Counselor – Residential 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 Counselor reports to the Residential Assistant and Housemaster and resides on campus.


  • Must be 18 years of age by June 1st of the current program year.
  • Have completed minimum of at least one (1) year of college.
  • Work experience with children and young adults (ages 9-17) (preferred).
  • 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 staff.
  • Certified in first aid/CPR (preferred)


  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 and weekend schedule of academic, recreational, study tutorials, and social interactions (i.e. meals) with students.
  3. Adheres to the policies of the Summer Institute for the Gifted. Maintains staff curfew (1:00 a.m.), no alcohol consumption on campus, legal age smoking only permitted in designated areas, zero tolerance of inappropriate sexual conduct, illegal use of drugs, disorderly behavior, and avoids use of all profanity.
  4. The Counselor serves as a positive role model for the students who participate in the program.
  5. Assist students in solving problems related to SIG program, class participation, projects, and social interactions.
  6. Attends and participates in the orientation program for Counselors as scheduled two days prior to studentsí arrival.
  7. Assists with the student registration and orientation.
  8. Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with the Nurse and SIG staff.
  9. Attends and participates in the Final Program Ceremony.
  10. Attends and participates in the SIG closing day procedures.
  11. Attends all staff meetings.
  12. Resolves student and facility problems proactively in daily and residential settings.
  13. Responds to all emergencies and assists in the needs of the program as directed.
  14. Supervises and participates in scheduled recreational activities such as, soccer, swimming, arts and crafts; supports special programs.
  15. Assists in office administration as directed.
  16. Responsible for assigned evening and weekend duties as scheduled.
  17. Seeks guidance and assistance from SIG staff (Director, Deans, Residential Assistant and Housemaster) regarding student related concerns (academic, recreational, emotional) and follows through on communication as needed.
  18. Reports inappropriate behavioral issues to SIG staff.
  19. Acts as substitute teacher in the event of an instructor absence.

Residential Supervision

Working under the direction of and with the support of a Residential Assistant and a Housemaster in a dormitory, the Counselor is directly responsible for the safety and well-being of a group of 10-14 students. The Counselor must have a thorough knowledge of all SIG rules, regulations, and guidelines and must effectively and consistently enforce them. The Counselor is responsible for effective dormitory operations and for a harmonious residential experience shared by all in her assigned dormitory area.

Meal Supervision

The Counselor is responsible for supervising the conduct and dining room behavior of all students assigned to him during mealtimes. Counselors must eat meals with students assigned in her group and participate in their social interactions as a coach and mentor.

Daily Schedule

The Counselor is responsible for his assigned daily (Monday through Friday) schedule of instructional and program responsibilities. Counselors serve as teaching assistants during the academic day. Each Counselor is assigned a daily academic schedule that includes: a) assisting instructors in academic, cultural, and recreational courses and b) supervising study tutorials or assisting in the office or infirmary. In addition, Counselors supervise recreation hour activities and support the special programs and activities offered to residential students each evening. Counselors are assigned one period off daily.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:30 a.m. Rise
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Buffet-Style Breakfast with students
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Teaching Assistant for period one
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Assist in infirmary
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Buffet-Style Lunch with students
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Teaching Assistant for period three
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Free Time - Your Period Off! (This time varies)
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Recreational Hour – (facilitate activities)
5:30p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Residential Time - supervise students in the dorms
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Buffet-Style Dinner with students
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Evening Tutorial - assist students with questions, homework & projects
8:15p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Evening Activities Program
9:15 p.m. Residential Time - supervise students in the dorms
9:45 p.m. Lights out for students ages 9-12
10:30 p.m. Lights out for students ages 13-17 & Bed Check
10:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Evening Duty /Night Off Rotation
1:00 a.m. Curfew for all staff


Each Counselor supervises an off-campus trip on Saturday and assists with special activities on Sundays.

Days Off

Each Counselor has two days off within the three-week program. Prior to each day off, the Counselor will review the status of each child in his supervision with the Residential Assistant. Days off are scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Counselors are required to work Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Physical Characteristics of a Counselor

  • The Counselor picks up to 20 lbs occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. frequently or constantly to move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sitting, and requires walking or standing to a significant degree. The Residential Counselor moves throughout the campus with the assigned group of children, often climbing stairs, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching and working with his hands.
  • Must be able to endure long periods of work activity (routine hours are 7:00 am to 11:00 pm; seven days a week for three consecutive weeks).
  • Able to tolerate disruptions in sleep patterns due to student emergencies.
  • Adequate hearing required 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, and staff. In these activities he conveys detailed or important spoken instruction 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. Far acuity is a factor where visual efficiency is required in day and night/dark conditions
  • Able to work with and without air conditioning during the hot and humid weather conditions of the summer.
  • Equipment used includes cellular telephones, walkie-talkies, projectors, and cassette, computers, recreational equipment (balls, life preservers, bats, soccer and fencing protective gear); and various office machines.
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