Director – Commuter Program

Job Description

The goal of SIG is to provide an exceptional experience by creating a community of student learners who share common interests, abilities, and goals. It is the team responsibility to promote a safe environment where students can grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

The Director reports to the assigned Program Director.


  • A Masters degree or higher is preferred
  • A minimum of three years of administrative or supervisory experience in an educational institution; seasonal recreational or academic program
  • A degree or specialization in public administration, business or education
  • A minimum of three years teaching academically gifted students (preferred)
  • A knowledge of financial record keeping
  • Business acumen needed to operate and to direct the social, emotional, and financial needs of a gifted and talented academic program
  • A professional and collegial approach to educational programs
  • Certified in first aid/CPR. If not certified at time of hire, must be willing to get certified prior to opening of the assigned program

General Responsibilities

  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG employee handbook and the SIG code of professional conduct.
  2. Operates the SIG program in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the Summer Institute for the Gifted.
  3. Adheres to the policies and procedures in the Program Administrator’s Manual.
  4. Directs and commands all emergencies during the SIG program. Communicates general and significant issues to the Program Director

Pre-program Responsibilities

  1. Attend a minimum of one marketing event mutually agreed upon by Program Director and Director of Day Program.
  2. Attends all pre-campus trainings and meetings for Directors including a 1 – 2 day training held in Stamford, CT in May.
  3. Actively markets program to the local area.
  4. Manages and prioritizes the staff orientation program (Scheduled the Saturday one week before opening of program or Saturday before opening depending on campus location).
  5. Manages and prioritizes the parent orientation/student registration (Scheduled Saturday before opening of program in most cases).
  6. Directs the set-up of the SIG office on campus where the program office is located
  7. Assists in the recruitment of the appropriate staff including teachers, program assistants, and office managers.
  8. Selects appropriate rooms or areas for class locations, with the assistance of the facility liaison.
  9. Conducts and documents a pre-program inspection of all rooms SIG will use during the program.

Program-Related Responsibilities

  1. Records and keeps a daily balance in the check book for check disbursements.
  2. Collects and tracks cash receipts, authorizing all credit card expenses.
  3. Attends to the medical needs of students in the day program (contacts parents if student is sick or needs to see a doctor).
  4. Distributes payroll checks and reimbursement to SIG employees as they are requested.
  5. Keeps all financial records and personal information on employees secured in a locked cabinet giving limited access to information by state officials and/or only those individuals authorized by the VP of SIG or AVP – Staffing & Compliance.
  6. Monitors, mentors, mediate, counsels, and discipline the behavioral issues of students and staff.
  7. Assists the Academic Dean with the review of the final student performance reviews submitted by faculty to be certain they are appropriate in tone, detail and personalization, are mechanically and grammatically correct, and are legible, and to follow through with faculty who must correct their student evaluations or who are late in submitting them.
  8. Completes an evaluation on the performance of all staff by the last day of the program.
  9. Acts as a substitute teacher in the event of instructor absence.

Post-Program Responsibilities

  1. Returns checks, credit cards, and related records to the VP of SIG in Stamford at end of session.
  2. Collects the evaluation materials to facilitate the assessment of the program.
  3. Coordinates inventory count and pod storage of all program items. Sends a copy of the inventory to SIG Central and maintains a copy.
  4. Develops appropriate evaluation summary reports and provides them to the Stamford Office with suggestions and comments.
  5. Attends the September post-site evaluation conference and presents a verbal summary report of the program.

Physical Characteristics of a Director

The Director exerts up to 20 lbs of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sitting and require walking or standing to a significant degree. The Director is required to move throughout the campus or building on a routine basis.

Works long hours, frequently required to work extended hours (weekdays and weekends) to schedule, assist and direct operations, especially during emergency operations and unexpected situations related to students and staff issues.

Ability to work with and without air conditioning during the hot, humid weather conditions of the summer.

Equipment used includes cellular telephone, walkie-talkies, and computers, and various office equipment (photo-copier, fax machine, scanner).

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Summer Institute for the Gifted is an equal opportunity employer.