Career Opportunity

Science Assessment (Principal Consultant #377)
Springfield Office
Assessment & Accountability
Lane 4 – Minimum salary $3,946
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open Until Filled

​This position implements project management strategies and science content knowledge to advance the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) and alternate science assessment in support of the agency’s strategic goals. This position reports to the Division Administrator.

  • Uses project management skills to coordinate the design and development of the ISA procedures and instruments and supports the alternate science assessment program.
  • Serves as ISA system administrator.
  • Participates in the development and/or revisions of program guidelines, rules, procedures, etc., as related to student assessment.
  • Provides science content and technical assistance and support for a variety of student assessment programs with a primary focus on ISA and the alternate science assessment.
  • Serves as primary point of contact for all end user questions regarding the ISA assessment.
  • Coordinates the work of the statewide committees that will review assessment items in science as well as other special technical committees.
  • Ensures the validity and reliability of the assessments.
  • Analyzes the data and interprets the results.
  • Provides support in creating Request for Sealed Proposals and Intergovernmental Agreements in support of the ISA program, and management of contracts.
  • Initiates and maintains contact with external resources, agencies, and professional organizations related to student assessment science programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Master's Degree or a Bachelor's Degree plus two years of relevant professional teaching, curriculum, or program administration experience required.   (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • Coursework or practical experience in educational testing, statistics, measurement or evaluation. 
  • Two years of experience (in addition to education requirements) working in education, including curriculum development, online education, or adult professional development.
  • Experience working with the Illinois Learning Standards in Science.
  • Experience with developing districtwide or statewide assessments.
  • Science content knowledge sufficient to teach, develop, or evaluate curriculum and instruction at the high school level or higher.
  • Ability to work with small groups to understand qualitative and/or quantitative data.
  • Ability to facilitate small groups in the use of assessment data to improve school programs.
  • Demonstrated skills in written and oral communications.​​
  • Degree in education or field of science or engineering.​