Director – 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 Director reports to their assigned Program Director. The Director resides on campus throughout the entirety of the program.


  • A Master's degree or higher
  • A minimum of three years of administrative or supervisory experience in an educational institution; seasonal recreational, academic program, or residential program
  • Experience in or a degree in public administration, business, and/or education
  • A minimum of three years teaching or counseling academically gifted students
  • Knowledge of financial record-keeping
  • Business acumen needed to operate and to direct the social, emotional, and cultural needs of a gifted and talented academic program
  • A professional communication style and creative problem solving skills
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Certified in First Aid/CPR. Advanced First Aid or RTE is required for campuses located in New York State. If not certified at time of hire, must be willing to get certified prior to start of program.

General Responsibilities

  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Residential Administrator's manual, the SIG Finance Manual, the SIG Residential Employee Guidebook, and the SIG Staff Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Supervises and assists in the operations of the academic, cultural, social, residential, business, and student activities aspects of the program.
  3. Operates the SIG program in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the Summer Institute for the Gifted.
  4. Supervises and directs all staff in a professional and appropriate manner.
  5. Interacts with students and staff informally on a regular basis to develop an understanding of students' individual academic levels, and social and emotional needs.
  6. Communicates general and significant issues to their Program Director.

Pre-Program Responsibilities

  1. Attends one marketing event mutually agreed upon by the Program Director and Marketing Manager. The first event attended is required and part of the Director's job responsibilities. Any events attended after the first will be compensated at rate of $150 per event.
  2. Actively markets SIG programs to their local area.
  3. Attends all pre-campus trainings and meetings for the Director, including the two-day training held in Stamford, CT in the spring of 2015. Other trainings and prep include virtual webinars, online trainings, reading through provided manuals, and conference calls.
  4. Communicates with Program Director, Academic Dean, Residential Life Dean, Nurse, and Student Activities Dean/Coordinator.
  5. Assists Program Director with identifying and recruiting appropriate staff, as needed.
  6. Manages the staff orientation programs for all positions prior to the opening of program.
  7. Directs the set-up of the SIG office on campus and the unpacking of SIG supplies from the storage unit.
  8. Communicates with the Program Director regarding facilities, computers, and any student issues.
  9. Provides list of emergency numbers, names, and addresses for hospital, emergency walk-in service, pharmacy, and doctor to the campus Nurse.
  10. Schedules trainings with the Nurse, during staff orientation, on First Aid, student medical needs, and emergency procedures.
  11. Prepares and distributes the telephone wallet card with emergency information to be distributed to all staff.

Program-Related Responsibilities

  1. Leads and participates in the orientation for SIG families and students on opening day. Manages and supervises the registration of students.
  2. Supervises and coordinates schedules of the Office Manager (and Administrative Assistant, at some campuses) and the administrative office procedures for set-up and daily administrative functions.
  3. Ensures the successful operation of SIG by coordinating and cooperating with the host facility staff and senior staff members (Deans), according to preferred channel of communication by campus.
  4. Interacts with students and staff informally on a regular basis to develop an understanding and awareness of their individual academic levels, social, and emotional needs.
  5. Responsible for overseeing the SIG campus budget, authorizing all on-campus expenditures, signing checks, and ensuring the site budget is not exceeded.
  6. Supervises the cash, receipts, materials, equipment, supplies, and other business related items.
  7. Serves as the point person on-campus for any state or camp related inspections or questions.
  8. Communicates with SIG family members and parents and is available throughout the program.
  9. Monitors, mentors, mediates, and counsels the behavioral issues of students and any performance issues of staff.
  10. Supervises the Office Manager, Administrative Assistant (if applicable), and Nurse. Provides feedback and support in their roles.
  11. Supervises, supports, and assists each Dean toward the successful completion of the SIG program.
  12. Supervises operations of the infirmary schedule and medical needs of all SIG staff with the Nurse.
  13. Communicates with the Program Director any escalated employee or student related issues.
  14. Provides transport for medical emergencies to hospitals, doctors, and walk-in centers.
  15. Ensures all incident reports, daily logs, and personnel action forms are being completed.
  16. Ensures all student and program evaluations are submitted by the close of the program.
  17. Plans program's Closing Ceremony at the end of the session.
  18. Distributes payroll checks and reimbursements to SIG employees.
  19. Demonstrates overall program leadership, creative problem solving, and crisis management.

Post-Program Responsibilities

  1. Reconciles all program finances and academic budget related items and return to SIG Central no later than two days following the close of session.
  2. Returns checks, credit cards, and related records to the SIG Vice President at the end of session.
  3. Conducts and documents a post-program inspection of all spaces SIG used during the program with the Deans.
  4. Collects the student evaluations of program, activities, and staff.
  5. Completes Director Summary Report and ensures all other staff members have submitted their appropriate staff evaluations, summary reports, and/or logs.
  6. Coordinates inventory count and storage unit of all program items. Sends a copy of the inventory to SIG Central to maintain a copy.
  7. Attends the September post-site evaluation conference call and submits a written summary report of the program.

Physical Characteristics of a Director

  • The Director 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 Director 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 Director 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 and landline telephones, walkie-talkies, computers, recreation equipment, and various office equipment (photo-copier, fax machine, scanner).
  • Works long hours, may be required to work 24/7 shifts to schedule, assist, and direct operations, especially during emergency operations and unexpected situations related to students and staff issues.
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Summer Institute for the Gifted is an equal opportunity employer.