Assessment Standards Manager
Cambridge Assessment
Cambridge -The Triangle Buildi, GB
4d ago

Location :

Cambridge / Coventry / Gateshead

Setting the standards and assuring quality

The quality and fitness for purpose of OCR's qualifications is paramount. The Assessment Standards Manager plays a key role in assuring appropriate standards for assessment processes and qualifications throughout the assessment cycle in line with regulatory requirements.

These are exciting times for OCR as we look to implement a range of strategic initiatives and modernise our systems, as we strive to find creative and innovative ways to improve our products and services to customers.

Looking after a designated portfolio, we would welcome applications from those with any subject background and a passion for the work of Assessment Standards for the majority of the roles, and we are looking for an individual with a STEM background for at least one of the roles.

Based in either OCR's Coventry or Cambridge offices, we can offer flexible working arrangements and home working as appropriate.

Fair and consistent

Responsible for managing all aspects of the assessment cycle for your portfolio, including grading, verification and standardisation, you will ensure that qualification outcomes are fair, consistent, and maintain OCR’s credibility.

Given the timing of this fixed term contract, you’ll also be contributing to decisions about how our qualifications will be adapted for learners whose education has been disrupted through the events of 2020 and 2021.

Engagement and collaboration

This role requires the ability to engage and build strong collaborative relationships with Assessment Specialists and with internal stakeholders across OCR and Cambridge Assessment.

We are looking for someone with strong inter-personal skills and an appreciation of the challenges of producing and running both general and vocational qualifications.

Flexibility required

This is a busy role throughout any twelve-month period, but the workload is particularly demanding during major examination and awarding periods as relevant to the qualifications in your portfolio.

This includes mid-May to July and January / February & November.

During all of the above, some weekend working may be required. During the examination and awarding periods for your portfolio it is possible that leave will not be available to the job holder.

Other key aspects of the role include :

  • Provide clear direction and leadership to ensure assessment processes are conducted in line with OCR and regulatory requirements.
  • Involvement in the recruitment of senior assessors as required.
  • Conduct reviews of assessment materials and qualifications and once approved, implement their recommendations.
  • Provide assessment expertise to the development and piloting of new qualifications and develop assessment strategies that align with their corresponding assessment strategy blueprints.
  • Intervene as necessary in standardisation, marking, and marking review activities to ensure quality of assessment is maintained.
  • Collaborate with colleagues as they draft improvement to delivery models, performance-related data analysis, tasks for assessor recruitment, and public facing communications.
  • QA assessment material to ensure they are fit for purpose, align with the assessment strategy and are error free.
  • What we’re looking for

    Competent in statistical analyses you will also have strong IT skills. Able to display an understanding of assessment principles and methodologies in relation to general and vocational / occupational qualifications you will also have an awareness of the strategies and methods employed to maintain standards in qualifications.

    The behaviours you demonstrate are equally as important as your knowledge and experience. We would like our new colleagues to be open to new ideas and new approaches and be able to receive feedback from colleagues or their manager to improve their own performance.

    Open to learning from their own and others’ experience, you will be supportive of other team members who are under pressure.

    Flexible and willing to help out to get the job done you will be able to form effective collaborative relationships with colleagues and other departments in OCR and Cambridge Assessment.

    We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued.

    As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work / life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

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