Writing Consultant - UAA Learning Commons

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Classification:Student Assistant C
Grade:Student C
Work type:Student Employee
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Community & Technical College
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Education/Instructional, Office/Clerical, Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

The UAA Learning Commons Writing Center is recruiting for Student Writing Consultants.


The mission of the Learning Commons Writing Center (WC) is to promote the use of academic writing in all disciplines and at all levels as a tool for learning, communicating, self-expression, and critical thinking. WC consultations complement course-based learning and help contribute to student success. Consultants will be paid as level C student employees ($10.50/hour) for up to 20 hours per week, depending on need and availability.

Writing Consultants work closely with students, faculty, and administrators to help students become capable, successful writers. While most work is one-on-one with a student, Consultants will occasionally need to deliver presentations, lead or support workshops, or participate in group-learning programs. Consultants are expected to attend regular training sessions to improve their support skills.

Job Duties

  • Attend all meetings and participate in Writing Center orientation and trainings.
  • Follow all procedures and policies set by the Learning Commons and WC.
  • Provide individualized consultation with students in all disciplines, at all levels, and at all stages of the writing process. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Consulting with students regarding global writing aspects such as thesis, evidence development, flow, logic, and effective argument.
    • Tutoring students in pre-writing strategies including interpreting, understanding, generating, organizing, and elaborating ideas.
    • Tutoring students in specific English areas, primarily in grammar, mechanics, and sentence structure, by effectively communicating the principles and techniques of the subject area.
    • Consulting with the students regarding English language skills development.
  • Work with students to improve their writing skills while helping them understand professor expectations.
  • Maintain a professional and welcoming WC environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Arrive on time to all scheduled sessions, prepared to act in a professional manner that is sensitive and respectful of student needs, 
  • Seek coverage for any necessary absences, and notify the appropriate authorities in a timely manner of any schedule conflicts.
  • Keep all information on students you work with confidential.
  • Support and care about student success.


  • Ability to work assigned hours, possibly including some evenings or weekends.
  • Minimum of cumulative GPA of 2.0 with a 3.0 average in Writing/English coursework.
  • Must have successfully completed Writing/English 211, 212, 213, 214 or an equivalent English composition course.
  • Prior tutoring experience preferred, but not required.
  • Must be able to work with diverse populations. ELL education experience preferred, but not required.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Familiarity with word processing applications, particularly MS Word and Google Docs.

Required Documents

Please submit a resume, contact information for 3 references, and a cover letter expressing qualifications and interest in the job.

This is a pooled position.  Applicants will be hired as needed.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


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Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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