WPS offers the excitement, opportunity, energy, agility, and collaborative spirit of a startup within a stable, family-owned company that’s been thriving for 70 years. We publish educational and psychological assessments that allow helping professionals to accurately screen, diagnose, and treat people in need. A great opportunity to grow your product development skills and feel good about what you do at work!
This is a full-time position in Los Angeles' breezy South Bay, and local candidates are preferred. WPS offers a competitive salary (DOE) and benefits including paid time off, medical, dental, 401(k), and retirement plan. We work hard and take care of business, while mindful of the value of work–life balance. On-site car wash, weekly meditation, exercise boot camp, a lunch lottery, mentorship program, and quarterly cultural outings are a few of the reasons why working here is awesome!
We encourage optimism, collaboration, and growth, as well as “building relationships that last.” We’re looking to build such a relationship with the right individual.
About the position…
This position is for a Project Director in the Research and Development Department. The Project Director uses skills in the following areas, which are essential in the development of our educational and psychological tests for the commercial market:
- Project leadership
- Research design
- Test construction
- Data analysis
- Assessment and measurement
- Product development
- Technical writing
- User experience
- Technology integration
- Author relations
Applicants must have a doctoral degree, and postdoctoral experience is desirable. The area of degree specialization is open, but strong research and scientific writing skills, familiarity with clinical issues regarding children and families, and a demonstrated interest in quantitative methodology are a must. Experience in applied settings is strongly preferred. Candidates should also demonstrate strong critical thinking skills, and possess the ability communicate to large audiences and renowned experts in the field.
Accountability, collaboration, communication, customer focus, and innovation
Western Psychological Services (WPS) was established in 1948 in a little pink house in Brentwood, not far from the local VA hospital. Dr. Morse Manson, the company founder, developed a psychological test that would help returning World War II vets adjust to civilian life. This was the first of many psychological and educational assessments that WPS would publish over subsequent decades. Today these assessments are used by helping professionals throughout the world to evaluate, diagnose, and treat people in need—especially children and teens who have developmental, social, or behavioral challenges. WPS is known world-wide for our industry-leading autism assessments.
That’s the first part of the story: WPS is a stable, successful, family-owned company, 80+ employees strong, engaged in work that you can feel good about doing. This is a place where you can build a career—Many of our employees stick around for 10, 20, or even 30+ years.
Our Latest Chapter
The second part of our story starts with Jeff Manson, grandson of the founder (and now president of WPS), who’s making a big investment in the company’s future. He’s nurturing a transformative company culture that encourages innovation, creativity, transparency, and collaboration. And, as part of his commitment to a more open work environment, he moved the company a new home in Torrance, with plenty of elbow room, state-of-the-art equipment, and lots of amenities. The idea is that employees who are happy, empowered, acknowledged, and listened to will better serve the customer and the bottom line. It seems to be working—WPS continues to do well year after year!
WPS is an equal-opportunity employer.