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Gifted Center Summer Staff: Teachers and Counselors

Company: University of Southern Mississippi
Location: Hattiesburg
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Gifted Center Summer Staff: Teachers and Counselors
The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Gifted Center Summer Staff: Teachers and Counselors.
Position Details
Location Hattiesburg
118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division School of Education
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Part Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date 3/30/24
Special Instructions to Applicants
In order for your application to be considered for the upcoming day and residential programs it must be completed including all uploads and signed.
Counselor Applicants: Please submit: resume, contact information for three references, a one-page personal philosophy of working with elementary and secondary students, class and other work schedules to be reviewed for best fit with the needs of the program.
Teacher Applicants: Please submit: resume, teaching license or other appropriate credential indicating ability to teach, contact information for two references including a current or past teaching supervisor, a personal statement indicating the subject area(s) that you are most interested in teaching and how you will incorporate that knowledge in an integrated unit of study.
If selected for employment, you must successfully complete a background check and attend training sessions regarding the safety of minors on USM's campus and your responsibilities as a counselor or teacher with the Center.
Job Summary
Thank you for your interest in the summer and weekend programs conducted by The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies. The Center is home to a variety of short-term student programs. These programs meet the academic and social needs of gifted and high-ability students as young as three-years-old through rising seniors in high school.
Our Counseling staff provides supervision of students during meals, afternoon recreational activities, and overnight dorm supervision. Counselors are selected for daytime recreation and supervision positions or over-night, residential positions.
Our Teaching staff may be selected for one of five programs for students, based on the type of teaching credential, ability to work with various age groups, and fit for each program. Experience working with gifted and high-ability learners is helpful. Current Teachers of the Gifted, Graduate Students, and University Faculty seeking additional weekend and summer employment are encouraged to apply. Day Programs include the Saturday Gifted Studies, Young Gifted Students Program, and the Summer In the Middle Program. Residential Programs include the Leadership Studies, Summer Gifted Studies, and Summer Program for Academically and Artistically Talented Youth.
Information regarding all of these programs may be found at www.karneskaleidoscope.blog.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attends training for and adheres to all policies related to student supervision: FERPA and Minors on Campus Policies, and any others deemed necessary;

  • Assumes responsibility for the guidance and safety of program attendees (PK-11 grade students) assigned to their care;

  • Assists with supervision of students during meals and other activities according to the official program schedule;

  • Acts as a role model for program participants;

  • Monitors social and emotional well-being of program participants and reports issues appropriately according to established protocols;

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


    • Prepare a unit plan and daily lesson plans appropriate for the program in which you will be teaching to include a detailed materials request form.

    • Instruction and supervision of children of various ages (according to program guidelines) during class, transitions from class to recreational activities, and meal times.

    • Attend all training for and adhere to all policies related to student supervision: FERPA and Minors on Campus Policies, and any others deemed necessary.

    • Attend daily debriefing meetings with Center and Program Directors as well as communicate needs effectively to counseling staff when appropriate.

    • Provide appropriate feedback for students and parents according to established Center policies.

    • Performs other duties as assigned.

      Minimum Qualifications
      Counselors : Student Applicants: A cumulative 2.5 GPA is required. Clear Background Check
      Teachers : Valid teaching license, university level credentials in your subject area, or other equivalent evidence of teaching ability. Clear Background Check.
      Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

      • Teachers must be able to work within the program schedule (classes are intensive and therefore are all-day, every day for the duration of the program - NOT a university schedule).

      • Counselors selected for residential positions must be able to live in the dorm during program dates for those assigned to residential positions. (Dorm costs will be covered by the Center during program dates.) Counselors selected for recreational positions are not automatically assigned a dorm room.

      • All applicants are required to have knowledge of the Remind app to communicate with program supervisors and other staff (training will be provided on use of the app if necessary).

        Preferred Qualifications
        Counselors: Preference will be given to upperclassmen, graduate students, and young adults with experience living in a dorm setting. (Freshmen and Sophomores who are graduates of some residential high-schools may also meet this preference.) Prior experience working with children in a school, club, faith-based organization, camp, or academic program. Ability to navigate stairways up to four or five flights.
        Teachers: Previous experience working with gifted and high-ability students. Graduate degree emphasizing gifted education.
        About The University of Southern Mississippi
        The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit www.usm.edu.
        As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

Keywords: University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg , Gifted Center Summer Staff: Teachers and Counselors, Education / Teaching , Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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