Boston University DIRECTOR, PATHWAYS PROGRAM, College of Arts & Sciences, Math & Statistics in BOSTON, Massachusetts
The Program Director will have oversight of the academic, administrative, and logistical operations of the PROMYS Pathways program's comprehensive initiative to provide low-income and underrepresented pre-college students in the greater Boston area with deep mathematical experiences. The goal is to develop PROMYS Pathways into a successful stand-alone outreach program, by making connections with teachers and administrators in high-needs public schools and serving an increasing number of students each year. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in mathematics, an appreciation for mathematical habits of mind, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Responsibilities and Duties
Develop networks with key stakeholders.
Initiate contact with local middle and high school teachers, math coaches, and math department heads to identify and recruit potential math circle mentors.
Make connections with school superintendents and/or other administrators to get support for PROMYS Pathways activities at the district level.
Provide teacher training & curriculum development.
Plan and facilitate training sessions, aligned with PROMYS organizational goals and unique pedagogical approaches, for teachers running math circles at their schools.
Design and provide curriculum materials and ongoing support for teachers throughout the academic year.
Monitor frequency of math circle meetings in order to compensate teachers and compile attendance and demographic information regarding students.
Foster a community of math circle teachers through in-person and/or online forums for information sharing.
Oversee PMC Summer Program.
With PMC Summer Program Director, plan summer schedule and hire counselors.
With Pathways math circle mentors, recruit students and ensure enrollment numbers.
Design application and financial aid forms, exit surveys, and other materials.
Manage logistics: room reservations, supplies, transportation, and meals.
Fundraise. Seek funding opportunities to support programming.
Write and submit grant proposals and reports.
Liaise with funders and PROMYS trustees.
Create data and communication infrastructure.
Develop and maintain a Pathways website.
Develop and maintain a database of PMC/Pathways participants, alumni, teachers, and schools.
Create communication tools, such as blogs and/or social media posts, to foster community and inform about Pathways happenings.
Collaborate with other STEM summer programs.
Network with similarly aligned programs to share best practices, while learning about opportunities available to students.
Identify programs to which Pathways students can apply and provide support as they navigate the application process.
Interact with other PROMYS directors, forging a collaborative partnership across the PROMYS family or programs.
About PROMYS Pathways
PROMYS Pathways is a comprehensive initiative to provide low-income and underrepresented pre-college students in the greater Boston area with deep mathematical experiences. Its precursor, PROMYS Math Circle (PMC), was launched in 2017, and has provided free extracurricular math circles and collaborative events to over 500 students in local high-needs schools. Since its inception, 14 PMC students have attended the flagship PROMYS program and thrived huge accomplishment given the selectivity and rigor of PROMYS.
For over 30 years, the Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS) has been synonymous with deep exploratory mathematical learning for talented high school students and secondary teachers. Founded in 1989 at Boston University, the PROMYS flagship program is a six-week summer immersion in mathematics for talented high school students who are selected from across the US and around the globe. A parallel program, PROMYS for Teachers (PfT), provides secondary teachers from mostly the US with a similar immersion in mathematics. A third program, PROMYS Math Circle (PMC), was launched in 2017, as part of enhanced efforts to reach mathematically talented students from backgrounds that are low-income and traditionally underrepresented in STEM.
A cover letter is required for consideration.
Master's Degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education
5-8 years of demonstrated leadership, program administration, teaching, or some combination
Ability to keep track of many operational and logistical details, think through multi-stakeholder eventualities and implications, and plan ahead
Ability to manage multiple projects and multi-functional teams, and coordinate across teams quickly, efficiently, and effectively
Experience building or documenting business processes and procedures
Experience designing curriculum to encourage mathematical habits of mind
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Strong organizational skills with precise attention to detail
Please note all newly hired staff and faculty will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement (https://www.bu.edu/hr/hr-covid-19-resources/vaccine-required-for-faculty-and-staff/) within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption ( instructions (https://www.bu.edu/hr/hr-covid-19-resources/upload-your-covid-vaccination-documentation/) ). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Resources (https://www.bu.edu/buohc/covid-19/) site.
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