We believe that great students are more than just book smart. Altus builds software that helps academic programs choose holistically exceptional applicants by providing reliable professionalism screening tests (like our signature CASPer® test) for use in the admission process. Think of CASPer® like an "SAT" for people skills. The CASPer® test was developed originally at McMaster University, and has been used to screen over 125,000 applicants for medicine, nursing, veterinary, optometry, pharmacy and teachers education schools in US, Canada, Australia and the UK over the last decade and we are growing rapidly. The test uses everyday scenarios to evaluate for universally useful skills like communication, collaboration, advocacy ethics and judgment.
We’re a quirky, diverse and intellectual group of 20 working out of the OneEleven scale-up space in the downtown core of Toronto. We tackle some tough problems (like how to evaluate empathy in someone who wants to become a doctor), and some less tough ones (like what to bring in for the communal snack table).
Working with Altus means high career growth and impact. It also means learning a ton from brilliant coworkers, as well as directing your own personal and professional growth. Along with full benefits, enhanced parental leave and self-directed vacation, we provide you with a budget for learning. Use it for a professional workshop, or use it to learn the kazoo- we believe in supporting the whole you.
If you thrive in a small startup, with autonomy to make decisions, run experiments, and continuously test and refine, then this is the place for you.
What would you be doing?
- Ensure defensibility and fairness of our assessment by conducting rigorous internal and external research with our academic partners
- Construct test blueprints to identify the relevant competencies across a variety of areas (e.g., education, medicine, business)
- Support the content development team in conducting item development and review sessions
- Generate item metrics to assess the quality of items using Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory, and to identify key features of items which influence their quality
- Interpret findings to a wider audience through academic and industry conferences, client meetings, and internal discussions
- Collaborate in the writing of research papers for academic publications, white papers, grants, ethics protocols, and marketing content
- Conduct rater analysis to assess the quality of raters and to identify areas for improvement in the current selection, training, and monitoring process for rating
- Assist the operations and product team to create an effective content and rater management system
- Keep up-to-date with the existing literature through academic papers, conferences, and regular interactions with our panel of experts to ensure that best practices are followed for both content development and rating
- Create training manuals and documentation for future item development and rating
- Work closely with the research team to manage multiple research projects to facilitate their completion
- Masters' degree or Ph.D. in Education, Psychology, or related field specializing in educational and psychological measurement
- High proficiency in R or SPSS and Microsoft Office applications (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
- Ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines
- Strong presentation skills
- Experience in teaching and/or mentorship
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Comfortable conducting both basic and advanced statistical techniques (e.g., factor analysis, generalizability study, structural equation modeling) and learning novel statistical approaches independently
- Some travel required
- Experience using Tableau or other data visualization software
- Familiarity with research in medical education and/or I-O psychology
- Free snacks, drinks, and coffee in our office
- $1500 annual personal and professional development budget
- Generous vacation policy
- Comprehensive health, dental and life insurance coverage
- Parental leave coverage
- Team building and social events
Altus is proud to be a diverse and equal opportunity employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, national origins, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. Selection decisions are solely based on job-related factors. Special accommodations for candidates with disabilities can be made during the interview process if requested. If you have any questions about this posting, contact [email protected]