Assessment Standards Manager

Location: 

Cambridge or Coventry, GB

Category:  Assessment and Research

Job Title: Assessment Standards Manager
Contract: Full-Time, Permanent
Salary: £37,800 - £51,000
Location: Cambridge/Coventry 

 

What it’s about
OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) is a leading UK exam board, dedicated to recognising achievement in learners of all ages. The range of qualifications from OCR is wide and varied and there are choices for learners of all ages, abilities and needs. Over 13,000 schools, colleges, workplaces and other institutions use our A Levels, GCSEs and vocational qualifications.

 

This role forms part of the Assessment Standards area within the Assessment Directorate in OCR. You will maintain and assure appropriate standards for assessment processes and qualifications in a designated portfolio throughout the assessment cycle in line with OCR and regulatory requirements. Your portfolio will primarily be made up of our new recently re-developed Functional Skills qualifications in English or Maths at  Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2.

 

What you’ll be doing

You will play a leading role in maintaining the standards of examinations and key aspects of the assessment and awarding of a range of qualifications with a specific focus on Mathematics or English Functional skills  including question paper evaluation, moderation and standardisation processes and awarding. You will:

 

  • Quality assure and approve  paper-based and computer-based assessment material to ensure they align with the assessment strategy, are fit for purpose, and are error free
  • Conduct performance reviews of assessment materials and qualifications and implement their recommendations.
  • Provide clear direction and leadership to ensure assessment processes are conducted in line with OCR and regulatory requirements (including grading, verification and standardisation) so that qualification outcomes are fair, consistent, and maintain OCR's public credibility.
  • Provide assessment expertise to the development and piloting of new qualifications, and develop assessment strategies that align with their corresponding assessment strategy blueprints.
  • Support senior assessors, chairing their interview and selection panels and draft and deliver their training and guidance.
  • Intervene as necessary in standardisation, marking, and marking review activities to ensure quality of assessment is maintained.
  • Lead staff and task focused groups as they draft improvement to delivery models, performance-related data analysis, tasks for assessor recruitment, and public facing communications.
  • Review and approve centre reports and responses to comments on qualifications, represent OCR at public fora, and represent the Assessment function in OCR working groups.

 

What we’re looking for

Skills:

  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Proven track record of management at a senior level
  • Excellent IT literacy capability
  • An appreciation of the challenges of producing robust and valued general and vocational/occupational qualifications

 

Experience:

  • A knowledge of the context in which OCR operates
  • The regulatory framework and requirements
  • Government targets, initiatives and developments in relation to qualifications
  • Legislation relating to education
  • An awareness of the procedures for investigation and relevant legislation in this area (Equality Act, Human Rights Act, Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act etc)
  • An understanding of assessment principles and methodologies in relation to general and vocational/occupational qualifications
  • Knowledge of OCR policies and practice in relation to a wide range of issues
  • Knowledge of external organisations involved in education 14-19, training, occupational skills and work based training and their roles
  • An appropriate level of subject-specific experience or expertise in the relevant subject area.
  • Experience in maintaining standards in one or more qualifications
  • A proven track record in teaching schools, FE or HE
  • Experience of effective chairing in meetings.

 

Behaviours

  • Open to new ideas/developments and new approaches to work.
  • Takes notice of feedback from line manager or colleagues to improve own performance
  • Learns from own and others' experience
  • Supports other team members who are under pressure
  • Forms effective collaborative relationships with colleagues, other departments and Business Streams within in the Group
  • Improves operations or the service provided to internal and external customers. 

 

OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) is a leading UK exam board. We provide qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes. Our general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential.


This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.


Benefits
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:
• Generous contributory pension
• 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
• Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
• Enhanced maternity/paternity pay and childcare voucher scheme
• Childcare vouchers
• Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
• Cycle scheme
• Season Ticket Loan
• Subsidised staff restaurants
• Support for professional qualifications
• Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms

 

Work/life balance is important to us here at Cambridge Assessment, and we offer all our colleagues a range of flexible working options, which suit both the business and the employee. So please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 19/06/2019  and interviews will be held on 28/06/19 .

To apply please upload your covering letter and CV.

As part of your recruitment process you will be required to undergo a background screening. This will be carried out by our selected supplier, Credence Background Screening Limited. 


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