Russian Rater I

Location: Arlington, VA
Date Posted: 04-13-2018
Company Profile: WLC is Small-Veteran Owned Business (SVOB) that provides U.S. Government, military, and multi-national corporations with high quality language and cultural training, testing, translation and interpreting services. WLC operates over 80 global and minority languages. WLC instructors, testers and cultural presenters are native speakers who are highly trained in communicative teaching methods, multi-lingual, and multi-culturally competent. We match client training needs with our personnel's expertise so that complex subject matter can be covered with confidence.
 
Job Title: Rater I
 
Description:  The Rater I will work onsite at the School of Language Studies (SLS) at the US Department of State’s (DOS) Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in Arlington, VA.  FSI provides foreign language training, testing and other language support services to DOS employees and other government agencies in over 70 foreign languages.  Enrollments in the school surpass 2000 students annually including up to 1000 distance learning enrollments. 

SLS consists of approximately 450 technical and professional personnel with expertise in the field of foreign language teaching, culture, and applied linguistics. Successful candidates for the posted position may join existing teaching, testing, or program management staff composed of government employees and contractors. The settings within which the work is conducted include large- and small-group classrooms, most of which are equipped with interactive SmartPanels or Smart Boards; facilities for video and audio recording; multimedia and innovation labs; distance learning mentoring rooms; testing rooms; standard offices; and an information center.
 
  • A Rater is a certified Tester and a certified Examiner. Duties of the Rater are defined by documentation in the LTU’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Testers and Examiners.
 
  • Serves as a Rater for language proficiency examinations, performing flexibly in the role of either a Tester or Examiner as needed due to the testing schedule. Proficiency tests may be face-to-face or by digital video conference or another technology-based medium (such as telephone, recorded audio, recorded video). The FSI language proficiency test rates the examinee’s skills in reading and speaking.
 
  • May participate in the creation and piloting of new reading kits to be used in language proficiency testing.
 
  • May participate in the production of audio or video materials for use in conjunction with LTU testing training.
 
  • May conduct test reviews following procedures defined by documentation in the LTU’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
 
  • May conduct Quality Control on language proficiency tests assigned by LTU representative following procedures defined by documentation in the LTU’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
 
  • May be requested to conduct End-of-Training (EOT) tests at one of FSI’s overseas field schools and/or regional programs.
 
  • Collaborate with COR, ACOR, GTM and/or others, to participate in the reviewing and editing of foreign language and/or English testing materials.
 
  • Adhere to all copyright guidelines and restrictions and follow FSI and SLS procedures regarding copyright.
 
  • Adhere to all guidelines and follow all procedures regarding testing material security and safeguarding test score data.
 
Required Qualifications:
  1. Current FSI Tester and Examiner certification.
  2. English proficiency of 3 or higher (ILR scale) in speaking, documented and certified through an approved third party vendor listed on documentation provided by FSI/SLS/LTU. Contractor companies will be required to provide this verification document from the third party vendor prior to an in-person screening.
  3. Native language proficiency of 4 or higher (ILR scale) in speaking and reading documented and certified through an approved third party vendor listed on documentation provided by FSI/SLS/LTU. Contractor companies will be required to provide this verification document from the third party vendor prior to an in-person screening.
 
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Experience conducting proficiency-based tests (e.g., DLAB, ACTFL OPI) in one or more foreign languages.
  2. BA/BS, MA/MS or PhD in language testing, evaluation and measurement, educational assessment, applied linguistics, second language acquisition or related field.
  3. Experience in designing and/or selecting testing materials.
  4. Experience with online delivery systems used to administer proficiency-based exams.

 
 
EEO Statement: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. 
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