SIG Employment: Open Position

Housemaster – 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 Housemaster is required to reside on campus throughout the entirety of the program. It is the responsibility of the Housemaster to supervise, mentor, and coach students through their social and academic interactions, as well as supervise Counselors in their residential responsibilities.


  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in education, counseling, psychology, or a related field.
  • A minimum of three years of teaching and/or work experience with children or young adults.
  • Awareness of social, emotional, and cognitive needs of gifted students.
  • Experience in residential life, camp administration, and/or supervisory experience in a recreational or academic environment.
  • A professional communication style and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Conducts self in an exemplary manner through work ethic, integrity, and holds self to a higher 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.
  • Certified in first aid/CPR. If not certified at time of hire, must be willing to become certified prior to start of assigned program.


The Housemaster reports to the Residential Life Dean. They may also take direction from the Academic and Student Activities Deans, as well as the Director. The Housemaster supervises the Counselors.

Pre-Program Responsibilities

  1. Attends all pre-campus trainings including virtual webinars, online trainings, reading through provided manuals, and conference calls.

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. Assists with the set-up of the SIG offices on campus and the unpacking of SIG supplies from the storage unit.
  3. Participates in the Counselor orientation programs scheduled prior to the students’ arrival.
  4. Participates in the student registration and orientation on the day of student arrival.
  5. Is available during all assigned work hours of 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily, as well as any meetings or staff needs after 10:30 p.m., and to be on call after 10:30 p.m.
  6. 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.
  7. Supervises an assigned dormitory of students and Counselors.
  8. Works to provide for the physical, emotional, and academic needs of gifted students.
  9. Proactively manages and directs dormitory operations.
  10. Communicates with respect and understanding to a diverse, multicultural population of children and young adults.
  11. Takes appropriate safety actions in emergency situations; protects the welfare of everyone involved.
  12. Provides positive leadership through sharing and demonstrating technical skills to operate and supervise dormitory life.
  13. Manages and prioritizes schedules and tasks based upon the residential needs of students and staff.
  14. Completes, with the Residential Life Dean, the pre and post inspections of the dormitories and maintains records of any damages.
  15. Directs and supervises the duties of the Counselors.
  16. 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. 
  17. Provides operational and program support to the Residential Life Dean, Student Activities Coordinator/Dean, and other administrative/senior staff members.
  18. Coaches, monitors, mentors, mediates, and counsels the behavioral issues of students and any performance issues of staff.
  19. Conducts effective dormitory operations creating an emotionally stable, social, and supportive residential experience.
  20. Gets to know students and staff, within their house and the program at large, for effective communication in a living-learning community
  21. Advocates for fair and equal treatment, respecting the similarities and differences in cultures and diversity among students and staff.
  22. Interacts and communicates daily with students and staff on all residential dormitory changes or issues.
  23. 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.
  24. Supervises the drop-off and pick-up of Commuter and Extended Commuter Students.
  25. Ensures Commuter students are integrated into the program and activities.
  26. Acts as substitute teacher in the event of an Instructor absence.
  27. Provides supervision for senior and other counselor groups on counselor days off (if applicable).
  28. Participates in the Closing Ceremony and closing operations on the final days of the program.
  29. Completes staff evaluations of all Counselors.
  30. Demonstrates overall program leadership, creative problem-solving, and crisis management.
  31. Assists with all campus needs or emergencies, as requested.
  32. Assists with the break-down of the SIG offices on campus and the packing of SIG supplies to the storage unit.
  33. Additional duties as assigned.

Post-Program Responsibilities

  1. Conducts and documents, with the Residential Life Dean, a post-program inspection of all dormitories SIG used during the program.

Terms of Employment

  1. Starting salary is $2,150 pre-tax for a three-week program.
  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 Housemaster

  • 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 in order 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 in order 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.

Why Should YOU Join the SIG Team?

Fun Times at SIG!

Select and go directly to
a specific program page.