The American Welding Society (AWS) seeks a full-time Assistant Certification Exam Developer to join its Certification team. AWS provides nine high-stakes certification examinations and 12 endorsements which depend critically on the quality of exam questions and exam development. The primary responsibility of the position includes daily management of item pools, migration of data from legacy system, development of new items, maintenance of existing items and exams for ongoing live exams, involvement in new exam development, and working with volunteer subject matter experts and exam bank members to write, review, and approve items and update exams.
Duties and responsibilities/essential function
Assist the exam developer in working with the exam bank committee to define domains/subdomains of exams and validate the content of items;
Assist the exam developer in managing and ensuring the health of exam banks (Item pools) for AWS certification and endorsement exams.
Assist item writing training to subject matter experts to generate new items on a continuous basis;
Be an expert in using the online authoring system to effectively manage item writing and pool adequacy, and form assembly;
Participate in all certification-related activities, including job task analysis, item development, and exam production;
Support all operational activities including form assembly, translation of content, item analysis, and results reporting.
Work closely with the Exam Bank Subcommittee and Exam Development Team to uphold the quality of exams and items;
Manage the recruitment of outside item writers and membership; and
Assist the research, planning, development, implementation, and data analysis for new and existing certification exams.
Required Qualifications include:
BS/BA or Associate degree;
A minimum of 1 to 2 years’ professional work experience;
Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment;
Ability to plan and prioritize to meet established goals, deadlines, and quality standards;
Organized and detail-oriented;
Excellent oral/written communication, presentation, analytical and interpersonal skills; and Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, & PowerPoint).
Preferred Qualifications include:
A BS/BA degree;
A minimum of 1 to 2 years’ professional work experience in certification exam development or interacting with item writing committees;
Experience in professional editing, training, or education is a plus; and
Be bilingual or multilingual.
Must be able to do limited travel, 10%;
Must be able to utilize office equipment such as desktop/notebook computers, copiers, printers, scanners, telephones, and calculators;
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; and
Occasional evening and weekend work might be necessary.
The ability to sit, stand, walk and use hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and telephone to talk and hear;
The ability to frequently sit and reach with hands and arms; and
The ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
About American Welding Society
Experience the next level of career growth with AWSThank you for considering a career with AWS. We are looking for dedicated and qualified people to join our AWS World Headers team. If you’re looking for a career opportunity that is rewarding, and you possess a strong work ethic, commitment to excellence, integrity, loyalty, positive attitude, and customer centric, then we are the organization for you! Advancing the Welding IndustrySince 1919, the American Welding Society (AWS) has been dedicated to the advancement of welding through the development of industry-proven publications, industry-recognized education and industry-respected certifications. Over nine decades old and over 70,000 members strong, AWS leads the way in support of the welding community; listening to our members and being their voice in the world. We are passionate about continuous learning; offering a variety of technical and education conferences and seminars to help advance careers, incomes and productivity. AWS’s services are supported by a dedicated staff and global industry professionals that represent all facets of welding; from factory floor to high-rise construction; military weaponry to home products. A...WS connects the world! Life at AWSThe Staff work in a collaborative environment that values integrity, creativity and accountability. Our team of passionate professionals approach each day with a get-it-done attitude and a side of entrepreneurial spirit. Our customer-first mentality allows each team member to make an immediate impact on the business no matter their role. At AWS, you go home each day knowing you've made a difference.