North Short Community College Assessment Officer, Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing in Danvers, Massachusetts

Assessment Officer, Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing


Department:Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing

Locations:Lynn, MA; Danvers, MA

Posted:Aug 09, '18


Ref. No.:FY19-FT07


About North Shore Community College:

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.

Job Description:

Assessment Officer, Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing (CAS)

Lynn Campus: Mon.: 9am-5pm, Wed.: 8am-4pm, Thurs.: 11am-7pm, Fri.: 9am-5pm

Danvers Campus: Tues.: 8am-4pm

37.5 hours per week, MCCC Unit Position, Grade 4

The Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing (CAS) 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, assessing needs of individual students through test results and other documents, advising students and providing a liaison between students and other academic departments and college offices as needed. The Assessment Officer supports all CAS programs, performs administrative tasks associated with department activities, and maintains the standards and procedures of testing agencies, the department and the college.


  • Shared responsibility for computerized placement testing (CPT's)

  • Assists in the coordination of student testing services for assessment of academic skills, including pre- and post-test advising regarding test readiness, placement results, and recommendations.

  • Responsible for CLEP assessments

  • Researches and develops CLEP testing strategies and policies that improve student options and are responsive to student need. Oversees all aspects of CLEP test delivery. Advises students prior to and following testing.

  • Responsible for testing students from other institutions or external agencies.

  • Serves as NSCC testing emissary - interacts with professionals and students from agencies and institutions, enforcing National College Testing Association (NCTA) standards for test security and delivery.

  • Shared responsibility for DSST and TEAS testing

  • Collaborates with other CAS staff to plan and administer testing sessions. Advises students pre- and post-testing about test preparation, results and options.

  • Advisement to students in relation to CAS services.

  • Explores student career, academic and personal goals and counsels students regarding academic program requirements, admissions standards and course pre-requisites.

  • Assistance with all aspects of overall departmental operations.

  • Supports administration of all standardized and institution-specific testing. Supports Alternative Studies/independent learning and credit for prior learning programs/options.

  • Maintains professional knowledge.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION: Reports to the Director of Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing


  • 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 testing and alternative credentialing 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 and diversely prepared students.

  • Sophisticated understanding of academia, preferably in a community college setting.

  • Experience with post-secondary learning programs.

  • Successful experience interacting with culturally diverse populations

  • Ability to work on alternate campus - Danvers or off-site; and, work on weekends on occasion.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative.

  • Candidates will be required to pass a CORI/SORI and/or a National background check as a condition of employment.

Additional Information:

SALARY RANGE:Anticipated starting salary range $49,711.00 - $54,000.00. Actual salary will be commensurate with education and experience in accordance with the MCCC/MTA collective bargaining agreement.


North Shore Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Application Instructions:

Submit cover letter and resume no later than Monday, September 3, 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.

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