Young Writers Workshop Mentor Teacher (Staff Wage)

Job description

Job location: Remote - Virginia

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-03-11
Req: R0019427

The Young Writers Workshop (YWW) of the University of Virginia (UVA), established in 1982 as the nation's flagship program for teenage writers, is in its fourth decade of bringing together a community of writers with a common purpose: to create a supportive, non-competitive environment where writers in grades 9-12 can live and work together as artists. 

Sponsored by the UVA School of Education and Human Development, the YWW is seeking applicants for the position of Mentor Teacher to staff its online summer program for aspiring teenager writers. These positions are responsible for:

  • designing and teaching two week-long elective short-courses in each session that cover a range of artistic and literary interests, include MTs specific genre experience, and mentor students’ interests in writing and the various avenues for pursuing those interests
  • sponsoring and modeling student participation in social/cultural events;
  • attendance at faculty/staff orientation week
  • attendance at daily staff meetings during sessions
  • attendance at Opening Day orientation for parents and students and Closing Ceremony for students in each session.

Applicants must have: completed at least one year of college with liberal arts coursework; experience working with adolescents (in a tutoring, camp counselor, after-school program or equivalent type of experience); the ability to relate to adolescents; involvement in the literary arts, such as study in creative writing courses, participation in theater arts groups, journalism experience, or performing arts expertise; strong interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and effective collaboration with others; and knowledge of basic word processing/computer programs (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Google docs, search engines). All teaching and programming require knowledge of and proficiency in Zoom and Google sites.

Hiring preferences include: experience in the program; two or more years of liberal arts course work; video and audio production programs (e.g., Photoshop, Garage Band); web design (e.g., Tumblr, WordPress), supervision and instruction of adolescents in a residential academic program; creative writing skills in one or more genres; skill in secondary level instructional methods; skill in video, audio, and web design; a valid driver's license and lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certification.  

MT positions are for 6 weeks during the summer, June 13-July 25, 2021.

To apply, please submit an application online through Workday at Search on requisition number: R0019427.  Please attach the following documents to your application.

1) a cover letter, which includes your preferred genre(s) in the first line (e.g., I am applying to the Mentor Teacher position in fiction; I am both poetry and multi-genre)
2) CV/resumé, including contact information for 3 references
3) a statement of your background and interest in writing and in teaching and mentoring young writers
4) a total of 5-7 pages showing original writing in the two genre workshops in which you have most interest of those offered, i.e., fiction; creative nonfiction; poetry; scriptwriting (stage and screen); songwriting; for multi-genre, submit at least 3 different genre samples with a maximum of 10 pages total.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $1800-2200 total for period of work. Compensation is premised on prior experience in the program.

Positions work remotely and will remain open until filled.

This is a wage position which is not eligible for leave or other benefits and is limited to 1500 hours of work in a year. For more information, refer to the Wage Employment link:

The UVA School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. (FSAKA)

Questions related to the application process may be directed to Jen Krahn, HR Specialist, at

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Job No:
Posted: 11/11/2020
Application Due: 5/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time