Program Manager

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics, a project of the Art of Problem Solving Foundation, is seeking a Program Manager. You'll be part of a close-knit team helping exceptional young people to achieve their full potential. We are a young, entrepreneurial organization, and the Program Manager will help in all aspects of leading the organization. Potential roles include directing counselor and faculty hiring; writing and designing materials for donors, students, or teachers; developing curricula; directing our summer program sites; and representing the organization at conferences. BEAM offers you a special opportunity to work closely with a small, dedicated staff and to be an integral part of putting the program together.

About the Program

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) helps underserved New York City middle school students with talent in math enter a realistic pathway towards becoming scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and programmers. We organize summer programs for students who have just finished 6th and 7th grade to help them study advanced math, and then we work with the students and their families throughout middle school and high school to help them navigate the educational system and continue their studies.

During their 8th grade year, BEAM organizes a number of events to support students and families. We hold weekly office hours for students where they can come in with any questions: application help, homework help, or whatever else they need. We hold information sessions for students and parents where they can learn how to apply to good high schools and summer programs, and we give each student customized recommendations for their next steps. We have reunions and field trips where they can explore places like Google and Yale University.

When students enter high school, BEAM provides individual advising to each student to help them navigate the many educational opportunities that are open to them.  We fill the role of a highly informed parent, pointing students to the many opportunities we've researched, pestering them to apply, helping them navigate high school, and ultimately helping them succeed at college admissions.

We think of this as a "whole systems" approach: it is not enough to help students academically if they do not know about future programs, if they do not want to attend them, or if they feel out of place when they go. We put as much effort into creating a real community of scholars as we do into the academic design of the program, and our continuing work with students is essential for them to access the best opportunities for their growth.

Your Role

You will be a part of BEAM's leadership team, assisting the Executive Director to set the vision and strategy of the organization.  Based on your individual skills, you will then be in charge of implementing pieces of that strategy.

Depending on your interests and skills, this may include leading the hiring process for new summer staff; creating and implementing new systems within our programs; developing partnerships with other organizations; leading fundraising efforts; managing bookkeeping and reporting; writing and designing documents such as our annual report, fundraising pieces, or communications with students; or any number of other tasks that we do during the year. In your first year you will be a deputy for directing a summer site, and in your second year you will take over the director position at one of the summer sites.

At BEAM, we believe that everyone should work directly with the students and families.  You will work with students during the summer, as well as during the year at our office hours or with students as your advisees.  If you want to come to BEAM, we hope that you'll be excited about this work and about doing some mathematics with the students!

Additionally, as a small organization, everyone pitches in for all of the organization's tasks.  We have a very flat hierarchy, and you should be ready to integrate into an organization where everyone (from the Executive Director on down) contributes to anything that needs to get done.

Qualifications

Above all, we are looking for someone who communicates well (both verbally and in written form), works well independently, has an entrepreneurial spirit, and who is devoted to the work that we do.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Extremely organized and responsible.
  • Strong ability to bond with the students.
  • Good math background (e.g. able to explain why different methods work, and ideally comfortable with mathematical proof), and an enthusiasm for the subject.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel; knowledge of mail merge a plus.
  • A true dedication to helping individual students: someone who will get to know them on a personal level and go the extra mile to make sure they get the best outcomes possible.

Additional pluses may include:

  • Experience working with underserved or low-income populations.
  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • Knowledge of advanced math or science (for example, graduate studies or significant independent study).
  • Experience with nonprofit administration, or with leadership in education.
  • Teaching experience, either at the school level or upper level mathematics.
  • Experience working with children or families of children.
  • Experience with Salesforce.
  • Experience coordinating logistics with external vendors. (For example: printing, event space, catering, bus charters.)

You may notice that none of these qualifications include a fixed number of years working in similar positions.  We are looking for exceptional staff, and we realize they may come from other nonprofits, from academia, or from industry.  We encourage you to think broadly about appropriate qualifications for the position, but to make a compelling case in your cover letter.

Salary and Benefits

The salary will be between $60,000 and $70,000 per year, depending on experience and qualifications.

During the academic year, the work location will generally be our office in midtown Manhattan. However, events during the year may take place in other areas in New York City. Additionally, travel may be required for conferences or for visiting potential host sites. During the summer, you may work from one of our residential sites or in our NYC office, depending on our needs during the summer. We are ideally looking for someone with the flexibility to work at a residential program for four weeks each year. Because we are working with students who attend school, some evening and/or weekend work will also be needed.

The Art of Problem Solving Foundation is a small organization and we do not currently provide health insurance as a benefit. We can provide assistance arranging personal health insurance, which all of us have done.  We are likely to add health insurance as a benefit in the next 1-2 years.

We provide 8 paid holidays and an additional 15 days of paid time off (which includes both vacation and sick days; we do not distinguish between the two). Paid time off will increase by one day for each year worked for your first five years of employment.

We generally provide a very flexible work schedule.  You can work from home when needed, or shift your time around to run errands.  As a small team, we are very accommodating of individual needs.

BEAM also provides opportunities for training and professional development to its staff.  We will cover the costs of relevant training and conferences as appropriate.

Application Process

To apply, please send a cover letter and resumé to info@beammath.org.

We believe in the importance of demonstrated ability and work samples. A few applicants will be chosen for the second stage, where we will ask you to complete sample projects to show us your work. From there, some applicants will proceed to an interview which will be the final step of the hiring process.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The start date for the position is June 1, although depending on budget we may be able to hire you sooner.

Finally

We believe strongly in communication and collaboration. In the spirit of that collaborative atmosphere, we strongly encourage you to ask questions about the position!

We're very excited that you're interested in the program. Thank you for applying to BEAM.

Sincerely,
The BEAM Staff
info@beammath.org