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Professional Writing Consultant II

University of Colorado - Denver and the Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado | CU Denver

Writing Center

Job Title: Professional Writing Consultant II

Position #719923 – Requisition #22206

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The Writing Center has an opening for a part time University Staff (unclassified) Writing Consultant II position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Writing Center Mission Statement:

We view writing as a process and all texts as works in progress. We therefore seek to build confident, accomplished writers through the teaching of discipline specific genre knowledge, the development of critical thinking skills and the practice of audience-centered writing. Our clients develop better writing skills while improving their texts.

Writing Center Diversity and Inclusion Statement:

The University of Colorado Denver honors diverse experiences and perspectives in the belief that they enhance the educational experience for all. The Writing Center at CU Denver supports this mission by offering safe, supportive learning environments where students can engage in critical thinking practices and develop their own voice through writing. The Writing Center is committed to creating a community of writers with a focus on equity, diversity of thought, and the belief that every member of the CU Denver community deserves both a fair chance and appropriate support to enable them to thrive. To this end, we are committed to inclusion and equitable practices for students who have been historically underrepresented in academic, literary, and social spaces, including people of color; LGBTQIA+ communities; the neurodiverse; military veterans; and individuals of all ages, abilities, religious beliefs, nationalities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support for the teaching and/or educational service mission of the university. Functions include academic advising/counseling, student personnel administration, recruitment and admissions, registration, financial aid, faculty affairs, library services, curriculum administration, and others involving direct support of the educational mission of an academic unit.

Professionals at the intermediate level are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field.

At the intermediate level, duties may be more limited in scope and are performed with guidance and direction from other professionals.

Nature of Work:

A Writing Consultant II is expected to facilitate one-on-one and small group sessions with student writers. A Writing Consultant II would primarily be expected to work upper division undergraduate students in courses across the curriculum. This position assists students by providing assessment, insight, and guidance to help them become more capable, successful writers. At this level, Writing Consultants will be expected to lead informational class visits, lead presentations/workshops, and serve as a shadow for new Consultants.

All Writing Consultants will commit to semester-long set schedule (same days/hours) each week for the duration of each semester; schedules are negotiated each semester around classes, teaching assignments, and other employment.

All Writing Consultants are expected to attend both a pre-semester Orientation and monthly Professional Development & Education meetings. Writing Consultants are provided with additional training and professional certifications as needed and as required by the Writing Center.

Position Emphasis:

  • Work with students in 50-minute sessions in the Writing Center, in one of its satellite locations, and/or online in both synchronous and asynchronous environments.
  • Assist students in one-on-one or small-group sessions on issues including but not limited to
  • Understanding assignment expectations
  • Generating, organizing, and developing ideas
  • Analyzing, synthesizing, and arguing
  • Summarizing, paraphrasing, and documenting sources
  • Effectively recognizing and revising issues with grammar and syntax
  • Complete session reports and review sessions in WCOnline in a timely manner
  • Lead informational class visits
  • Lead presentations/workshops in a variety of contexts and settings, including in-Center, in the Auraria Library, in classrooms, and online
  • Serve as a shadow for new Consultants by participating in one-on-one discussions of observed sessions, answering questions, and providing guidance on best practices
  • Salary and Benefits:

    The hourly rate for this position has been established at $19.15 – $20.00

    The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

    The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

    Optional: This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

    Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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    Diversity and Equity:

    The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

    The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

    The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

    Minimum Qualifications: 

    • A Bachelor’s degree in English, Composition and Rhetoric, Education, or a related field. Other advanced and/or terminal degrees in other fields may be considered depending on additional qualifications.
    • 1-2 years of experience teaching or tutoring face-to-face in a writing center, learning resource center, or other academic coaching environment. Other mentoring and coaching experiences outside of academia may be considered depending on additional qualifications.
    Preferred Qualifications:

    • 1-2 years of experience teaching or tutoring in synchronous online sessions in a writing center, learning resource center, or other academic coaching environment. Other mentoring and coaching experiences outside of academia may be considered depending on additional qualifications.
    • 1-2 years of experience teaching or tutoring core composition genres including analysis/synthesis essays, argumentative essays, research papers, definition essays, and rhetorical analysis papers.
    • 1-2 years of experience teaching or tutoring diverse genres across disciplines such as lab reports, business writing, resumes and cover letters, philosophical arguments, literary analysis, etc.
    • 1-2 years of experience working with and teaching English Language Learners
    • Well-qualified candidates are experienced writers and editors with relevant or related experience in collaborative workshopping, tutoring, teaching, and/or academic coaching.
    • Well-qualified candidates will have coursework, a certificate, or a degree in TESOL/TEFOL.

      Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.Outstanding customer service skills.Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
    • Well-qualified candidates should feel excited about writing, talking about writing, and helping others with their writing; they should be ambitious and empathetic lifelong learners who demonstrate a commitment to a growth mindset.

    Job Category: Academic Services
    Primary Location: Denver
    Schedule: Part-time
    Posting Date: Jul 28, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing
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