Chief Science Officer

Massachusetts, United States
Competitive Salary
Jun 17, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


As Chief Science Officer in this largely outward facing executive position, you will lead the expansion and revisioning of CAST’s role in applied research and development for the next generation. Internally, you will lead and optimize our 20-person research and development team as we expand our knowledge of learning diversity and universally designed pedagogy.

Collaborating with our professional learning and technical assistance teams, you will embed exemplary research in our implementation projects and partnerships, ensuring that the results of our research are widely and optimally disseminated through both professional publications and exemplary learning technologies, policies, and practices.

Externally, you will expand your own network of professional partnerships within relevant applied research domains, ensuring that all of CAST’s work is optimally visible and interconnected within larger networks of educational research and reform. You will elevate our overall success by securing and managing the full life cycle of federal and privately secured funding for research, development, and evaluation. Overall, your goal is to provide a supportive environment for a cycle of exemplary research to practice and back again, a cycle that will continue to move the needle by impacting learners everywhere for years to come.


Leveraging your seasoned strategic relationship-building expertise, you will expand CAST’s network of enduring national and global partnerships across the education research community through thought leadership, mastery of research, team membership, roles on boards and review panels, as well as informing policy advocacy, including and not limited to:

  • Inspiring a transformative vision for applied research in education with your strategic thinking and input from our board, research & development team, and our strategic partners.
  • Elevating our applied research successes by securing external funding from public federal, state, and private sources to support our innovation and growth objectives. You will oversee interdisciplinary teams and manage the full life cycle of funded projects including: surfacing new RFP opportunities, planning, submitting applications, managing grant activities, reporting qualitative and quantitative research results, and closing out grants.
  • Highlighting the impact of Universal Design for Learning, innovative educational technologies, and applied research to advance our efforts, enhance our presence, and advise partnering educational institutions.
  • Operating as Principal Investigator (PI) in select major research and development projects, you will lead, mentor, and optimize our 20-person, talented, diverse research and development team in executing on our mission. You will leverage an iterative and Agile framework to create educational interventions, including prototypes and model educational technologies that impact technical assistance and professional learning strategies, with an eye towards scaling and commercialization for the most promising efforts.


  • Must Have: Ph.D. or Ed.D. or equivalent in education, special education, technology, psychology, neuroscience, related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must Have: Acknowledged vision setter who demonstrates forward strategic thinking and collaboration with external and internal stakeholders.
  • Must Have: Possession of a robust network of executive relationships with federal grant funders or large private foundations, strategic partners and collaborators, and organizations supporting applied research in education.
  • Must Have: Open, clear, and sustained record of securing and managing external funding from public and private sector agencies. Preferred: Operational knowledge of the federal grant funding process.
  • Working knowledge of Universal Design for Learning using a range of applied research methods.
  • Thought leadership exemplified by peer-reviewed published and disseminated research, adoption of education solutions, speaking engagements, and/or roles on advisory boards reflecting recognition of your expertise in the wider research community.
  • Possession of a working knowledge off qualitative and quantitative applied research, associated statistical methodologies, and USDOE/IES requirements relative to the range of ways people learn and best practices for detailing learning outcomes. Understanding of design-based research preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated PI-level experience in leading, attracting and optimizing a highly diverse, talented research and development team who is motivated and capable of executing on CAST’s tireless advocacy for diversity, inclusion and equitable access to learning.
  • History of managing content specialists who possess a range of knowledge and expertise such as science/technology/engineering/ math, affect/motivation, assessment, online learning, preK-12 and postsecondary education, and learning across diverse and under-represented/traditionally marginalized populations.

Work Environment

The learners we serve come from all walks of life and so do we. Hiring talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds is a top priority because it’s the right thing to do, strengthens our organization, and creates a more rewarding environment for employees. If you share our values, enthusiasm for busting the barriers to learning that millions of people encounter every day, and preference for a hybrid work setting, then you will relish joining CAST.

We are committed to creating a diverse environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

About CAST

CAST is a not-for-profit research and development organization that originated the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and subsequently articulated the research-based framework and guidelines for UDL that now serve as the foundation for reforms and improvements in educational policies and practices across the globe. Our central mission is to leverage advances in modern technology and contemporary learning sciences in order to develop innovative, equitable approaches to teaching and learning that access the full spectrum of individual learners and their cultures. We seek to celebrate and even amplify learner variability, removing barriers to learning that people encounter every day.

We accomplish our mission through a resolute focus on the importance of diversity in background, innovation, teamwork, risk-taking, and collaborative thinking and perspective in order to design a more equitable and inclusive education for all learners – preK-12, postsecondary, and our current and future workforce.


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