About the Case Method Institute
The Case Method Institute for Education and Democracy is an independent nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, dedicated to improving high school history and civics education throughout the United States. The Institute grew out of the Case Method Project, a pilot program launched at Harvard Business School in 2015 by Professor David Moss. The pilot program worked with high school teachers nationwide to bring the signature teaching approach at Harvard Business School—the case method—to U.S. history, government, and civics classrooms, enabling high school students to train for active citizenship in the same way professional school students train for leadership in business and law. As part of the program, high school teachers received access to a set of twenty-two cases on the History of American Democracy, originally developed by Professor Moss for Harvard undergraduate and business school students, along with teaching materials and ongoing support to help them introduce case method teaching into their classrooms.
Over its five-year duration, the pilot was enormously popular with educators and demonstrated remarkable impacts on students—including improved critical thinking, deeper understanding of course material, and greater academic and civic engagement. In the course’s inaugural year at Harvard, an undergraduate deemed it “the civics course everyone should take”; in the years since, teachers and students have frequently spoken of the program’s benefits, with one teacher characterizing the case method as “a game-changer” and another describing how it turns a classroom into “a kind of laboratory for citizenship.” On July 1, 2020, the program and its staff migrated to the Case Method Institute, a standalone organization with a greater capacity to expand.
The Institute is now poised to dramatically scale up its operations and impact. These operations include delivering premier in-person and online trainings for high school teachers, providing unparalleled teaching support and coaching, and creating genuine and sustained partnerships with individual teachers who are successfully bringing the case method—and the case-based curriculum on the history of American democracy—to their students across diverse school settings. In the coming years, we aim to partner with at least 10,000 teachers, creating a network of social studies educators with the capacity to reach millions of young people. Ultimately, the Institute aims to strengthen American education and democracy, making a profound and lasting impact on the next generation. Please find more information on our website.
Position Summary & Qualifications
The Case Method Institute is seeking a Program Coordinator/Program Manager with outstanding qualifications to work as part of the Case Method Institute’s Teacher Support Team, which serves as the primary point of contact for high school teachers in our program as they learn to implement the case method and our case-based curriculum in their classrooms. The Program Coordinator/Program Manager (title to be tailored based on candidate’s experience and interest) is charged with developing authentic, productive relationships with a set of partner teachers over time and with facilitating a rich, two-way exchange of ideas to develop best practices for translating the case method to the high school environment. Key responsibilities include contacting prospective new teachers, ensuring that partner teachers have what they need to succeed, collecting and assessing survey data from students and teachers, recommending improvements as teachers seek to deepen their impact, and serving as ambassadors for the Institute by developing and sustaining robust relationships with our partner teachers. While this role is primarily focused on teacher partnerships, the Program Coordinator/Program Manager will also have opportunities to be involved in the Institute’s work across the organization.
This position is an exciting opportunity for someone with superb communication skills who is passionate about working in a mission-driven organization dedicated to transforming high school teaching, enhancing student engagement and outcomes, and strengthening the democratic foundation of the country.