Writing Center Director-University of Washington

The Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a Director. 

Additional details here: https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&szOrderID=127419&szCandidateID=0&szSearchWords=&szReturnToSearch=1

The Director of the Odegaard Writing and Research Center provides leadership for the OWRC, its Associate Director, and its 70+ student employees.  This role includes managing and overseeing operations, assessing effectiveness of services, and collaboratively developing long-range plans and new programs.  The Director also works with the Associate Director to mentor undergraduate and graduate tutors in writing center practice and research, and works with campus departments, faculty and other teaching and learning groups to design OWRC support services.  The Director reports to the OWRC Advisory Board. Duties and responsibilities include: 

Manage, oversee, and develop staff and partner relationships, and the operation, administration, assessment and growth of the OWRC. 
•     Oversee recruitment, hiring, and training of the OWRC staff. 
•     Supervise OWRC personnel with attention to their ongoing professional development. Maintain a professional and collegial environment within the Center. 
•     Provide direction and support for staff-led projects to enhance Center operations. Manage the OWRC budget. 
•     Oversee assessment of the effectiveness of OWRC work. Develop new research projects in data-driven and responsive ways. 
•     Collaborate, coordinate and negotiate with OWRC partners – particularly UW Libraries staff and also partners in other Colleges with satellite service sites—to better support writing curricula across campus 
•     Ensure maintenance and replacement of OWRC technology and other resources. 

Organize and direct efforts to support writing across the UW-Seattle campus. 
•     Maintain communication with other writing centers. Design and implement training for other centers as appropriate. Promote writing centers as a resource and share information with the community on emerging best practices for teaching and supporting writing.  
•     Work alongside faculty and departments to enhance writing center support for disciplinary writing courses.  
•     Establish collaborative relationships with library research professionals, the Director and Assistant Directors of the Expository Writing Program, the Director of the Interdisciplinary Writing Program, the Director of Writing for the College of Arts and Sciences, and others as needs emerge. 

Work collaboratively with and report to the Writing Director of the College of Arts and Sciences, the OWRC Board and other stake-holders.  
•     Work with the OWRC Board to develop annual goals and strategic plans.  
•     Compile quarterly and annual reports for the Board and keep board informed of emergent issues and opportunities. 

Network off-campus 
•     Participate in appropriate professional organizations. 
•     Maintain ties with other college and university writing centers in the region.     
  
Requirements:    
•     MA in a writing-intensive field 
•     Knowledge of writing center theory and practice 
•     3-5 years of writing administrative experience with increasing levels of responsibility, at least 2 years of which were in a writing center or similar organization. 
•     Experience with Multi-language and non-traditional student writers.  
•     Experience with the teaching of writing 
•     Experience in fostering collaboration across disciplines and university   programs     

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. 
  
Desired:  
PhD in a writing-intensive field

Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter for the first round of review and additional materials may be solicited for later rounds of review. First consideration will be given to those who apply by December 19, 2015.

Questions can be directed to John Webster, Director of Writing for the College of Arts and Sciences at cicero@uw.edu

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