Multilingual Communication Consultant- Student Hourly

Position Overview

KU’s Wingspan: Center for Learning and Writing Support offers a portfolio of collaborative, innovative academic support programs and services to students, faculty, and staff. The Wingspan provides individual and group support through its Peer Academic Coaching program, Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, Learning and Tutoring Services, and Writing Center Services. The Wingspan is a part of the University Academic Support Centers (UASC), a comprehensive student support program consisting of two unique centers designed to strengthen the academic skills and written communication of students at the University of Kansas. UASC supports the University’s commitment to the academic success and holistic development of students. UASC programs encourage student participation both in and out of the classroom, support academic and personal development, and link students to other campus and community resources for academic and personal support and development. University Academic Support Centers is a department within Academic Affairs.

Position Overview:

Multilingual writing consultants are peer educators who meet one-on-one with students in person and online to discuss writing projects in a variety of disciplines and genres. They are open to working with KU undergraduate and/or graduate students in English and at least one other language. This work may include speaking to students in their language of choice about writing in English or that language or supporting students taking language courses at KU. Multilingual consultants collaborate with students at any point in the writing and language-learning process; teach strategies for researching, drafting, organizing, revising, and editing; and direct writers to resources. They also support other KUWC programming, like workshops or writing groups. Consultants are required to work in-person on the Lawrence campus.

Job Description

  • Facilitate and foster student learning by asking questions, collaborating with students during consultations, and teaching important writing and speaking strategies and concepts
  • Work with multilingual students who prefer to speak in their home language and may be working on writing in English or another language
  • Support students taking KU language courses, which may include tutoring in grammar and vocabulary as well as writing skills in the language
  • Contribute to the creation of a safe, inclusive, and collaborative environment for learning
  • Lead writing workshops and assist with marketing events
  • Participate in pre-service training and ongoing education, trainings, and professional development
  • Participate in committees and special projects, bringing your ideas, interests, and skills to expand the collective knowledge and abilities of the Writing Center
  • Ability to work at least 8 hours/week and at least one evening/week
  • Continuing consultants may be interested in additional roles, such as consultant development facilitator, writing group facilitator, or graduate assistant

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student at KU, enrolled in at least six credit hours
  • Fluency in at least one language other than English as demonstrated through interview and writing sample
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English and at least one other language as evidenced in application materials
  • A commitment to the improvement of one's own writing and professional development as a consultant, as demonstrated in application materials
  • Willingness to work in multiple modalities (face-to-face, online, videoconference)

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Federal Work-Study (FWS) award for the academic year
  • Previous experience as a writing consultant or peer tutor at a high school or college
  • Experience with public speaking
  • An investment in helping writers reach their academic goals with strong listening skills, sensitivity, generosity, and flexibility
  • Experience working productively with multilingual populations

Additional Candidate Instructions

  1. Cover letter that addresses your qualifications
  2. Resume
  3. Writing samples in English and one other language (possibilities include research paper, reflection, rhetorical analysis, personal essay, or other appropriate piece)
  4. Your work availability for the semester

Contact Information to Applicants

Jennifer Rupp (she/her)
Associate Director, KU Writing Center
University of Kansas
785-864-0349 |

Advertised Salary Range

$12.50/hr for undergraduate consultants and $13.50/hr for graduate consultants

Anticipated Start Date

Monday July 1, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  27510BR
  • Department:  University Academic Support Ct
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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