Los Angeles Executive Director
Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), the flagship program of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) organization), seeks an entrepreneurial regional Executive Director to lead our expansion to Los Angeles. BEAM's programs, which have been operating in New York City since 2011, are focused on providing underserved students with advanced math and science enrichment, academic coaching, and a comprehensive college knowledge curriculum. Through our work, students participate in advanced mathematical study in middle school and receive support to enter other enrichment opportunities throughout high school. BEAM also provides direct math instruction, college application and scholarship mentoring, and other resources to support our students.
The Los Angeles Executive Director will (in collaboration with the national team) adapt BEAM's programs to Los Angeles, develop local partnerships, implement the program, and fundraise to sustain LA programming.
The mission of BEAM is to help underserved New York City 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 that typically lies outside most school curricula. Hence, we work to transition our students to the same enrichment programs as more affluent students typically access.
BEAM's model includes intense academic summer programs for middle school students (after 6th and 7th grade) and year-round support through to high school graduation. BEAM's support focuses on learning advanced math, coaching in finding and applying to other opportunities, and ultimately support for all aspects of college admissions and financial aid. In addition to our academic content, bringing students into an intellectual community is a key part of our mission and all of our work is designed around that goal.
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 summer and offering advising and support to over 400 alumni. 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.
Founded in 2011 by the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., BEAM has become the flagship program of the organization. Since its founding, BEAM's operations have been focused in New York City. With a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the expansion to Los Angeles represents BEAM's initial growth opportunity to a new city.
Role of the Los Angeles Executive Director
The primary role of the Los Angeles Executive Director is to build an exceptional program in Los Angeles. The Executive Director will implement BEAM's programs, adapting them to the unique ecosystem in Los Angeles and establishing the program as a leader in STEM preparation.
As its leader, the Executive Director will be responsible for all aspects of the organization, growing the LA office and building out infrastructure from one employee during the first year into a full team as the program grows. The Executive Director will lead the program itself, ensure quality control, build and coordinate partnerships, and liaise with the national organization.
Specific areas of responsibility include all aspects of program operations (including hiring, admissions, logistics, government registration, etc.); fundraising and development of a local board; and planning and innovation, specifically on how to make BEAM's programs most effective within Los Angeles. The LA Executive Director reports directly to the national Executive Director.
Primary qualifications include:
- Strong background in STEM fields, especially in math.
- Experience with the K-12 educational system and working with schools, especially in LA or nearby communities.
- Teaching experience, especially in math or STEM fields or with underserved students.
- A strong devotion to pushing and encouraging individual students; a real desire to "go the extra mile."
A strong applicant will also have recent, relevant experience:
- Working with middle school or high school-aged students.
- Leading staff and/or students.
- Managing budgets.
- Developing partnerships and fundraising.
- Speaking to groups and building networks.
Additional pluses include:
- Experience with enrichment activities such as math circles or math contests.
- Fluency in Spanish.
Beyond any specific qualifications, BEAM is looking for a passionate leader who has launched new initiatives and has a demonstrated hunger and ability to create. We explicitly encourage applicants who have some, but not all of our desired qualifications. We hope to bring someone in who will grow with our program.
Salary, Benefits, and Other Details
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Medical, dental, and other benefits will be provided.
All of us at BEAM are committed to our mission and to the individual students we serve. We are driven to achieve exceptional outcomes for low-income youth. In addition, an important part of our culture is centered around enabling our staff to do their best work: we strive to create a supportive, flexible, and positive work environment. Hence, BEAM staff have significant flexibility in setting their work hours, and we invest heavily in professional development and support.
Ideally, the LA ED will start by spending July 5-August 15 in New York City for the BEAM 6 program, in preparation for replicating the program in Los Angeles. However, there is flexibility depending on your particular schedule.
Please note that all applicants should have work authorization in the US.
To apply, please e-mail us a cover letter and resumé. Please also include an example of a math problem or idea you like and why. (You do not need to ensure that it is appropriate for students; this is for us to better understand your mathematical interests and taste.) We will then follow up with next steps. Top candidates may be invited to submit projects and interview in NYC.
Thank you for applying to BEAM. If you have any questions, we invite you to contact us by e-mail.
The Entire Staff and Board at BEAM