Program Assistant – Day Program

Job Description

The goal of SIG is to provide an exceptional three week 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 Program Assistant reports to the Academic Dean (if applicable) and Director.

Daily schedule is Monday Friday 8:30-4:15. Program Assistants are required to attend staff orientation and student registration day on a Saturday(s) one to two weeks prior to the first day of classes.


  • Must be age 18 by June 1st of the current program year
  • Must have graduated from high school and be enrolled in a higher education program
  • Work experience with children and young adults (ages 5-12) preferred
  • Able to multitask, set priorities, follow through on details, and complete assignments in a reasonable time period
  • Conducts self in an exemplary manner through leadership, honesty, integrity and holds self to a higher standard of behavior. Uses good judgment in decision making, problem-solving and mentoring children, young adults, and other SIG staff


  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG employee handbook and the SIG code of professional conduct.
  2. Supervises, accompanies, and participates in daily schedule of academic, recreational, and social interactions (i.e. meals) with students
  3. Attends and participates in the orientation program for Program Assistants scheduled prior to when students begin classes
  4. Assists Instructors and students with academic projects
  5. Responsible for supervising the conduct and dining room behavior of all students assigned to him/her during mealtimes. The Program Assistant must eat with students as assigned and participate in their social interactions as a coach and mentor
  6. Attends all staff meetings
  7. Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with the Director and Instructors as necessary
  8. Attends and participates in the final program ceremonies
  9. Assists with SIG closing day procedures
  10. Assists with the student registration the Saturday before classes begin as well as the day classes begin arriving at 8:00am the day classes begin. All others days Program Assistants will arrive at 8:30am.
  11. Assists in office administration as assigned
  12. Seeks guidance and assistance from SIG staff (Academic Dean (if applicable), Director, Program Director) regarding student related concerns (academic, recreational, emotional behavior) and follows through on communication as needed
  13. Reports inappropriate behavior issues to SIG staff
  14. Acts as substitute teacher in the event of an instructor absence (if qualified)

Physical Characteristics of a Program Assistant

  • Picks up to 20 lbs occasionally, up to 10 lbs frequently, and/or a negligible amount of pounds constantly to move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sitting, and require walking or standing to a significant degree. The Program Assistant moves throughout the campus with an assigned group of children; this requires him to climb stairs, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, and work with his hands often.
  • Adequate hearing requires ability to receive and give detailed information through oral communication.
  • Talking is important for those activities in which workers must impart oral information to students,
    instructors, or facility staff. In these activities she conveys detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers and students accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Visual requirement includes a field of vision to see a large area while keeping the eyes fixed.
  • Ability to work with and without air conditioning during the hot and humid weather conditions of the
  • Able to use equipment such as cellular telephones, walkie-talkies, projectors, and cassette player/recorder, computers; and various office machines (photocopy machine, fax, mailing machine, and scanner).
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Summer Institute for the Gifted is an equal opportunity employer.