A CTY site director's role is similar to a head of school's or principal's. Site directors provide overall leadership and manage the day-to-day operations at their sites. They work with other site administrators, instructors, teaching assistants, resident or program assistants, parents, students, host institution representatives, and various advisory contacts (JHU's offices of human resources, legal counsel and risk management, as well as year-round CTY administrators). Site directors maintain high visibility on campus, attending to administrative tasks on and off campus, meeting daily with staff and students, and attending all major events at the site.
At residential sites, site directors work seven days per week and are on call at all times. They are expected to be visible, available, and approachable leaders and members of the CTY site community. During the week, site directors attend daily residential and administrative staff meetings, handle paperwork and other logistical tasks, and respond to concerns from students, staff, and parents. They regularly observe classes, meals, activities, and all aspects of the residential program. Site directors also attend a weekly instructional staff meeting. On weekends, site directors spend time in the office, attend all major events, and otherwise maintain high visibility on campus.
"Until my work with CTY, I'd enjoyed all sorts of leadership opportunities, but they were largely focused on the administrative side of private schools. I loved the work I'd done with students as an advisor and in my graduate school teaching, but I was hungry for school-level leadership that would better connect me with teachers, curriculum, and families. Serving as a site director at CTY permitted me to apply my educational interests and administrative experience in an inspiring school setting. The students, their families, and the faculty were wonderfully bright and eager and it made for a satisfying and professionally rewarding experience." — former CTY site director
Programs run from late June to early August. Please refer to the Site Locations & Dates page for the specific dates of employment.
"I have returned to CTY for more than a decade because the program creates a thriving intellectual community unlike any I have ever experienced. For many students, this is the first time they will ever receive community validation of their talents, the first time they feel free to soar intellectually in the company of peers.
I watch staff arriving from all over the country, bringing enthusiasm, innovative methods, and intellectual rigor from middle and high schools, from graduate programs and universities. I see new teachers, veteran teachers, and those who have reinvigorated themselves in the middle of their careers, coming from all disciplines to teach in ways they frequently cannot in their own institutions.
Like a proud parent, I bask in the compliments I hear about our students from the members of our host institutions: how polite the students are, how much they read, how interesting they are to speak with, and, above all, how much they are like regular children, playing and throwing Frisbees. I believe strongly that until our culture can recognize that gifted students are as normal as other children that programs like CTY are still needed." — former CTY site director
If you have questions about summer employment with CTY, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-735-6185.
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