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Coordinator of Student Placement & Proficiency Testing
Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has an opening for a Coordinator of Student Placement & Proficiency Testing in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL). This is a full-time, benefits-eligible Academic Professional position. Salary is commensurate with experience and the start date will be as soon as possible after the close of the search.

The Coordinator of Student Placement & Proficiency Testing will provide student academic support by coordinating all aspects of new student placement and proficiency (PNP) operations for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus, which includes communicating with incoming students and academic advisors. This requires interacting effectively with all Illinois undergraduate colleges, academic departments, and other campus units to establish fair course placement and academic credit policies and to implement PNP decisions that annually affect approximately 7,800 incoming undergraduate students.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with college leadership and academic departments to craft placement and proficiency credit policy based on best practices in educational measurement.
  • Manage a coordinated effort with college administration and academic departments to ensure placement and proficiency policies are appropriate across multiple degrees and credential programs, fulfilling the requirements of state legislation and the Illinois Student Code.
  • Guide faculty and the campus in determining the appropriateness of external exams for PNP purposes and, if adopted, determining the appropriate score cutoffs.
  • Guide faculty in the development of new or modification to existing placement or proficiency tests.
  • Assist departments and campus units in comparing the content of high school courses to the content of Illinois courses for the purpose of determining cutoffs and course articulation equivalencies.
  • Plan and conduct validation studies related to placement test cutoffs and proficiency credit awards to ensure that students are being accurately placed.
  • Support the efforts of faculty, unit heads, deans, the Provost’s Office, and other administrative offices to formulate campus policies related to educational assessment.
  • Ensure that UIUC test-based credit policies are in line with those of our peer institutions and that UIUC remains an attractive and competitive option for undergraduate education.
  • Manage PNP operations by updating, tracking, and enforcing placement and proficiency policies? resolve issues? inform students and academic advisors of policies and changes.
  • Respond to email, phone, and in-person queries from students, parents, advisors, departments, and others.
  • Ensure that CITL webpages are accurate and current regarding placement and proficiency testing for prospective and current Illinois students.
  • Stay abreast of developments related to standardized exams for secondary school students, college test-based credit policies, and state legislation pertaining to educational assessment? be able to identify and describe to stakeholders how these developments impact the campus.
  • Serve on committees, as appropriate, regarding undergraduate academic progress and educational assessments.
  • Update and manage the PNP system to ensure course recommendations and academic credit are appropriately articulated, including appropriate messaging to academic advisors.
  • Ensure content and cutoff scores of the online placement exams are maintained in the learning management system that is used for test deliveries.
  • Disseminate PNP information to campus units, incoming students, and other interested parties through workshops and presentations.
  • Stay apprised of UIUC policies that pertain to PNP.
  • Assist the Director of Data Analytics, as needed.

Required education, experience, and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in educational measurement or related field or a bachelor’s degree with five years of experience in educational measurement, psychometrics, or related techniques, including experience with both paper and online testing formats. 
  • Experience with educational measurement, psychometrics, or related techniques, including experience with both paper and online testing formats.
  • Experience with data management.
  • Coursework, advanced training, or work experience in statistics, data analysis, and educational assessment.
  • Experience in explaining complex measurement issues to a non-measurement audience.
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred education, experience, and qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in educational measurement or related field.
  • Experience with UIUC or similar Placement and Proficiency systems.
  • Experience in BANNER applications.
  • Experience with the Enterprise Data Warehouse.
  • Experience in academic advising in a higher education setting.
  • Training and experience in coordinating assessment programs (including data management).
  • Experience advising on best practices in assessment in a higher education setting.
  • Coursework, advanced training, or work experience involving research design and evaluation methods and theory.
  • Successful teaching or workshop facilitation experience.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Knowledge of issues surrounding the topics of college readiness and first-year programs in higher education.
  • Familiarity with the literature on, and best practices for, student outcomes assessment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical, organization, decision-making, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional time management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals inside and outside higher education.
  • Understanding the academic policies, procedures, and systems at Illinois.
  • Knowledge of college graduation requirements for Illinois. 


For full consideration, materials should be received by May 27, 2021. Application materials should include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, names, and contact information for three references, including email and telephone numbers. Candidates may create a profile through https//jobs.illinois.edu. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Jennifer Steiling at steiling@illinois.edu.

Initial screening of applications will begin immediately, and interviews may be conducted prior to the close of the search. However, no hiring decision will be made until after the close of the search.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.


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