Manager, Math Instruction - BeamView Company Profile
- Job Title
- Manager, Math Instruction
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- Los Angeles
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- Job Description
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
ABOUT LOS ANGELES PROGRAMS
BEAM Los Angeles began in 2017 and currently serves students from 16 partner schools in the Koreatown, Pico-Union, Westlake, and South LA neighborhoods. Flagship programs include BEAM Discovery, a 5-week day camp for rising 7th graders that demonstrate proclivity towards mathematics, and BEAM Summer Away, a 3-week residential program where rising 8th graders explore mathematical proof across different topics. Summer Away participants then enter the Pathway program, a hybrid of math enrichment and academic advising. The Manager of Math Instruction would support academics at BEAM Discovery and throughout the Pathway program.
DESCRIPTION OF ROLE
The Manager, Math Instruction ensures that students have access to high quality mathematics instruction and opportunities, allowing them to keep a high level of interest and engagement in mathematics. This happens primarily through your work as a year-round instructor in our programs, teaching at both BEAM Discovery and our Saturday classes, providing both direct instruction to students and also recruiting, hiring, and supporting seasonal instructors to round out the instructional team. In addition, this role is the mathematical leader for Los Angeles programs; they ensure that the overall quality of mathematics instruction at BEAM LA is high, and that it's in line with BEAM's mission and values. In addition to the explicit tasks below, we're looking for someone who will take initiative to help support great math at the program when they see an opportunity for improvement.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Course Design and Instruction
- Design and teach/co-teach at least one class every summer (BEAM Discovery) and at least one class each Saturday.
- In collaboration with the Math & Pedagogy team, create the curriculum for at least one new course.
Coaching and Professional Development (fall/spring/summer semesters)
- Supporting program-wide training and professional development through contributions to staff training, staff meetings, and pedagogy office hours.
- Conducting classroom observations of instructors.
- Provide support to instructors via office hours or coaching.
- At BEAM Discovery, mentoring a member of the junior faculty (summer only).
- Conduct formal and informal classroom observations as part of the performance management process for seasonal faculty.
- Submit rubriced performance evaluations for seasonal employees.
Recruitment and Hiring
- In collaboration with Human Resources and Math & Pedagogy, conduct interviews of Saturday instructional candidates and BEAM Discovery instructional candidates.
- Support recruitment activities under the direction of Human Resources and Math & Pedagogy, which may include:
- Presenting at conferences or events (note that travel may occasionally be required).
- Conducting information sessions and other outreach for interested candidates,
- Contributing to BEAM’s communication strategy (including writing blog posts or newsletter articles, for example).
- Scheduling staff for teaching classes and student activities, and coordinating with the hiring team to cover any gaps.
- Securing substitute instructors.
Mathematical Program Operations
- Participate on the admissions team for BEAM Discovery and BEAM Summer Away, including supervising grading and conducting student mathematical interviews.
- Ensure timely and consistent grading of 7th grade untimed math problem sets.
- Support program staff advising students navigating the Pre-Algebra to Calculus pathway by answering staff questions in order to ensure accurate, appropriate guidance is given to students.
- Ensure summer sites implement program-wide math experiences which support that implementation.
- Run workshops and/or office hours to support students applying to selective math programs.
- Conduct interviews for mathematical volunteers.
- Organize the setup of Saturday classes, including:
- Setting the class schedule,
- Conducting student course assignments.
- Participate in and contribute to BEAM's organization-wide mathematical practices working group.
- 3+ years of relevant work experience of increasing complexity
- Strong background in undergraduate mathematics material, such as abstract algebra, number theory, combinatorics, and statistics
- 1+ year(s) of experience with mathematics teaching in a classroom that promotes active thinking, preferably with grades 6-12
- Knowledge of the STEM degree pathway, including enrichment programs that develop problem solving and reasoning skills
- Experience designing lesson and unit plans with an eye toward differentiating instruction and challenging all students
- Experience with math enrichment and/or out-of school time education
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Passion for BEAM's mission
- Highly collaborative; eager to develop programs in consultation with others
- Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
- Strong organization skills with strong attention to detail
Preferred Education and Experience
- Experience working on a team to support students from historically marginalized backgrounds
- Experience with lesson planning, unit planning, and assessment
- Experience coaching, advising, and/or supervising mathematics instructors
- Experience teaching 6th-12th graders
- Experience with 6th-12th grade math contests or math camps
- Experience with STEM education, STEM research, or STEM outreach
- Experience with BEAM’s programming, especially BEAM Discovery.
- Experience with hiring and interviewing staff
SALARY, BENEFITS AND OTHER DETAILS
The expected salary range for this position is $50,000 - $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.
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COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
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.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
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.
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