Assistant Director, Writing Center- Part-time

Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a part-time, Assistant Director, Writing Center to join our community.

The Assistant Director of the Writing Center supervises the daily operations of the Writing Center, coordinates writing assistance services for graduate students, assists in the professional development of writing consultants and office assistants, and provides support to the Director, as needed.

These functions are carried out in consultation and/or collaboration with the Writing Center Director, the English Department Chair, and with faculty and staff in academic departments and programs.

This position is 9 months per year and reports to the Writing Center Director.

Graduate Student Services
1. Assists the Director with outreach for and support of graduate students.
2. Takes a leadership role in assessing the particular writing needs of Seattle University graduate students.
3. Designs and implements effective means of serving the writing needs of Seattle University graduate students.
4. Conducts individual writing consultations with selected graduate students.
5. Serves as a resource for undergraduate writing consultants to learn the best practices for working with graduate students.

Staff Development
1. Serves as a primary resource for the Director in teaching English 3090 - Tutor Training: Theories and Practices.
2. Helps assess the learning needs of writing consultants and creates ways of addressing them.
3. Mentors undergraduate writing consultants.

Writing Center Operations
1. Supervises the daily operations of the Writing Center, in coordination with the Writing Center Director.
2. Serves as a spokesperson to educate Seattle U faculty, staff, and students about the Writing Center.
3. Meets with the Director and Writing Center staff members to assess the Writing Center's effectiveness and plan for its operation, growth, and development.

Marginal Job Functions

Participate in training activities with Writing Center student-staff.

Develop, provide, and attend workshops associated with the Writing Center's services.

Participate in campus events related to the Writing Center.

Serve on program, department, and university committees.

Use a variety of computer programs to create, maintain, and share information about the Writing Center, including MS Office Suite, Qualtrics, Colleague/Datatel, SUDDS, SU Online, Canvas, Ektron, and various social media.

Performs other duties as requested by the Writing Center Director and as required for successful operation of the Writing Center.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition plus three or more years of writing center experience in a university setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

  • Administrative experience, including program administration, staff supervision, and budget management.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software such as Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.

All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university's mission, vision, and values.

All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's in Arts in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing, or Master's of Arts in a related field.

Two or more years of college or university teaching writing.

Knowledge of and experience with program assessment.

Experience and/or training in distance-education, technology, and multimedia.

Experience or expertise with some aspect of writing center work not currently provided by the Seattle University Writing Center.


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