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Junior Counselor, Discovery LA - Beam

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Junior Counselor, Discovery LA
Job Location
Los Angeles, CA
Job Description

About BEAM

The mission of BEAM is to create pathways for students from low-income and historically marginalized communities to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists. Led by staff with these same technical backgrounds, BEAM believes that pathways to STEM careers are created through community, individual support, and access to advanced work that typically lies outside most school curricula. We work to directly support students and to transition them to other supportive enrichment programs that enable their future success.

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 through college. Our program includes not just access to learning advanced math but also support finding and applying to other opportunities, including support with college admissions and financial aid. In addition to our academic content, bringing students into community is a key part of our mission and all of our work is designed to support 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 at six summer 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 now reaches over 500 elementary-aged students in seven different states, working to create a new nationwide pathway modeled on our local work.

With our recent strategic plan, our team has committed to transforming the organization from a successful startup to a more mature and scalable organization that can drive change across the country.


About the role

This summer, be part of a transformative experience for students from low-income and historically marginalized communities with exceptional potential in math. Be a role model, guide, and friend to your students as they begin their path to advanced mathematics. 


Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), a project of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., is seeking BEAM alumni to be Junior Counselors for a summer program that gives everyone a chance to excel in mathematics. During summer 2023, we will run our BEAM Discovery program in two locations: Los Angeles and New York City. These programs are foundational to our mission, serving as students first experience with BEAM.


Covid-19 Note:  While our intention is to hold our programs in person, we reserve the right to hold our programs virtually for the Summer of 2023 depending on community spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and give updates as needed. All employees that work in-person at Summer Away sites must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their first day of work  as a term and condition of employment at BEAM.  In addition to being fully vaccinated, BEAM requires all eligible employees to receive a booster. Proof of vaccination will be required.

For more information, please review our Safety Policies


What You’ll Do:

At BEAM Discovery, you'll create a vibrant social experience for kids who are discovering for the first time that there are other people who like doing mathematics. In this role, you'll also be a TA for classes on topics such as number theory, combinatorics, problem solving, and computer science. Courses taught at BEAM are designed by our faculty members and focus on topics in mathematics that they’re passionate about and chosen by students based on what they are interested in. Leadership teams at each site, including experienced Site Directors, Guidance Counselors, and Directors of Student Life (who are all former Counselors themselves!) will support your growth and empower you as a leader.

Be a role model and guide for students who are just beginning to set their educational path!

As a Junior Counselor, you will:

  • Supervise students
  • Run social and community activities
  • Build a positive social environment
  • Work with students on mathematics, both one-on-one and as a teaching assistant
  • Help students get to-and-from the program in travel groups 

For more information and program details, including examples of what a typical week would look like, please visit


Who You Are:

Junior Counselors must be strong mathematically, be reliable, and take initiative. They should be charismatic and able to help the kids have fun. All Junior Counselors must be at least 16 years old by the beginning of the program. In addition, applicants must be authorized to work for an employer in the US. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment visas at this time. International students able to obtain CPT or OPT are welcome to apply. 



BEAM Discovery Los Angeles

  • Location: Koreatown neighborhood in LA
  • Dates: June 20 - August 1, 2023
  • Hours: Expected schedule for Junior Counselors will run 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
  • Compensation: $16/hour. We also provide breakfast/lunch on weekdays

BEAM Discovery New York

  • Location: Uptown site hosted at City College and Downtown site hosted at New Design High School
  • Dates: June 30 - August 15, 2023 (with July 4th off)
  • Hours: Expected schedule for counselors will run 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
  • Compensation: $16/hour. We also provide breakfast/lunch on weekdays


Application Process and Deadline:

The initial step is to submit your application, including an unofficial transcript and responses to some application questions, via our online portal. To draft and save your progress before submitting, we recommend drafting responses to the application question in a separate document (ex: Word or Google Doc). Please note that we do not require a resume to be submitted. 

When your application is complete, we will follow up with next steps. The final step of the process is an interview with an experienced BEAM staff member.

The deadline for Junior Counselor applications is March 30, 2023.

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Seattle, WA

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Between 2 - 10 employees

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  • Pre Seed

    $3,200,000 USD