Residential Assistant/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 Residential Assistant (RA) reports to the Housemaster and resides on campus throughout the entirety of the program. The responsibility of the RA is to supervise, mentor, and coach students through their social and academic interactions, as well as assist the Counselors and Housemasters with residential responsibilities. During classroom time, the RA 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)
  • Work or volunteer experience in a residential/overnight camp or residential life
  • Experience working with students in an academic, tutoring, mentoring, and/or recreational capacity
  • Conducts self in an exemplary manner through leadership, honesty, work ethic, 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
  • Completed at least two (2) years of college. Upperclassmen, recent graduates, and graduate students preferred

General Responsibilities

  1. Supervises 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. Assists Housemasters with any residential, program, or operational needs.
  7. Assists Counselors and fellow RAs in solving student-related issues and problems.
  8. Serves as a Counselor and assumes supervisory responsibilities on Counselor days and time-off.
  9. Attends and participates in the orientation programs for RAs as scheduled prior to students' arrival.
  10. Assists with the opening day program duties, dorms duties, student registration, and orientation.
  11. Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with the Nurse and residential SIG staff.
  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 and support special programming with engaging, creative activity ideas for students.
  15. Contributes programming and activity ideas to the Student Activities Coordinator/Dean for weekly staff led activity nights.
  16. Leads and supervises students on the Saturday Get Away Trip
  17. Seeks guidance and assistance from SIG staff (Director, Deans, and Housemasters) regarding student related concerns (academic, recreational, emotional) and follows through on communication as needed.
  18. Assists in office administration as assigned.
  19. Responsible for assigned evening and weekend duties as scheduled.
  20. Attends and participates in the Final Program Ceremony.
  21. Attends and participates in the SIG closing day procedures.
  22. 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.
  23. 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 Housemaster and other RAs/Counselors in a dormitory, the RA is directly responsible for the safety and well-being of multiple counselor groups. The RA must have a thorough knowledge of all SIG rules, regulations, and guidelines and must effectively and consistently enforce them. The RA is responsible for effective dormitory operations and for a harmonious residential experience shared by all in their assigned dormitory area. The RA will serve as a Counselor and assumes supervisory responsibilities on Counselor days and time-off. In addition, RAs supervise recreation hour activities and support the special programs and activities offered to residential students each evening. RAs supervise an off-campus trip on Saturday and assists with special on-campus activities on Sundays.

Meal Supervision

The RA is responsible for the conduct and dining room behavior of all assigned groups. RAs must eat meals with students assigned in their groups and participate in their social interactions as a coach and mentor.

Teaching Assistant

The RA is responsible for their assigned daily schedule of instructional and program responsibilities, Monday – Friday. RAs 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 RA is assigned a daily academic schedule that includes assisting instructors in a variety of courses. RAs are assigned one period off daily and up to three courses as a TA. If not acting as a TA during a course period, the RA will assist in the office, infirmary, or residence life.

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
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch 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
9:15 p.m. Residential Time - supervise students in the dorms
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 Residential Assistant

  • The RA 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 RA 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 RA 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.