Writing and Communication Center
Job Description: Peer Writing Consultant
We now accepting applications for our spring and autumn 2023 Peer Writing Consultant cohorts. We will review application materials and interview on a rolling basis beginning mid-winter through mid-summer quarters. If you have questions or would like updates, please email Erik Echols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title: Peer Writing Consultant
Department: Writing and Communication Center
Time: 10 to 15 hours per week
Duration: Renewed Quarterly
Pay Rate: $19.25
Peer Consultants at the University of Washington Bothell Writing and Communication Center (WaCC) tutor UW Bothell students through individual conferences, group workshops (within and outside of scheduled courses) and peer writing groups. Our goal is to help students become stronger, effective, more confident writers and communicators.
Peer Consultants are also responsible for completing projects related to educational outreach, marketing and/or facilitating group work. These tasks have included, for example, visiting classes to publicize our services, assisting with peer review sessions, and classroom workshops.
Personal and professional development opportunities include deepening communication skills, multi-disciplinary study, negotiation, public speaking, attending and presenting at regional conferences, contributing to the campus writing culture, and publication opportunities. You will find that you feel more comfortable working in a professional setting because of your tutoring experience.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
- Peer Writing Consultants report to the Assistant Director of the WaCC and work closely with other consultants, staff and faculty.
- Confer with students face-to-face, on the phone, and online to provide feedback on assignments, ideas, drafts of papers, and other creative exercises
- Support student writers with all aspects of reading, writing and presentation processes
- Receive and participate in continued training in writing and tutoring pedagogy and practice
- Assist with research and assessment tasks
- Collaborate in planning, publicizing and implementing WaCC activities and outreach
- Market services to students through class presentations, flyers, posters, etc.
- Other duties as assigned
- Strong interest in writing and passion for mentoring others
- Solid command of the academic writing process and the nuances of grammar
- Currently enrolled student at UW Bothell in good academic and behavioral standing (3.0 GPA minimum)
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and collaborative skills; ability to work with diverse students, coworkers, supervisors and others in a friendly, courteous manner
- Able to commit for at least one academic year
- Attend all mandatory staff meetings
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word or Google Docs
- Ability and desire to work independently, take initiative, and manage own projects
- Customer service experience
- Good public speaking skills
- Familiarity with Zoom, Google Hangouts, or other virtual meeting applications
- Understanding with spreadsheet and presentation applications
- Two writing samples from coursework you have completed within the past year. One sample should demonstrate your ability to use scholarly evidence to support a claim.
- Cover letter that addresses the following questions:
1. Why do you want to work in the WaCC?
2. How could you contribute to the mission and goals of the WaCC?
3. Please read about UW Bothell’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. What experience would you bring to this position that would guide your work with diverse writers?
All applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor in the Career Center (www.uwb.edu/career-services/appointments) and/or a peer consultant in the WaCC (www.uwb.edu/wacc/signup) to receive feedback on their application materials.
For more information, contact Erik Echols at email@example.com.