Counselor/Teaching Assistant – 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 for students to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

The Counselor reports to the Housemasters and resides on campus throughout the entirety of the program. The responsibility of the Counselor is to supervise, mentor, and coach students through their social and academic interactions. During classroom time, the Counselor will act as a Teaching Assistant and report to their assigned Instructors.


  • Work and supervisory experience with children and young adults (ages 9-17 overall)
  • Experience working with students in an academic, tutoring, mentoring, and/or recreational capacity
  • Must have completed a minimum of at least one year of college. Upperclassmen, recent graduates, and graduate students 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
  • Demonstrates a friendly, helpful attitude and a commitment to working with the students

General Responsibilities

  1. Supervises counselor group and all students in daily and weekend schedule of academic, recreational, study tutorials, and social interactions with students.
  2. Participates in all academic, recreational, and social activities, as requested.
  3. Serves as a positive role model for the students and staff in the program.
  4. Assists students in solving academic and socio-emotional problems related to the SIG program, including class participation, final projects, homesickness, and social interactions.
  5. Provides individualized teaching assistance for students in assigned daily courses.
  6. Attends and participates in the orientation programs for Counselors as scheduled prior to students' arrival.
  7. Assists with the opening day program duties, dorms duties, student registration, and orientation.
  8. Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with the Nurse and residential SIG staff.
  9. Resolves student and facility problems proactively in daily and residential settings.
  10. Responds to all emergencies and assists in the needs of the program as directed.
  11. Supervises and participates in scheduled recreational activities and supports special programming with engaging, creative activity ideas for students.
  12. Contributes programming and activity ideas to the Student Activities Coordinator/Dean for weekly counselor led activity nights.
  13. Seeks guidance and assistance from SIG staff (Director, Deans, Residential Assistants, and Housemasters) regarding student related concerns (academic, recreational, emotional) and follows through on communication as needed.
  14. Assists in office administration as directed.
  15. Responsible for assigned evening and weekend duties as scheduled.
  16. Attends and participates in the Final Program Ceremony.
  17. Attends and participates in the SIG closing day procedures.
  18. Adheres to the policies of the Summer Institute for the Gifted. Maintains staff curfew and lights out of 12:30 a.m., no alcohol consumption on campus, zero tolerance of inappropriate sexual conduct, no illegal use of drugs, disorderly behavior, and avoids use of all profanity.
  19. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Residential Staff manual, the SIG Residential Employee Guidebook, and the SIG Staff Code of Professional Conduct.

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 their assigned dormitory area. In addition, Counselors supervise recreation hour activities and support the special programs and activities offered to residential students each evening. Counselors supervise an off-campus trip on Saturday and assists with special on-campus activities on Sundays.

Meal Supervision

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

Teaching Assistant

The Counselor is responsible for their assigned daily schedule of instructional and program responsibilities, Monday – Friday. Counselors serve as Teaching Assistants during the academic day, working in the classroom with the Instructors. TA responsibilities will include activity set-up, taking anecdotal notes of student progress, and offering academic and one-on-one support to the students. Each Counselor is assigned a daily academic schedule that includes assisting instructors in a variety of courses. Counselors are assigned one period off daily and up to three courses as a TA.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:30 a.m. Wake-Up Students
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Supervision of Students in Buffet-Style Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Period 1 Teaching Assistant
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Period 2 Assist in Office
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Supervision of Students in Buffet-Style Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Period 3 Teaching Assistant
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Period 4 Free Period Off
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Facilitate Recreational Activities and Supervise Students
5:30p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Residential Free Time for Student Supervise Students in Dorms
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Supervision of Students in Buffet-Style Dinner
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Evening Tutorial Assist students with questions, assignments, and projects for academic classes
8:15p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Evening Activity Programming- Lead, facilitate, supervise, and participate in various evening activities including group activities, Brain Bowl, Talent Shows, and Casino Night
9:45 p.m. Lights out for 9-12 year old students and Bed Check
10:30 p.m. Lights out for 13-17 year old students and Bed Check
10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Evening On-Duty or Night Off Rotation
12:30 a.m. Staff Lights Out

Daily schedules will vary by campus.

Physical Characteristics of a Counselor

  • The Counselor will exert up to 40 lbs of force occasionally, and/up to 20 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 Counselor is required to move throughout the campus on a routine basis and execute program operations.
  • Hearing used for those activities which 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, facility, and SIG staff. In these activities the Counselor 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 night/dark conditions. A field of vision is needed to see large areas while keeping the eyes fixed.
  • Ability to live with and work with and without air conditioning during the hot, humid weather conditions of the summer.
  • Ability to live on-campus in the assigned dorm, using the available campus facilities, often shared.
  • Equipment used includes cellular telephone, walkie-talkies, computers, recreational equipment, and various office equipment (photo-copier, fax machine, scanner).
  • Must be able to endure long periods of work activity throughout the whole program and orientation timeframe. Able to tolerate disruptions in sleep patterns due to any program emergencies.
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Summer Institute for the Gifted is an equal opportunity employer.