Writing Specialist

Irvine, Orange County
Jul 22, 2014
Department: DUE - Campus Writing Center
Req No.: 2014-0554
Location: UCI Campus - Irvine

Job Summary

Under direction, counsel students online, individually, and in small groups to provide assistance in various kinds of academic writing, textual analysis, and critical thinking. Assess student performance, in the area of writing, and devise methods to solve specific difficulties and challenges. Deliver programs and instructional materials about academic writing to assist students campuswide. Engage in professional development by monitoring current research and trends in academic writing and critical thinking. Provide assistance to and address the needs of ESL/ELL writers. Assist with updating the Center's website. Perform data analysis and program assessment.


Salary: Annual $43,672.00

Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F

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Job Description
Job Essential Function 1
Percent of Time: 100%
Under direction, work with both online, asynchronous writing tutoring and also, directly with students individually and in small groups to provide assistance in academic writing, textual analysis, and critical thinking.
Counsel individual students by appointments in writing issues for Writing 39 A, B, C, FIP, Humanities Core, and other lower and upper division writing courses.
Assess needs of individual students by interviewing them, asking and answering questions, and reading drafts of their work, and offer advice and instruction addressing those needs.
Analyze and discuss course essay assignments to help students conceptualize writing tasks and organize essays.
Address students  questions and concerns and recommend strategies to improve focus, structure, coherence, clarity, and analytical content of their essays.
Teach students in a variety of academic fields the skills to improve their writing for drafts of research/study proposals, personal statements, and CVs. Meet one-on-one with prospective prestigious scholarship candidates to develop and improve their writing for a variety of application components sufficient to compete effectively at national competitions.
Assist students in understanding and writing about assigned texts.
Assist students in language issues, including grammar, syntax, and mechanics.
Organize and deliver writing workshops (small group sessions) on writing issues and special topics, as needed.
Discuss writing topics and answer student questions on topics and strategies.
Model strategies to respond to topics.
Discuss pertinent materials from assigned texts students are writing about.
Engage in short, in-class writing activities.
Assist students who have identifiable ESL (English as a Second Language)
or ELL (English Language Learner) challenges in producing academic prose.
Assist with updating the Center's website.
Bachelor's Degree
4 years professional experience in a college-level student support service area
Superb writing skills across diverse fields and for variety of audiences and experience with practical writing and personal statements
Experience at teaching academic (university-level) writing, reading, and critical thinking
Skilled at counseling individual students, assessing their needs, and suggesting appropriate strategies for their specific writing projects
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to understand writing models used for scholarship competitions as appropriate in different disciplines
Expert review of diverse writing content and formats
Ability to convey suggestions with diplomacy
Ability to handle difficult situations with tact and work effectively with students, staff, faculty, top administrators and external agencies from diverse backgrounds.
Ability to take direction, initiate action, work as part of a team
Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion and demonstrate independence in identifying problems and proposing solutions
Excellent multitasking and follow-through
Experience meeting deadlines and the ability to work flexibly under pressure managing multiple projects with attention to detail
Experience in academic advising or otherwise training and mentoring students
Computer literacy
Confident public speaker to variety of audiences
Ability to address the needs of ESL/ELL writers
Facility in Web Design
Data analysis skills
Program assessment experience
Below are general guidelines on the position's physical, mental, and environmental working conditions.
In accordance with applicable state and federal law, UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-5210.
Bend: Occasionally
Squat: Occasionally
Crawl: Not Applicable
Climb: Not Applicable
Kneel: Occasionally
Handle Objects: Occasionally
Push/Pull: Occasionally
Reach Above Shoulder Level: Occasionally
Sit: Frequently
Stand: Frequently
Walk: Frequently
Use Fine Finger Movements: Constantly
Carry/Lift Loads up to 25 Pounds: Occasionally
Carry/Lift loads between 25-50 lbs: Not Applicable
Carry/Lift Loads over 50 Pounds: Not Applicable
Read/Comprehend: Constantly
Write: Constantly
Perform Calculations: Occasionally
Communicate Orally: Constantly
Reason and Analyze: Constantly
Chemical/Biological Agent: Not Applicable
Construction Activities: Not Applicable
Contact with Water/Liquids: Not Applicable
Drive Motorized Equipment: Not Applicable
Confined Spaces: Occasionally
Elevated Work Location: Not Applicable
Radioactive Materials: Not Applicable
Temperature Variations: Occasionally
Gas System: Not Applicable