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Writing Consultant Employment Opportunities

Look for employment opportunities in Spring 2022!

We recruit and hire new undergraduate and graduate writing consultants in the Spring quarter of the academic year. We hope you will apply in Spring!

Why become a writing consultant?

Writing Consultants:

  • become better writers themselves;
  • gain unique perspectives by working with a diverse peer population;
  • learn how to prioritize and problem-solve in a fast-paced environment;
  • develop a strong sense of situational awareness and build skills to adapt to various situations;
  • feel a sense of satisfaction helping and supporting their fellow students;
  • acquire valuable professional development skills and competencies as members of a complex and dynamic workplace.

Undergraduate Writing Consultant - Position Description

Undergrad Writing Consultants conduct one-on-one writing consultations in a variety of formats with student writers, offering feedback that helps students reach their own understandings of what is working and what can be improved in their writing.

Undergrad Writing Consultants are skilled writers and communicators who have the know-how and humility to guide others to their own insights through skillful peer-to-peer questions and mutual problem solving. Writing Consultants enjoy extensive and ongoing education on techniques for offering feedback to student writers at UCSD, including an understanding of writing norms and expectations in a wide variety of academic disciplines and all seven college writing programs, plus non-class writing projects (for example, scholarship essays, resumes, and personal statements). To learn more about our approach, visit our Consultant Education page. 

In addition to ongoing consultant education, Writing Consultants engage in several required professional development activities, including regular self-assessments and observations of other tutors, and also have the opportunity to develop writing-related research projects for professional and academic conferences and publications.

 

 

Graduate Writing Consultant - Position Description

Graduate Writing Consultants provide one-on-one feedback to graduate writers working on a wide array of writing projects.

Rather than editors or proofreaders, Writing Consultants work supportively with other graduate student writers, providing a reader’s feedback on drafts and an informed sounding board for ideas. These are great jobs—you’ll have lots of opportunities to think deeply about writing, autonomy to develop programming, opportunities to mentor other writing consultants, and the rewarding experience of supporting fellow graduate students with their projects. In addition, Graduate Writing Consultants become integrated with the Writing Hub graduate community, a supportive group of other graduate student writers and people who think deeply (and care a great deal) about graduate student support on campus. 

Graduate Writing Consultants are hired as Associates (in lieu of TA). Appointments can range from 15% (for those looking to augment another appointment on campus) to 50% (for those looking to take responsibility for Writing Hub operations/programming). All Writing Hub Graduate Writing Consultants meet one-on-one with graduate writers (minimum 4 hours per week) and attend weekly training meetings with the Graduate Consultant team. Consultants hired at 25-50% will take on more responsibilities, such as running workshops or writing retreats, based on alignment between their interests and aptitudes and Writing Hub needs. Decisions on scope of responsibility will be made by the Writing Hub Director and Associate Director.

We encourage all graduate students who are interested writing to consider applying to be a Graduate Writing Consultant, even if they are not actively engaged in ongoing writing projects. We especially encourage graduate students who have interacted with the Writing Hub to consider applying. The most important skills for Writing Consultants are critical reading, active and empathetic listening, the ability to ask probing questions, and the ability to follow the logic of academic arguments across a variety of disciplines. If you enjoy reading and engaging with the work of your peers, and you desire to support fellow grad students, you could be an excellent Grad Writing Consultant!

For more information on our current hiring campaigns, click "How to Apply" below. 

Qualifications

All Undergraduate Writing Consultants must:
  • Have satisfied the university writing requirement with a grade of B+ or higher in each of the following courses, as applicable;
    • ERC— MMW 12 and MMW 13
    • Marshall— DOC 2 and DOC 3
    • Muir— MCWP 40 and MCWP 50
    • Revelle— HUM 1 and HUM 2
    • Seventh— SYN 1 
    • Sixth— CAT 2 and CAT 3
    • Warren— WCWP 10A and WCWP 10B 
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Be willing to learn and adapt to new approaches for writing and working with other writers;
  • Be able to attend weekly trainings and quarterly staff meetings;
  • Commit to working at The Writing Hub at least seven hours a week;
  • Be responsible, dependable, honest, and mature;
  • Continue to develop effective interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Be friendly, humble, and responsive when working with a wide diversity of peers.

All Graduate Writing Consultants must:

  • Have success in graduate-level coursework and writing projects, including at least one year of experience with graduate-level writing;
  • Have experience writing and reading a variety of academic genres;
  • Be willing to learn and adapt to new approaches for writing and working with other writers;
  • Be able to attend weekly trainings and quarterly staff meetings;
  • Commit to working at The Writing Hub at least five hours a week (appointments vary);
  • Be responsible, dependable, honest, and mature;
  • Continue to develop effective interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Be friendly, humble, and responsive when working with a wide diversity of peers.

How to Apply

We will be hiring again in Spring 2022

Undergraduate Students

The Undergraduate Consultant application period generally starts in late February and runs through March. Keep an eye out for our future hiring campaigns by re-visiting this page at the end of Winter quarter. 

Graduate Students

The Graduate Consultant application period generally starts in March and runs through mid- to late-April. Revisit this page at the start of Spring quarter to see our current graduate hiring campaign. 

 

Want to learn about the positions before you apply? 

You can watch recordings of last year's hiring information sessions to learn what its like to work at the Writing Hub and what we look for in future writing consultants.