SIG Employment: Open Position

Housemaster – Innovators Program (UC Berkeley/UCLA Campuses Only)

Job Description


This position reports to the Residential Life Activities Dean of assigned campus. This position may also take direction from the Academic Deans, as well as the Director.


The role of the Housemaster for the Summer Institute for the Gifted Innovators Program is to supervise, mentor, and coach students through their social and academic interactions, supervise the Residential Counselors in their responsibilities, as well as assist with the planning, implementation and participation in daily student activities which provide enrichment in cultural and social experiences for the students.

Essential Functions

  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Employee Handbook, SIG Innovators Staff Manual, and the SIG Staff Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Completes all pre-program responsibilities:
    • Attends all pre-campus online trainings, reading through provided manuals, and conference calls.
    • Assists with the set-up of the SIG offices on campus and the unpacking of SIG supplies from the storage unit.

Administrative Responsibilities

  1. Manages and prioritizes schedules and tasks based upon the residential needs of students and staff.
  2. Provides operational and program support to the Residential Life Activities Dean, and other administrative/senior staff members.
  3. Additional duties as assigned.

Residential Responsibilities

  1. Participates in the Counselor orientation programs scheduled prior to the students’ arrival.
  2. Participates in the student registration and orientation on the day of student arrival.
  3. Adheres to the policies of the Summer Institute for the Gifted. Maintains staff curfew and lights out of 12:00 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.
  4. Works to provide for the physical, emotional, and academic needs of gifted students. Communicates with respect and understanding to a diverse, multicultural population of children and young adults.
  5. Proactively manages and directs dormitory operations.
  6. Takes appropriate safety actions in emergency situations; protects the welfare of everyone involved.
  7. Provides positive leadership through sharing and demonstrating technical skills to operate and supervise dormitory life.
  8. Completes, with the Residential Life Activities Dean, the pre and post inspections of the dormitories SIG used during the program and maintains records of any damages.
  9. Coaches, monitors, mentors, mediates, and counsels the behavioral issues of students and any performance issues of staff.
  10. Conducts effective dormitory operations creating an emotionally stable, social, and supportive residential experience.
  11. Communicates effectively with students and staff, within their house and the program at large, for effective communication in a living-learning community
  12. Advocates for fair and equal treatment, respecting the similarities and differences in cultures and diversity among students and staff.
  13. Creates a community environment during meals in the dining room and/or participates at other meals taken outside the dining room with students and staff.
  14. Ensures all students and staff are integrated into the program and activities.
  15. Demonstrates overall program leadership, creative problem-solving, and crisis management.
  16. Communicates with Residential Life Activities Dean any escalated facility, employee or student related issues within 12 hours.

Student Activities Responsibilities

  1. Takes pictures throughout the program for the Closing Ceremony slide show.
  2. Assembles and coordinates the Closing Ceremony slide show.
  3. Makes daily student announcements during meal times.
  4. Assist the Residential Life Activities Dean in publicizing programs and schedules throughout the program. Finds exciting ways to get students excited about upcoming events.
    1. Supervises all off campus excursions. Conducts head counts for safety measures.
    2. Attends the off-campus excursion and is available in-person and by telephone at all times during the excursion. Assists with the break-down of the SIG offices on campus and the packing of SIG supplies to the storage unit.


  1. Awareness of social, emotional, and cognitive needs of gifted students.
  2. Conduct self in an exemplary manner through work ethic, integrity, and holds self to a higher standard of behavior.
  3. Use good judgment in decision making, problem-solving and mentoring children/young adults.
  4. Demonstrate a friendly, helpful, and positive attitude, and a commitment to working with the students.
  5. A professional communication style.
  6. Creative problem-solving skills.
  7. Ability to 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

The position supervises the Counselors.

  1. Supervises an assigned dormitory of students and Counselors.
  2. Directs and supervises the duties of the Counselors
  3. Works with the Residential Life Dean to provide staff and student schedules for house meetings, evening duty, time off, activities, trips, and supervision of tutorials.
  4. Interacts and communicates daily with students and staff on all residential dormitory changes or issues.
  5. Provides supervision for senior and other counselor groups on counselor days off (if applicable).
  6. Completes staff evaluations of all Counselors.

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. 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.
  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 dorm living situations and campus facilities.

Position Type/ Expected hours of work/ Travel

  1. This 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.
  4. This position is required to be available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily during the program. May be required to attend to staff needs and/or Senior Staff Meetings after 10:30 p.m., and to be on call after 10:30 p.m.

Education/ Experience/ Qualifications

  1. A Bachelor’s degree or higher in education, counseling, psychology, or a related field.
  2. A minimum of three years of teaching and/or work experience with children or young adults.
  3. Experience in residential life, camp administration, and/or supervisory experience in a recreational or academic environment.
  4. 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 counterparts.

Summer Institute for the Gifted is an equal opportunity employer.

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