CAL Classification: Research Associate
Program Area: Psychometrics and Quantitative Research
Division: Language Assessment Division
Hours Per Week: 35 hrs/wk (full time)
Position Available: Immediately

Under the Director of Psychometrics and Quantitative Research, the Psychometrician is responsible for designing psychometric analyses of test performances; conducting psychometrics analyses related to test construction, validity, reliability, equating, and scoring; preparing technical reports; developing, maintaining, and applying quality control procedures; providing quantitative guidance to professional research staff at CAL; and coordinating external quantitative resources on behalf of the organization. The Psychometrician will also provide quantitative guidance to other researchers at CAL and coordinate external quantitative resources on behalf of the organization.


  • Plan, conduct, document and present psychometric and statistical analyses using classical test theory and the Rasch model with Winsteps and Facets software, including analyses related to item quality, rater performance, DIF, reliability and classification consistency, standard setting, equating, scoring, and reporting.
  • Investigate and evaluate new approaches to conducting psychometric analyses.
  • Establish and monitor quality control procedures related to quantitative analyses, from data cleaning to the final report, ensuring the reliability and integrity of results.
  • Provide guidance to professional researchers on proposal design and quantitative analytical approaches upon request, and participate in writing quantitatively-oriented portions of proposals as required.
  • Maintain contacts with individuals with specific quantitative expertise outside the organization who may be called on as needed for specific tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Doctoral degree (PhD) in Educational Measurement, Psychometrics, or related field, and two years of experience (ABD and four years of experience); or
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university and six years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with language assessment and an operational testing program.
  • Experience with computerized adaptive assessments.
  • Experience creating replicable procedures for routine psychometric work.
  • Experience working as a member of a team in producing timely high quality deliverables for clients.
  • Strong demonstrated experience in conducting statistical and psychometric analyses.
  • Strong demonstrated experience in applying the Rasch model to a variety of psychometric issues.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable


  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of quality control procedures in creating and maintaining databases, conducting statistical and psychometric analyses, conducting other quantitative research, and producing technical reports.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using SPSS, Winsteps, Facets, R and other statistical and psychometric software.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with a wide variety of audiences, including researchers, test developers, and educators.
  • Ability to work with a diverse, multi-disciplinary professional team of researchers and scholars.
  • Ability to use technology to automate repetitive tasks and processes.


Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources, Recruitment 17-07 Psychometrician

Attn: Recruitment 17-07 Psychometrician

In accordance with USCIS regulations, all successful applicants will be required to show proof of their legal right to accept employment in the United States.

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) offers a comfortable work environment with competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. We are conveniently located two blocks from the Tenleytown/AU Metro Station on the Red Line.

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

CAL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, handicap, or any other reason not related to employment.

CAL provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CAL complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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