What does it take to be a Consultant at the Writing Center?

Job description

Writing consultants fulfill three primary roles: (1) peer writing consultant, (2) Writing Center representative, and (3) Writing Center team member. Each quarter, consultants are scheduled for a certain number of hours per week, the majority of which will be spent consulting with writers, observing other sessions, and otherwise developing their consulting skills. In addition, consultants are expected to represent the Writing Center as needed by answering the telephone, visiting classes, and demonstrating Writing Center services. Lastly, consultants will serve as team members to propose and execute individual and group projects with various administrative tasks that benefit the Writing Center community and its service to our campus.

Job qualifications

  • Achieve sophomore status by fall 2018
  • Available to enroll in English 3090 in fall 2018. Has a strong interest and desire to learn about composition theory and writing center research and practice
  • Available to work for the entire academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters)
  • Strong commitment to issues of language, writing, non-oppressive pedagogies, and social justice
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Critical thinking, and creative problem-solving
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include: tolerance of ambiguity and complexity, welcoming of different learning styles, flexibility and curiosity when faced with challenges, enthusiasm for maintaining a reflective practice
  • Interest in student-centered learning and process-oriented, reflective tutoring
  • Willingness to adopt tutoring techniques in accordance with SU Writing Center’s philosophies and pedagogies
  • Works well independently and as a team member
  • Experience in any of the following areas is desirable, but not required: ability to conduct consultations in languages other than English, experience working on an online environment, working with multilingual speakers and English Language Learners, experience in working on accessibility and universal design, working with writing in STEM.
  • Enthusiasm for working effectively with diverse student populations with their individual learning styles in any stage of their writing development/process.

Interested in working as a Consultant? 

We accept applications every spring for consultants to start in the fall.

Considered professionals in training, new undergraduate consultants enroll in English 3090: Tutoring Writing: Theory and Practice during their first fall quarter on staff. This 5-credit course engages consultants in the professional scholarship of rhetoric and composition, culminating in a research project focusing on a particular learning or writing issue or question the student wishes to engage more deeply.

To Apply

Hiring for Writing Center Consultants begins Winter Quarter. More information will be posted here once applications are available.


What does it take to be an Office Assistant at the Writing Center?

Job Description

The Writing Center Office Assistant is responsible for reception duties as follows: greeting clients, scheduling appointments, referring clients who arrive for appointments to the consultant they are scheduled to work with, answering the phone, and otherwise referring clients to appropriate campus resources. When not busy with office duties, this person will cover various administrative duties as needed and assigned by the director, to include data entry.

Job Qualifications

This position requires a self-starting individual who is friendly, dependable, service-oriented, patient, and good humored. They must be able to provide clear and courteous information about the Writing Center while remaining friendly with students who may be stressed or confused when they request our services. Further, applicants should be interested in the work of the Writing Center. Preference in hiring is given to capable applicants who have previously used the Writing Center, will bring diversity to our current staff, and eventually might wish to work as a writing consultant.

Interested in working as an Office Assistant?

Office Assistant positions will be posted on our hiring page when they are available.