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

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), a project of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., is seeking a Nurse/Health Director to live on campus with our students during the BEAM Summer Away program. The role of Nurse/Health Director is a position that supports BEAM’s operations by fostering a healthy and positive environment for our students by safely handling medical conditions during the program.

 This job is ideal for someone who wants to work in a low-risk environment this summer and loves kids. Our programs provide meaningful opportunities for middle school students with high potential in mathematics to build a community of learners in an immersive academic experience. We are required to have a health professional on-call and on-campus during the program, but while on-call you are free to do as you wish, giving you plenty of time to study, read, work on a project, or anything else you can do from campus. You're also welcome to join in our activities and bond with campers! Since we are an academic camp, we expect active responsibilities to generally be limited to times when students take medications and when they’re participating in outdoor and/or sports activities, with significant downtime even during on duty periods.  


Key Responsibilities


Pre-Program Prep

Staff arrive on site a few days ahead of students’ arrival to engage in training, build community, and complete important set-up work. As a Health Director/Nurse, you can expect the following to occur over 1-2 days pre-camp and to have support from an additional staff person.

  • Review program safety plan; ensure all work is done in accordance with the safety plan
  • Review student medical records and verify that immunizations are up-to-date
  • Advise the Site Director of any medical conditions that require special attention
  • Attend staff training to learn procedures and give basic advice to staff for responding to medical issues
  • Set up the Nurse's Station, including unpacking and verifying necessary supplies are present and that the room is ready in time for student arrival
  • Meet each student as they arrive at the program site and collect any medications they brought with them

During the Program

During the program, you will be responsible for a combination of regular and urgent medical tasks, including those listed below. You can expect to be responsible for approximately 40-50 middle school students, although some of your work will be consultative as other staff are trained in first aid, with at least two other staff being trained in advanced first aid and CPR.

  • Direct self-administration of COVID tests by students. 
  • Watch students self-administer medications
  • Administer First Aid as needed
  • Log all medical interactions
  • Consult on emergency situations
  • Administer CPR as needed
  • Use campus AED as needed
  • Refer students to urgent care and/or the emergency room as needed for diagnosis
  • Coordinate with another medical staff member, who will be on-site during your time off

Post-Program Wrap-Up

  • Supervise the return of medications to students at the conclusion of the program
  • Organize medical documents generated during the summer for archiving
  • Help pack up any remaining supplies or items at the Nurse’s Station



Above all, we're looking for people who are passionate about the work and impact of BEAM. It is much more important to us that we hire someone with the right approach than someone with a particular background. 


That said, we are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Must be certified as an RN or LPN in the state of New York
  • RN preferred
  • Past pediatric experience preferred


Commitment to Diversity

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.


Compensation, Benefits and Other Details


This is a five week, seasonal position. Remote training for this role may begin in early July 2024. Compensation for this role is $30 per hour for LPNs and $40 per hour for Registered Nurses.  

Work Schedule

Staff program dates: July 4 - July 31, 2024 (including pre-program preparation and post-program wrap-up).

Nurses can expect to work shifts totaling a minimum of 40 hours per week, which may include some weekends and occasional overnight shifts. We offer the option to hire nurses to work primarily evenings and weekends. We also offer the option to live off campus if you are able to commute to and from the program. We will schedule your work hours before the summer and take into account your preferences and availability.

BEAM strives to provide a comfortable and supportive environment for all nurses, whether they choose to live on campus or commute from home.All nurses, regardless of commute status, will have access to the following benefits:
  • Nurse’s Station with air conditioning
  • Meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, with options for dietary restrictions
  • Access to campus gym/recreation center for free
  • Access to campus library, including newspaper and article subscriptions
  • Free parking on campus
Additionally, for nurses who cannot commute to and from the program, BEAM offers the following benefits:
  • Lodging on campus in a private room
  • Laundry service
  • Travel stipend for arriving to campus and returning home


Hiring Process

We ask all applicants to submit an application, including their resume and answers to a few short questions. After reviewing your materials, we will contact you regarding next steps. We believe in the importance of demonstrated ability. Some applicants will proceed to an interview to allow our hiring team to learn more about their skills and experiences. We work hard to recognize the time you put into the process and we won't load you down with any unnecessary bureaucracy.


For accommodation requests related to the job application process, please contact HR at accommodations@beammath.org.

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