Job Opportunities

At nonprofit CAST, we know that every employee contributes to our international reputation as a leader in education research, technology, and universal design for learning.

Our staff is filled with people who are highly skilled, inquisitive, self-motivated, and risk-takers. Teamwork and collaborative thinking are essential to the way we work and the way we think. Most importantly, our mission—to improve learning experiences and opportunities for all individuals—motivates not only what we do but how we do it.

We provide competitive compensation packages including health insurance, generous vacation, and flexible schedules.

If you do not see an opening below that matches your interest, we'd still like to hear from you. Please send a cover letter and resume/CV via email to jobs@cast.org. Though we cannot respond to each individual submission, we will review them all. If we see a match, we'll get in touch with you.

Openings:




Research Scientist/Associate Research Scientist

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to ResearchJob@cast.org. No calls, please.

Job Description and Requirements:

CAST is currently recruiting a full-time Research Scientist or Associate Research Scientist with expertise in the research and design of networked learning environments and in the development and use of modern learning analytics. CAST has recently been awarded several large-scale multi-year grants (from the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation) to study and develop new ways to take advantage of the power and flexibility of modern learning networks and analytics. Our particular focus is on innovations that optimize outcomes for typically underserved learners, especially those who have been disabled or marginalized in traditional brick and blackboard environments. We seek a full-time educational researcher who is already familiar with the special challenges and opportunities that new data-rich environments provide, not only for students but for researchers and designers as well. A familiarity with methods developing in the nascent field of Learning Analytics and the application of computer science in education (e.g. Social Network Analysis, Linked Data Analysis, Bayesian Knowledge Tracing, Machine Learning should also be apparent).

A successful candidate will join a strong interdisciplinary team of learning scientists including cognitive and affective neuroscientists, educational researchers, clinicians, disability specialists, curriculum developers, educational technology designers and developers. CAST scientists are enthusiastic and self-motivated with a passion for learning, enjoy and feel productive working collaboratively and on teams.

Qualifications:
  • PhD or EdD or equivalent in education, computer science, information science, cognitive science, or related field
  • Two to three years experience in researching fully online or blended learning environments in K-12, higher education, or the workforce. (This expertise could have been developed as part of research for a doctoral thesis).
  • Deep knowledge and experience with quantitative research methods and especially with large data-sets and learning analytics.

Other:
  • Full-time with benefits
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • To start immediately



Senior Professional Learning Associate

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to onlinelearningposition@cast.org. No calls, please.

Job Description:

CAST is seeking a Senior Professional Learning Associate for a full-time, on-site position, located in Wakefield, MA. Inspired by the mission and strategic vision of CAST, the Associate plays a key role on CAST’s Professional Learning Team and implements CAST’s vision and goals in the field of education. The successful candidate will not only be expected to represent CAST’s work on Universal Design for Learning in the national education arena but will also be expected to be an active member of the PL team, working in a collaborative manner to improve outcomes for all learners. Given that the PL team is expected to grow and have significant impact in the field of education in the next few years, the Associate must be willing to respond to the varied PL offerings in a flexible, timely, and responsible manner. In addition, the Associate will work with the team to enhance the current professional learning offerings to be innovative, practical, and based in the most current research evidence of effective professional learning. The Associate will also be expected to develop new partnerships and lead projects that support capacity building at the district and state levels.

Responsibilities:
  • Provides effective and motivating professional learning to educators across the country, including but not limited to, keynote and workshop presentations. Frequent travel may be required.
  • Manages and leads CAST’s professional learning institutes, including the instructional design and content development, in collaboration with the PL team.
  • Leads projects to provide expert coaching and consultation in UDL implementation to schools, districts, and state level organizations.
  • Coordinates and manages the national UDL Cadre, including providing necessary training and making appropriate assignments.
  • Provides leadership and support in promoting CAST PL offerings.
  • Co-develops PL offerings, tools and resources.
  • Meets yearly sales projections, as determined with the Director of Products and Services.
  • Responds to client inquires, nurtures client-partner relationships, and actively seeks new clients.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to identify new markets, generate marketing content (e.g. program descriptions, target audiences), update SalesForce data, and actively seek new clients.
  • Tracks financial information (e.g. contracts, budgets, orders-in, etc.)
  • Participates on teams responding to RFPs related to new professional learning opportunities and action research.
  • Stays abreast of the latest literature around best practices in professional learning.
  • Publishes in educational journals to disseminate the UDL message and the work of the PL team.
  • Ensures that the professional learning is guided by the UDL framework and follows the standards of effective professional learning.
  • Help make more explicit the research to practice; practice to research loop.
  • Collaborates with the PL team to plan, develop, deliver, and refine all professional learning offerings, including face-to-face and online offerings.

Qualifications:
  • Doctorate in education.
  • Teaching experience preferred.
  • Expert in UDL and its application to instructional practice.
  • Experienced at working with adult learners and familiar with best practices in adult learning.
  • Able to collaborate with education stakeholders at all levels--including K-12 teachers and administrators as well as university personnel.
  • Superior communication skills, including excellent writing and powerful presentation skills; comfort with large and small groups and with diverse audiences.
  • Comfortable speaking to and writing for big audiences about UDL implementation.
  • Strong project management experience, including the ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities in flexible ways.
  • Able to manage and motivate people with compassion to meet clear goals for success.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others or work alone, as needed.
  • Creative self-starter who can bring an entrepreneurial approach to building up this work.
  • Experienced with digital productivity tools, including project-management software, Microsoft Office, Salesforce (or other database tools), and online survey software like Survey Monkey.
  • Highly skilled at analyzing data and articulating recommendations.

Other:
  • Full-time with benefits
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • To start immediately



CAST is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

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CAST's Mission

To expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through the research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies.

Did You Know...?
CAST's research areas include literacy, online learning, assessment, textbook design, accessibility, classroom practice, and education policy.