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Applications for OWRC Peer Tutor and Student Admin Assistant for the 2024-2025 Academic Year will open in late March 2024. Check back soon!

2023-2024 OWRC Peer Tutor Job Description

Peer Tutors support writers’ ongoing writing and research development using a non-directive, conversational tutoring approach.  The qualities we are most looking for are the ability to engage in reflective practice, empathetic listening, and the willingness to learn and improve as a tutor. 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.

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 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 Fridays from 3:30-5:00 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

If you are excited about this job but your experience doesn’t perfectly check every box in this job description, we encourage you to apply anyway! Everyone brings different strengths to the table and people can be successful in a role in different ways.

Supervision

This position will report to the Director of the OWRC and is supervised by the OWRC Program Manager and Administrative Assistant.

Job Hours

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 and no more than 19.5 hours per week, based on terms of employment and employee availability. Undergraduate tutors must be available for a minimum of 9 hours per week, and graduate tutors must be available for a minimum of 6 hours per week. Work hours consist of Peer Tutoring, required training, staff meetings, and professional development and can vary based on weekly tutoring schedules. 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 2022-2023

Undergraduate tutors are currently paid $18.69/hour; graduate tutors are currently paid $19.69/hour, but rates are subject to WA state laws and UW contracts.

Application Process

The application process includes two steps:

Step 1. Complete the online application form in Handshake (Job #7623713). If you are not yet a UW student, please email owrc@uw.edu. 

Step 2. Submit the following materials 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/or 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 you feel demonstrates your success as a writer. All academic genres are welcome. Please include a framing paragraph that describes the context (writing situation) in which you produced the piece and a description of what you learned about yourself as a writer.

The above materials must be submitted electronically (combined as a single MS Word document or PDF). Hard-copy or emailed applications will be accepted only with specific advanced approval from OWRC staff. 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 supporting the culture of writing on the UW 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.

2023-2024 OWRC Student Admin Assistant Job Description

Please note: This is not a peer writing tutoring position. This is an office support position.   

The Student Admin Assistant primarily assists with the day-to-day operations of the OWRC, including office and programmatic support. They are the face of the OWRC, welcoming writers to the center, facilitating appointment transitions, and offering professional and friendly customer service. Additionally, the Student Admin 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 Admin Assistant would work with a team of fellow Student Admin Assistants and 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 student staff 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

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/or 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 professional 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; create handouts and other materials; regularly stock physical resources (writer handouts; fliers); help maintain cleanliness of tutor lounge (including coffee/tea station); file, photocopy, scan, and shred documents; organize and maintain inventory of supplies and materials (including tutor lounge); pick up, deliver, and sort mail; run errands around campus; support appointment scheduling; 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

  • Regularly communicate with the Administrative Assistant and fellow Student Admin Assistant team members to keep track of shared responsibilities and ongoing projects.
  • Participate in training to work with OWRC data and identify trends.
  • Help take meeting minutes as needed.
  • 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:

  • Interest in and readiness for larger ongoing projects of the OWRC, 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.
  • Assist with publication, video, web development, and social media communications.
  • Assist with research, writing, and reporting data. 
  • Assist with new tutor hiring.
  • Other duties as assigned and/or as based on personal areas of interest. 

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.
  • Ability to work with and support 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.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and multitasking, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of departmental and student records.
  • Demonstrated growth and/or academic success in chosen field of study.
  • Ability to participate in preliminary training, staff meetings, and ongoing professional development.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working in clerical, front desk, or office environments.
  • “Growth” or resilience mindset.
  • Familiarity with University of Washington campus resources and policies.
  • Ability to be reflective and metacognitive about work practices.

Learning Competencies

The OWRC provides student employees with a meaningful work experience. Some intended learning competencies that will be developed in the Student Admin 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
  • Developing skills in data analysis, such as in finding patterns and extrapolating meaning to determine trends.
  • Increased capacity for self-reflection and metacognition

If you are excited about this job but your experience doesn’t perfectly check every box in this job description, we encourage you to apply anyway! Everyone brings different strengths to the table and people can be successful in a role in different ways.

Supervision

This position will report to the Director of the OWRC and is supervised by the OWRC Program Manager and Administrative Assistant.

Job Hours

The Student Admin Assistant must be available to work a regular weekly schedule, between the hours of 9:00am and 7:30pm, Sunday-Friday, with shifts of no more than 4.5 hours per day (for a daily total of 7.5 hours in a day, and for a weekly total of 9-19.5 hours per week, based on terms of employment and employee availability. Work hours vary based on training, staff meetings, and outreach events; evening and weekend hours are required. Weekly 30 minute team meeting attendance required; 1-2 weekly hours can be set aside for working on independent projects. Schedules are based upon workload, class schedule, and other academic responsibilities, as well as fellow team members’ availability. Ideal candidates can give at least one academic year commitment. 

Pay Rates for Academic Year 2022-23

Student Admin Assistants are currently paid $18.69/hour, but rates are subject to WA state laws and UW contracts.

Application Process

The application process includes two steps:

Step 1. Complete the online application form in Handshake. (Job #7623969)

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

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

The above materials must be submitted electronically (combined as a single MS Word document or PDF). Hard-copy or emailed applications will be accepted only with specific advanced approval from OWRC staff. 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.

OWRC Peer Tutor Position

Applications are available from March 13th, 2023 and close April 16th, 2023.

The application process for the OWRC Peer Tutor position requires applicants to utilize the Handshake job portal. Learn how to create, update, and manage your Handshake account here.

The application process for the Peer Tutor position includes two steps:

Step 1. Complete the online application form in Handshake. (Job #7623713)

Step 2. Submit the following materials 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/or 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 you feel demonstrates your success as a writer. All academic genres are welcome. Please include a framing paragraph that describes the context (writing situation) in which you produced the piece and a description of what you learned about yourself as a writer.

The above materials must be submitted electronically (combined as a single MS Word document or PDF). Hard-copy or emailed applications will be accepted only with specific advanced approval from OWRC staff. Applicants are welcome to bring materials in for writing center appointments prior to submission. Reserve your spot online on our sign up page.

APPLY HERE

Student Admin Assistant

Applications are available from March 13th, 2023 and close April 16th, 2023.

Step 1. Complete the online application form in Handshake. (Job #7623969) If you are not yet a UW student, please email owrc@uw.edu. 

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

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

The above materials must be submitted electronically (combined as a single MS Word document or PDF). Hard-copy or emailed applications will be accepted only with specific advanced approval from OWRC staff. Applicants are welcome to bring materials in for writing center appointments prior to submission. Reserve your spot online on our sign up page.

APPLY HERE