Full-Time Academic Director, Summer Institute for the Gifted, Stamford, CT

The Summer Institute for the Gifted (a program of NSGT) has an immediate opening for a full-time Academic Director.

The primary responsibility of the Academic Director is curriculum development and implementation of the academic program for all NSGT summer and academic year programs. The overarching goal of the Academic Director is to ensure students have an enjoyable, productive, and meaningful academic experience while attending an NSGT program. The Academic Director reports to the CEO for the National Society for the Gifted and Talented. This is a full-time, twelve month position located in Stamford, CT.



  • Master’s degree in Education
  • Experience working with and knowledge of programming for gifted students
  • Experience with residential programs and camp experience preferred
  • Skills, training, and expertise in math and science areas, preferred
  • Technical competence a must


  • Team player with a positive attitude
  • Ability to adapt to change quickly and easily
  • Exemplary organizational skills including attention to detail, ability to work on various projects at the same time, and ability to prioritize efforts based on current needs
  • Must be willing and able to travel as needed


  • Serve as a positive role model for fellow employees and provide leadership within the National Society for the Gifted and Talented as per its mission and philosophy
  • Demonstrate dependability and task commitment
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of children and parents and enjoy working with them
  • Remain current and up-to-date on gifted and talented related issues including the education and welfare of academically gifted students
  • Develop innovative, new and recurring curriculum/courses and assist with the development of the annual catalog and brochures
  • Supervise the Academic Deans in implementing the SIG summer academic program
  • Oversee the course development for any SIG academic program, including online courses
  • Manage the successful delivery of all online courses, including setup and training of teaching staff and online coordinator
  • Update and revise the Academic Manual for the day and residential programs, incorporating changes as recommended by site and other staff
  • Develop program content for any special events as required
  • Write professional column for monthly newsletter
  • Keep Stamford staff informed and updated about current gifted education issues
  • Attend gifted education conferences, make presentations and consult on gifted education as assigned
  • Work closely with recruitment personnel to hire and train summer staff
  • Work closely with Day Directors to implement the academic program
  • As available, attend major site events such as pre-camp orientation, opening registration day, and the Final Program and be prepared to travel to sites if major issues arise, including filling in as a substitute Director if needed
  • Communicate with accepted students and their parents as needed
  • Oversee all academic problem solving during camp and address any significant issues of students, parents, staff or facility administrators
  • Oversee, organize and manage the student review process at the end of each session
  • Be on call 24/7 while programs are in operation
  • As needed, act as replacement Program Director for assigned campus(es)
  • Responsible for pre-summer planning at assigned campus venues including site facilities usage and liaising with campus staff (as needed)
  • For any day site assigned, coordinate day program components including site arrangements, staffing needs, and master schedule changes modifications as applicants are accepted (only as needed)
  • Work closely with Directors of assigned campuses, schedule and facilitate pre- and post-summer staff meetings (only as needed)
  • Oversee all post-camp issues including final bills, refunds, staff meetings, parent issues, and other matters related to the site
  • Perform other tasks as directed by NSGT CEO as required

Salary is commensurate with experience

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Amy Blake at ablake@giftedstudy.org.