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8 Dec 2020

Full-Time Senior Director, Assessment & Credentialing

New Leaders – Posted by newleaders Anywhere

Job Description

Our mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed.

“We believe that every student, in every circumstance, can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence.”


Who We Are

To afford students real opportunities in life and build schools that reflect and foster a more just and equitable world, we need determined, unwavering school leaders committed to the truth that every student can excel. New Leaders is an educational leadership organization whose mission is driven by racial equity and social justice, and by an unwavering belief in the potential of every student. Building schools and systems that lift up Black and brown students and children from low-income communities is at our core. We forge deep partnerships to equip school leaders at all levels to be powerful and positive forces for change, especially in our most marginalized communities. We provide best-in-class leadership training that ensures schools are set up to provide all students with challenging, engaging learning experiences in every classroom, every day, year after year. To date, we have developed nearly 4,000 leaders who annually reach more than half a million students across the country. To support even more children and communities, we champion evidence-based policies that reflect the transformative power of exceptional school leadership and that break down inequitable structural and institutional barriers to student achievement and educational equity. By transforming our schools, we’ll transform our society.


Who You Are

Position Overview

The Senior Director, Assessment & Credentialing translates the strategy for assessments and credentialing into processes and systems by (1) creating a system for competency-based assessment and issuing micro-credentials and certifications, (2) leading the development of and establishing criteria for program-aligned competencies, (3) leading the collecting and scoring of participant artifacts, (4) ensuring equitable issuing of micro-credentials and certifications aligned with programmatic outcomes, and (5) continuing to ensure equitable, efficient, and accurate assessment for Signature and Flex programming.


Position Details

The Senior Director, Assessment & Credentialing will be based out of a home office.


What You’ll Do

Specific Responsibilities

Lead the design and development for competencies and credentialing across all programs.

  • Create the system for assessing participant learning and establish the criteria against which participants are assessed, in alignment with program content and district and partner needs (inclusive of the full assessment development and implementation process from design through scoring and issuing credentials).
  • Design and lead all aspects of the credentialing system from development of competencies, establishing requirements for earning, coordinating submission of artifacts, training expert scorers, and awarding/issuing credentials.
  • Design and execute all aspects of scorer training to ensure timely, objective, equitable, and accurate scoring and credentialing.
  • Partner with the program design team and content development specialists to ensure that competencies are aligned to and appropriately measure participants’ knowledge and skills relative to the content they learned.
  • Provide relevant training and support to the Senior Director, Leadership Academy to ensure effective and aligned training for Program Implementation team.

Assessment and Admissions

  • Design and develop all admissions activities for screening and selecting program participants (applicants/candidates) and establish the criteria applicants must meet where necessary.
  • Design and execute training for admissions activities, including quality assurance processes.
  • Partner with all program designers and content development specialists to ensure that assessments are aligned to and appropriately measure participants’ knowledge and skills relative to the content they learned.
  • Review and provide input on proposals for new flexible engagements to ensure alignment with New Leaders assessment approaches.

Reporting and Technology

  • Design the requirements for building all assessments and micro-credentials in the participant-facing Learning Management System (LMS) or other technology platforms.
  • Collaborate with the Technology Team to ensure build of assessments meets the vision of the design as well as the design of the program as a whole.
  • Provide input on the design and content of Qlik reports containing assessment data, both for use by the Content and Credentialing Team and colleagues across the organization.

Team Leadership

  • Establish and oversee the effective execution of structures, systems, and processes to manage the day-to-day operations of the team including a detailed project plan, competency development timelines and processes, scoring schedule, communication and training plan, and caseload trackers.
  • Track and monitor staff members’ progress towards goals.
  • Model the practices and behaviors of an effective team member on a high-performing, results-oriented team:
    • Analyze participant satisfaction and assessment data to inform next steps as a team.
    • Push thinking of team members to be innovative in approaches to adult learning.
    • Give candid feedback to team members to improve practice.
    • Hold team members accountable to living team norms.
    • Meet individual learning goals.


Perform other duties as assigned.


What You Bring

Skills, Experiences, and Competencies

Belief that every student, in every circumstance, can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence, and passionate commitment to New Leaders’ mission and vision.

Education and Experience

  • 7 to 10 years of professional experience required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.


  • Respected, highly skilled leader with experience in designing, facilitating, and/or assessing adult learning.
  • Experience in content and assessment design, specifically performance assessment design.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, highly dynamic environment.
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple deadlines coupled with the ability to think and act strategically.
  • Ability to ensure integrity of information and workflow processes.
  • Ability to inspire trust and teamwork and motivate staff to work diligently and collaboratively.
  • Effective at establishing and cultivating strong relationships to work collaboratively with others to achieve common goals and objectives.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Expert level written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with people from a wide diversity of demographic and cultural characteristics; must be capable of achieving results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style.
  • Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions.
  • Technology savvy for web-based instructional techniques and tools.
  • Computer proficiency, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet tools.
  • Ability to travel up to 10 – 20% of your time (temporarily suspended).

How to Apply

Please submit a tailored resume and cover letter on our Careers Page at

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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