Associate Director for the Writing Center (Academic Resource Center Manager)

CUNY Graduate Center
New York City, New York
Jan 14, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Associate Director for the Writing Center (Academic Resource Center Manager)
Job ID: 19737
Compensation: Salary commensurate with education and experience
Closing Date:  January 28, 2019 

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The mission of the Writing Center at the Graduate Center is to facilitate scholarly writing by supporting Graduate Center Master’s  and Ph.D. students in drawing their research and insights into clear and powerful prose that meets the expectations of their audiences. The GC Writing Center offers on-site and remote appointments to discuss dissertation chapters, term papers, prospectuses, conference proposals, personal statements, and letters of interest. Our goal is to help students navigate a variety of academic genres in order to be more fully prepared for the work they are doing at the Graduate Center as well as in future careers both inside and outside of academia. We believe that talking and writing reflectively about the texts students compose is helpful at all stages of the writing process. We seek to equip students with the tools they need to read their writing with a critical eye for argument, interpretation, organization, grammar, copy-editing issues, and clearly presented citations. Through workshops and one-on-one consultations, the Center gives students a sense of writerly community that extends beyond that of their classmates and professors, helping them think about how to communicate clearly to an audience not only inside but also beyond the classroom. 

The Graduate Center is seeking a qualified full-time Associate Director for the Writing Center to develop and oversee the administrative affairs of the Writing Center and well as provide writing consultations. This position reports to the Director of Career Planning and Professional Development.

Duties include but are not limited to:
- Oversees the Writing Center’s doctoral student fellows as they work to develop programs and resources to support student writing. 
- Develops and implements the Writing Center’s yearly assessment plan; reports on the Center’s activity and usage.
- Establishes short- and long-term goals and objectives and develops operational plans for the Writing Center. 
- Directs overall operations of the Writing Center, including staff, facilities and technologies; hires, trains, manages full- and part-time staff as well as student employees.  
- Offers one-on-one consultations with students across disciplines to address their questions; understands research goals and publication practices; demonstrates knowledge of discipline-specific best practices for writing; and assists students in using a variety of writing tools. 
- Offers student writing support such as feedback on drafts, ideas on meta-writing concerns (how to have a writing habit, how to get started), and working through conceptual and structural challenges.
- Advertises the Center to increase the number of students and attendees for programming by developing and improving promotional materials (e.g., brochures, website, newsletter, researcher spotlight); develops a cohesive branding strategy. 
- Keeps current with education and trends in academic writing and publishing, as well as in doctoral education.

CUNY Title Overview:
- Manages program development and operations of a learning resource center. 
- Implements and monitors a comprehensive student support program based on  targeted academic resources such as tutoring, remedial and/or other related support services 
- Prepares outcomes assessment to further develop center offerings; sets goals and objectives; and supports strategic plan 
- Creates, implements and delivers seminars, workshops and other programs to meet the needs of students and faculty 
- Collaborates with academic departments and other units to design, execute and improve center offerings 
- Oversees promotional material development and center communications utilizing various media formats 
- Prepares analytical and statistical reports for management 
- Manages professional, instructional and/or clerical staff; may administer department budget 
- May seek additional funding by identifying new revenue sources and grants 
- Performs related duties as assigned.

Bachelor's degree and six years' related experience required.

A preferred candidate should have: 
- Master’s or Ph.D. degree in a discipline taught at the Graduate Center or in adult or higher education, communication or composition, or a related field. 
- Experience teaching or tutoring courses involving writing or writing composition. 
- Proven ability to work independently. 
- Ability to work collaboratively and constructively with different members of the academic community.  
- Commitment to the mission of the Writing Center in providing support to members of the Graduate Center community to develop and disseminate their academic research. 
- Strong listening skills to formulate direct responsive answers to questions and a commitment to providing excellent service to students. 
- Proven ability to manage multiple assignments under tight deadlines and timelines, and to reach milestones.
- Effective presentation and communication skills, both oral and written.
- Demonstrated understanding of budget development and management. 
- Experience developing and delivering workshops on writing practices, time management, and academic publishing. Demonstrated ability to lead workshops and webinars for doctoral students. 
- Supports a student-centered pedagogy, i.e. non-hierarchical learning structures that emphasize peer learning, peer mentorship, and student agency.
- Demonstrated experience creating writing support networks or research groups.

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