Seeking Contract Assessors (Generalists/Psychometricians) for ANAB Personnel Certification Accreditation Program

Office Location: Offsite

Type: Independent Contractor

Position Summary: The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the largest multi-disciplinary accreditation body in the western hemisphere, with more than 2,500 organizations accredited in approximately 80 countries, seeks dynamic and national experts in the fields of psychometrics, healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, finance, and energy for consideration as assessors for the ANAB Personnel Certification Accreditation Program. Qualified assessors will serve on a contractual basis to evaluate the competence and integrity of organizations across all industries that offer certifications for persons against the accreditation criteria contained in ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons as well as relevant ANAB policies and procedures. Assessors plan assessments, review documentation, conduct onsite assessments, issue nonconformities and evaluate corrective action, and report results to accreditation decision makers. Desirable assessor candidates will have had leadership experience in certification and/or accreditation organizations. Once selected, successful assessor candidates must participate and successfully pass classroom and field training regarding the 17024 standard and ANAB accreditation process. The final step is approval from the ANAB Credentialing Assessor Review Panel.

ANAB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. ANAB does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship or authorized alien status, or veteran status.

Qualifications:

  • For generalist assessors: minimum Bachelor’s degree
  • For psychometrics assessors: minimum Doctoral degree in educational measurement or other measurement-related fields
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in certification/accreditation/assessment/program evaluation
  • Knowledge of general quality management system principles and tools
  • Basic computer/technology skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal relations and interviewing skills
  • Ability to work in environments under high-pressure situations and produce deliverables in a timely manner
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Attentive to detail
  • Ability to impartially evaluate the outcomes of an assessment and make evidence-based decisions
  • Experience designing, filling or reviewing online applications

Responsibilities:

  • Thoroughly review program applicant’s policies, procedures, and additional documentation for conformance to accreditation criteria;
  • Conduct onsite assessments to ensure program applicant’s documentation aligns with program practices and implementation; may require travel;  
  • Maintain effective written and oral communication with client organization and ANAB staff at all times.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Katherine Krehbiel, Credentialing Programs Accreditation Manager (kkrehbiel@anab.org).


Seeking Contract Assessors for Management Systems Standards

ANAB is seeking contract assessors to assess third-party certification management systems accreditation programs. Some of the programs in need of assessors include:

  • Information Security (ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27701)
  • Aviation, Space and Defense (AS9100, AS9110, AS9120)
  • Responsible Recycling (R2, e-Stewards®)
  • Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS)
  • Responsible Care (RC14001)
  • Food Safety (ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, FDA FSMA)
  • Forestry (SFI, ATFS)

Contract assessors perform management system accreditation assessments of ANAB applicant and accredited certification bodies. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting office and witness accreditation assessments as a lead assessor or team assessor.
  • Handling post-assessment activities including but not limited to documenting assessment results (e.g., assessment report, nonconformances) and reviewing corrective action responses.
  • Providing technical support including but not limited to application reviews.
  • Providing technical assistance in investigating complaints as requested.
  • Participating in ANAB assessor development sessions.

In addition to demonstrating various skills, knowledge, and personal behaviors, candidates shall have successfully completed a lead auditor training course for a management system standard (e.g., ISO 14001, ISO 45001, R2, ISO 9001, ISO 22000, etc.) or equivalent and shall have a wide range of auditing or assessing experience (first-, second-, or third-party) to have gained the necessary breadth of understanding of the various applications of the standards.

If you feel you have the necessary competence and are interested in becoming a contract assessor for ANAB, please complete the assessor application and send it to Kelli Schimmoller at anab@anab.org.

ANAB will review your information and will contact you if we feel you have the necessary competence.


Seeking Contract Assessors and Technical Experts for Validation/Verification Standards

ANAB is seeking contract assessors and technical experts to assess third-party validation and verification accreditation programs. Some of the areas in need of assessors include:

  • Low-carbon-intensity electricity generation
  • Agricultural land or forest management
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Clean hydrogen
  • Low-carbon fuels
  • Carbon footprint
  • Life cycle assessment

Contract assessors perform validation and verification body accreditation assessments of ANAB applicant and accredited certification bodies. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting office and witness accreditation assessments as a lead assessor, technical assessor, or technical expert.
  • Handling post-assessment activities including but not limited to documenting assessment results (e.g., assessment report, nonconformances) and reviewing corrective action responses.
  • Providing technical support including but not limited to application reviews.
  • Providing technical assistance in investigating complaints as requested.
  • Participating in ANAB assessor development sessions.

In addition to demonstrating various skills, knowledge, and personal behaviors, Lead Assessor and Technical Assessor candidates shall have successfully completed an auditor training course for a related system standard (e.g., ISO 14001, ISO 14065, ISO/IEC 17029, ISO 14064-3, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, etc.) or equivalent and shall have a wide range of auditing or assessing experience (first-, second-, or third-party) to have gained the necessary breadth of understanding of the various applications of the standards.

Lead Assessor: Person qualified with respect to ANAB requirements to perform accreditation assessments with respect to ISO 14065 and ISO/IEC 17029 and who is responsible for leading a team of assessors during the assessment of a validation/verification body (VVB).

Technical Assessor: Person qualified with respect to ANAB requirements to perform accreditation assessments with respect to ISO 14065, ISO/IEC 17029, and ISO 14064-3 and who is responsible for performing the technical assessment portions of the assessment of a VVB and performing witness assessments of validations and/or verifications.

Technical Expert: Person having specific knowledge or expertise with respect to the scope of accreditation to be assessed; is a team member who provides technical advice but is not considered as an assessor unless he/she has the relevant assessor qualifications and training.

If you feel you have the necessary competence and are interested in becoming a contract assessor for ANAB, please complete the assessor application and send it to Ann Howard at ahoward@anab.org.

ANAB will review your information and will contact you if we feel you have the necessary competence.


Seeking Contract Assessors for Product / Process / Services Accreditation Standards

ANAB is seeking contract assessors to assess third-party product certification accreditation programs. This ANAB program accredits third-party conformity assessment bodies (CABs) against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065:2012, certification schemes, and applicable normative standards.

Some of the certification schemes in which assessors are being sought include (but are not limited to) the following:

Food Safety

  • BRC Global Standards (BRCGS)
  • CanadaGAP
  • FDA Accredited Third-Party Accreditation Program
  • GLOBALG.A.P
  • International Featured Standard (IFS)
  • Safe Quality Food (SQF)

Telecommunications Certification Programs (TCB)

  • USA (FCC)
  • Canada (IC)
  • European Union (EU)
  • Hong Kong (OFTA)
  • Japan (MIC)
  • Singapore (iDA)
Eco-labeling and Sustainability Programs
  • Type I and Type III – Eco-labeling Certification Programs
  • BIFMA level Furniture Sustainability Standard
  • Textile Exchange Program
  • Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Program/ Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
Government Programs
  • EPA Energy Star® Program
  • EPA WaterSense Certification Program
  • ONC Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology

 

 

The desired contract assessors will perform accreditation assessments of ANAB applicant and accredited product certification bodies. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting assessments to determine compliance with the accreditation standard, certification scheme, and applicable policies and procedures. The assessment would witness a sampling of the certification activities specified by the certification scheme.
  • Handling post-assessment activities including but not limited to documenting assessment results (e.g., assessment report, nonconformances) and reviewing corrective action responses;
  • Providing technical support including but not limited to application reviews;
  • Providing assistance in investigating complaints as requested; and
  • Participating in ANAB assessor development sessions.

In addition to demonstrating various skills, knowledge, and personal behaviors, assessor candidates shall have successfully completed a lead auditor training course (e.g., ISO 9001) or equivalent and shall have auditing or assessing experience (first-, second-, or third-party) to demonstrate the necessary breadth of understanding of the various applications of the standards.

ANAB is seeking the following individuals to support the ANAB Product Certification Accreditation Program:


Lead Assessors

Lead Assessors, or Team Lead, are assigned to lead the assessment team and have knowledge and experience in evaluating an applicant or accredited certification body’s management system. Using interviews, observations, and review of policies and procedures, lead assessors manage the overall assessment and determines conformance of the organization's management system to accreditation and scheme requirements.

Lead assessors are responsible for:

  • Working with ANAB and the assessment team to complete assignments as directed;
  • Having knowledge of leading teams and management systems in order to ensure the CB conforms with the accreditation standard and relevant certification scheme requirements;
  • Providing a detailed summary and thorough description of any nonconformities identified;
  • Providing the necessary documentation to support assessment activities;

Technical Assessors

Technical assessors participate as members on ANAB assessment team possessing the technical knowledge and/or experience related to the certification scheme. Using interviews, observations, and technical file reviews, technical assessors conduct assessments of an organization's conformance to accreditation and scheme requirements and evaluate the organization's technical competence to conduct activities under the organization's scope of accreditation.

Technical assessors are responsible for:

  • Working with ANAB and lead assessors to complete assignments as directed;
  • Using technical knowledge to ensure the CB has the technical competence to perform relevant certification scheme activities;
  • Providing a detailed summary and thorough description of any technical deficiencies identified;
  • Providing the necessary documentation to support assessment activities;

Technical Experts

ANAB is currently looking for technical experts for various fields, including but not limited to, Cybersecurity Risk Management, Functional Safety, Infant Formula Food Safety in accordance with U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.

Technical experts participate as members of the assessment team and are assigned by ANAB to provide specific technical knowledge and/or expertise about the scope of accreditation to be assessed. Using interviews, observations, and technical file reviews, technical experts support the assessment team in determining an organizations' conformance to the specific technical requirements of the certification scheme.

Technical experts are responsible for:

  • Working with ANAB assessment team to complete the assignment as directed;
  • Using their technical knowledge to ensure understanding of the relevant technical standards of the certification scheme by the CB;
  • Providing the assessment team a thorough description of any technical deficiencies identified and any observations relating to the competency and technical capability of the certification body.

If you feel you have the necessary competence and are interested in becoming a contract assessor for ANAB, please submit your resume and cover letter to Nikki Jackson at njackson@anab.org.

ANAB will review your information and contact you, if we feel you have the necessary competence.


Seeking Technical Experts for Laboratories and Related Activities

ANAB is looking for technical experts for various fields related to ANAB laboratory, inspection body, proficiency test provider, and reference material producer accreditation programs.

Technical experts participate as members on ANAB assessment teams. Using interviews, observations, and documentation and technical file reviews, teams conduct assessments of organizations' conformance to the accreditation requirements and evaluation of their technical competence to conduct activities under the scope of accreditation. 

Technical experts are assigned by ANAB to provide specific technical knowledge and expertise about the scope of accreditation to be assessed. 

Technical experts are responsible for:

  • Working with ANAB and the lead assessor to assist in development of an assessment plan.
  • Working under the direction of the lead assessor to complete the assignment as directed.
  • Using their technical knowledge to ensure correct performance of the relevant technical activities as assigned by the lead assessor.
  • Providing the lead assessor a thorough description of any technical deficiencies identified.
  • Providing a detailed summary of all technical comments and observations relating to the competency and technical capability of the observed customer.
  • Working with the lead assessor to provide any necessary documentation to support the assessment activities.

Participation in ANAB assessments provides the expert with ongoing professional development and benefits the industry by ensuring uniform application of accreditation requirements, including those for technical competence.

If you're interested in participating as a technical expert on ANAB assessment teams, contact Ryan Fischer at PILR@anab.org.


Supplier Diversity Policy

ANAB recognizes that small and diverse businesses create a competitive advantage and have a positive impact on the global community. ANAB is committed to including and utilizing diverse businesses in all of our services, and this includes providing, to the maximum extent possible, contracting opportunities to small, minority-owned, women-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest-quality services through a diverse and dynamic team.