Site Director and Program Coordinator, LA

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), a project of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., is seeking a Program Coordinator for our Los Angeles site. As the second hire in our Los Angeles site (the New York team has about ten people), you will be an integral part of helping to build a program that helps exceptional young people to achieve their full potential. The Program Coordinator will primarily be in charge of directing the BEAM 7 program, a three-week residential program on a college campus. In addition, the Program Coordinator will help manage year-round support for students, coordinate logistics in Los Angeles, and assist with fundraising efforts.

About the 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. The program has been running in New York City since 2011. Our first Los Angeles program, a five-week summer program for students in the summer after 6th grade, is opening in 2018. By 2019, there will be both the 6th-grade program and a three-week residential program on a college campus for 7th-graders.

BEAM's model includes those intense academic summer programs for middle school students in addition to year-round support through to high school graduation. Our goal is to be there for everything the students need, replicating the same (or better) support that an affluent family would be able to provide. In addition to teaching 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.

The expansion to Los Angeles is our first time entering a new city, and our goal is to create the same vibrant intellectual and social environment there as exists in New York (or maybe better!). Ultimately, programs in LA will support students through to college entrance, and possibly further.

Your Role

This position will be our second hire in the LA area, working with our LA Executive Director to grow out programming in the city. During summer 2018, BEAM 6, will run in LA for students just after 6th grade with the LA Executive Director as the Site Director. In summer 2019, BEAM 6 will run again, and this position will act as Site Director for BEAM 7, our residential program for BEAM 6 alumni just after 7th grade. In the following years, in addition to BEAM 6 and BEAM 7, you will work with the LA Executive Director to extend and develop programming each year as the students continue through 8th grade and high school.

We are a small organization with a startup mentality, and this is doubly true in Los Angeles. We all take on a variety of different tasks in order to make the program run, and everyone both contributes to program administration and does direct work with students. Any list of responsibilities will necessarily be incomplete (and evolve over time), but your responsibilities will likely include:

  • Acting as Site Director for a BEAM 7 site in LA. This role includes managing staff, logistics, student culture and discipline, and all of the many things that come up in a residential program. You will spend summer 2018 in New York as a Deputy Site Director as training.
  • Coordinating logistics around directing a BEAM 7 site, including:
    • Securing a host campus site.
    • Coordinating admissions and hiring.
    • Coordinating logistics such as field trips, staff travel, student registration, and all the other elements to make a summer site.
  • Leading the year-round support program for BEAM students, including:
    • Assisting students and their families with the high school admissions process.
    • Coordinating and/or teaching weekly enrichment or acceleration classes for students.
    • Running other events for students, such as to help them enter into other selective summer programs in future years.
  • Supporting our other work in the BEAM office, both in LA and nationally.

While we are especially seeking someone to be a site director, we will customize other responsibilities to your particular skill set. As a part of our early-stage staff, you will do some of everything.

Qualifications

Above all, we're looking for people who make things happen and who do it well, who love working with kids, who work well independently, and who are devoted to the work that we do. It is much more important to us that we hire someone with the right approach than someone with a particular background.

That said, we expect that anyone who is ready for this role will have:

  • Strong skills managing students and presenting a positive, inspiring, and growth-oriented message to them,
  • An ability to quickly bond with students and develop deeper relationships,
  • A strong background in STEM fields,
  • Persistence and the independence to make things happen and get them done,
  • Organization and the ability to independently develop a project,
  • Strong communication skills (including verbal and written),
  • Strong computer fluency,
  • The ability to motivate people to aspire to more, and
  • A real dedication to helping each of our students.

Significant pluses may include:

  • Experience with underserved students.
  • Experience with enrichment activities such as math circles or math contests.
  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages commonly spoken in Los Angeles.
  • More advanced mathematical training. 

We're especially looking for someone who is adaptable, will be great at running our summer program, and can figure out how to do just about anything.

Salary, Benefits, and Other Details

Salary will be between $50,000 and $60,000 per year, depending on experience and qualifications. BEAM provides a number of benefits, including health, dental, and vision, as well as pre-tax commuter benefits.

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.

One unique aspect of our organization is our highly-flexible work policies. Time off is very flexible and it is easy to work from home so long as you are keeping up with your responsibilities. Many of us shift our work times (doing work on evenings or weekends) to gain the flexibility to adjust our work hours during the day to take extra time for appointments or errands. However, please be aware that this position will require some weekend work (likely Saturday afternoons) based on the timing of your sessions with students, and that the summer time is non-negotiable; BEAM 7 is a residential program and, aside from occasional breaks, you would be there 24/7 during the program as well as staff training and wrap-up (a total of about four weeks).

As an organization, we are dedicated to the growth of our staff members. We will pay for training to supplement your skills when appropriate, and we encourage all of our staff to learn from each other. (We are, after all, an education organization!)

In general, we are all very dedicated but also very relaxed, and we care deeply that the work environment is pleasant for everyone.

The start date is flexible, but a good target might be June 1. This will allow you to spend some time at BEAM 6 in LA before flying to New York to act as Deputy Site Director at an established BEAM 7 site.

Application Process

To apply, please e-mail us a cover letter and resumé. We would also appreciate it if you can include an example of a favorite math problem appropriate for middle school students. For the math problem, you are welcome to simply link us to an online resource. (Please don't spend significant time preparing this. We only want a sense of your mathematical taste!)

We believe in the importance of demonstrated ability and work samples. Approximately 3-4 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 work hard to recognize the time you put into the process and we won't load you down with any useless bureaucracy.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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 Entire Staff at BEAM