SIG Employment: Open Position

Residential Life Dean – Innovators Program

Job Description


This position reports to the Director of assigned campus.

Essential Functions

  1. Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Innovators Administrator’s Manual, the SIG Innovators Staff Manual, and the SIG Staff Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Completes all Pre-Program responsibilities:
    • Attends a mandatory 1-day webinar training in May, watches assigned webinars, reads through manuals/handbooks, and participates in phone calls and email correspondence from SIG Central.
    • Communicates with SIG Central Program Director, Director, Academic Dean, and Student Activities Dean.
    • Assists SIG Central Program Director with identifying and recruiting appropriate staff, as needed.
    • 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.
    • Communicates with the Program Director regarding facilities, computers, and any student issues.
  3. Leads and participates in the orientation for SIG families and students on opening day. Manages and supervises the registration of students.
  4. Supervises all students according to SIG policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  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. Oversees, in cooperation with the Housemasters, the pre and post inspections of the dormitories and maintains records of any damages.
  14. 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.
  15. Maintains a daily log of relevant residential student or staff issues that occur on campus.
  16. Communicates with SIG Central Program Director any escalated employee or student related issues within 24 hours.
  17. Coordinates any student/staff transportation to religious services.
  18. Plans program’s Closing Ceremony at the end of the session.
  19. 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.
  20. Demonstrates overall program leadership, creative problem-solving, and crisis management.
  21. Assists with all campus needs or emergencies, as requested.
  22. Additional duties as assigned.
  23. Completes all Post-Program responsibilities:
    • Conducts and documents a post-program inspection of all rooms SIG used during the program with the Director.
    • Collects the student evaluations of program, activities, and staff.
    • Completes the Residential Life Dean Summary Reports and Log for SIG Central.
    • Assists with closing the overall program and packs up the office, inventory, and supplies in storage unit.
    • Participates in post camp evaluation discussions.


  1. Possess exemplary leadership and management skills.
  2. A professional communication style.
  3. Creative problem-solving skills.
  4. Be able to work 24/7 shifts to anticipate unexpected situations or assist during emergency operations.
  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 supervises the Housemasters and indirectly supervises the Counselors.

  1. Works with the Academic Dean to schedule Counselor daily time off, days off, evening rotations, and overall counselor groups.
  2. Supervises Housemasters and Counselors in a professional and appropriate manner.
  3. Monitors, mentors, mediates, and counsels the behavioral issues of students and any performance issues of staff.
  4. Organizes and runs regular semi-weekly and special meetings of the Housemasters and/or residential staff.
  5. Organizes and runs residential staff socials for the Counselors.
  6. Monitors the Housemaster assignments of dormitory coverage from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

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, and 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 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. A minimum of three years of supervisory experience in an educational institution, seasonal recreational, academic program, or residential program.
  3. Residence life, boarding school, or overnight program experience.
  4. A minimum of three years of teaching, academic, and/or counseling experience.
  5. Experience working with academically gifted students.
  6. 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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