suburban campus in Danvers and a cosmetology and culinary center in Middleton. Nearly 35,000 students have graduated from NSCC. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.