Apply to Work as a Writing Consultant!

Job Details

WHO can apply: Current students at UMB, and current students of UMBC and UB graduate programs. 

WHO we serve: Students enrolled in UMB’s seven schools as well as post-docs, faculty, and staff. 

WHAT we do: Writing Consultants perform a variety of educational assistance, primarily through one-on-one peer consultation. Most of our clients ask for feedback on their course assignments, but we also have a good number of appointments that focus on CVs, cover letters, publications, grants, etc.

WHERE: We offer face-to-face sessions and online sessions, using video/audio and email. Consultants will work a combination of in-person and virtual hours. The Writing Center is located in the SMC Campus Center. 

WHEN: Regular hours for the Writing Center are Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM. Evening (5-8PM) and weekend (Saturday 10-4PM) hours are also available. Some hours are available during summer, winter, and other breaks.

  • Most consultants work 6-8 hours/week. Consultants can work as little as 3 hours a week and up to 15 hours a week, depending on need and availability.  
  • We ask consultants to commit to working for us for at least one full academic year. 
  • BWCP meetings may take place on Saturdays (once/month).

PRIMARY DUTIES

Under the supervision and direction of the Writing Center Director and the Multilingual Writing Specialist, Writing Consultants need to perform the following duties during telework:

  1. In every consultation, apply research-based strategies for centering linguistically and culturally diverse writing practices as academic and social norms. 
  2. Provide individual feedback to Writing Center clients during 50-minute consultations, either via online meetings or written feedback (eTutoring).
  3. Learn and apply the approaches presented in the annual Writing Center consultant preparation program (part face-to-face, part online), as well as ongoing cohort meetings, usually bimonthly. Complete all assignments for trainings during paid hours. 
  4. First-year consultants only: Participate actively in the BWCP (see above) throughout the first year of employment.
  5. Attend regular staff meetings (online or face-to-face) to collaborate on adjustments and improvements to writing center practice.
  6. Develop online and print writing resources for use by clients and consultants.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Extensive experience with academic/scientific writing in undergraduate career and beyond
  • Good faith commitment to attend all consultant preparation throughout the year, and willingness to continually learn, reflect on, and apply new theory and practices

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous experience as a peer tutor, ideally in a writing center
  • Previous teaching experience, ideally with adult learners
  • Previous anti-racist coursework or activism
  • Background in science writing

How to Apply

 

Graphic showing three-part application process described below. 1. Fill out application 2. schedule 15-min check in 3. interview

1. Fill out the application below.

2. Choose a time for a 15-minute check-in with WC staff. Use the scheduler here: https://calendly.com/umbwritingcenter or email Hannah Mueller. To schedule July 5-20, 2022, please email James Wright

3. After the check-in, we'll reach out to schedule a time for an interview with the WC leadership and current consultant/s. 

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Writing Center Consultant Application 2022

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