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We have 2 opportunities with International Baccalaureate®. They can be found quickly on their jobs page by selecting Cardiff as the location or scroll down to read more.

Head of E-Assessment

Full-time, permanent

Salary: Circa £65,000 per annum

IB Global Centre, Cardiff

If you're looking to work for a global organization with a meaningful mission, and with colleagues all over the world, then the International Baccalaureate® (IB) may have the ideal opportunity for you!

The IB is a leading global not-for-profit educational organization that offers curriculum and assessment worldwide to children aged 3-19. Our education programs encourage students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens.

In addition, we offer comprehensive professional development to support schools and educators.

The IB offers you a unique opportunity to use your skills and attributes in a passionate, mission-focused environment. We’re seeking the best talent, who have not just the required expertise and technical skills but also the behavioral qualities needed to support a variety of stakeholders in the education sector.

In return, you’ll get to work in a learning organization committed to your growth and development, with internationally minded professionals. If you meet all the requirements for this position and you’re seeking just that kind of opportunity, please apply!

Job Purpose:

This role reports directly to the Chief Assessment Officer, who is a member of the IB Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

This role is accountable for:

  • The delivery of aspects of the IB examination sessions (high quality manageable assessment materials, standardization and grade awarding) for Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) and Career Related Programme (CP)
  • The quality of the IB examinations/assessment tools (comprising the creation of assessment models, paper authoring and standardization.) This includes management of senior examiners
  • Examination replacement contingency planning in the event of security breaches affecting examination integrity
  • Collaborating with the Head of Assessment Principles and Practice in ensuring the standards of IB assessments
  • Collaborating with the Head of Assessment Operations to ensure school compliance with Assessment rules and to complete marking in a timely fashion. This includes management of examiners
  • Leading business change in assessment models introduced through new technologies or by other means, namely the transition from traditional (paper based) examinations to on-screen examinations and the business requirements for the replacement assessment management system
  • The strategic relationship with third party software suppliers for e-assessment services
  • Collaboration across the organization in delivering examination sessions internally and externally, liaising closely with; Finance (budget), IT (systems), Professional Development (assessment content for workshops), Publications (the selling of past-papers, mark schemes and examiner reports), Recognition (ensuring compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements) and Global Communications (communicating change to IB stakeholders)
  • Organization of the Final Award Committee, comprising Board members and senior examiners.

Job Duties:

The Examination Session

  • For paper based and on-screen examinations, accountable for each examination from question paper setting, standardization, and the post-grade award reporting to ensure the successful delivery and quality of each examination session

Policy Development

  • Accountable for quality assurance policies and practices, disaster recovery/business continuity plans for e-assessment
  • Develop projects and initiatives to foster new developments in e-assessment, underpinned by fit for purpose policies
  • Provide professional co-leadership to the curriculum development team to ensure the effective design of programmes and assessment objectives
  • Lead on the operational risk, mitigation and contingency planning that will ensure direct reports and their teams are fully prepared for each examination session

 Budget

  • Set and manage the budget for question setting (authoring, translation, scrutineer) fees, standardization fees, grade award fees, professional development fees, and conduct post session financial evaluation

Leadership and Management (staff and contractors)

  • Lead the team to ensure that direct reports and their teams are performing effectively and making appropriate contributions to the overall objectives of the IB and departmental KPIs
  • Accountable for the professional leadership and training in assessment
  • Accountable for the provision of high quality induction and training of contracted roles (e.g. chief examiners, authors, translators), supported by the examiner recruitment training team

Contract Management (vendors)

  • Accountable for the contracts, supported by the IB Procurement team and IT team

Represent the IB to External Stakeholders

  • Represent the IB to a wide community including committees, school coordinators and teachers, universities and external agencies to promote the mission of the organization and to enhance the understanding of the assessment arrangements for each programmes.

Job Requirements:

  • A degree (or equivalent), preferably postgraduate, in a discipline that demonstrates a deeper understanding of the interrelationships between learning, formative and summative assessment (e.g. education, psychology, pedagogy)
  • Teaching and assessment experience: several years teaching experience and/or several years’ experience in a position of responsibility in an assessment environment, i.e. an examining body (or equivalent)
  • Good statistical understanding and capability
  • Proven experience in implementing large scale e-initiatives including business change requirements in an education or related context
  • Ability to demonstrate intellectual leadership through sharing knowledge of relevant developments in learning, assessment and qualification frameworks
  • Expertise in budgeting and resource allocation
  • Ability to take responsibility openly for complex and difficult decisions and deliver them to internal and external international groups and individuals in an effective and sensitive way
  • Resilient and capable of working under pressure and responding to changing priorities and deadlines
  • Excellent communicator
  • Proven track record as an effective leader and people manager of a large team in a dynamic and continually changing environment
  • A change leader who is experienced at achieving results through the effective management of others
  • Allocation of work across the teams
  • Knowledge of the IB, IB Programmes or being an IB Alumni is a plus.

 

Head of Assessment Development and Delivery (MYP)

Full-time, permanent

Salary: Circa £50,000 per annum

Hay Grade 18 (Subject to Review)

IB Global Centre, Cardiff

 

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Head of eAssessment, this is a key leadership role in the eAssessment team who have full accountability for the delivery of high quality and manageable assessment materials and the careful management of subject management aspects of each examination session for Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) and Career Related Programme (CP).

The purpose of the role is to:

  1. Lead subject management aspects of examination sessions for the MYP resulting in valid, reliable and timely assessments
  2. Ensure high quality IB examinations / assessment tools (comprising the creation of assessment models, support for examination authoring and standardization) 
  3. Facilitate the implementation of key organizational/assessment changes
  4. Ensure that appropriate assessment information is communicated to schools and examiners sufficiently in advance of the relevant examination session(s)
  5. Contribute to the continuous development of assessment services for schools
  6. Manage, support and develop subject managers in the requirements of their role
  7. Lead or contribute to projects or initiatives which may be cross IB programmes or cross divisional in nature.

Job Duties:

The Examination Session

  • Accountable for the subject management aspects of each examination session including question paper setting, standardization, and post-grade award reporting to ensure the successful delivery and quality of each examination session
  • Responsible for the timely notification of assessment information to schools
  • Collaborate with the examiner recruitment and training (ERT) team in the recruitment, induction and training of paper authors and senior examiners
  • Collaborate with assessment operations in preparation of each session
  • Accountable for mitigating operational risks and contingency planning to ensure the team are fully prepared for each session
  • Accountable for capturing lessons learned and ensuring improvements are made each session 
  • Responsible for ensuring colleagues in other divisions / departments receive all necessary support for activities that are assessment related (e.g. selecting assessment material for workshops / examiner training).

Policy Development

  • Responsible for a portfolio of processes, projects and associated decisions to effect positive change (e.g. standardization, risk management, Japanese as a response language)
  • Contribute to strategic change within the Assessment Division, and throughout the IB where appropriate
  • Responsible for implementing improved systems in support of valid and reliable assessment
  • Responsible for ensuring that due diligence is undertaken before a significant change is introduced that may affect subject managers, examiners, schools and/or candidates
  • Responsible for ensuring that changes to assessment as a result of assessment policy or curriculum changes are managed
  • Accountable for gaining customer insights through collaboration with Schools Division to support continuous improvement.

 Budget

  • Responsible for the budget for assessment activities for the MYP including standardization, grade award, and staff travel.

Leadership and Management (staff and contractors)

  • Accountable for assessment aspects of curriculum review
  • Responsible for the line management, performance management and  professional development of designated subject managers
  • Responsible for holding regular and meaningful meetings with subject managers from the designated subject groups
  • Collaborate on promoting professional working relationships between subject managers and curriculum managers
  • Collaborate on the introduction of eAssessment of each session for the DP/CP.

Represent the IB

  • Represent the IB to a wide community including committees, school coordinators and teachers, universities and external agencies to promote the mission of the organization and to enhance the understanding of the assessment arrangements for IB Programmes.

Job Requirements:

  • Teaching and/ or assessment experience, a) several years teaching experience and/or b) several years’ experience in a position of responsibility in an assessment environment, i.e. an examining body (or equivalent)
  • Good statistical understanding and capability
  • Proven experience in business change in an education or related context
  • Ability to demonstrate intellectual leadership through sharing knowledge of relevant developments in learning, assessment and qualification frameworks
  • Experience in budgeting and resource allocation
  • Ability to take responsibility openly for complex and difficult decisions and deliver them to internal and external international groups and individuals in an effective and sensitive way
  • Resilient and capable of working under pressure and responding to changing priorities and deadlines
  • Excellent communicator
  • A change leader who is experienced at achieving results through the effective management of others
  • Knowledge of the IB, IB Programmes or being an IB Alumni is a plus.

 Applications for both roles are being accepted until 28 April 2017

*The International Baccalaureate is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer*

 

 

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