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Design Team Manager - Beam

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Job Title
Design Team Manager
Job Location
Flexible within the US
Job Description

BEAM is looking for a Design Team Manager to help our Programs and Learning/Evaluation teams. If you are passionate about educational equity and knowledgeable about training, keep reading!

BEAM’s Design Team, a department of BEAM’s Programs Division, is responsible for the design, piloting, and codification of BEAM’s core programming, including BEAM Discovery and the five modules that together comprise the BEAM Pathway Program (8th grade-college graduation). The team is responsible for building and then delivering materials and systems ready for implementation to local programs teams (currently Los Angeles and New York City), training colleagues on these materials and systems, and conducting an iterative improvement cycle to those materials and systems as needed. To enable building and training to proceed effectively, the Design Team places strong focus on effective communication, both written and verbal. The Design Team works closely with the Learning & Evaluation Team to ensure that monitoring and data collection is happening, that formative and summative results are considered, and that improvements are data driven.  


COVID-19 Note: Proof of vaccination (and a booster shot when eligible) will be required before working in-person at the office or BEAM events/programming.



As the Design Team Manager, your core work will be understanding BEAM’s programs deeply enough to produce high quality implementation and training materials. The implementation materials will allow programs to run as designed. The training materials will support BEAM staff in running these programs (including seasonal, part-time staff as well as full-time program delivery staff). In some cases, you will be able to draw upon existing BEAM implementation and training materials and you will be tasked with ensuring that they match Design Team standard protocols. In other cases, you will be part of the team creating new programming to address gaps and areas of growth in BEAM’s model, tasked with refining the vision of the Chief Program Officer and the Director of the Design Team and turning intended plans into comprehensive implementation and training materials. You will also remain highly involved in the iterative design process of new programs, collecting and synthesizing feedback and then using it to conduct improvement cycles until such time as the programs are codified.  



Design Implementation Materials, Systems, and Procedures for New and Revised Program Modules 

  • In consultation with the Senior Director of the Design Team and the Chief Program Officer, design materials to be used by students and program staff. 
  • Strengthen, and refine program materials produced by others to ensure consistent and clear messaging and presentation.
  • Work with the Salesforce Administrator to ensure data tracking is set up to support both measurement frameworks and programmatic data collection/storage. 
  • Regularly review implementation of program modules and procedures, determine where improvements are needed and make changes.


Design Staff Training and Documentation for Revised Program Modules 

  • Design training protocols to be codified including:
    • Documentation and training of how to collect and monitor data and outcomes. 
    • Documentation and training on key program requirements, as well as parameters for what cannot be changed and what can be customized. 
    • Soliciting feedback on how processes are going and designing supplementary training to address areas of growth. 
  • Review and update training materials based on formative feedback (staff surveys, program observations, feedback from stakeholders served). 


  • Knowledge and/or experience with training and learning best practices, with a focus on supporting adults of diverse backgrounds 
  • Knowledge and/or experience building or documenting systems and/or procedures
  • Knowledge of iterative design cycles
  • Knowledge of learning management systems
  • Knowledge of both in-person and remote training best practices  
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Passion for BEAM's mission and previous experience working on a team to support students from historically marginalized backgrounds 
  • Highly collaborative; eager to develop programs in consultation with others 
  • Ability to balance multiple competing priorities and manage several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to coordinate and communicate with multiple groups/stakeholders  
  • Ability to coordinate across teams quickly, efficiently, and effectively
  • Ability to keep track of many operational and logistical details 
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong organization skills with strong attention to detail
  • Experience working with students, preferably with grades 6-12 


  • 5+ years of relevant work experience of increasing complexity, with at least 1 year at a nonprofit organization and at least 1 year applying the principles of project and time management to individual and team projects  
  • Experience designing and implementing training programs 
  • Experience with facilitation and/or implementing trainings  
  • Experience in dealing with multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience with a learning management system
  • Experience with a data management system, preferably Salesforce
  • Experience with STEM education, STEM research, or STEM outreach
  • Experience with out-of-school time learning, enrichment, and/or summer camps   
  • Experience designing family engagement programming
  • Experience working with school-based staff 
  • Experience with BEAM’s programming, especially BEAM Discovery and/or BEAM Summer Away.


The expected salary range for this position is $54,000-$80,000, depending on experience and background. 

BEAM provides a number of benefits including:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Health, dental and vision benefits including health plan options that are free for individuals
  • 12 paid holidays including an office closure 
  • 15 days of paid annual leave to start, and will increase by one day for each year worked for your first 5 years of employment
  • Paid sick leave
  • 12 weeks paid maternity/paternity leave
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Student loan reimbursement
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Discounted health club membership


The initial step is to submit your application, including resume and responses to a few short application questions, via our online portal. When your application is complete, we will follow up with next steps.

Next steps in our process will include a short 30-minute phone interview and/or sample projects so we can get to know you and you can show us your work. We believe in the importance of demonstrated ability and providing opportunities that allow candidates to demonstrate their relevant skills for the role throughout our process. The final step of our process is a final interview with the team. 

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


For accommodation requests related to the job application process, please email


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



BEAM believes that our staff, at all levels and across all roles, should represent the backgrounds of the students we serve. We are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment. Beyond a commitment to nondiscrimination, we strongly encourage applications from underrepresented and marginalized communities.



BEAM is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status.

About BEAM

The mission of BEAM is to help students from low-income and historically marginalized communities 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 provides continuous support from middle school through college graduation, including intense academic summer programs for middle school students (after 6th and 7th grade), weekend classes and mentoring, and STEM-focused support to enrolled college students. Our program includes not just access to learning advanced math but also support finding and applying to other opportunities, including 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.

BEAM has grown from a small summer program serving 17 students in the summer of 2011 to a year-round, national program, serving 420+ students in summer 2021 at six program sites and 600+ students in year-round programming in New York City and Los Angeles this school year. In addition, our BEAM National pilot program is working with schools across the country to make our programs available to students everywhere and begin providing services in elementary school. 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 most recent annual report.

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Seattle, WA

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