SIG Employment: Open Position

Director – Investigators Program

Job Description

Reporting

This position reports to the Program Director located at the SIG Central in Stamford, CT.

Summary

This role of the Director for the Summer Institute for the Gifted Investigators Program is to provide oversight for the entire SIG program on campus. The Director is responsible to implement 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. The Director should operate the SIG program in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the Summer Institute for the Gifted. This role is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff at that campus and must uphold the policies and procedures established by SIG as its representative as the chief campus level SIG administrator.

Essential Functions

For Programs with more than 80 Students (with an Academic Dean)

  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Employee Handbook, SIG Investigators Administrator’s Manual, the SIG Finance Manual, and the SIG Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Supervises and directs all staff in a professional and appropriate manner.
  3. Interacts with students and staff informally on a regular basis to develop an understanding of students’ individual academic levels, social, and emotional needs.
  4. Communicates general and significant issues to the assigned Program Director at SIG Central.
  5. Completes all Pre-Program responsibilities:
    • Attends a required one-day webinar training in May, watches assigned webinars, reads through manuals/handbooks, and participates in phone calls and email correspondence from SIG Central.
    • Facilitates successful staff involvement in the academic program by mentoring and suggesting materials and direction on course concepts to instructors.
    • Coordinates with SIG Central Program Director and local caterer to arrange lunch menus and delivery logistics.
    • Conducts pre-program inspection all of campus spaces.
    • Plans and leads the staff orientation program, parent orientation, and student registration.
  6. Directs the set-up of the SIG office on campus with the Office Manager, Academic Dean, Academic Assistant, and Nurse (if applicable). Reviews program supply inventory, in relation to budget and staff requests.
  7. Communicates with the SIG Central Program Director and facility liaison regarding appropriate rooms and areas for class locations and other shared spaces.
  8. Manages overall program finances, including instructional and academic budgets.
  9. Records and keeps a daily balance in the checkbook for check disbursements.
  10. Collects and tracks cash receipts, authorizing all credit card expenses.
  11. Distributes payroll checks and reimbursements to SIG employees.
  12. Ensures all employment paperwork has been submitted to SIG Central and verified for accuracy.
  13. Serves as the point person on-campus for any state or camp related inspections or questions.
  14. 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).
  15. Monitors, mentors, mediates, counsels, and disciplines any behavioral issues of students and performance issues of staff.
  16. Supervises extended care program. Schedules Program Assistants to work available shifts.
  17. Organizes daily drop-off and pick-up with students, parents, and staff, including daily attendance tracking.
  18. Communicates with SIG family members and parents and is available throughout the program.
  19. Acts as a substitute teacher in the event of Instructor absence.
  20. Demonstrates overall program leadership, creative problem-solving, and crisis management.
  21. Communicates with the assigned SIG Central Program Director any escalated employee or student related issues.
  22. Performs other tasks as directed by the SIG Central Program Director or Director of Operations.
  23. Completes all Post-Program responsibilities:
    • 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 Director of Operations 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.

For Programs with Fewer than 80 Students (without an Academic Dean)

  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Employee Handbook, SIG Investigators Administrator’s Manual, the SIG Finance Manual, and the SIG Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Supervises and directs all staff in a professional and appropriate manner.
  3. Interacts with students and staff informally on a regular basis to develop an understanding of students’ individual academic levels, social, and emotional needs.
  4. Communicates general and significant issues to the assigned Program Director at SIG Central.
  5. Completes all Pre-Program responsibilities:
    • Attend a mandatory webinar training in May, watch assigned webinars, read through manuals/handbooks, and participate 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 Investigators Program Administrators Manual.
    • Coordinates with SIG Central Program Director and local caterer to arrange lunch menus and delivery logistics.
    • Conducts pre-program inspection all of campus spaces.
    • Prepares, plans and leads the staff orientation, parent orientation, and student registration.
  6. Directs the set-up of the SIG office on campus with the Office Manager and Nurse (if applicable). Reviews program supply inventory, in relation to budget and staff requests.
  7. Communicates with the SIG Central Program Director and facility liaison regarding appropriate rooms and areas for class locations and other shared spaces.
  8. Manages overall program finances, including instructional and academic budgets.
  9. Records and keeps a daily balance in the checkbook for check disbursements.
  10. Collects and tracks cash receipts, authorizing all credit card expenses.
  11. Distributes payroll checks and reimbursements to SIG employees.
  12. Ensures all employment paperwork has been submitted to SIG Central and verified for accuracy.
  13. Serves as the point person on-campus for any state or camp related inspections or questions.
  14. 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).
  15. Monitors, mentors, mediates, counsels, and disciplines any behavioral issues of students and performance issues of staff.
  16. Supervises extended care program. Schedules Program Assistants to work available shifts.
  17. Organizes daily drop-off and pick-up with students, parents, and staff, including daily attendance tracking.
  18. Communicates with SIG family members and parents and is available throughout the program.
  19. Acts as a substitute teacher in the event of Instructor absence.
  20. Demonstrates overall program leadership, creative problem-solving, and crisis management.
  21. Communicates with the assigned SIG Central Program Director any escalated employee or student related issues.
  22. Monitors instruction and manages the observation of all Instructors in each of their classes to ensure appropriate academic methodology and student involvement. Assists Instructors with differentiation or teaching strategies, as needed.
  23. Collects and reviews Instructor budget approval forms.
  24. Collects budget reimbursement forms for approved purchases weekly on Fridays and provides appropriate reimbursement to Instructors.
  25. Collects and reviews course plans.
  26. Holds weekly staff meetings with Instructors.
  27. Ensures Program Assistants are being utilized in daily instruction.
  28. Completes evaluations for all Program Assistants.
  29. 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.
  30. Coordinates Closing Ceremony and Product Open House for all courses with Instructors for parents on the last day of the program.
  31. Ensures all students have completed objectives for each class. Reviews with Instructors and enters them into Student Performance Reviews (SPR) website.
  32. 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.
  33. Performs other tasks as directed by the SIG Central Program Director or Director of Operations.
  34. Completes all Post-Program responsibilities:
    • 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.
    • Assists in the resolution of Student Performance Review (SPR) issues with parents and Instructors after their specific session ends.

Competencies

  1. Business acumen needed to operate and to direct the social, emotional, and financial needs of a gifted and talented academic program.
  2. Knowledge of financial record keeping.
  3. A professional communication style.
  4. Creative problem-solving skills.
  5. Be able to work and anticipate unexpected situations or assist during emergency operations.
  6. 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.
  7. Comfortable using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  8. Work with various office equipment including, but not limited to: cell phones, walkie-talkies, computers, recreational equipment, photo copiers, fax machines, or scanners.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  1. For campuses with 80 students or more, this position is responsible for the overall management of the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean supervises the Instructors and assists with supervision of Program Assistants.
  2. For campuses with 80 studnets or fewer, this position is responsible for the overall management of all assigned staff, including Office Manager, Nurse (if applicable), Instructors, and Program Assistants.

Work Environment

This job operates at a day college campus for a three-week period.

Physical Demands

  1. Ability to move, or push objects by using hands and arms to install or position materials up to 40 lbs.
  2. Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, and crawl for prolonged periods of time to perform general operations.
  3. Be able to demonstrate speech clarity and recognition by speaking frequently for long periods of time to students, parents, faculty, SIG staff, public health officials while conveying detailed and important information.
  4. Monitor the health and safety of others by scanning large areas at both night and during the day.
  5. Ability to live and work potentially without air conditioning during hot and humid summer months for days on campus.
  6. Maintain constant contact with others by interacting with staff and students and within the campus and campus facilities.

Position Type / Expected hours of work / Travel

  1. This role is required to be at the assigned campus, Monday through Friday, from the hours of 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., or when the last student leaves for the day.
  2. There will be additional hours of work outside of these including off-site pre, during, and post program.
  3. The Director is required to attend office set-up and staff orientation one or two Saturdays before the start of the assigned program.
  4. This role is expected to commute to and from program location daily.

Education / Experience/ Qualifications

  1. A Master’s degree or higher (preferred).
  2. Experience in or a degree in public administration, business, and/or education.
  3. A minimum of three years of administrative or supervisory experience in an educational institution; seasonal recreational or academic program.
  4. A minimum of three years teaching experience with academically gifted students.
  5. Certified in first aid/CPR. If not certified at time of hire, must be willing to become certified prior to start of assigned program.

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.

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