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Director of Competitions

The Mathematical Association of America seeks applications for the position of director of competitions. The director of competitions has the responsibility to sustain and the opportunity to expand a program with a remarkable history, as well as develop initiatives in response to the national and international emphasis on fostering mathematical talent. The director of competitions will be part of the leadership team at MAA's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The MAA offers the largest and most prestigious suite of mathematics competitions in North America, including the American Mathematics Competitions, the U.S.A. Mathematical Olympiad, and the Putnam Competition. Each year, almost 400,000 students participate in MAA competitions. In addition, MAA operates the Math Olympiad Summer Program for 50-60 high-performing precollege students, and sends teams to participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad and other international competitions, including the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad. The new director will also oversee and further develop programs to equip teachers and their students with the kinds of advanced problem-solving skills that allow students to succeed in STEM-intensive pursuits.

The director of competitions works with MAA committees responsible for producing contest problems and MAA staff to ensure that all aspects of contest administration flow smoothly. Initiatives are under way to offer a series of online contests and to deliver web-based materials to students and teachers to support high-quality mathematics instruction.

The successful candidate will combine the following attributes:

  • A strong understanding of the existing landscape of competitions and current issues in precollege mathematics;
  • An appreciation of the mathematical culture of problem-solving;
  • A vision for attracting a broader audience to participate, as well as ideas for building on MAA's tradition of identifying and cultivating mathematical talent at all levels; and
  • The ability to work as a part of a team to sustain and develop relationships with individual, foundation, and corporate sponsors.

The position affords the successful candidate a key role in pioneering innovative approaches to mathematical competition and promoting mathematical problem-solving and creativity.

A letter of application discussing the candidate's background, interest, and vision, together with a curriculum vitae and contact information of three references, should be submitted electronically to Deadline for receipt of applications is June 1, 2014.

It is anticipated that the new director will be in place at MAA's Washington headquarters by July 1, 2015, with some overlap with the current director during the 2014-15 academic year to facilitate a smooth transition.

Excellent benefits package includes health, dental, life, disability, retirement, flexible spending accounts, and generous vacation accrual. Salary commensurate with experience. No contact by recruiters or other third parties, please. This position does not have provisions for sponsorship. EOE.