Chief Science Officer

CAST, Inc - Wakefield, Massachusetts or Remote - Full time


As Chief Science Officer in this largely outward facing executive role, you will lead our 20 person talented research and development team in re-setting CAST’s transformative vision for applied research in education for the next generation. You will expand CAST’s network of enduring strategic partnerships across the applied research eco-system, elevating our team’s success by securing and managing the full life cycle of federal and privately secured funding. Reflecting CAST’s civil rights mission to ensure equitable access to learning, you will advance the body of knowledge around Universal Design for Learning, supportive technologies and inclusive education. You will collaborate with our professional learning and technical assistance teams in pre/post secondary as well as workforce environments, forging connections and coherence between research and practice. Ultimately, you will 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, prototype and model educational technologies impacting technical assistance and professional learning strategies, with an eye towards scaling and commercialization for the most promising efforts.


  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. or equivalent in education, special education, technology, psychology, neuroscience, related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Acknowledged vision setter through forward strategic thinking and collaboration with external and internal stakeholders
  • Possession of a robust network of executive relationships with grant funders, strategic partners and collaborators, and organizations supporting applied research in education
  • Open, clear, and sustained record of surfacing, securing, and managing external funding from both public and private sector agencies
  • 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 of qualitative and quantitative applied research, associated statistical methodologies and IES requirements relative to the range of ways people learn and best practices for detailing learning outcomes
  • 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 inclusion and equitable access to learning
  • History of managing content specialists with a range of knowledge and expertise across a mix of: literacy, science/technology/engineering/ math, affect/motivation, online learning, accessible instructional materials, assessment, preK-12 and postsecondary education, cultural proficiency, students with disabilities, specific disability categories, English language learners, learners from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, learners from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds

Apply for this job

Apply for this job



Experience Level

Senior Level


CAST is the global leader in Universal Design for Learning in applied education research and technology. Our singular ambition is busting barriers millions of people encounter everyday by celebrating learner variability.
Share this job
Get our email newsletterSign me up
Keep up to date with our email newsletterSign me up