SIG Employment: Open Position

Program Assistant – Day 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.

A Program Assistant is required to be at the assigned campus site Monday-Friday from the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. while the program is in session. On the first day of classes, Program Assistants report to campus at 7:00 a.m. to assist with parent orientation and student registration.  Program Assistants are required to attend staff orientation one to two Saturdays prior to the start of the program.


  • Enrolled in a higher education program, undergraduate or graduate program, or recently graduated from a related program.
  • Work experience with children and young adults (ages 5-12) preferred.
  • Academic, tutoring, and/or recreation supervisory experience with children.
  • Able to multitask, set priorities, follow through on details, and complete assignments in a reasonable time period.
  • Conducts self in an exemplary manner through leadership, honesty, integrity and holds self to a high standard of behavior.
  • Uses good judgment in decision making, problem-solving and mentoring children.
  • Demonstrates a friendly, helpful attitude, and a commitment to working with the students.


The Program Assistant reports to the Director.  Where applicable, the Program Assistant will have some reporting responsibilities to the Academic Dean. Program Assistants assist Instructors during class time.

Program Responsibilities

  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Employee Handbook, SIG Day Employee Manual, and the SIG Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Completes all pre-campus trainings, including engaging in online webinars and manual review.
  3. Attends and participates in the on-campus staff orientation prior to the beginning of the session.
  4. Assists with the coordination and implementation of parent orientation and student registration prior to the start of the program and on the opening day of the program.
  5. Supervises, accompanies, and participates in daily schedule of academic, recreational, and social interactions with students, including classroom, lunch, and activity times.
  6. Assists Instructors and students with daily academic assignments, based upon their course schedule. Classroom responsibilities may include taking attendance, activity set-up, and one-on-one or small group support.
  7. Takes anecdotal notes during classroom times to aid in the completion of the individual student assessments. Discusses notes with Instructor and provides them to the Instructor for their final write-ups.
  8. Seeks guidance and assistance from SIG staff regarding student related concerns (academic, recreational, emotional behavior) and follows through on communication as needed.
  9. Acts as substitute teacher in the event of an Instructor absence.
  10. Is responsible for supervising the conduct and dining room behavior of all students assigned to him/her during lunch; eats with students as assigned and participates in their social interactions as a coach and mentor.
  11. Attends all staff meetings as requested and any office administration, as assigned.
  12. Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with site leadership.
  13. Sets-up, assists with, and attends the Closing Ceremony at the end of the session.
  14. Demonstrates overall professionalism and a friendly, helpful, and positive attitude.
  15. Performs additional duties as assigned.

Terms of Employment

  1. Starting salary is dependent on minimum wage for campus location.
  2. Lodging is not provided for day programs and staff are expected to commute daily.
  3. Employees pay their travel to and from program locations.

Essential Characteristics of a Program Assistant

  • 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.
  • 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 days on campus.
  • Maintain constant contact with others by interacting with staff and students and within dorm living situations, 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.

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