Residential 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 where students can grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

The Residential Assistant reports to the Housemaster. He is provided lodging and meals on the campus in an assigned dormitory. The RA’s travel arrangements are the responsibility of the Residential Assistant.


  • Age 18 by June 1st of the current program year.
  • Completed at least three years of college. Bachelor’s degree (preferred).
  • Can multitask, set priorities, follow through on details and complete assignments in a reasonable time.
  • Supervises counselors in assigned dormitory.
  • Knowledge of academic, social and emotional needs of gifted children.
  • Preferred: supervisory work experience in a residential camp, recreational, or academic environment.
  • 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. Provides individualized teaching assistance for students and instructors in assigned daily courses.
  3. Participate in the Residential Assistant orientation program three days prior to students' arrival, or when scheduled, and in the student registration/orientation program on the first day that students arrive.
  4. Facilitates recreational activities such as, soccer, swimming, or arts & crafts during recreational assignments for students.
  5. Assists students with academic or social questions, assignments and special projects.
  6. Eats meals with students and participates in supervising their behavior in the dining hall or when meals are eaten away from the dining hall (picnics, social events, trips).
  7. Attend all meetings scheduled by the Director, Deans, and Housemaster.
  8. Assists in all program needs and emergencies as requested.
  9. Leads and supervises students on "Saturday Get Away Trips".
  10. Participates in the daily schedule of assignments: teaching assistant; supervising study tutorials; assisting in office or infirmary operations.
  11. Supervises assigned areas for students' recreational hour activities, special programs, and activities offered to students each evening.
  12. Assist in solving problems with Counselors in his/her assigned dormitory.
  13. Communicate and coordinate medical needs of students and staff with the Nurse for those assigned to dormitory.
  14. Attends and participates in the final program ceremonies.
  15. Assists in the closing of the program on the last day of operations.
  16. Honor the policies of the Summer Institute for the Gifted with regard to staff curfew (1:00 a.m.), legal alcohol consumption, legal smoking (in designated areas only), inappropriate sexual conduct and no use of profanity. The Residential Assistant is to serve as a positive role model for the counselors and students who participate in the program.
  17. Acts as substitute teacher in the event of an instructor absence (if qualified).

Days Off

Each Residential Assistant has two days off within the three-week program. Days off are the second and third Mondays of the program. Residential Assistants are required to work Tuesday – Sunday. Prior to each day off, the RA will review the status of each child in his supervision with the Housemaster.

Meal Supervision

The residential assistant is responsible for the conduct and dining room behavior of all assigned counselors and students.

Daily Schedule

The residential assistant is responsible for an assigned daily (Tuesday through Friday) schedule of instruction and program responsibilities. Residential assistants will serve as teaching assistants and program assistants during the academic day. Each residential assistant will be assigned a daily (Tuesday through Friday) 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, residential assistants will supervise recreation hour activities and support the special programs and activities offered to students each evening.

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. – 9:45 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


The Residential Assistant is responsible for duty on the weekends. Residential Assistants report to the Residential Life Dean for assignment each day of the weekend. Duties may include leading a group of students on a Saturday Getaway trip. The Residential Assistant will assume all of the responsibilities of a Housemaster on the days designated as the Housemaster's day off.

Physical Characteristics of a Residential Assistant

  • Exerts 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 Residential Assistant moves throughout the dormitory, climbing stairs, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, and working with hands.
  • Ability to work with and without air conditioning during the hot and humid weather conditions of the summer. Equipment used may include cellular telephones, walkie-talkies, 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.