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 Strategic Projects Manager/Chief of Staff with outstanding qualifications to work with Professor Moss and the Institute’s leadership on a wide range of projects across every aspect of the organization. The Strategic Projects Manager/Chief of Staff (title to be tailored based on candidate experience and interest) will provide essential support to Professor Moss, particularly with regard to engaging external stakeholders, partners, and policymakers. This person will help track key priorities, craft written communications, and manage activities that enable the Institute to build and sustain partnerships vital to its continued growth and impact. A possible second position will give priority to candidates who are also able to provide support across a range of software applications and data projects.
This role presents an exciting opportunity for someone with superb writing, organizational, and/or technical 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.