Job Title: Projects Assistant
Contract: Full time / Permanent
Salary: £22,400 - £30,300
Location: The Triangle Building, Cambridge
What it’s about
The Research and Thought Leadership group at Cambridge Assessment English are recruiting a Projects Assistant to join our expert team. The Projects Assistant provides support across the group’s activities and will be involved in a range of applied research projects. The topics we explore include language assessment, language learning, education reform, corpus linguistics, large-scale survey research, and teacher development. This is a great opportunity to experience various educational research methods and forms of analysis, working with a multidisciplinary team. The post would suit someone who is organised, proactive when communicating and managing tasks, and interested in developing their existing technical capabilities further. The successful applicant will manage data and research processes to help ensure that our work helps people learn English and prove their skills to the world. The research work conducted by the group is specialised and training and development opportunities will be provided.
What you’ll be doing
You will join a diverse team of experts in language testing, learning oriented assessment, and educational measurement, and collaborate with colleagues from across the organisation to ensure the quality and validity of Cambridge Assessment English products and services.
- Supporting research projects by carrying out organisation, administration and technical tasks (e.g. drafting correspondence, monitoring project status and deliverables, managing consultants and data collection, preparing data for analysis).
- Developing and managing databases/systems to track research projects, reports and presentations.
- Organising and carrying out administrative tasks to support maintenance of corpora.
- Developing ways to present tracking data that will support monitoring of departmental performance.
- Carrying out initial qualitative (e.g. coding, running text-processing software) and quantitative analysis tasks (preparing charts, frequency counts, cross-tabulations) to support the work of research teams.
- Running corpus queries to support research and inform exam materials.
What we’re looking for
- A degree in a topic area relevant to language education (e.g. TESOL, education, linguistics, psychology) or computing (e.g. information technology, computer science).
- A postgraduate degree in a topic area relevant to language education (e.g. TESOL, education, linguistics, psychology) or computing (e.g. information technology, computer science) is desirable.
- Ability to work as part of a team and good interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work under pressure by prioritising and time-managing tasks.
- Good verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to learn how to use new software, systems and methods of analysis quickly.
- Ability to work with qualitative and quantitative data.
- Technical capabilities related to data management are desirable (e.g. highly competent with MS Excel; ability to use MS Access or other relational database systems).
- Experience of managing a varied workload and multi-tasking.
- Experience of working in a project-based role or environment; experience of project management is desirable.
- Familiarity with less common Microsoft tools (e.g. Sharepoint, MS Teams, MS Access, Power BI) and working with databases (e.g. MS Access) is desirable.
- Experience of conducting data analysis in research settings is desirable.
- Experience of working with a corpus/corpora is desirable.
- Is calm in dealing with colleagues and external stakeholders
- Has a positive, can-do attitude.
- Works together collaboratively with others.
- Is responsible and has a principled approach to their work.
- Is innovative and interested in improving what they do.
Who we are
Cambridge Assessment English is a part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. We are the global leader in English language assessment. We help people learn English and prove their skills to the world. We provide exams in English for speakers of other languages taken by over 5 million candidates worldwide each year, as well as the leading range of qualifications for language teachers.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:
- Generous contributory pension
- 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
- Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
- Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
- Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
- Cycle scheme
- Season Ticket Loan
- Subsidised staff restaurants
- Support for professional qualifications
- Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.
We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 06/06/2019and interviews will be held on 19/06/2019.
If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.
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