Undergraduate Reading and Writing Specialist (ELL)- Wheeling

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Position Title Undergraduate Reading and Writing Specialist (ELL)- Wheeling Who we are:

National Louis is a 130+ year old university that has been grounded in the values of innovation, access, and excellence from its inception. As an institution we believe in providing access to educational opportunity and that education is our greatest lever for social and economic mobility. We are a student focused community that is committed to continuous improvement and asks how do we become more “student ready” so that we may better serve our students. We believe that through education we are able to empower change and build healthy communities. Our community works hard in the service of students and supports one another like a family.

What we offer:

At National Louis University we offer our employees an innovative environment to work together and inspire the ideas that will make an impact. As our external environment changes, our employees are provided the opportunities and tools needed to grow both personally and professionally to remain successful. NLU employees and dependents are offered a wide range of benefits, including but not limited to, Health Insurance benefits, Retirement benefits, Paid Time Off and Educational Benefits.

Campus Wheeling If other, please specify Position Status Part Time If part time, hours per week 12-15 hours per week What you will do:

NLU is seeking applicants for our Undergraduate Reading and Writing Specialists(ELL) role to begin working with our students in fall term.

National Louis University has taken on a new approach to undergraduate education and has set the ambitious goal of becoming a local and national leader in closing the achievement gap in bachelor’s degree attainment. Through an innovative, affordable, rigorous, flexible, and supportive approach to undergraduate education, NLU seeks to help thousands of students – many of whom face significant barriers to completing college – get to and through college and move on to successful careers and fulfilling lives. This includes adult transfer undergraduate students as well as first-time freshmen students enrolled in Pathways at NLU which is growing rapidly and demonstrating exemplary student retention rates.

The Undergraduate Reading and Writing Specialist (ELL) collaborates with program staff and tutors students in basic writing skills to increase the effectiveness of the Pathways Program instructional model.

The primary focus of the Undergraduate Reading and Writing Specialist (ELL) is to work with diverse undergraduate students at the first-year level to increase writing and critical thinking competencies and outcomes related to their core courses. This program is highly data-driven, so a focus on evaluating learning and predictive analytics related to student success is central.

Specialists must collaborate on a regular basis with the support team that surrounds each student. This includes time assisting in the classroom, as well as weekly team meetings. Specialists can expect to work on campus Mondays and Tuesdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., with additional time on Tuesdays and Thursdays for meetings and individual tutoring appointments.

Additionally, the candidate must be passionate about supporting first generation and underrepresented college students toward successful degree completion and entry into the workforce.

Our mission is to provide a rigorous, affordable college education in a supportive environment that respects diversity to help all students meet and surpass their personal, academic, and career goals.

  • Student-Focused: Make decisions based on what is best for students with the belief that when all students have access to resources and support, they are empowered to achieve success.
  • Expect Excellence: Hold high expectations for our students and for the faculty and staff who serve them, and hold ourselves accountable for achieving excellence.
  • Personalized Support: Take a holistic approach to providing individualized support that encourages students to realize their full potential in college and beyond.
  • Data-Driven, Collaborative Environment: Work together as a unified team, utilizing real-time data and technology to adapt to student needs.
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Remain agile and open to changes and new ideas-incorporating data as well as student, faculty, and administration voice-to ensure that we are continuously learning, improving, and innovating in all aspects of the student experience. Be positively restless and relentless!

In this role you will:

  • Collaborate with a diverse team of program instructors and Success Coaches to develop an effective academic support strategy for students; follow the Pathways’ holistic approach to student learning by considering how non-academic backgrounds and issues affect each student.

  • Tutor students in reading comprehension, writing, and academic English language skills in 1-on-1 settings and small group settings. Evaluate and address individual student ability and potential regarding their writing/communication skills and then work with that student to improve those skills. Design and deliver personalized academic assistance to maximize each student’s academic potential and achieve college and career success.

  • Communicate professionally with students and colleagues, develops healthy and professional partnerships with colleagues, and share a passion for postsecondary success for diverse learners.

  • Participate as an active member of Pathways Team to design and implement excellent student-centered support. Contribute to weekly meetings with coaches and assessors to report student growth and obstacles to success and to design plan to deliver excellent, personalized academic support for individual students.

  • Assist students in weekly Lab classes by working with students 1-on-1 and in small groups to enhance students’ academic Reading and English writing skills through just-in-time review of foundational skills and by assisting them with writing assignments for their current coursework.

  • Contribute to a learning culture by observing classes and partnering with Instructors to provide targeted tutoring. Work with instructors during select instructional times to further assist student growth as successful readers and writers.

  • Identify gaps between student needs and existing resources and services; work with team to generate creative and effective resolutions.
Your Competencies:

Required Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Agility and adaptability to changing classroom dynamics

  • Strong writing skills in essay development, editing, revising, grammar and mechanics

  • Ability to work with a highly diverse faculty and student body


  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or English required

  • Spanish-English bilingual or experience teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) required

  • Experience using a learning management system

  • Prior Teaching or Tutoring experience is preferred

  • Teaching to students of diverse backgrounds and abilities preferred
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number STA617 Number of Vacancies 1 Open Until Filled No Special Instructions Summary Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. What is the highest level of education that you completed at an accredited institution of higher education?
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • All-But-Dissertation (ABD) in a Doctoral Program
    • Doctoral Degree (PhD, EdD, JD, DBA, etc.)
  2. Are you Spanish-English bilingual or do you have experience teaching English Language Learners (ELLs)?
    • yes
    • no
Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Internal Posting Form (Internal Applicants Only)




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Posted: 6/20/2019
Application Due: 7/17/2019
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