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Exam Developer (NCAS)

Position: Contract

Term: 12 months (0.8 FTE with the opportunity to become full-time)

Location: 200 Granville St., Vancouver, BC (remote work until safe to return to in-person work)

Start date: Immediately

Application deadline: Open until filled

The opportunity

Are you interested in assessment in the field of health care? Are you curious how standardized assessments are developed? Do you have strong analysis, communication, and writing skills? If so, consider bringing your talents and enthusiasm to the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS)!

Who we are

The Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) is part of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). BCCNM regulates the practice of all licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, registered midwives, registered nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses in BC. NCAS assessments provide regulators and assessment takers with strong performance-based evidence that is used to determine whether or not the assessment taker possesses the competencies required to safely enter nursing practice. We develop and administer three types of exams: a computer-based multiple-choice test, a hands-on OSCE-like nursing simulation-lab assessment and an oral interview-based assessment. These assessments are currently only offered in BC, but we are expanding service to multiple provinces this year.

What you'll be doing

The Exam Developer plays a fundamental role within NCAS’s Assessment Development Team by supporting the full assessment development cycle. This work includes recruiting subject matter experts, planning and facilitating sessions, content development and review, and test assembly and piloting based on current standards. The right individual will enjoy the opportunity to learn and be mentored in the craft of assessment development.


Under the direction of NCAS’s Director of Assessment, and with support from our Senior Psychometrician, the Exam Developer assists with a range of assessment development activities including:

  • Refreshing and maintaining item writing manuals and guidelines.

  • Preparing pre- and post-item writing documentation.

  • Facilitating item writing and standard-setting sessions with varied groups of subject matter experts.

  • Reviewing and revising items as per assessment development standards.

  • Preparing assessment forms and materials to ensure they accurately reflect the specifications.

  • Recruiting and maintaining a pool of Subject Matter Experts .

Education & skills

This is an ideal opportunity for a student or recent graduate who has a passion for learning more about the assessment development industry. The ideal candidate has:

  • Graduated from a college or university program in education, health care, psychology, or communications OR is currently enrolled in a college or university program in education, health care, psychology, or communications.

  • Exceptional English written and oral skills, including an ability to edit for grammar and style.

  • Demonstrated training in and some prior experience with development of written assessments  and/or OSCE-like exams.

  • Knowledge of competency-based assessment and strong familiarity with standards of practice.

  • Superior inter-personal communication skills along with experience with, or an aptitude for, facilitating groups.

  • An ability to work collaboratively and establish rapport with subject matter experts.

  • Strong organizational and documentation skills.

  • Demonstrated skill with digital technologies, and ease with online programs.

  • A demonstrated ability to take initiative, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.

  • A powerful work ethic, demonstrated commitment to completing tasks, and a positive attitude.

  • An ability to work on weekends and evenings, if required.

Project management experience would be considered an asset.

Knowledge of health care practice, especially nursing, would be considered an asset.

How to apply

Please forward your resume and cover letter to and indicate where you learned of this opportunity. Please use "Exam Developer (NCAS)" as the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, so please apply early.

Note: References, education and professional credential verifications, and a criminal record check will be required for all final candidates.

While we appreciate all responses, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

To learn more about NCAS, please visit Thank you for your interest in NCAS and the BC College of Nurses and Midwives.