job: University admissions testing reform advocate

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Thu Nov 14 21:12:29 CST 2002

[ed:  this job post includes salary info.]

From:    Monty Neill <monty at>




[two-thirds time to full time]  

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) is an 
advocacy organization devoted to ending the abuses and flaws of 
standardized testing while promoting methods of assessment that 
are fair, accountable and sound. FairTest was founded in 1985 and 
is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

For more than a decade and a half, FairTest has spearheaded a 
national movement of civil rights, women’s, education reform, and 
other public interest groups working to stop the overuse and misuse 
of the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, and similar exams in evaluating 
college and university applicants.   


·       Advocacy:  Help conceptualize development and 
implementation of campaigns to make standardized tests optional 
in admissions processes; to eliminate test scores as the sole or 
primary requirement for “merit” scholarships; and to end other 
forms of test score misuse which unfairly limit access to higher 

·       Technical Assistance: Provide information, research support 
and strategic advice to a broad range of allied organizations, 
litigators and scholars.  

·       Public Education: Communicate testing reform message to 
the public through the development of reports, public speaking, and 
media interviews as well as by updating material for popular 
Internet site.  

§         Conference Organizing: Assist with outreach, materials 
preparation and dissemination for invitational, weekend strategy 
session of leading testing lawyers, activists and policy experts.  


Candidates should have at least three years experience in public 
policy advocacy work. Strong research, writing, and speaking skills 
are necessary.  Knowledge of testing issues and the civil rights 
movement as well as a track-record of successful issue campaign 
organizing are strongly desired. Some overnight travel will be 
involved. Able to work independently. Web publishing experience a 


Full-time equivalent salary to high $30s, depending on experience, 
4 weeks vacation and full health care provided. Proposals for part-
time employment (at least two-thirds time) will be considered. 
Grant funding for this position is committed through May 2004; 
additional support will be sought to extend this project.  

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To apply, send resume and cover letter to FairTest: 342 Broadway, 
Cambridge, MA 02139 No phone calls, please – for current 
program information and publications, see - 
FairTest is an affirmative action employer -  

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