Manager, MCAT Admissions Research

10/10/2018 7:08 PM | Anonymous

Association of American Medical Colleges

Location: Washington, DC

The AAMC is looking for a Manager of MCAT Admissions Research. The Manager will work closely with medical school admissions officers to learn about their questions and concerns about the meaning and use of MCAT scores in student selection. The manager will design and conduct research to understand and address medical school admissions officers’ needs, questions, and concerns about sound use of MCAT scores in student selection in the context of mission-based, holistic review. This research must pay careful attention to the factors that contribute to achievement gaps and group differences in MCAT scores for disadvantaged students in comparison to their more advantaged counterparts, with the goal of helping medical schools identify educationally and economically disadvantaged students likely to succeed in medical school. The Manager will manage vendors and AAMC colleagues to support the MCAT Validity Committee as they evaluate the impact and use of scores from the new MCAT exam. The Manager will sustain existing and develop new information and resources needed by admissions officers and others who use MCAT scores to make decisions about medical school applicants. The Manager will also represent the MCAT program at regional and national AAMC meetings to disseminate research findings about the new MCAT exam.


  • Graduate-level training in education, psychology, or sociology, with an emphasis on educational measurement and evaluation, higher education, education policy, or industrial/organizational psychology (with an emphasis in measurement). A Master’s Degree is required, a Doctoral degree is preferred
  • Experience designing and conducting applied research programs in higher education or the non-profit sector. Strong problem recognition and resolution skills. Advanced skill in research design and statistical techniques for evaluating programs and policies. Experienced at analyzing, synthesizing, displaying, and summarizing data and other information pertaining to the validity and psychometric characteristics of tests and their use in admissions or selection, and in conducting research that speaks to real-world problems in higher education. Advanced Stata, SAS, SPSS, or R.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills are essential.  Skill at writing research plans, results, and summaries for various internal and external audiences that vary in their level of technical expertise, including high-profile association members, admissions officers and committee members, other MCAT stakeholders, outside experts, association colleagues and staff. 
  • Excellent project management skills are essential. Skills in managing people (including recruitment, hiring, and performance management), managing project timelines, identifying sources of problems, communicating issues appropriately, proposing solutions, and synthesizing input from different sources to build consensus.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience is required, candidates with PhDs may be considered with fewer than 8 years of experience

TO APPLY please visit  or contact Emma Schwartz, AAMC Recruiter directly at All interested applicants must be able to work in our Washington D.C. based office, this is not a remote opportunity.

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