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 for students to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

The Program Assistant reports to the Director and (where applicable) the Academic Dean. They assist the Instructors during the class periods throughout the day. The Program Assistant is required to be at the assigned campus site from the hours of 8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. while the program is in session.


  • Work experience with children and young adults (ages 5-12) preferred
  • Academic, tutoring, and/or recreation supervisory experience with children
  • 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
  • Demonstrates a friendly, helpful attitude and a commitment to working with the students
  • Must be enrolled in a higher education program, undergraduate or graduate program, or recently graduated from a related program.


  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Employee Handbook, SIG Day Employee Manual, and the SIG Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Completes all pre-campus trainings, including watching online webinars and manual review.
  3. Attends and participates in the staff orientation prior to the beginning of the session.
  4. Assists with the coordination and implementation of parent orientation and student registration prior to the start of the program and on the opening day of the program.
  5. Supervises, accompanies, and participates in daily schedule of academic, recreational, and social interactions with students, including classroom, lunch, and activity times.
  6. Assists Instructors and students with daily academic assignments, based upon their course schedule. Classroom responsibilities may include taking attendance, activity set-up, and one-on-one or small group support.
  7. Takes anecdotal notes during classroom times to aid in the completion of the individual student assessments. Discusses with Instructor and provides to the Instructor for their final write-ups.
  8. Seeks guidance and assistance from SIG staff regarding student related concerns (academic, recreational, emotional behavior) and follows through on communication as needed.
  9. Acts as substitute teacher in the event of an instructor absence (if qualified).
  10. 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.
  11. Attends all staff meetings as requested and any office administration, as assigned.
  12. Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with site leadership.
  13. Sets-up, assists with, and attends the Closing Ceremony and Academic Showcase at the end of the session.
  14. Demonstrates overall professionalism and a friendly, helpful attitude.

Physical Characteristics of a Program Assistant

  • The Program Assistant will exert 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 Program Assistant is required to move throughout the campus or building on a routine basis.
  • Hearing used for those activities that require ability to receive and give detailed information through oral communication.
  • Talking is frequent for those activities in which employees must impart oral information to students, parents, both facility and SIG staff. In these activities the Program Assistant conveys detailed or important spoken instructions to students and other employees accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Visual requirements include far acuity in visual efficiency required in day and dusk conditions. A field of vision is needed to see large areas while keeping the eyes fixed.
  • Ability to work with and without air conditioning during hot and humid weather conditions of the summer.
  • Equipment used may include cellular telephones, walkie-talkies, computers, various office equipment, and various electronic teaching aides.
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Summer Institute for the Gifted is an equal opportunity employer.