SIG Employment: Open Position

Residential Life Dean – 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 Residential Life Dean is required to reside on campus for the entirety of the program. The Residential Life Dean is responsible for ensuring a psychologically and physically safe and nurturing residential community environment for students and residential staff.


  • A Master’s degree or higher (preferred).
  • A minimum of three years of supervisory experience in an educational institution, seasonal recreational, academic program, or residential program.
  • Residence life, boarding school, or overnight program experience.
  • A minimum of three years of teaching, academic, and/or counseling experience.
  • Experience working with academically gifted students.
  • Exemplary leadership and management skills.
  • A professional communication style and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Certified in First Aid/CPR.  If not certified at time of hire, must be willing to obtain certification prior to start of program.


The Residential Life Dean reports to the Director. The Residential Life Dean supervises the Housemasters and indirectly supervises the Counselors.

Pre-Program Responsibilities

  1. 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.
  2. Communicates with Program Director, Director, Academic Dean, and Student Activities Dean.
  3. Assists Program Director with identifying and recruiting appropriate staff, as needed.
  4. Actively reviews and prepares trainings, workshops, etc. for campus staff before arrival on campus; coordinates with Director and other Deans regarding overall staff trainings. Assists with the set-up of the SIG offices on campus and the unpacking of SIG supplies from the POD.
  5. Communicates with the Program Director regarding facilities, computers, and any student issues.
  6. Works with the Academic Dean to schedule Counselor daily time off, days off, evening rotations, and overall counselor groups.

Program Responsibilities

  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Residential Administrator’s Manual, the SIG Residential Staff Manual, and the SIG Staff Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Leads and participates in the orientation for SIG families and students on opening day. Manages and supervises the registration of students.
  3. Supervises all residential, extended commuter, and commuter students according to SIG policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  4. Supervises Housemasters and Counselors in a professional and appropriate manner.
  5. Manages all residential and activity related components, scheduling, and events of the program.
  6. Operates the SIG program in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the Summer Institute for the Gifted.
  7. 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.
  8. Communicates general and significant issues to the Program Director.
  9. Coordinates Student Meet and Greet, tracks students’ arrival on campus via shuttle service, and contacts parents of any students who have not arrived. 
  10. Makes appropriate changes in residential assignments and maintain a current list of all residential assignments.
  11. Develops a seating plan for meals.
  12. Communicates with SIG family members and parents and is available throughout the program.
  13. Monitors, mentors, mediates, and counsels the behavioral issues of students and any performance issues of staff.
  14. Oversees, in cooperation with the Housemasters, the pre and post inspections of the dormitories and maintains records of any damages.
  15. Maintains a daily list of students in attendance and provides written documentation concerning reasons for withdrawal of any students to SIG Central within 24 hours.
  16. Maintains a daily log of relevant residential student or staff issues that occur on campus.
  17. Communicates with the Program Director any escalated employee or student related issues within 24 hours.
  18. Organizes and runs regular semi-weekly and special meetings of the Housemasters and/or residential staff.
  19. Organizes and runs residential staff socials for the Counselors.
  20. Monitors the Housemaster assignments of dormitory coverage from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 
  21. Coordinates any student/staff transportation to religious services.
  22. Plans program’s Closing Ceremony at the end of the session.
  23. Ensures all students departing campus via shuttle services have their passport (if applicable) and are on the appropriate shuttle at the end of the program.
  24. Demonstrates overall program leadership, creative problem-solving, and crisis management.
  25. Assists with all campus needs or emergencies, as requested.
  26. Additional duties as assigned.

Post-Program Responsibilities

  1. Conducts and documents a post-program inspection of all rooms SIG used during the program with the Director.
  2. Collects the student evaluations of program, activities, and staff.
  3. Completes the Residential Life Dean Summary Reports and Log for SIG Central.
  4. Assists with closing the overall program and packs up the office, inventory, and supplies in storage unit.
  5. Participates in post camp evaluation discussions.

Terms of Employment

  1. Starting salary is $3,750 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 Residential Life Dean

  • 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 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.

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