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Senior Psychometrician
Post Date:May 12, 2017Type:Full-Time
Start Date:5/12/2017Salary:- n/a -
Location: US-IA-Iowa City Job Reference:22341


ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies—nationally and internationally.

Learn more at act.org!

Position objective: Independently perform or lead psychometric research for ACT products and services.  Requires highly developed skills and extensive experience in research and consulting.

Typical work-related activities include:

  • Independently design, conduct, interpret, and present the results of scaling, equating, re-equating, and other psychometric procedures, special studies, and research
  • Lead project teams including guiding junior staff in completing assignments and acquiring skills
  • Independently provide consulting support to internal and external clients
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in psychometric research and related statistical methods
  • Serve on ACT committees and/or other corporate-level teams
  • Maintain a program of research, publication, and presentations at professional conferences on issues affecting ACT’s business
  • Review other staff members’ manuscripts for conference presentations, journal articles, the ACT Research Report Series, the ACT Information Brief Series, and other ACT publications
  • Maintain current knowledge of ACT’s principal products and services
  • Maintain quality and security control on all projects
  • Participate in the hiring and training of personnel
  • Participate in the preparation of grant/contract proposals
  • Assist in the development of goals, objectives, and strategic plans



  Doctorate degree required in related content area or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.


  • Minimum of six years of related post-doctoral experience required
  • Sustained successful independent planning, execution, and communication of research projects
  • Demonstrated professional achievement through presentations at professional conferences and publications in professional journals, or equivalent


  • Psychometrics and mathematical statistics
  • Computer programming and use of computer software, including statistical software, word processing, spreadsheets, database, project management, and operating systems
  • Reading and interpreting technical materials
  • Technical writing
  • Oral communication
  • Organizing and leading research projects
  • Organizing and presenting complex data/results
  • Determining logical solutions to complicated problems
  • Setting specific goals and priorities
  • Meeting multiple deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and working effectively in teams


Senior Director, Psychometrics Research


Starting salary commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits and work environment.

Completion of the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate is recommended. Find a testing site near you to register for the WorkKeys assessments. Finalists for this position will be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check as a condition of employment.

ACT is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ACT values diversity in people and ideas and participates in E-verify. ACT's online position announcements are intended only to provide general descriptions of employment opportunities; none of the information provided for any position should be interpreted as a commitment by ACT to specific terms and conditions for employment.

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