Director – Day Program
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 Director is required to be at the assigned campus site Monday-Friday from the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., or when the last student leaves for the day. There will be additional hours of work outside of these including off-site pre, during, and post program.
- A Master’s degree or higher (preferred).
- Experience in or a degree in public administration, business, and/or education.
- A minimum of three years of administrative or supervisory experience in an educational institution; seasonal recreational or academic program.
- A minimum of three years teaching experience with academically gifted students.
- Knowledge of financial record keeping.
- Business acumen needed to operate and to direct the social, emotional, and financial needs of a gifted and talented academic program.
- A professional communication style.
- Creative problem-solving skills.
- Comfortable using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Certified in first aid/CPR. If not certified at time of hire, must be willing to become certified prior to start of assigned program.
The Director reports to the Program Director located at the SIG home office in Stamford, CT.
The Director supervises the Office Manager, Nurse (if applicable), Instructors, and Program Assistants. Campuses with 75 students or more will have an Academic Dean on staff. In such case, the Director supervises the Academic Dean and the Academic Dean supervises the Instructors and assists with supervision of Program Assistants.
- Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Employee Handbook, SIG Day Administrator’s Manual, the SIG Finance Manual, and the SIG Code of Professional Conduct.
- Implements an academic program that uses teaching methodology consistent with creative problem-solving and research methods that makes meaningful connections between student interests and the course concepts. This methodology facilitates the academic growth and welfare of gifted students.
- Operates the SIG program in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the Summer Institute for the Gifted.
- Supervises and directs all staff in a professional and appropriate manner.
- Interacts with students and staff informally on a regular basis to develop an understanding of students’ individual academic levels, social, and emotional needs.
- Communicates general and significant issues to the assigned Program Director.
- Completes all pre-program training, including attending a required one-day webinar training in May, watching assigned webinars, reading through manuals/handbooks, and participating in phone calls and email correspondence from SIG Central.
- Plans and leads the staff orientation program scheduled one to two Saturdays before the program opening, depending on campus location.
- Plans and leads the parent orientation and student registration scheduled before the program opening, depending on campus location.
- Facilitates successful staff involvement in the academic program by mentoring and suggesting materials and direction on course concepts to instructors.
- Coordinates with Program Director and local caterer to arrange lunch menus and delivery logistics
Pre-Program-Related Responsibilities for Programs with Fewer than 75 Students (no Academic Dean)
- Completes all pre-program training, including attending a mandatory webinar training in May, watching assigned webinars, reading through manuals/handbooks, and participating in phone calls and email correspondence from SIG Central.
- Communicates with Instructors pre-program information such as specific course assignments, referring them to the course outlines and Instructor manual, providing resources, and reviewing faculty expectations.
- Reviews all academic course outlines available on Campus Management System (CMS) for the program.
- Facilitates successful staff involvement in the academic program by mentoring and suggesting materials and direction on program concepts to Instructors.
- Supports all course outline and planning inquiries from Instructors.
- Provides budget request forms and communicates submission dates.
- Orders course-specific supplies designated for pre-program purchase indicated in the Day Program Administrators Manual.
- Prepares for appropriate Instructor and parent orientation trainings and supplies.
- Prepares for staff orientation, parent orientation, and student registration (scheduled before the program opening, depending on campus location).
- Directs the set-up of the SIG office on campus with the Office Manager, Academic Dean (if applicable), and Nurse (if applicable). Reviews program supply inventory, in relation to budget and staff requests.
- Communicates with the Program Director and facility liaison regarding appropriate rooms and areas for class locations and other shared spaces. Conducts pre-program inspection all of spaces.
- Manages overall program finances, including instructional and academic budgets.
- Records and keeps a daily balance in the checkbook for check disbursements.
- Collects and tracks cash receipts, authorizing all credit card expenses.
- Distributes payroll checks and reimbursements to SIG employees.
- Ensures all employment paperwork has been submitted to SIG Central and verified for accuracy.
- Serves as the point person on-campus for any state or camp related inspections or questions.
- Attends to the medical needs of students in the program. Contacts parents if student is sick or needs to see a doctor (if no Nurse on site).
- Monitors, mentors, mediates, counsels, and disciplines any behavioral issues of students and performance issues of staff.
- Supervises extended care program. Schedules Program Assistants to work available shifts.
- Organizes daily drop-off and pick-up with students, parents, and staff, including daily attendance tracking.
- Communicates with SIG family members and parents and is available throughout the program.
- Acts as a substitute teacher in the event of Instructor absence.
- Demonstrates overall program leadership, creative problem-solving, and crisis management.
- Communicates with the assigned Program Director any escalated employee or student related issues.
- Performs other tasks as directed by the Program Director or SIG Director of Operations.
Program-Related Responsibilities for Programs with Fewer than 75 Students (no Academic Dean)
- Monitors instruction and manages the observation of all Instructors in each of their classes to ensure appropriate academic methodology and student involvement. Assists teachers with differentiation or teaching strategies, as needed.
- Collects and reviews Instructor budget approval forms.
- Collects budget reimbursement forms for approved purchases weekly on Fridays and provides appropriate reimbursement to Instructors.
- Collects and reviews course plans.
- Holds weekly staff meetings with Instructors.
- Ensures Program Assistants are being utilized in daily instruction.
- Completes evaluations for all Program Assistants.
- Submits Instructor Evaluation Summary Reports for each Instructor and includes notes in the Director Summary report for any comments or recommendations no later than one week following the close of the program.
- Coordinates Closing Ceremony and Product Open House for all courses with Instructors for parents on the last day of the program.
- Ensures all students have completed objectives for each class. Reviews with Instructors and enters them into Student Performance Reviews (SPR) website.
- Reviews the final Student Performance Reviews (SPR) submitted by faculty to be certain they are appropriate in tone, detail, and personalization; are mechanically and grammatically correct; and follows through with Instructors who must correct their student evaluations or who are late in submitting them.
- Submits evaluations for all staff members and submits a Director Summary report no later than one week following the close of the program.
- Packs and inventories all program-specific supplies and materials for program storage.
- Mails requested academic supplies shipped from SIG Central (academic resources/books/supplies/technology) back to SIG Central at the end of the program.
- Conducts and documents a post-program inspection of all rooms SIG used during the program.
- Returns checks, credit cards, and related records to the SIG Vice President no later than two days following the close of the session.
- Reconciles all program finances and academic budget related items and returns these items to SIG Central no later than two days following the close of session.
- Coordinates inventory count and pod storage or return shipping of all program items. Sends an electronic copy of the inventory to SIG Central no later than two days after the close of the session.
- Saves electronic copies of all forms, photos, the closing ceremony slideshow and other related documents to the campus One Drive no later than two days after the close of the session.
- Participates in post-program evaluation discussions.
Post-Program-Related Responsibilities for Programs with Fewer than 75 Students (no Academic Dean)
- Assists in the resolution of Student Performance Review (SPR) issues with parents and Instructors after their specific session ends.
Terms of Employment
- Starting salary is $4,600 pre-tax for a three-week period.
- Lodging is not provided for day programs and staff are expected to commute daily.
- Employees pay their travel to and from program locations.
Essential Characteristics of a Day Director
- Ability to move, or push objects by using hands and arms to install or position materials up to 40 lbs.
- Ability to sit, stand, and walk for prolonged periods of time to perform general operations.
- Be able to work for extended work hours, including but not limited to weeknights and weekends in order to assist with emergencies or unexpected situations.
- Work with various office equipment including, but not limited to: cell phones, walkie-talkies, computers, recreational equipment, photo copiers, fax machines, or scanners.
- Ability to demonstrate speech clarity and recognition by speaking frequently for long periods of time to students, parents, faculty, SIG staff while conveying detailed and important information.
- Monitor the health and safety of others by scanning large areas at both night and during the day.
- Ability to work potentially without air conditioning during hot and humid summer months for consecutive days on campus.
- Maintain constant contact with others by interacting with staff and students on campus and campus facilities.
- Be able to work and anticipate unexpected situations or assist during emergency operations.
All requirements will be interpreted and applied consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law counterparts.
Summer Institute for the Gifted is an equal opportunity employer.