SIG Employment: Open Position

Student Activities 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 Student Activities Dean is required to live on campus for the entirety of the program. It is the responsibility of the Student Activties Dean to implement daily student activities which provide enrichment in cultural and social experiences for the students.


  • A Master’s degree or higher (preferred).
  • A minimum of three years of administrative or supervisory experience in a seasonal recreational, academic program, or residential program.
  • Experience with recreational activity planning.
  • Specialized degree and/or study in general education and/or minimum of three years teaching experience with academically gifted children.
  • Exemplary leadership and organizational skills.
  • 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.
  • Can multitask, set priorities, follow through on details, and complete assignments.
  • Certified in First Aid/CPR. If not certified at time of hire, must be willing to get certified prior to start of program.


The Student Activities Dean reports to the Director. The Student Activities Dean does not formally supervise anyone on campus, but does assign duties to Counselors as related to student activities.

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.

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. Assists with the staff orientation programs for all positions prior to student arrival.
  3. Assists with the set-up of the SIG offices on campus and the unpacking of SIG supplies from the POD.
  4. Implements daily student activities to all residential, commuter, and extended commuter students.
  5. Demonstrates creativity, enthusiasm, task commitment, dependability, and responsibility in role.
  6. Organizes, schedules, and implements all events and activities with staff members, host facility staff, and/or host campus liaison.
  7. Ensures the successful execution of all activities.
  8. Ensures the safety and well-being of all student and staff in all activities. Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with the Nurse.
  9. Communicates details and important information to the Director, Program Director, parents, staff, and students regarding specific questions or concerns about student activities.
  10. Interacts with students and staff on a regular basis to develop an understanding and awareness of their individual academic levels, social, and emotional needs.
  11. Communicates with SIG family members and parents as required and is available throughout the program.
  12. Monitors, mentors, mediates, and counsels the behavioral issues of students and any performance issues of staff.
  13. Trains Counselors to lead activities requiring group interaction and creative thinking skills. Works with Counselors to generate ideas for counselor led activity nights.
  14. Schedules the supervision and activities of the afternoon recreational hour.
  15. Schedules and assigns Counselors to evening program activity duties.
  16. Coordinates the reservation of indoor space from the host campus for large events including, but not limited to, Brain Bowl, movie nights, the dance, Casino Night, talent shows, and the Closing Ceremony.
  17. Facilitates the student and staff talent shows.
  18. Ensures professionalism and appropriate content rating of any performances in the talent shows.
  19. Takes pictures throughout the program for the Closing Ceremony slide show.
  20. Assembles and coordinates the Closing Ceremony slide show.
  21. Oversees the Closing Ceremony, including the slide show, certificates, student speeches, seating charts, and rehearsals.
  22. Makes daily student announcements during meal times.
  23. Publicizes programs and schedules throughout the program. Finds exciting ways to get students excited about upcoming events.
  24. Ensures commuter and extended commuter students are integrated into programs and activities.
  25. Creates a list of materials needed for evening programs and events and provides to Office Manager for purchase.
  26. Writes and publishes the daily SIGnal and distributes to all students and staff on a regular basis.
  27. Works with the campus liaison and any campus representatives. Collaborates with on-site liaison to ensure space and room needs are met.
  28. Manage activities related budget as outlined by Director and Program Director.
  29. Attends all campus meetings as required.
  30. Demonstrates overall program leadership, creative problem-solving, and crisis management.
  31. Assists with all campus needs or emergencies, as requested.
  32. Communicates with the Program Director any escalated facility, employee or student related issues within 24 hours.
  33. Additional duties as assigned.

Get-Away Trip Responsibilities

  1. Confirms arrangements with the transportation company for the get-away trip.
  2. Oversees the scheduling of staff trip group assignments and coordination of trip supervisors.
  3. Finalizes all details of trips including fees, payments, itineraries, responsibilities, maps, lunch counts, and medical forms.
  4. Communicates any issues with trip details to SIG Central prior to the trip.
  5. Discusses safety measures and protocols with staff and students.
  6. Supervises departure and return. Conducts head counts for safety measures.
  7. Attends the get-away trip and is available in-person and by telephone at all times during the trip.

Post-Program Responsibilities

  1. Conducts and documents a post-program inspection of all spaces SIG used during the program with the Deans and Housemasters.
  2. Uploads and shares all photos, videos, the closing ceremony slide show, documents and forms to the campus One Drive account no later than 2 days after the end of the session.
  3. Collects the student evaluations of activities.
  4. Completes the Student Activity Dean Summary Report and log.
  5. Assists with closing the overall program and packs up the office, inventory, and supplies in the storage unit.
  6. Packages all activity related materials and generates a detailed inventory of contents in each container at the end of the program. Supplies SIG Central with inventory copy.
  7. Participates in post camp evaluation discussions.

Terms of Employment

  1. Starting salary is $3,500 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.

Physical Characteristics of a Student Activities 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 law counterparts

Summer Institute for the Gifted is an equal opportunity employer.

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