Odegaard Writing and Research Center

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The application for the Peer Tutor position is currently closed. Check back here in Spring 2022! 

2021-2022 OWRC Peer Tutor Job Description

The application for Peer Tutors, Education Writing Tutors, STEM Writing tutors, and English Language Support tutors is now open and accepting applications through Sunday April 25th. Please find the application here. 

Department Description

The OWRC is an interdisciplinary writing and research center that aims to support UW students, staff, and faculty on their diverse writing and research projects through one-to-one tutoring sessions, group tutoring sessions, workshops, and other programs. We serve nearly 5,000 students with over 8,000 one-to-one writing appointments each academic year. Our tutors are undergraduate and graduate students from a wide range of academic fields, and we provide a rich learning environment for writers and tutors alike.

OWRC Peer Tutor Job Description

Peer Tutors support writers’ ongoing writing and research development using a non-directive, conversational tutoring approach. While we seek candidates who have strong writing skills in their chosen academic fields, we are most interested in those candidates who demonstrate reflection, metacognition, and empathetic listening. Tutoring is an intellectually and emotionally demanding position that requires high levels of initiative, responsibility, and critical thinking. Tutors will be chosen based on their ability to enact our question-focused, non-directive tutoring philosophy as well as their oral communication skills. For tutors’ own words on their role, click here.

“Nearly everyone who writes likes — and needs — to talk about his or her own writing, preferably to someone who will really listen, who knows how to listen, and knows how to talk about writing too” –Stephen North

In addition to the position of general writing tutor at the main site, we are also hiring for these positions, which require additional application materials. For more information, click here.

  • Education writing tutor (Miller Hall site)
  • STEM writing tutor (Health Sciences Library site)
  • English language support tutor (main site)

Diversity Statement

Odegaard Writing and Research Center serves students with a wide range of abilities and social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial, ethnic, gender, and linguistic identities. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity, and justice for all. We seek tutors who demonstrate an appreciation for, a sensitivity to, and respect for writers from all backgrounds. We strive to help all writers express their authentic voice and purpose in writing while achieving their academic goals.

Job Duties

  • Participate fully in all preliminary and ongoing training sessions to develop theoretical and practical understanding of the OWRC’s mission and best tutoring practices. Please note: New tutors must be available for orientation and weekly training on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 pm for the duration of Fall quarter. This training is paid time. 
  • Maintain a consistent weekly schedule for tutoring, arriving punctually and finding a substitute tutor for any shifts that must be missed.
  • Hold writer-focused, 45-minute one-to-one and group tutoring sessions.
  • Adopt our OWRC non-directive, conversation-based tutoring philosophy.
  • Electronically document the work of each tutoring session or other OWRC activity.
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings, professional development, and required reflective writing led by OWRC professional staff and peer mentors.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • Enrollment, part or full-time (at least 6 credits for undergraduates), at the University of Washington during each quarter of employment, except summer quarter.
  • Previous tutoring, coaching, or mentoring experience, especially with diverse populations.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including genuine commitment to the interests and goals of fellow learners.
  • Ability to work with others to help them identify their strengths and difficulties as writers and researchers, prioritize their concerns, and successfully navigate complex strategies for working through those concerns.
  • Experience working with diverse or underrepresented students to support them in navigating institutional systems and achieving their articulated goals.
  • Demonstrated growth and/or academic success in chosen field of study.
  • Familiarity with useful research and writing skills and the academic strategies associated with different fields.

Preferred Qualifications

  • “Growth” or resilience mindset.
  • Experience with peer mentoring or leadership.
  • Ability to be reflective and metacognitive about tutoring practices.
  • Interest in and readiness for larger ongoing projects of the Writing and Research Center, including task group projects, workshops, and research into and scholarly articulation of writing center practices and programs. Such skills might include, but are not limited to: project management, event planning, HTML coding, web design, social media and marketing, database skills, familiarity with different research methods, etc.

Learning Competencies

The OWRC provides student employees with a meaningful work experience. Some intended learning competencies that will be developed in the Peer Tutor role include

  • Building and fostering collaborative relationships in a diverse workplace
  • Strengthening oral and written communication skills
  • Increased capacity for self-reflection and metacognition
  • Development of a broad range of learning, teaching, and writing strategies
  • Time management and the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work

Supervision

This position will report to the Director of the OWRC.

Job Hours

Undergraduate tutors must be available for a minimum of 10.5 hours per week for Peer Tutoring, including required training, staff meetings, and professional development. Graduate tutors must be available for a minimum of 7.5 hour per week for Peer Tutoring, including required training, staff meetings, and professional development. Tutors work a regular weekly schedule of one-to-one and group tutoring sessions, with shifts of no more than 4.5 hours per day for a total of 7.5 or 10.5 to 19.5 hours per week, based on terms of employment and employee availability. Work hours vary based on tutoring schedule; some evening and weekend hours are required. Schedules are based upon workload, class schedule, and other academic responsibilities. Ideal candidates can give at least one academic year commitment.

Pay Rates for Academic Year 2020-2021
Undergraduate tutors are paid $16.39/hour; graduate tutors are paid $17.34/hour. 

Application Process
The application process includes two steps.

Step 1. Complete the General Writing Tutor online application form. If you are applying for position of Education writing tutor or STEM writing tutor, please complete the appropriate question on the application form. For more information, click here.

Step 2. Submit the following materials to the dropbox listed below as one document:

  • A letter of application, addressing your reasons for interest in this position and how your past academic and professional experiences prepare you for OWRC tutoring.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, indicating your range of academic, research, professional, and volunteer experience.
  • A writing sample of no more than five pages, double-spaced, in length (this may be a fragment of a longer text), which demonstrates your success as writer. All academic genres welcome; samples must include a head-note (one substantive paragraph) describing the context (writing situation) in which you produced the piece and a description of what you learned about yourself as a writer by completing it and now reflecting on it.

The above materials must be submitted electronically (combined as a single MS Word document or PDF) to the OWRC online application form.

Hard-copy or emailed applications will be accepted only with specific advanced approval from the OWRC Coordinator.

Applicants are welcome to bring materials in for writing center appointments prior to submission. Reserve your spot online on our sign up page.

Ours is a very competitive hiring process.  We are looking for applicants with a genuine and demonstrated interest both in bettering the culture of writing on this campus and in serving their peers.

Notes:
This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/apl/union-info.html

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (TTY) or dso@u.washington.edu.

2020-2021 OWRC Student Program Assistant Job Description

Applications for the Student Program Assistant are Closed for 2020-2021   Please note: This is not a peer writing tutoring position. This is an office and programmatic support position.    OWRC Student Program Assistant Job Description The Student Program Assistant primarily assists with the day-to-day operations of the OWRC, including office and programmatic support. Additionally, the Student Program Assistant will assist OWRC staff with special projects to contribute to the growth and enhancement of OWRC programs. While this is not a peer writing tutoring position, we still seek candidates who demonstrate reflection, metacognition, and empathetic listening. The ideal Student Program Assistant would make use of opportunities to learn about office administration, program and event planning, and higher education in a diverse workplace.   Diversity Statement The OWRC serves students with a wide range of abilities and social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial, ethnic, gender, and linguistic identities. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity, and justice for all. We seek tutors who demonstrate an appreciation for, a sensitivity to, and respect for writers from all backgrounds. We strive to help all writers express their authentic voice and purpose in writing while achieving their academic goals.   Primary Responsibilities Customer Service

  • Become familiar with OWRC programs, services, policies, and procedures; answer questions and assist UW community members and visitors as needed.
  • Check and reply to email and telephone inquiries in a friendly, professional manner; direct messages to the appropriate staff member or campus resource.
  • Ensure that OWRC spaces and workstations are kept tidy by vacuuming, sanitizing, and organizing.
  • Provide excellent customer service and representation of the OWRC to members of the UW community (students, faculty, staff) and visitors.

Office Support

  • Provide office support to OWRC staff: complete data entry and various word processing tasks; creating handouts and other materials; file, photocopy, scan, and shred documents; generate content; organize and maintain inventory of supplies and materials; pick up, deliver, and sort mail; run errands around campus; support appointment scheduling; and update online appointment and scheduling platforms, social media accounts, and website.
  • Work independently and collaboratively on specific tasks or in assigned project areas.
  • Communicate with OWRC staff regarding project deadlines, delegation, and completion; ask for help from others and provide help to others as needed.

Program Support

  • Collaborate with OWRC staff to plan, prepare, and participate in campus-wide programs and events, class visits, and workshops.
  • Assist with programs and events outreach: communicate with participants and partners regarding content and logistics; design, edit, and assemble collateral materials; prepare and restock program materials; post to social media and website; attend and participate in programs and events as an OWRC representative.
  • Opportunities also exist to collaborate with teams of OWRC peer tutors, Odegaard Undergraduate Library staff, and other UW faculty and staff to plan and participate in programs and events to enhance the teaching and learning of writing and research across the University.

  Additional responsibilities may include any combination of the following:.

  • Assist with publication, video, and web development.
  • Assist with research, writing, and reporting.
  • Assist with new tutor hiring.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Requirements & Qualifications

  • Enrollment, part or full-time (at least 6 credits for undergraduates; at least 2 credits for graduates), at the University of Washington during each quarter of employment, except summer quarter.
  • Previous experience working in clerical, front desk, or office environments.
  • Ability to work within the philosophy and mission of the OWRC, including a demonstrated appreciation of and commitment to a workplace which values equity and diversity.
  • Demonstrated customer service, professional communication and written skills, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Proficient use of technology, including experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Drive.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow directions and be self-motivated in completing work and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of departmental and student records.
  • Demonstrated growth and/or academic success in chosen field of study.
  • Participate in preliminary training, regular performance evaluation, staff meetings, professional development, and required reflective writing led by OWRC staff.

  Preferred Qualifications

  • “Growth” or resilience mindset.
  • Previous experience working in tutoring, coaching, or mentoring environments.
  • Familiarity with University of Washington campus resources and policies.
  • Ability to be reflective and metacognitive about work practices.
  • Interest in and readiness for larger ongoing projects of the Writing and Research Center, including task group projects, workshops, and research into and scholarly articulation of writing center practices and programs. Such skills might include, but are not limited to: project management, event planning, HTML coding, web design, social media and marketing, database skills, familiarity with different research methods, etc.

Learning Competencies The OWRC provides student employees with a meaningful work experience. Some intended learning competencies that will be developed in the Student Program Assistant role include:

  • Building and fostering collaborative relationships in a diverse workplace
  • Strengthening oral and written communication skills
  • Time management and the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Increased capacity for self-reflection and metacognition

Supervision This position will report to the Coordinator of the OWRC.   Job Hours and Pay Rate The Student Program Assistant must be available to work a regular weekly schedule, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with shifts of no more than 4.5 hours per day for a total of 10 to 15 hours per week, based on terms of employment and employee availability. Work hours vary based on trainings, staff meetings, and outreach events; some evening and weekend hours are required. Schedules are based upon workload, class schedule, and other academic responsibilities. Ideal candidates can give at least one academic year commitment. Pay rate is $16.39 per hour.   Application Process Please submit the following to Handshake.

  • cover letter, explaining your interest and and how your past academic and professional experiences prepare you for this position.
  • resume, indicating your range of academic, research, professional, and volunteer experience.

 Hard-copy or emailed applications will be accepted only with specific advanced approval from the OWRC Coordinator.   Applicants are welcome to bring materials in for writing center appointments prior to submission. Reserve your spot online on our sign up page.   Notes: The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (TTY) or dso@u.washington.edu.