SIG Employment: Open Position

Counselor/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 Counselor is required to reside on campus throughout the entirety of the program. Counselors are required to arrive assigned campus two day prior to the start of the program for staff orientation. It is the responsibility of the Counselor to supervise, mentor, and coach students through their social and academic interactions, as well as assist the Housemasters with residential responsibilities.


  • Have completed at least one (1) year of college. Upperclassmen, recent graduates, and graduate students preferred.
  • Work and supervisory experience with children and young adults (ages 9-17).
  • Experience working with students in an academic, tutoring, mentoring, and/or recreational capacity.
  • 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/young adults.
  • Demonstrates a friendly, helpful, and positive attitude, and a commitment to working with the students.


The Counselor/Teaching Assistant reports to the Housemaster for residential duties and assigned Instructors for acadmic duties. They may also take direction from the Academic, Residential Life and Student Activities Deans, as well as the Director. The Counselor/Teaching Assistant does not supervise staff.

Program Responsibilities

  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Employee Handbook, SIG Residential Staff Manual, and the SIG Staff Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. In conjunction with a co-counselor, supervises counselor group and all students in daily and weekend schedule of academic, recreational, study tutorial, and social interactions with students.
  3. Assists with the supervision and coverage of counselor group on co-counselor’s days off.
  4. Participates in all academic, recreational, and social activities, as requested.
  5. Serves as a positive role model for the students and staff in the program.
  6. Assists students in solving academic and socio-emotional problems related to the SIG program, including class participation, final projects, homesickness, and social interactions.
  7. Attends and participates in the orientation programs for Counselors as scheduled prior to students’ arrival.
  8. Assists with the opening day program duties, dorms duties, student registration, and orientation.
  9. Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with the Nurse and residential SIG staff.
  10. 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.
  11. Resolves student and facility problems proactively in daily and residential settings.
  12. Responds to all emergencies and assists in the needs of the program as directed.
  13. Supervises and participates in scheduled recreational activities and supports special programming with engaging and creative activity ideas for students.
  14. Contributes programming and activity ideas to the Student Activities Dean for weekly Counselor-led activity nights.
  15. Supervises the conduct and dining room behavior of all students assigned to them during mealtimes.
  16. Eats meals with students assigned in group and participates in their social interactions as a coach and mentor.
  17. Assists in office administration as assigned.
  18. Responsible for assigned evening and weekend duties as scheduled.
  19. Supervises an off-campus trip on Saturday and assists with special on-campus activities on Sundays.
  20. Supervises and actively participates in recreation hour activities and supports the special programs and activities offered to residential students each evening.
  21. Attends and participates in the Final Program Ceremony.
  22. Attends and participates in the SIG closing day procedures.
  23. 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.
  24. Additional duties as assigned.

Residential Supervision

  1. Actively responsible for the safety and well-being of a group of 10-14 students, under the direction of a Housemaster in a dormitory.
  2. Executes dormitory operations and creates a harmonious residential experience shared by all in their assigned dormitory area.
  3. Supervises recreation hour activities and supports the special programs and activities offered to residential students each evening.
  4. Supervises off-campus trips or activities on Saturday and assists with special on-campus activities on Sundays.
  5. This position consists of constant movement throughout the assigned campus while supervising students to/from all destinations.

Teaching Assistant

  1. Actively participates in assigned instructional and program responsibilities.
  2. Provides individualized teaching assistance for students in assigned daily courses.
  3. Proactively assists with classroom set up, anecdotal note-taking of student progress, and offering academic and one-on-one support to the students.

Terms of Employment

  1. Starting salary is $1,300 pre-tax for a three-week period.
  2. Room and board cost of approximately $2,100 are covered by SIG.
  3. Employees pay their travel to and from program locations.

Essential Characteristics of a Counselor/Teaching 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 live and 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 24/7 shifts to anticipate unexpected situations or assist during emergency operations

All requirements will be interpreted and applied consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and state counterparts.

Summer Institute for the Gifted is an equal opportunity employer.

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