Director of Testing & Assessment
General Job Information
Screening: The first applicant screening will be completed on January 17, 2022 and the second will be completed after the closing of this vacancy announcement.
There is only one city in the country that can say it is the Nation’s Capital – Washington, D.C. Given that distinction, the Metropolitan Police Department is the premiere law enforcement organization in the city. We receive over 22 million visitors a year, have almost 700,000 residents, and 21,000 private business. The Department consists of more than 4,300 members: approximately 3,700 sworn members and over 600 civilian employees. We are one of the most diverse and highly trained departments in the country. We have the honor of safeguarding and protecting not only our nation’s residents, but also people from all over the world.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) offers an attractive benefits package. The benefits package includes competitive compensation, health insurance, prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, short and long term disability and life insurance, as well a strong retirement benefit and saving options. Employees are also eligible for our employer contributed 401a plan after one year of employment. Additional perks such as discounts on wireless carriers, gym memberships, amusement park tickets and much more! Additional information can be found at: DCHR Benefits
This position is located in the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Professional Development Bureau (PDB), Testing and Assessment Branch (TAB). The TAB develops and administers internal selection processes for sworn members including oversight of written multiple-choice tests; conducting job analysis to ensure selection processes are content valid; and overseeing the written testing processes for entry-level police officer and Reserve Corps officers.
The incumbent will be responsible for the following:
- Establish the TAB mission, goals and objectives consistent with the Department and PDB mission, current fiscal year goals and objectives and the current performance plan of the Chief of Police.
- Develop and ensure the proper implementation of law enforcement employee testing and assessment policies, guidelines, plans and standard operating procedures.
- Develop immediate and long-range research plans in order to conduct employee testing and assessment policy analyses, evaluate existing initiatives and validate or make recommendations concerning proposed initiatives.
- Establish and continuously evaluate the effectiveness of TAB policies, standard operating procedures, work standards and management and administrative practices.
- Direct the development, implementation and evaluation of law enforcement employee testing and assessment projects and research (e.g., content and criterion-related validity research).
- Direct the preparation of guidelines and training materials, and delivery of training, for the implementation of TAB initiatives.
- Direct the compilation and maintenance of the statistical data required to document the outputs and outcomes of TAB initiatives.
- Coordinate TAB activities with the appropriate internal and external personnel, units, agencies and professional organizations.
- Establish, implement, monitor and correct/redirect as appropriate, employee testing and assessment security procedures.
- Manage the TAB budget to request the appropriate fiscal support in a timely manner, document expenditures and otherwise meet budget requirements.
- Analyze testing and assessment proposals submitted by the staff and others for technical (validity and reliability) and administrative (financing, timing and staffing) feasibility and responsiveness to department requirements.
- Conduct human resources management activities including, but not limited to, selection, work assignment, standard setting, staff development, investigations of personnel complaints and special incidents, discipline, recognition, reassignment, grievance adjudication, labor contract administration and performance reviews.
- Manage internal and external requests for data and information regarding TAB activities, ensuring compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other controlling regulations and guidelines.
- Present testimony in administrative and other types of hearings concerning TAB initiatives.
- Provide written and oral advice to the executive staff concerning law enforcement testing and assessment policies and initiatives.
- Present summaries of TAB activities and results of TAB research to appropriate department members and at professional seminars and conferences
- Keep informed of current employee testing and evaluation theories, principles and practices, updating benchmarking reviews and studies as appropriate.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Licensures, Certifications and Other Requirements
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree or higher is required
Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the MS-14 grade level, or its non-District equivalent, gained from the public or private sector. Specialized experience for this position includes experience in employment test development; coordinating and administering employment test activities; researching regulations, policies and standard procedures related to testing procedures; experience administering a law enforcement employment testing program; and supervisory experience.
Work location is in an office environment. Work is sedentary and may require walking and standing in conjunction with travel and attendance at meeting and conferences away from the work site and carrying light items, such as laptops, papers, books, small parts, and driving an automobile.
Other Significant Factors
- Mastery knowledge of the principles, techniques and practices of employment test development and assessment.
- Ability to coordinate the operations and activities of a public sector employment test development unit and to oversee and administer large employment tests.
- Ability to research and analyze occupational job duties and educational and work experience in order to develop a core matrix of pertinent employment test development questions and their attendant answers.
- Ability to develop written, oral, performance and other types of employment tests and examinations.
- Skill to exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
- Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and in a well-organized and an effective manner, both orally and in writing.
The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption by the hiring agency before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.
This position operates within the confines of a 24/7 operation. Incumbent of this position is required to provide after-hours on call technical support including weekends and holidays. Incumbent may also be subjected to rotating shifts, weekend work and changes in days off.
A background investigation, to include a criminal, traffic and credit check are required for positions with the Metropolitan Police Department.
The incumbent is required to possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s permit.
This position is “At Will”. At will employment applies to the Management Supervisory Service (MSS). All positions and appointments in the MSS serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause. This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.
If the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of the appointment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of the appointment.
The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer: all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is also prohibited. In addition, harassmentbased on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited.
To formally apply for this position: Please visit https://careers.dc.gov/ and apply for JOB ID: 15569.