Applying for a PAID tutoring position in The Writing Center
If you're a Woodbury student who is interested in becoming a tutor, you should first learn about the job qualifications and requirements below. If you still feel you would be a good fit for our Center and would like to help your fellow students, follow the directions under "How to Apply."
Writing Center Tutor Job Description (last update 5/29/2018)
General Overview of Position
Writing Center tutors at The Writing Center (TWC) will work a minimum of 3 hours per week with a diverse body of university students. Tutors will approach writing as a process and help writers work on the cognitive issues of focus, tone, organization, outlining, and development before dealing with other paper issues such as grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Tutors will help students studying in varied degree programs—including those who may have English as a second language—to reinforce the ongoing learning process through vibrant discussion of student writing.
At minimum, those applying for a Writing Center Coach position should possess the following qualifications:
- A referral from a WRIT instructor or an instructor in a writing-intensive course (ex., MGMT 100). The instructor should provide feedback on the student’s writing ability, academic commitment, and interpersonal skills. Students will not be interviewed without an initial referral from an instructor.
- Ability to assess student writing and provide appropriate feedback, both verbal and written.
- Ability to communciate clearly and effectively with students and staff by establishing rapport and maintaining a friendly, helpful, and patient demeanor
- Basic understanding of English rhetoric , grammar and usage (document formats, sentence structures, MLA/APA citation formats, etc.)Ability to work as a team member with minimal supervision.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Proficiency in MS Word, in particular, the track changes and comments function.
- Willingess to work on a regular, weekly schedule, barring illness and school-related activities. A tutor’s schedule will be negotiated between TWC director and him/her at the beginning of the semester.
- Valid documentation to work in the United States.
- Ability to attend all-day, paid professional development training on the first Saturday of the semester.
- Minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Fulfillment of WRIT 112 requirement (either through class, placement, or transfer) with a grade of B+ or higher.
In addition to the minimum qualifications noted above, ideal applicants will also possess the following:
- Fulfillment of WRIT 112 requirement (either through class, placement, or transfer) with a grade of A or higher.
- Special interest in writing and/or tutoring as a profession.
The following includes specific functions performed by a tutor working in TWC:
- Works with students individually or in a small group to develop their basic writing abilities.
- Uses TWC technology to accurately complete Client Report forms for online and in-person tutorials.
- Keeps appointments on time, stays alert, and minimizes any distractions during tutoring.
- Is open to consider new ideas and techniques in tutoring.
- Participates in (paid) campus events and activities that promote TWC. These may include—and are not limited to—serving refreshments, hosting student games, and posting flyers around campus.
- Accurately tracks hours worked through online Ultipro system and individual time sheets for payroll processing when due.
- Attends all-day, paid professional development training on the first Saturday of the semester, and completes professional development exercise(s) during work hours.
- Is willing to perform simple office tasks, when necessary, per TWC director’s request.
- Follows direction and guidance provided by TWC director regarding tutorials and all TWC-related matters.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should contact either a WRIT instructor or instructor in a writing-intensive class and ask him/her for a referral. The instructor should send the referral to Laurel DiGangi, Director of the Writing Center (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once Laurel received the referral, she will contact the student for the following:
· Current resume
· Cover letter addressing the minimum/desirable qualifications
· Current writing sample
· After the director receives the above material, she will send the prospective tutor a sample student paper to provide feedback on using the comments and track changes functions in Word.
The final step in the hiring process is an in-person interview.
Tutors will be hired based on a combination of factors, including an ability to fulfill the qualifications listed above, writing skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to assess and provide appropriate feedback on student writing.