Development and Communications Manager


The Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) organization) is a rapidly-growing nonprofit. Our flagship program, Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), helps underserved students with talent in math enter a realistic pathway towards becoming scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and programmers.  Led by staff with these same technical backgrounds, BEAM believes that pathways to STEM careers are created through access to advanced work beyond what's usually taught in school. BEAM's model includes intense academic summer programs for middle school students (after 6th and 7th grade) and year-round support all the way through to high school graduation.

Over the past six years, BEAM in New York has grown from a small summer program serving 17 students to three summer sites reaching 180 students each year and offering year-round advising and support to over 400 alumni. Most recently, BEAM received a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to open our program in Los Angeles starting summer 2018. BEAM's work has been featured in the New York Times and the Atlantic. The Times article, in particular, is a good description of the experience for students. You may also find it helpful to view our annual report.


We are looking for a talented and passionate Development and Communications Manager to support the next phase of BEAM's growth. With support and guidance from BEAM's existing staff, the Development and Communications Manager will coordinate the organization's fundraising and relationship-building efforts.

Working with the Executive Director, the board of directors, and other senior leadership in the organization, the Development and Communications Manager will implement strategy by coordinating and tracking outreach with existing supporters, developing relationships with potential supporters, organizing and leading fundraising events, researching grant opportunities, and applying to grants. In addition, the Development and Communications Manager will work with senior leadership to develop fundraising strategy and messaging.

In addition to development roles, a unique aspect of the work is that virtually all BEAM staff members find time to work directly with students in tutoring or mentoring environments.

It is our goal to find someone who is passionate about our work and has experience with STEM outreach. We are committed to providing professional development opportunities both within the organization and through participation in conferences, webinars, and other training. This position has strong likelihood of growth, including promotion to Director of Development. BEAM also welcomes more experienced candidates to apply directly to the Director of Development role.

BEAM is continually growing, with fundraising of approximately $2M in 2017 to support our 2018 work. We have nine full-time staff members during the year and approximately 80 staff members during the summer. The Development Manager will report to the Executive Director.

Key Responsibilities

Donor and Relationship Management

    • Coordinate staff and board member relationships with individual donors.
    • Build personal relationships with donors.
    • Implement a CRM system to track interactions with donors.
    • Research prospective donors and the organization's connections to those donors.


    • Manage BEAM's social media including Twitter, Facebook, and blog.
    • Write and coordinate the quarterly BEAM newsletter.


    • Organize events for BEAM supporters, including the Slightly-Mathy Trivia Night and Dinner & Board Games Evening each fall, a new spring event TBD, and site visits during the summer.
    • Manage all logistics including venue selection, food and drink, ticketing, etc.
    • Invite students to represent BEAM to the events and coordinate BEAM's messaging.
    • Coordinate invitations and advertising.


    • Research prospective foundations.
    • Write and edit grants to those foundations based on BEAM templates.
    • Develop relationships with foundation officers and follow up as needed.


    • Love STEM and STEM outreach, and have a passion for diversifying the field. We're looking for someone who "gets it" and will be able to bond over STEM ideas with donors and students.
    • Outstanding writing skills. Able to write compelling and natural-sounding pieces about BEAM's work.
    • Highly-organized thinking with a natural tendency to organize large amounts of information (such as information about our donors).
    • Experience communicating in both informal and formal settings. For example: networking events, conference talks, mass emails, or formal presentations.
    • Experience organizing events and (ideally) ensuring positive experiences for guests. For example: conferences, parties, or puzzle contests.
    • Able to communicate effectively in-person and represent BEAM well to our supporters.
    • Professional experience working in a growing organization preferred.

    More holistically, we want to see the passion and habits of mind that will drive success in this role and enable the Development and Communications Manager to learn and grow.

    Additional pluses include fluency in another language or experience with advanced mathematics. As an organization, we strongly value communication skills, personal efficiency, and dedication to our mission. We love what we do, and we hope that you will share that same passion.

    Other Details

    We are looking for the right person more than the right level of experience, and so we are open to candidates with a wide range of backgrounds. The title for the position may be "Development and Communications Coordinator," "Development and Communications Manager," or "Director of Development" depending on background. Salary will be commensurate with experience and competitive with comparable positions for organizations of a similar size.

    The Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc. offers benefits including health, dental, vision, commuter benefits, and paid time off. BEAM's work hours are also highly flexible and we can accommodate a variety of schedules, including the opportunity to work from home.

    The position will be based in our New York City offices, currently in the Financial District (in space provided by the Edwin Gould Foundation).

    To apply, please e-mail us a cover letter and resumé. We prefer communication by e-mail rather than phone.


    Thank you for applying to BEAM. If you have any questions, we invite you to contact us by e-mail.