Deputy Director of Assessment

8th February 2021
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Salary: £58,000 – £65,000 depending on experience

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 23 February 2021

We are currently seeking an experienced individual to join our assessment development team as Deputy Director of Assessment, due to the internal promotion of the current postholder.

AlphaPlus is an education service business specialising in standards, assessment and certification. We help our clients design, develop, deploy and evaluate qualifications and their underpinning assessments. Our work spans the public and private sectors, schools, colleges, vocational and professional learning. Around half our work is overseas.  We have a core team of 27 staff primarily based in our Manchester head office, and in addition draw upon a team of approximately 350 associates.

The ideal candidate will be an assessment professional who wants to expand their experience in a fast moving and dynamic organisation.   The post will support the Director of Assessment in overseeing and managing AlphaPlus’ assessment design and development services and reporting to the Board on those services.  The work is varied and interesting with a variety of tasks including:

  • designing assessments to meet customer needs
  • managing the production, trialling and marking of assessments
  • training clients on the fundamentals of assessment and how to write items.

The post allows incumbents to work on designing, developing and delivering assessments for a wide variety of projects for different types of clients and assessments such as professional competency and licence to practice qualifications, publisher tests, public exam board qualifications, and government tests with UK and international clients..  Some projects are from cradle to grave so you will work on all aspects of the assessment process, others involve just the design and development of the assessments.  Some assessments are paper-based and some are on-screen using a variety of platforms, including cutting edge adaptive assessments.

Eligible applicants will possess:

  • a master’s degree or higher in a related area or significant relevant experience
  • strong project management skills, eg PRINCE 2, MSP or other methods
  • a creative and innovative approach to assessment design and development and the winning of new work
  • a successful track record over a minimum of 5 years of working in the education sector in the UK and/or overseas, contributing to strategic vision and business planning 
  • at least 3 years’ professional experience and a demonstrable track record in the design, development and delivery of assessments.

The role is full time, Monday to Friday, based in our head office in Castlefield, Manchester.  Normally it will involve national and international travel including some working in company and customer offices.  Under current circumstances the office is closed and we are working from home.  It is envisaged that there will be opportunities for some flexible home working once the office reopens. Benefits include enhanced terms and conditions, a contributory pension scheme and a generous bonus scheme, currently averaging 10% per annum.

For an informal discussion about the vacancy please contact Dave Mellor, Deputy Director of Assessment, email to arrange a convenient time.

The job description and person specification are located here and the application form here

To apply, please send the completed application form together with a CV and covering statement setting out how you meet the criteria for this role, to by Tuesday 23 February 2021. The CV and covering statement comprise important elements of the selection process. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant for completion.

AlphaPlus is committed to providing equal opportunities to all and has an inclusive approach to recruitment, selection and employment. 

Demographic details requested as part of our monitoring process are not used in our selection process. You are invited to download and complete the equal opportunities monitoring form located here and return it encrypted to or by post, marked Confidential, to Tom Hooley, AlphaPlus, Albert Mill, 10 Hulme Hall Road, Castlefield, Manchester M15 4JY.

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