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Instructional Designer/Research Associate


Join CAST’s dynamic research and development team and help build and shape CAST's innovation research agenda!

Position Titles:

  • Instructional Designer/Research Associate
  • Instructional Designer
  • Research Associate

Position Status: Immediately. Preference given to candidates who can work onsite at CAST in Wakefield, MA.
Job Type: Full-time, part- time, and contractual positions available.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to No calls, please.

About CAST

Located a short distance north of Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. As a nonprofit, we know that every employee contributes to our international reputation as a leader in education research, technology, and universal design for learning. Teamwork, risk-taking, and collaborative thinking are essential to the way we work. Most of all, our mission—to improve learning experiences and opportunities for all individuals—motivates not only what we do but how we do it.

Job Description

CAST is seeking dynamic Instructional Designers/Research Associates for a full-time, part-time and contractual positions working with CAST R & D Teams onsite in Wakefield MA. These roles can be separate or hybrid. CAST’s Instructional Designers and Research Associates participate in the design and development of CAST’s products, instructional approaches, prototypes and models through an agile development process involving iterative cycles of development working with schools, teachers and students.

Topical Areas of Interest

  • Specific content expertise in one or more of the following: literacy, STEM, affect/motivation, online/blended learning, assessment, K-12 education, early childhood education, postsecondary education, accessible instructional materials, technology-supported education.
  • Knowledge of diverse learners: students with disabilities, English language learners, children from low SES backgrounds.
  • Expertise in the learning/cognitive sciences a plus especially in work that bridges theory, research and practical application.

Responsibilities: Instructional Designer Role

  • Contribute to grant and research proposals (e.g., review research, define concepts, methods, processes).
  • Collaborate with project teams to:
    • Develop the overall instructional vision for projects that address the project goals.
    • Design core instructional content and learner supports to meet the needs of projects after analyzing the full range of learner variability.
    • Develop instructional experiences that make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more accessible, achievable and appealing to a broad range of learners.
    • Determine and develop appropriate media and technology solutions based on the content, learner audience and instructional goals of the project.
    • Review and collaborate on the development of storyboards and specifications of products to effectively describe features and functionality, so that interactive web-designers and programmers can convert storyboards into viable working products.
    • Develop final products including user testing and reiteration if needed.
    • Support researchers in the analysis of the functionality and usability of software products following close observation of students' work and use of products in pilot studies.

Responsibilities: Research Associate Role

  • Contribute to grant and research proposals (e.g., review research, define concepts, methods, processes)
  • Collaborate with research teams to develop and implement data collection for research projects, including usability and pilot testing in schools and other learning environments.
  • Aggregate, analyze and present data to teams to facilitate and inform next steps.
  • Facilitate interactions of research project teams by managing project and prototype development (i.e., communication, task lists, schedules, team meetings, etc.)
  • Facilitate regular communication among partners from outside organizations.
  • Contribute to the knowledge base by conducting literature reviews and disseminating research findings to research team.
  • Collaborate with research teams on teacher workshops/trainings for research projects.
  • Disseminate project results though articles, journals, conference presentations or other dissemination vehicles.


  • Master’s Degree in Education, Technology, Design or related field
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Deep understanding of the way students learn
  • Knowledge of UDL and experience in schools or other educational settings is a plus


  • Contract, Part time, Full-time with benefits
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • To start immediately
  • Preference given to candidates who can work onsite at CAST in Wakefield MA

Work Environment

Our work environment is collaborative, high energy, fun, and stimulating. Join us to be part of a passionate learning community dedicated to busting the barriers to learning for all learners. We offer competitive compensation packages including health insurance, generous vacation, and flexible schedules. CAST is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to employing a highly-qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our communities and nation.