Test Center Support Specialist

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the College’s mission, vision, principles, values, and strategic initiatives by providing courteous, efficient, and accurate testing and certification services to students, faculty, staff, job-seekers, professionals, and community members.

General job summary
The Test Center Support Specialist assists the Supervisor in ensuring the smooth day-to-day operation of the Test Center. The Specialist maintains the Center’s web-based appointment system and works collaboratively across departments to collect accurate instructions from faculty, the AISD team, and third-party exam partners. With limited supervision, the Specialist administers exams according to written and verbal instructions and industry best practices. The Specialist exercises discretion and sound judgment when dealing with ambiguity, confidential information, and academic integrity issues. The Specialist provides front-line customer service at the Test Center’s locations in Cedar Rapids and Coralville, as well as training and support to faculty for accessing the Center’s services.

Universal core competencies

  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.


  • Provide positive support and excellent customer service to students, other testing candidates, and Kirkwood employees.
  • Maintain the Test Center’s scheduling system to ensure appointment availability is aligned to the academic calendar, Test Center operating hours, and staffing.
  • Oversee test takers using desktop monitoring software and video surveillance tools.
  • Follow specific protocols and give clear instructions to individual with diverse backgrounds and needs.
  • Communicate with students, Kirkwood employees, and the public in person and via phone and email.
  • Work collaboratively to plan, organize, and deliver standardized and individual exams.
  • Access appropriate tools for problem solving.
  • Assist faculty in accessing Test Center services via in-person support and instructional materials.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality regarding test taker and exam information.
  • Read exams aloud, proctor exams virtually, and gather necessary exam information.
  • Analyze and share exam results with test takers based on established protocols.
  • Set up and provide basic troubleshooting and technical support on Test Center computers and software.
  • Work at the Test Center’s locations in Cedar Rapids and Coralville as needed. May include some evenings and weekends.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.
Performance expectations
  • Represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former, and current students, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
  • Establish and maintain professional working relationships with students, faculty, staff, administration, and the public.
  • Follow established protocols with consistency and limited supervision.
  • Possess effective problem-solving, time-management, and organizational skills.
  • Exhibit a professional, positive, and calm demeanor at all times.
  • Read, listen, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form.
  • Maintain confidential records in a manner that is acceptable and consistent with department and College objectives, guidelines, policies, and practices.
  • Quickly learn and use new technologies at a level of proficiency required for the duties of the position. In most cases, the introduction of new technologies will not fundamentally change a job description or change the position into one that involves higher-level duties.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties and responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


  • Position involves working in an office setting.
  • Occasional (10%-33%) standing, pushing, pulling, and grasping.
  • Frequent (34%-66%) reaching, viewing a computer, and other types of close visual work.
  • Constant (67%-100%) sitting, walking, typing, repetitive motion, talking, and hearing.


  • Working knowledge of or ability to learn multiple computer platforms.
  • Equivalent to three (3) years of employment experience in an office or post-secondary setting OR an associate’s degree.
  • Candidate needs to be eligible and maintain eligibility to proctor 3rd party exams including, but not limited to, ACCUPLACER, Pearson VUE, HiSET, and Kryterion.
EEO statement
Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: equity@Kirkwood.edu or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.   

Job Benefits:

Kirkwood offers a wide range of employee benefits.  Read more about them here

Job ID: 94196

Posted 16 days ago

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