SIG Employment: Open Position

RESIDENTIAL COUNSELOR – Innovators Program (UC Berkeley/UCLA Campuses Only)

Job Description


This position reports to the Housemaster for residential duties. This position may also take direction from the Director and the Deans.


This role of the Residential Counselor for the Summer Institute for the Gifted Innovators Program is to supervise, mentor, and coach students through their social = interactions, as well as assist the Housemasters with residential responsibilities.

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. Attends and participates in the orientation programs for Counselors as scheduled prior to students’ arrival.
  3. Supervises counselor group and all students in evening and weekend schedule of recreational, study tutorial, and social interactions with students.
  4. Actively responsible for the safety and well-being of a group of approximately 10-16 students, under the direction of a Housemaster in a dormitory.
  5. Executes dormitory operations and creates a harmonious residential experience shared by all in their assigned dormitory area.
  6. Participates in all recreational and social activities, as requested. Contributes programming and activity ideas for Counselor-led activity nights.
  7. Assists the Residential Life Activities Dean in the planning and implementation of rec hour, evening and weekend activities.
  8. Supervises and actively participates in recreation hour activities.
  9. Supports the special programs and activities offered to students during rec hour and each evening. Responsible for assigned evening and weekend duties as scheduled.
  10. Serves as a positive role model for the students and staff in the program.
  11. Seeks guidance and assistance from SIG staff (Director, Deans, and Housemasters) regarding student related concerns ( recreational, emotional, or otherwise) and follows through on communication as needed.
  12. Assists students in solving academic and socio-emotional problems related to the SIG program, including evening tutorial, final projects, homesickness, and social interactions.
  13. Assists with the opening day program duties, dorms duties, student registration, and orientation.
  14. Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with the Nurse and residential SIG staff.
  15. Resolves student and facility problems proactively in daily and residential settings.
  16. Responds to all emergencies and assists in the needs of the program as directed.
  17. Supervises students and actively participate in all weekend activities and/or off-campus excursions.
  18. Supervises the conduct and dining room behavior of all students assigned to them during breakfast and dinner.
  19. Eats breakfast and dinner with students assigned in group and participates in their social interactions as a coach and mentor.
  20. Assists in office administration as assigned.
  21. Takes pictures throughout the program for the Closing Ceremony slide show.
  22. Attends and participates in the Final Program Ceremony.
  23. Attends and participates in the SIG closing day procedures.
  24. 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.
  25. Additional duties as assigned.


  1. Conduct self in an exemplary manner through leadership, honesty, integrity, and holds self to a high standard of behavior.
  2. Use good judgment in decision making, problem-solving, and mentoring children/young adults.
  3. Demonstrate a friendly, helpful, and positive attitude, and a commitment to working with the students.
  4. 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.

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.
  8. This position consists of constant movement throughout the assigned campus while supervising students to/from all destinations.

Position Type/ Expected Hours of Work/ Travel

  1. This position is required to reside on campus throughout the entirety of the program.
  2. This position is required to attend staff orientation two (2) days before the start of the assigned program.

Education/ Experience/ Qualifications

  1. Have completed at least one (1) year of college. Upperclassmen, recent graduates, and graduate students preferred.
  2. Work and supervisory experience with children and young adults (ages 9-17).
  3. Experience working with students in an academic, tutoring, mentoring, and/or recreational capacity.

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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