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University of California Irvine


Updated: Aug 5, 2021
Location: UC Irvine Campus
Job Type:
Department: Ctr Writing & Communication

Job Opening ID: 19389

Reports To: Academic Achievement Supervisor II

Working Title: Writing Specialist

Department: Center Writing & Communication

Bargaining Unit: 99

FLSA: Exempt

Payroll Job Code: 004550

Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine

Percent of Time: 100%

Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5

Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:

The Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication (or “Writing Center” for short) promotes effective writing and communication as lifelong skills. Not only are these skills necessary for personal and professional success, they are also powerful ways in which people think through issues, consider multiple points of view and become more consciously aware of the world around them. The Writing Center offers individual peer tutoring, appointments with professional Writing Specialists, online consultations, group or class workshops, special events and more.

The writing specialist performs a variety of roles supporting student writing across campus. Using skills as a seasoned, experienced professional, applies the full range of knowledge and strategies related to learning skills for students. Works independently, receiving guidance in unusual or particularly complicated situations. Additionally, Writing Specialists will: Collaborate with writing instructors across campus to provide feedback on writing assignments and curriculum, and coordinate targeted writing tutorials for specific course sections.

Compensation Range:

$53,500.00 - $78,600.00

Department Website:


3+ years of tutoring in a learning or writing center and/or teaching writing at the college level.

Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Skills in judgment and decision-making. Problem solving and organizational skills.

Experienced knowledge of specific learning theory, learning styles, affective issues, academic issues, and socio-cultural / linguistic issues in applying academic support to students. Superb writing skills across diverse fields and for variety of audiences and experience with practical writing and personal statements. Knowledge in designing and implementing learning and pedagogical models.

Knowledge of strategies in critical thinking, reading, writing, note taking, test taking, time management, and goal setting.

Knowledge of current research and theoretical models that influence the application and delivery of academic services (e.g., discipline specific, student-population specific).

Computer literate and knowledge of Word and Excel.

Multicultural competencies, knowledge and experience working and interacting effectively with diverse groups of staff, faculty, and student populations.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to handle difficult situations with tact and work effectively with students, staff, faculty, top administrators and external agencies from diverse backgrounds. Confident public speaker to variety of audiences.

Knowledge of how learning skills issues apply to a research institution.


Master's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

Experience in grant writing, technical writing, and writing in the sciences and/or engineering, multimodal and multimedia composition. Ability to understand writing models used for scholarship competitions as appropriate in different disciplines.

Experience in Writing center or writing program outreach efforts, social media management, website development, and UX design. Writing, composing, and creating in Fine Arts fields and genres.

Knowledge of academic curricula.

May require knowledge of NCAA policies, rules, and regulations. Experience providing writing feedback for students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, including multilinguality, global English, and code-meshing, universal design and disability studies. Ability to address the needs of ESL/ELL writers. Knowledge of program development, data gathering, assessment, and evaluation skills.

Special Request:

Must include a cover letter with application.

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.

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With more than 33,000 students, 1,200 faculty members and 10,000 staff, UCI is among the fastest-growing campuses in the University of California system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UCI ranks among the top U.S. universities in the number of undergraduate applications and continues to admit freshmen with highly competitive academic profiles. Orange County’s second-largest employer, UCI generates an annual economic impact on the county of $5 billion.

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