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Test Rater Pool - Language Proficiency Program - GSI Teaching & Resource Center
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 17, 2023
Title Test Rater Pool - Language Proficiency Program - GSI Teaching & Resource Center
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 06/13/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • English as a Second Language

Test Rater Pool - Language Proficiency Program - GSI Teaching & Resource Center

Position overview Position title: Language Proficiency Program Test Rater
Salary range: $20/test

Percent time: Up to 200 tests per year. Variable from week-to-week and month-to-month, based on the needs of the program.

Anticipated start: Initial start date: June 15, 2022; Positions usually start in January, July, and October.

Application Window
Open date: June 13, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Nov 25, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 13, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Graduate Division's GSI Teaching & Resource Center at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified, temporary English language proficiency test raters for its Language Proficiency Program for prospective Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs), should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed.

Test raters evaluate and score the online Oral Proficiency Test (OPT), administered by the GSI Teaching and Resource Center to those prospective GSIs who do not speak English as a native language. Rating may be conducted remotely and/or in person on the Berkeley campus. Raters are expected to participate in rater training and calibration sessions three times a year.

The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department. Hours vary from week-to-week and month-to-month, with limited or no testing in some months, and more concentrated periods of test rating in July, August, December, and May.

About the GSI Teaching & Resource Center and the Graduate Division

The GSI Teaching & Resource Center, reporting to the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, is responsible for preparing GSIs campuswide for teaching. The Center's Language Proficiency Program provides courses, consultations, and testing for multilingual graduate students who need to demonstrate oral English proficiency to be appointed as GSIs.

The Graduate Division works to guide and assist students from the moment of admission, through the various milestones of their progress, to the completion of their degree requirements. We provide academic, personal, and professional support services that are vital to the everyday well-being and life-long successes of Berkeley master's, professional, and doctoral students. As the authoritative resource and chief advocate for graduate education, the Graduate Division ensures the equitable administration of policies governing graduate studies across Berkeley's 14 schools and colleges. As the administrative arm of the Academic Senate's Graduate Council, we partner with the faculty and staff of each program and the deans of each school and college to maintain the world-renowned quality of Berkeley's graduate education.

The Graduate Division is committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.

For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. The department is unable to provide a visa/work permit.

Please note: The use of a test rater pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Master's degree or equivalent international degree

Preferred qualifications
Master's Degree in TESOL

Knowledge of principles of oral English assessment, particularly performance assessment design and rating

Understanding of intelligibility as it relates to the evaluation of pronunciation

Experience rating oral English proficiency using standardized rubrics

Expertise in evaluating intermediate to advanced oral English proficiency, including pronunciation, speech flow, spoken grammar/vocabulary, listening comprehension, and question-handling skills

Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail in their work

Access to computer with reliable Internet, audio, and video capabilities. Familiarity with the Google suite, including Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Drive

Experience working with diverse student populations and demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

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Campus Information

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The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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