Position: Contract (18 months), Full-Time
Location: Combination of work from home & Office (200 Granville St., Vancouver, BC).
Start date: September 2021
Are you a passionate educator or professional who has a keen interest in creating fair and reliable exams? Would you like to contribute and support skilled professionals advance in their careers? And are you excited to bring your experience in the field of standardized test development to an organization that is transforming how we assess competencies and knowledge? If so, consider bringing your talents and enthusiasm to the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS)!
Who We Are
The Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) is part of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives. BCCNM is empowered under the Health Professions Act to regulate the practice of all licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, registered midwives, registered nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses in British Columbia. Regulation helps to protect the public by ensuring that professional care or service received by the public is competent, ethical, and meets the standards that society views as acceptable. NCAS operates as a unique and independent unit within BCCNM.
NCAS assesses the competencies of those seeking licensure to enter nursing practice in BC and other parts of Canada. Our high-stakes assessment is comprised of a computer-based test that is administered at testing sites all over the world, as well as a simulation-lab and oral assessment that are delivered in Vancouver or Halifax. The NCAS assessment represents a consistent, rigorous, and defensible approach for determining the extent to which individuals possess the competencies required to enter practice safely.
What You'll Be Doing
NCAS is looking for a mid-career specialist in exam development to play a fundamental role within NCAS’s Assessment Development Team in support of the development cycles for various exams. This work includes developing and inspiring a pool of talented item writers, facilitating exam development sessions, and leading the full content development and review cycles.
As a member of our small, creative, and talented team, you can expect to be treated in a respectful and professional manner. While your workload will be busy, and the environment is dynamic, the college supports staff in achieving a healthy work-life balance.
This position reports to the Director of Assessment Development and works closely with staff psychometricians to ensure high standards of validity and reliability.
With guidance from the Director of Assessment Development, and support from NCAS Senior Psychometrician, the Exam Developer will lead the full cycle of competency assessment development activities including:
· Creating and nurturing a pool of Subject Matter Experts drawn from the nursing community across Canada
· Facilitating in-person and online item writing, field testing and standard-setting sessions while ensuring adherence to assessment standards
· Collaborating with copy editors and cultural sensitivity consultants to finalize items
· Refreshing and maintaining item writing manuals and guidelines
· Preparing pre- and post-item writing templates and documentation.
· Reviewing and revising items based on close collaboration with NCAS psychometricians.
· Preparing assessment forms and materials to ensure they accurately reflect the specifications.
Education & skills
The ideal candidate has:
· A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in measurement and evaluation, education, healthcare, psychology, or communications or equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience related to the field.
· Minimum of five years’ experience with item writing and development of written assessments and/or OSCE-like exams.
· Exceptional, demonstrated, group facilitation/teaching experience along with excellent inter-personal communication skills.
· Knowledge of competency-based assessment and strong familiarity with standards of practice, as well as standards for content development
· Exceptional English written and oral skills, including an ability to edit for grammar and style.
· Demonstrated leadership skills manifested through an ability to take initiative, complete independent analyses, make recommendations, lead and evaluate programs
· An ability to work collaboratively and establish rapport with subject matter experts.
· Strong organizational and documentation skills.
· Demonstrated skill with digital technologies, and ease with online programs.
· A demonstrated ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.
· A powerful work ethic, commitment to completing tasks, and a positive attitude.
· An ability to work on weekends and evenings, if required.
· Project management experience would be considered an asset.
· Knowledge of health care practice, especially nursing, would be considered an asset.
· Comfort with working in environments that involve change and ambiguity and require adaptation.
How to apply
BCCNM welcomes applications from members of vulnerable populations, and people within the BIPOC communities. We offer accommodation for applicants with disabilities to take part in the selection process. If we contact you about an interview or testing, please let us know if you require accommodation. We keep all information in relation to accommodation confidential.
Please forward your resume and cover letter to careers(at)bccnm(dot)ca. Please use "NCAS Exam Developer " as the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, so please apply immediately.
Note: References, education and professional credential verifications, and a criminal record check will be required for all final candidates.
While we appreciate all responses, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
To learn more about NCAS, please visit www.ncasbc.ca. Thank you for your interest in NCAS and the BC College of Nurses and Midwives.
Contract length: 12 months
Application deadline: 2021-08-31
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Salary: $80,000.00-$95,000.00 per year