Principal Psychometrician

    • Rockville, MD

Provide measurement services in support of testing and continuing education programs and ensure that these programs employ valid, reliable assessments and comply with testing industry standards. Perform routine activities in one or more of the following areas: job/practice analysis, item analysis/calibration, forms/pool assembly, test security, and standard setting. Contribute to ad hoc analyses and research projects to improve program quality.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Perform routine psychometric analyses on the performance of examinations and continuing education programs using Classical Test Theory, Rasch Measurement, and Item Response Theory. Manipulate, analyze, and maintain large data sets. Document results of examination and continuing education analyses.
  • Conduct measurement activities in support of job analysis studies, test specification validation, standard setting, and test security.
  • Perform quality control checks of scoring processes for both computer-delivered and paper-and-pencil test administrations.
  • Conduct ad hoc analyses as directed by senior staff and management.
  • Assist with the development of requirements and user acceptance testing for test-generation, scoring, and statistical systems.
  • Serve as a resource to other staff on assessment, psychometric, and measurement matters including usage of FINRA’s proprietary item banking and test delivery system.
  • Keep abreast of new developments in measurement theory and application. Identify developments that may enhance test delivery, exam construction, test security, and/or psychometric methods.
  • Contribute to research efforts with direct application to FINRA and client programs.


Education/Experience Requirements:
  • Master’s Degree in Psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, or Education, with an emphasis on psychometrics, measurement and assessment, or a related field (e.g., statistics, mathematics, or computer science)
  • Minimum of three (3) years testing industry experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Broad knowledge of industry-accepted measurement methodologies including job/practice analysis, item analysis/calibration, forms assembly, standard setting, and test security.
  • Familiarity with Classical Test Theory, Rasch Measurement, and/or Item Response Theory
  • Strong quantitative skills and exemplary attention-to-detail with a demonstrated ability to produce accurate psychometric results under tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) with demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals who have varying levels of measurement expertise
  • Proficiency with standard office software and statistical packages (e.g., R, SPSS,), and Rasch/IRT software (e.g., Winsteps, Xcalibre, Parscale).


Work Conditions:
  • Standard office working conditions with infrequent travel (less than 10%)


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