SIG Employment: Open Position

Director – Innovators Program

Job Description


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


This role of the Director for the Summer Institute for the Gifted Innovators 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

  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Innovators Administrator’s Manual, the SIG Finance Manual, the SIG Innovators Staff Manual, and the SIG Staff Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Completes all Pre-Program responsibilities:
    • Attends all pre-campus trainings and meetings, including the Residential Site Administrators Meeting (RSAM). Other trainings and prep include virtual webinars, online trainings, reading through provided manuals, and conference calls.
    • Communicates with SIG Central Program Director, Academic Dean, Residential Life Dean, Nurse, and Student Activities Dean.
    • Provides a list of emergency numbers, names, and addresses for hospital, emergency walk-in service, pharmacy, and doctor to the campus Nurse.
  3. Manages the staff orientation programs for all positions prior to student arrival.
  4. Directs the set-up of the SIG office on campus and the unpacking of SIG supplies from the storage unit.
  5. Schedules trainings with the Nurse for the staff, during staff orientation on first aid, student medical needs, and emergency procedures.
  6. Prepares and distributes the telephone wallet card with emergency information to all staff.
  7. Interacts with students and staff informally on a regular basis to develop an understanding of students’ individual academic levels, and social, and emotional needs.
  8. Communicates general and significant issues to assigned Program Director.
  9. Ensures the successful operation of SIG by coordinating and cooperating with the host facility staff and senior staff members (Deans), according to preferred channel of communication by campus.
  10. Interacts with students and staff informally on a regular basis to develop an understanding and awareness of their individual academic levels, social, and emotional needs.
  11. Responsible for overseeing the SIG campus budget, authorizing all on-campus expenditures, signing checks, and ensuring the site budget is not exceeded.
  12. Serves as the point person on-campus for any state or camp related inspections or questions.
  13. Communicates with SIG family members and parents and is available throughout the program.
  14. Communicates with the Program Director any escalated employee or student related issues.
  15. Provides transport for medical emergencies to hospitals, doctors, and walk-in centers.
  16. Ensures all incident reports, daily logs, and personnel action forms are being completed.
  17. Ensures all student and program evaluations are submitted by the close of the program.
  18. Plans program’s Closing Ceremony at the end of the session.
  19. Distributes payroll checks and reimbursements to SIG employees.
  20. Demonstrates overall program leadership, creative problem solving, and crisis management.
  21. Performs other tasks as directed by the SIG Central Program Director or Director of Operations.
  22. Completes all Post-Program responsibilities:
    • Reconciles all program finances and academic budget related items and return to SIG Central no later than two days following the close of session.
    • Returns checks, credit cards, and related records to the SIG Director of Operations at the end of session.
    • Conducts and documents a post-program inspection of all spaces SIG used during the program with the Deans.
    • Collects the student evaluations of program, activities, and staff.
    • Completes Director Summary Report and ensures all other staff members have submitted their appropriate staff evaluations, summary reports, and/or logs.
    • Coordinates inventory count and storage unit of all program items. Sends an electronic-copy of the inventory to SIG Central to maintain a copy no more than 2 days after the end of the session.
    • Coordinates and ensures that all electronic files, including but not limited to forms, photos, closing ceremony slide show, documents are uploaded to the One Drive by all Deans and office staff at the end of the session.
    • Participates in post camp evaluation discussions.


  1. Business acumen needed to operate and to direct the social, emotional, and cultural needs of a gifted and talented academic program, likely with a significant enrollment of international students.
  2. Knowledge of financial record keeping.
  3. A professional communication style.
  4. Creative problem-solving skills.
  5. Comfortable using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  6. 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

This position is responsible for the overall management of the Academic Dean, Residential Life Dean, Student Activities Dean, Office Manager, Administrative Assistant, and Nurse, to the extent these positions exist on campus. All other positions report indirectly to the Director.

  1. Leads and participates in the orientation for SIG families and students on opening day. Manages and supervises the registration of students.
  2. Supervises and assists in the operations of the academic, cultural, social, residential, business, and student activities aspects of the program.
  3. Supervises and directs all staff in a professional and appropriate manner.
  4. Supervises and coordinates office staff schedules and procedures.
  5. Supervises, supports, and assists each Dean toward the successful completion of the SIG program.
  6. Supervises operations of the infirmary schedule and medical needs of all SIG staff with the Nurse.
  7. Monitors, mentors, mediates, and counsels the behavioral issues of students and any performance issues of staff.

Work Environment

This job operates at a residential 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. Be able to work 24/7 shifts to anticipate unexpected situations or assist during emergency operations.
  6. Ability to live and work potentially without air conditioning during hot and humid summer months for days on campus.
  7. 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. The position is required to reside on campus throughout the entirety of the program.
  2. There will be additional hours of work outside of these including off-site pre and post program.
  3. The position is required to attend office set-up and staff orientation four (4) to five (5) days before the start of the assigned program.

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, academic program, or residential program.
  4. A minimum of three years teaching or counseling academically gifted students.
  5. Certified in First Aid/CPR. If not certified at time of hire, must be willing to obtain certification prior to start of program.

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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