Dear history friends, department heads, and directors of graduate studies,
I would like to bring to your attention a non-academic job in history ideal for recent PhDs and ABDs. Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ, is hiring an “Assessment Specialist I” – a test developer – to work on World History exams. This is similar to the job that I started out in. This position involves writing and reviewing test questions, working with committees of college faculty and high school teachers to make sure that tests measure appropriate content, and helping to coordinate the scoring of essays. The new person would largely be working on the Advanced Placement (AP) World History exams but also work on teacher licensure and other tests.
It’s a really good job for someone with an advanced degree in history who wants to work outside of academia. The new person would be part of a group of about 20 historians and social scientists who perform similar jobs; work with historical issues on a daily basis; have frequent opportunities for interaction with scholars and teachers in the outside world; earn a reasonable salary and benefits; and have the opportunity to live in what I think is a nice part of the country.
I would ask you to encourage people who you might consider appropriate to apply. I think this job is a really good fit for visiting faculty, adjuncts, recent PhDs, and late-stage graduate students.
People can find the official posting and apply through the ETS website by going to the following link:, then searching under Test Development. It is position number 133859P. Or they can use the following direct link:  . Interested people should apply promptly; unlike many academic positions, ETS accepts and reviews applications as they are received.
If you or interested candidates have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [log in to unmask] or my co-director Andrea Mazzacano at [log in to unmask].
Best regards,
David B. Wolcott
Assessment Director
History and Social Sciences
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541
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