Chief of Staff to the Founder

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Case Method Institute
Cambridge, MA
Published 14 days ago

About the Case Method Institute

Having grown out of a special project first inaugurated at Harvard Business School (HBS) in 2015, the Case Method Institute for Education and Democracy (CMI) is an independent non-profit committed to bringing the highest quality education to America’s high school students – and to fulfilling the democratic promise of that education – by empowering teachers to utilize the case method in their classrooms.  Under the leadership of HBS Professor David Moss, CMI and its predecessor organization have brought the case method, long the favored teaching approach at leading professional schools, to 50,000 high-school students nationwide in every type of school environment, and with proven results: students in the program show improved critical thinking and argumentation skills, a deeper understanding of course material, and increased civic knowledge and engagement.  

With plans to scale rapidly, CMI is now expanding its capacity to deliver best-in-class professional development to new cohorts of teachers, focused both on the fundamentals of case method teaching and a new, case-based curriculum on the History of American Democracy, which Professor Moss first created for Harvard undergraduates and which has since spread to high schools across the country. Over the coming years, we aim to work with many thousands of teachers, building a network of social studies educators with the capacity – ultimately – to reach millions of young people.   

In these ways, CMI aims to strengthen American education and democracy, making a profound and lasting impact on the next generation.   

Information about the project and its history can be found here.

Position Summary & Qualifications

Prof. David Moss, the founder of CMI, is seeking a Chief of Staff to work with him on a wide range of projects involving every aspect of the organization. This position is intended to provide critical support to Prof. Moss, particularly with regard to engaging our external stakeholders, partners, and policymakers. The Chief of Staff to the Founder will help track key priorities, craft written communications, and manage activities that enable CMI to build and sustain partnerships that are vital for our continued growth and impact.    

This position is an exciting opportunity for someone with superb writing and organization skills who is passionate about applying them in a mission-driven organization dedicated to transforming high school teaching, enhancing student engagement and outcomes, and strengthening the democratic foundation of our country.   

Key qualifications for this role include:

➢    Exemplary academic performance – excels in the most challenging academic environments and shows a proven strength in written communication and attention to detail  

➢    Passion for the mission – demonstrates a deep commitment to the organization’s mission to improve education and advance democracy, and evinces a profound respect for teachers and the teaching profession

➢    Communication – uses precise, effective, and persuasive written communication to present ideas, engage a diversity of audiences, and represent the organization

➢    Collaboration – builds and maintains positive working relationships, collaborating closely with internal and external stakeholders to seek input, respond to feedback, and deliver high quality results; effectively balances when to seek input and when to move work forward independently

➢    Follow Through & Project Management – able to plan and manage projects, motivate and manage others towards a common goal and on deadline, and consistently deliver on commitments made

➢    Adaptable and Proactive able to adjust quickly as new needs arise, respond positively to change, exercise independent judgement as required, and identify needs and implement solutions

➢    Equity – passionate about contributing to and learning in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment


Start date

Ideal start date is June 1, with some potential flexibility depending on candidate availability



Cambridge, MA


Compensation & Benefits

Salary commensurate with role and experience; Competitive benefits



Please submit your application to, noting in the subject line the title of the role you’re applying for. Applications should include the following:

·        Cover letter

·        Resume

·        Writing sample, such as an academic paper or a memo written in a work context

·        Transcripts for college and, if applicable, graduate school. This is required for anyone who has graduated within the last 5 years, and preferred but not required for those who have 5 or more years of work experience after graduating.


The Case Method Institute is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace where applicants of every background can thrive. All decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, benefits, wage and salary administration, scheduling, disciplinary action and termination will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, pregnancy or maternity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

About the Case Method Institute

Having grown out of a special project first inaugurated at Harvard Business School (HBS) in 2015, the Case Method Institute for Education and Democracy (CMI) is an independent non-profit committed to bringing…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 15, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Cambridge, MA
Associated Location
Cambridge, MA

How to Apply

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