SIG Employment: Open Position

Teaching Assistant – Innovators Program (UC Berkeley/UCLA Campuses Only)

Job Description


This position reports to the Academic Dean and collaborates with Instructors for academic duties. This position may also take direction from the Director and the Deans.


This role of the Teaching Assistant for the Summer Institute for the Gifted Innovators Program is to supervise, mentor, and provide support to the academic programming goals of the program.

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. Actively participates in assigned instructional and program responsibilities.
  3. Supervises, accompanies, and participates in daily schedule of academic, recreational, and social interactions with students, including classroom and lunch.
  4. Assists Instructors and students with daily academic assignments, based upon their course schedule. Classroom responsibilities may include taking attendance, activity set-up, and one-on-one or small-group instruction, and student coaching or assistance.
  5. Takes anecdotal notes during classroom times to aid in the completion of student performance reviews. Discusses notes with Instructor and provides them to the Instructor for their final write-ups.
  6. Seeks guidance and assistance from SIG staff regarding student related concerns (academic, recreational, emotional behavior) and follows through on communication as needed.
  7. Responsible for supervising the conduct and dining room behavior of all students assigned to him/her during lunch; eats with students as assigned and participates in their social interactions as a coach and mentor.
  8. Attends all staff meetings as requested and participates in any office administration, as assigned.
  9. Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with site leadership.
  10. Serves as a positive role model for the students and staff in the program.
  11. Assists students in solving academic and socio-emotional problems related to the SIG program, including class participation, final projects, homesickness, and social interactions.
  12. Assists with the opening day program duties, dorms duties, student registration, and orientation.
  13. Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with the Nurse and residential SIG staff.
  14. Resolves student and facility problems proactively in daily classroom and social settings.
  15. Responds to all emergencies and assists in the needs of the program as directed.
  16. Adheres to the policies of the Summer Institute for the Gifted. No alcohol consumption on campus, zero tolerance of inappropriate sexual conduct, no illegal use of drugs, disorderly behavior, and avoids use of all profanity.
  17. Additional duties as assigned.


  1. Be able to multitask, set priorities, follow through on details, and complete assignments in a reasonable time period.
  2. Conduct self in an exemplary manner through leadership, honesty, integrity, and holds self to a high standard of behavior.
  3. Use good judgment in decision making, problem-solving, and mentoring children/young adults.
  4. Demonstrate a friendly, helpful, and positive attitude, and a commitment to working with the students.
  5. 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. Ability to live and work potentially without air conditioning during hot and humid summer months for days on campus.
  6. Maintain constant contact with others by interacting with staff and students.
  7. 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 role is required to be at the assigned campus, Monday through Friday, from the hours of 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  2. There will be additional hours of work outside of these including pre, during, and post program.
  3. This role is required to attend the Instructor/Teacher Assistant Orientation and Workshop the Saturday before the start of the assigned program.
  4. This role is expected to commute to and from program location daily.

Education / Experience/ Qualifications

  1. Enrolled in a higher education program, undergraduate or graduate program, or recently graduated from a related program
  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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