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Join the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center as the Data Visualization Specialist and become part of a team of experts redefining the measurement of mathematics, science, and reading achievement through TIMSS and PIRLS, which together represent the worldwide standard for assessment in these core subjects.

Located at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development, IEA’s TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center conducts regular international comparative assessments of student achievement in mathematics and science (TIMSS) and in reading (PIRLS) in more than 60 countries. TIMSS (the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS (the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) together comprise the core cycle of studies for IEA – the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. Headquartered in Amsterdam and with a major data processing and research center in Hamburg, IEA has been conducting international comparative studies of student achievement since 1959.

TIMSS and PIRLS enable participating countries to make evidence-based decisions for improving educational policy.

The Data Visualization Specialist will create custom interactive tables and graphs that can be embedded in TIMSS & PIRLS Websites and be publicly viewed without proprietary software or licenses, and will support the development of visualizations for a variety of work products developed by the TIMSS & PIRLS international study center.

The candidate will be responsible for developing attractive and compelling graphics that can display the TIMSS & PIRLS data in ways that will let users filter and view the results in numerous ways. Reporting to the Director, Graphic Design and Publications, the candidate will work directly with the Researchers, Assessment Developers, Reporting Staff , and the Front-end Web Developer in the Design department and also project partners, such as the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), and external vendors.

The candidate should have a solid ability to develop and write code in the latest front-end (HTML / CSS / JavaScript / JQuery/Bootstrap/ WordPress or other tools such as R Shiny) technologies, the ability to customize WordPress with minimal use of plug-ins and also be able to effectively communicate with people with varying degrees of technical expertise. 

This role includes:

●Design, develop, and implement custom data visualizations and dynamic graphical representations —examples include interactive tables, charts, graphs, dashboards, and infographics (to be embedded in end-user web-based systems)
●Collaboration is critical. The candidate will work closely with staff in the TIMSS & PIRLS international Study Center on Web Presentation and of the data and will occasionally assist in producing similar displays for assessment technologies
●Solid ability to develop and write code in the latest front-end (e.g. HTML / CSS / JavaScript / JQuery/Bootstrap) technologies
●Ability to customize WordPress with minimal use of plug-ins