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Reports to: Director of Certification Program Development
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Fairfax, VA

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is a non-profit organization developing written and performance-based certification programs for personnel working in construction and related industries. As the certification leader in its field, NCCCO’s scope of national personnel certification programs has expanded and we have an immediate opening for a Certification Exam Developer.

The successful candidate for this position will be a part of the certification team that both maintains existing and builds new, premium-quality, high-stakes certification examination programs, supporting compliance with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation. This position’s primary responsibility is working with the certification program development team on building new certification programs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the certification program development team to develop new certification programs.
  • Recruit and coordinate teams of subject-matter experts (SMEs).
  • Work with the certification program development team to facilitate meetings, monitor progress, and prepare meeting agendas, reports, and minutes in accordance with NCCCO’s house style.
  • Facilitate item writing, review, and approval sessions (in-person and virtual) and develop new certification examinations in collaboration with SMEs and staff.
  • Edit test items and work with the certification program development team to ensure that the item-development and editing process is completed in a timely manner, that content fits and fulfills approved examination outline/ specifications, and that exam questions are consistent with psychometric standards, NCCCO’s standards, and English standards of grammar and spelling.
  • Assist the certification program development team with conducting quality assurance checks, publishing, and launching of new paper/pencil exams and computer-based (CBT) exams.
  • Work with NCCCO’s Item Bank Coordinator, SMEs, standards, and candidate feedback to review poorly performing items.
  • Maintain appropriate and accurate records of all test development and maintenance activities.
  • Maintain security of confidential test, candidate, and vendor information.
  • Make presentations regarding projects assigned as staff lead.
  • Support the certification team in preparing and filing ANSI application submissions and responding to inquiries from ANSI and its assessors.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.

Essential Skills and Competencies

  • Strong organizational skills to work effectively in a team setting and independently on concurrent processes and projects to meet established goals, deadlines, and quality standards.
  • Excellent ability to write, analyze, and edit technical test questions and other materials for clarity.
  • Basic understanding of certification industry’s standard testing principles and basic statistical concepts.
  • Strong spelling, grammar, and proofreading skills, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to review/edit collateral program materials for print and web, and the ability to make effective presentations to stakeholder groups.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with staff, volunteers, and stakeholders to accomplish NCCCO’s goals and objectives.
  • Solid computer software skills, including database, Internet, email, and word processing.
  • Experience in working with committees and SME volunteers.
  • Ability to maintain positive attitude under stress.
  • Fluency in English (proficiency in Spanish an advantage).
  • Willingness and ability to travel (approximately 30%).

Education and Experience

  • Minimum three (3) years of full-time work experience in a similar role with a certification organization or similar, with a record of successfully collaborating in a team environment and working with subject matter experts.
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in relevant area.
  • Experience in nonprofit or association environments strongly preferred.

Salary: Full-time position, with a salary commensurate with experience, education, and market rates, plus an exceptional benefits program.

Required: Full résumé with a cover letter/essay indicating in 100 words or more what has prompted you to apply for this position and why you believe you would be successful in it.

Applications: Please email your résumé and cover letter/essay, along with salary history and requirements, to Applications without a cover letter/essay will not be considered. No telephone calls please.

NCCCO is an equal opportunity employer.