Federal Work Study - Undergraduate Writing Consultant - Student Hourly - 11644BR

Federal Work Study - Undergraduate Writing Consultant - Student Hourly

Writing Center
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Position Overview

The KU Writing Center, a unit of Undergraduate Studies, provides over 7,000 face-to-face and online consultations annually to writers from KU Lawrence, KU Edwards, and other educational institutions. KUWC also offers a Writing Fellows program at the graduate and undergraduate levels; class visits and in-class workshops; graduate writing groups; and multiple writing events during the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions. As part of the global community, the KU Writing Center fosters diversity in all of its dimensions and supports writers in reaching their personal and professional goals. All writers, with their unique life experiences, worldviews, languages and voices, are respected and welcomed. We provide an environment that is conducive to diverse learning styles and forms of expression, and we respect writers' use of their home languages and world Englishes.

Job Description

As a consultant, you will work together with office assistants and administrators as a team to foster a community of writing and to provide a service to KU’s diverse global community. In recognition of the growing diversity of the KU community, we would like to expand our staff to reflect and project a vision of inclusivity and sensitivity as defined by the Writing Center and the broader university. You will have the distinct opportunity to meet and collaborate with thousands of individual students with a variety of identities, life experiences, worldviews, languages and voices, offering you limitless chances to develop socially, academically and professionally.

KU Writing Center consultants are peer educators. As a consultant, you will meet one-on-one with students, faculty, and staff to discuss writing projects in a wide variety of disciplines and genres. You will act as sounding boards for writers as they brainstorm their ideas; help them learn strategies for researching, drafting, organizing, revising and editing; and direct them to writing resources. Finally, you will provide feedback to writers face-to-face, via e-mail, and via video conference at any point in the writing process.

Our consultants have differing levels of expertise, and in order to support all consultants, the Writing Center provides new employees with pre-service training, ongoing education and professional development, and specialized training modules to prepare you for the roles and responsibilities of consultant practice at no cost to the employee. As a center predominantly comprised of student-employees, we encourage everyone to bring their ideas, interests, and skills to expand the collective knowledge and abilities of the Writing Center.

Professional Development Opportunities:
As an undergraduate consultant, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Develop a breadth and depth of academic strengths, interests, and specialized knowledge in a variety of contexts.
  • Engage in purposeful, meaningful experiences inside and outside of the classroom in order to expand and enhance academic, personal and career interests through guided reflection.
  • Cultivate a clear picture of self as it relates to the world of work.
  • Demonstrate skills that employers’ value for successful transition to the workplace such as planning and prioritizing work, communication, problem solving, teamwork and collaboration, and leadership.
  • Employ the skills necessary to successfully navigate the job search process and making informed, sound judgments in relation to career progression.
  • Capitalize on mutually beneficial relationships that expand perspective, build interpersonal communication skills and create access to opportunities.
  • Build a broader understanding of the different cultures, perspectives and systems of the world and apply that knowledge to a variety of contexts.

After one semester of service:
  • Additional roles are available to continuing consultants. For undergraduates, these roles are writing fellow, in-class workshop leader, consultant development facilitator.
  • Individual or groups of consultants may attend and/or present at local, regional, national and international conferences.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate student at KU, enrolled in at least six credit hours.
  • Demonstrated engagement and academic success in chosen field(s).
  • Excellent written communication skills as evidenced in application materials.
  • An investment in helping fellow writers reach their academic goals.
  • Experience working productively with diverse populations.
  • As demonstrated in application materials, a commitment to the improvement of one's own writing and professional development as a writing consultant.
  • Only applicants who have filed a current year FAFSA and applied for and accepted a Federal Work-Study award for Fall 2018 will be hired. Exceptions may be granted depending on budget availability. For information, browse to http://affordability.ku.edu/financialaid/workstudy/federal.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Successful completion of ENGL 400 or C&T 533 OR previous experience as a writing consultant at a high school or college.
  • Multicultural and/or multilingual experience.
  • Willingness to work in multiple modalities (face-to-face, online, video conference) and multiple locations on the Lawrence campus.
  • Strong listening skills and the ability to respond to questions.
  • Sensitivity, generosity, and flexibility.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Please submit a cover letter and resume. Also, submit your work availability for Fall 2018.

Application review begins April 30, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Brianna E. Hyslop

Advertised Salary Range

$9.25/hour. Continuing employees are eligible for a $0.25/hour pay raise each semester of employment.

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