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Writing Consultant, Writing & Communications Center (Part-Time)

Writing Consultant, Writing & Communications Center (Part-Time)

ID 
2016-2017
# of Openings 
3
Job Location 
US-WY-Cheyenne
Posted Date 
11/2/2016

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Overview

 

The mission of Laramie County Community College is to transform our students' lives through the power of inspired learning. Our over-arching goal is that our accomplishments as a community college will distinguish LCCC from others in the nation, in turn benefiting our communities and bringing pride to the Great State of Wyoming.  Our core values include Passion, Authenticity, and the Desire to Make a Difference. 

 

Please provide a  resume (required) and cover letter (strongly recommended) detailing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position.  Please upload official or unofficial transcripts when creating your profile. Applicants must also submit two writing samples of no more than 10 cumulative pages, double spaced and 12 point TNR font, in a single Word doc or pdf. One of these writing samples should be from an academic setting. This specific document must have your name (applicant) on each page. You can upload all of these documents when you create a profile.

Questions about the writing samples can be emailed to jdempsey@lccc.wy.edu.

Job Summary:

Core responsibilities of this position include: Writing & Communications Center (WCC) Writing Consultants provide direct, high impact academic support and writing and public speaking assistance to LCCC students by helping struggling students develop their ideas, draft papers and projects, overcome writer’s block, revise their writing, and prepare content and delivery of presentations. Writing consultants work with individual writers/speakers to increase their audience awareness, organization, outlining, drafting, analysis, revision, and public speaking skills through face-to-face tutoring, online tutoring, workshops, and class presentations. Writing consultants facilitate independent, active learning and increase student writing confidence through conversation and questions, rather than lecture. The position requires individuals with excellent communication, creativity, writing, and leadership abilities. All student sessions are conducted in a structured and supervised environment on the LCCC campus.  Consultants provide excellent customer service to students, foster relationships with departments and instructors, increase campus awareness of WCC and Learning Commons programs and initiatives, and perform other duties related to the WCC or Learning Commons as assigned.

 

Organizational Relationship:

This position is an active member of the Writing & Communications Center Team.   Writing consultants report to the Director of the Learning Commons, who reports to the Associate Dean of the Library and Learning Commons. 

  

Compensation: Minimum $12.12 per hour depending on experience

 

Start Date: As soon after screening as practical.

 

Essential Functions

  • Utilize and model a range of creative learning approaches and strategies to promote students’ writing and presentation skills development; this includes helping students with audience awareness, brainstorming, reading comprehension, organization, idea development, analysis, revision, public speaking, outlining, and citation skills, among others.
  • Assist individual students in scheduled and walk-in appointments to address students’ writing and public speaking concerns, writing skills development, and writing/communication confidence; provide helpful, informed feedback and support to writers on specific papers and projects at any stage in the process on topics from any genre or discipline.
  • Work with fellow consultants and the Director of the Learning Commons to develop innovative course and campus-wide initiatives to increase student and department awareness of Learning Commons programs and students’ writing and communication development.
  • Provide excellent customer service to WCC patrons, including, but not limited to, answering questions and making appropriate referrals regarding WCC services to all students, prospective students, faculty, staff, or others who call or walk into the WCC.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional demeanor with all faculty, staff, students, and other WCC patrons.
  • Model professional attitude regarding class standards and grading policies; abide by LCCC Academic Honesty and Honor Code in all student and patron interactions.
  • Maintain accurate and complete scheduling and appointment records, including attendance, assessment forms, and post-appointment activity summaries, for every appointment or walk-in visit through online management systems. 
  • Attend all tutor/consultant training sessions and meetings as required; work towards and obtain tutor certifications, as required.
  • Assist the College in its mission to engage and inspire student learning and academic success by relating course work and writing/communication papers/projects to everyday life.
  • Schedule appointments for all writing consultants through online management system.
  • Prepare, assemble, write, revise, edit, and format unit publications, including student handouts, informational materials, and/or website material, ensuring all materials meet established standards of appearance and content.
  • Meet with instructors as needed to determine best strategies for addressing students’ writing struggles and instructors’ writing expectations; foster WCC relationship with instructors and departments to best meet student and department needs.
  • Lead class presentations and workshops on Learning Commons’ services, specific writing and communication skills, and course-specific material.
  • When not assisting students or presenting in a class, work on professional development and academic/writing success research project, as outlined by the Director of the Learning Commons, or complete other Director-assigned projects for the WCC or Learning Commons.
  • Provide advance notice to the Director of the Learning Commons, fellow writing consultants, and scheduled students when consultation sessions or WCC shifts must be canceled.
  • Design and complete marketing materials for WCC and Learning Commons.
  • Refer students to other support services as necessary.
  •  Maintain confidentiality about tutoring sessions and students.
  • Perform administrative functions in the WCC as necessary.
  • Perform other Director-assigned duties as required.

Nonessential Functions:   An employee in this position may perform some of these responsibilities on an infrequent basis.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of current tutoring and pedagogical theories and methods of practical application.
  • Knowledge of basic office equipment including, but not limited to, personal computer and associated peripherals, fax machine, multi-line telephone, voice recorders, and other electronic devices.
  • Basic working knowledge and ability with personal computing applications – specifically Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), Adobe products (e.g., Reader, Professional), as well as database management systems.
  • Ability to read and interpret instructions in oral, written, or diagrammatical form (e.g., a flow chart of a process).
  • Ability to locate and document reliable source material and resources.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience in or willingness to learn a wide range of writing genres and subject-specific writing expectations.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally with a variety of people, in one-to-one and small group settings in face-to-face, telephone, or other electronic means.
  • Ability to communicate in an informative manner, effectively listen, and be able to handle escalating situations with concern and confidence.
  • Ability to perform as an organized self-starter, and able to handle expeditiously, accurately, and confidentially the rapid receipt of communications from all sources—written, email, voice mail, one-on-one with attention to detail; able to act on own initiative while exercising reasonable judgment.
  • Ability to support time-based requests; able to function effectively in a multi-tasking, fast-paced environment with deadlines, frequent interruptions, and some interpersonal pressure.
  • Ability to deal effectively and professionally with people; proven capabilities in establishing appropriate professional rapport, with courtesy and tact, to accurately determine others’ needs, collect necessary information, and follow-through when requested.
  • Ability to analyze strengths and weaknesses in individual tutee’s study and learning strategies.

Qualifications

Minimum Education:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and minimum GPA of 3.5 in writing and/or communication college courses.
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of college course credit, with minimum 12 hours in writing and/or communication classes.
  • Successful completion of a current college course (1-3 credit hours) in writing center pedagogy, composition pedagogy, rhetoric pedagogy, or communication pedagogy; this may be substituted in combination with professional experience in a field primarily using writing and/or communication expertise and with other education requirements noted above.

Minimum Experience:

  • At least two years of full-time employment/experience in a field primarily using writing and/or communication expertise; this may be substituted for the above education requirements.

Preferred:

 

  • Completed college degree in the field of writing and/or communication, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher in writing and communication  courses.
  • One or more years of writing/communication center and/or tutoring experience, and/or one or more years of college-level teaching experience in English, composition, rhetoric, and/or communication.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current writing/communication-specific or general  theory through one or more of the following ways: 1) GPA of 3.5 or higher in       college course on writing center/composition/rhetoric/communication pedagogy, 2) one or more years of involvement in higher education-related and/or writing center-related professional organizations, 3) publication of one or more articles or texts on general or writing/communication-specific pedagogical theory, and/or 4) one or more regional or national presentations on general or writing/communication-specific pedagogical theory.

  

LCCC DOES NOT SPONSOR H1B VISAS.

 

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

 

Laramie County Community College is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and employment environment. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The college does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic or other programs or in the context of employment.

 

The College has a designated person to monitor compliance and to answer any questions regarding the college’s non-discrimination policies:  Please contact: Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 205B, Pathfinder Building, 1400 E College Drive, Cheyenne, WY  82007, 307-778-1217,TitleIX_ADA.Coordinator@lccc.wy.edu.

 

 

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