Test Development - Project Lead

Data Recognition Corporation
Maple Grove, MN
Closing date
Oct 15, 2023

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Full Time

Job Details





Project Leads work with the
Directors of Test Development to plan, organize, and establish priorities for
all phases of the development and production process of one or more assigned
statewide assessment components. As such, they provide leadership for a
specific project, and they have responsibilities for leading individual
ancillary components of a project (e.g., item samplers, administration
directions, study guides). For assigned components, they will provide support
for the development of schedules and maintain accurate records concerning
processes. They may also help to monitor costs (P&L’s) and provide proposal
text and costs for a given assigned project.  


(Note:  For project leadership roles, they may help to define specifications for statewide large-scale assessments, formative assessments, etc.; design layouts; determine process
workflow used throughout all stages of the item and test development process;
provide support for the development of quality control procedures and help in
establishing processes for all steps in the development process. They may also
support the development of standards-based programs and/or other assigned
projects by participating in meetings and/or providing support to clients.)


As needed, Project Leads may work directly with internal customers and external customers to develop and deliver multiple on-time complex assessments and assessment ancillaries, and they may also serve as the point of contact for a state department of education for a
specific assigned program. As such, they may represent the Test Development
Department at various meetings, including, but not limited to, the following:
internal planning meetings and internal and external training meetings. Project
Leads also, at any point in the process, may contribute to the writing and
reviewing of items, test ancillaries, training manuals, etc.  They work
with internal clients to plan, organize, and implement work based on
established priorities for all phases of the production of electronic or
printed documents, test materials, and communications.


This position assists the Education Group in the development and production of various testing materials, publications, and proposals by ensuring that deadlines are met and appropriate production processes and specifications are followed. They advise internal
clients on ways to improve the quality of materials. They work with internal
clients to define product and/or test/item specifications, including design,
layout, and format specifications and assist internal clients in making
decisions related to edits proposed.


Position Responsibilities

  • Assists Project Director to organize work to complete a project and to support the establishment and management of production schedules and procedures for a state-level project
  • Interacts with team members regarding the design of current projects and workflow procedures, and provides routine feedback to team members regarding the implementation and task timelines of assigned items and/or projects
  • Provides support for the development of ancillary testing materials (item samplers, administration directions, study guides, etc.) for a state project
  • Obtains information from Project Managers regarding the client’s product and service needs
  • Provides liaison with other internal DRC Test Development staff and/or other DRC functional groups as it relates to a state-level project, and assists Project Director with external client communications
  • Monitors adherence to document specifications and style specifications consistent with program, provides support for quality control efforts, and develops procedures to ensure 100% accuracy in test booklets and project materials
  • Provides support for the training of test development staff including the development of manuals, publications, and training materials
  • Works with outside consultants, as needed
  • Travels, as needed
  • Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Math, English Language Arts, Communications, or a related degree with emphasis on publishing or a related field
  • Experience meeting production deadlines in a team environment
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel software
  • Experience in developing and/or using databases
  • Knowledge of all steps in the item and test development process
  • Knowledge and experience in developing a wide range of materials of varying complexity in a business or academic setting
  • Management skills, including the ability to problem-solve with teams to resolve complex issues
  • Ability to adjust to changing circumstances and direction as required
  • Strong organization and process documentation skills
  • Superior communication skills
  • Proficiency with electronic publishing technology, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, and e-mail
  • Preferred

  • Advanced degree in a related field
  • Minimum 4 years related work experience
  • Experience with Test Development
  • Experience in the use of technology specific to the field of item and test development and/or curriculum databases/systems
  • Teaching experience, curriculum development experience, or specialized content skills
  • Desktop publishing experience

    Essential Job Functions

  • Report to work promptly when scheduled
  • Be able to work under supervision  and accept feedback 
  • Relate effectively  and work respectfully with diverse work groups
  • Ability to consistently  perform well during times of increased workload
  • Set and meet deadlines
  • Company

    Founded in 1978, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) is a privately-held company headquartered here in the Twin Cities, with offices in Maple Grove, Woodbury, Brooklyn Park, and eight other locations nationwide.  DRC’s three divisions – Education, Survey Services and Document Services – provide high quality programs and services to state departments of education, medium-to large sized global businesses, and the United States Government.  DRC delivers full-service educational testing and assessment programs; large-scale survey research and data-collection programs; and comprehensive digital and mailing document solutions.  DRC continues to achieve extraordinary growth and provides superior career opportunities for talented professionals.


    *Health Insurance
    Medical and Dental
    *Term Life Insurance/AD&D
    *401(k) Plan
    *Profit Sharing
    *Personal Time Off
    *Short Term Disability
    *Long Term Disability
    *Tuition Reimbursement
    *Educational Grants for Children of DRC Employees *Community Service Leave *Discount Programs

    Locations: Maple Grove Headquarters/494 & Bass Lk Rd, Brooklyn Park/7303 Boone Ave N and the Brooklyn Park Distribution Ctr./8900 Wyoming Ave N.  If interested in applying,  please visit the Careers page on our website at www.datarecognitioncorp.com.


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