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Psychometrician


Position: Psychometrician

Term: Temporary, part-time (20hrs/week for six months with the potential to become full-time and permanent) 

Wage:  $25 per hour

Location: 200 Granville St., Vancouver, BC

Start Date: Immediately

Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2020​


The opport​unity

Is your superpower being able to analyze towers of measurement data at a single glance? Are you keen to dive deep into the workings of new and complex testing approaches? Would you welcome the opportunity to put your newly acquired knowledge of psychometrics to the test?  If so, consider bringing your talents to the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS)!

NCAS is looking for a part-time Psychometrician to support its assessment activities.  This is an ideal opportunity for a student or recent graduate of a measurement and evaluation or psychometric studies program who is eager to launch their career. Working under the guidance of  NCAS' lead psychometrician, the Psychometrician will support a range of activities from the establishment of scoring methodologies and design of assessment instruments to the analysis of items, results and statistical data. 

Who we a​​​re

The Nursing Community Assessment Service is a program within the BC College of Nursing Professionals. BCCNP is a regulatory college that is empowered under the Health Professions Act to regulate the practice of all licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners in B.C.

BCCNP launched NCAS in January 2017 as a service for assessing the competencies of nurses and health care aides seeking licensure in BC. Our high-stakes assessment provides a consistent, rigorous and defensible approach to determining the extent to which potential registrants possess the competencies required to enter practice safely. The NCAS assessment comprises three components: a computer-based test that is administered at testing sites all over the world; a simulation-lab assessment; and an oral assessment. ​

More information about NCAS can be found at www.ncasbc.ca.

Th​e position

Under the direction of NCAS' lead psychometrician, the Psychometrician supports ongoing assessment activities as well as new testing opportunities.  This half-time, temporary position has the potential to evolve into a full-time position possibly in the fall of 2020.

Responsibili​ties

  • Assist in the development, refinement and analysis of surveys, assessment instruments, methodologies and validation activities associated with the large-scale assessment of nursing competencies;
  • Advise on sampling procedures for assessment activities;
  • Create and implement quality-control procedures for scoring;
  • Assist in standard-setting processes and facilitated discussions with subject matter experts and stakeholders
  • Draft public and technical reports on the assessments;
  • Identify and carry out independent research in support of assessment activities​

Qualification​s, skills and knowledge

  • Master (or near completion of a masters) in measurement and evaluation, master of psychology (with a concentration in psychometrics), master of science in psychometrics, or educational equivalent. 
  • Experience in research methodology, advanced statistical analysis such as multivariate and multi-level modelling, and reporting (using advanced statistical packages)
  • Experience in classical test theory and generalizability theory
  • Exceptional research skills and a curiosity for staying current with the field of assessment
  • Exceptionally detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare analytic plans, monitor progress, and track timelines
  • Highly collaborative, with strong interpersonal skills to work with various stakeholders in the assessment development and reporting process
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare effective visual presentations of complex data
  • An ability to thrive and take initiative in an environment of ambiguity and change;​

NOTE: This position is ideal for a student or individual just launching their career in measurement and evaluation.

How to ap​​pl​y

Please forward your resume and cover letter, indicating where you learned of this opportunity, to careers@bccnp.ca. The deadline for applications is Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Thank you for your interest in the BC College of Nursing Professionals, and the Nursing Community Assessment Service.