Writing Consultant - UAA Learning Commons Writing Center

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  • Job Number:521324
  • Classification:Student Assistant 2
  • Grade:Student Assistant 2
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA Office of the Provost
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

The UAA Learning Commons Writing Center is recruiting for Student Writing Consultants. If you have a passion to help others succeed, apply now!


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 2 student employee ($15/hour) for up to 20 hours per week, depending on need and availability. Remote and in-person work available.

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 a procedures and policies set by the Learning Commons and WC.
  • Provide individualized consultation with students and all disciplines, at all levels, and at all stages of the writing process. This includes, but 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 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.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Ability to work assigned hours, some remote, some possibly in-person, possibly including some evenings or weekends.
Ability to work with a diverse population.
Ability to effectively communicate the principles and techniques of English writing for academic purposes.
Communicate effectively.
Must possess excellent problem solving, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Familiarity with MS-suite applications, particularly MS Word.
Take direction and work as part of a team.
Understand written and verbal instructions.

Typical Experience:
Minimum of cumulative GPA of 2.0 with a 3.0 average in Writing/English coursework.
Must have successfully completed Writing 211, 212, 213, 214 or an equivalent Writing/English composition course.
Required Education or Training:

To be eligible for student employment at UAA, a student must:
a. be enrolled in the university system with a minimum of six credit hours in the current semester of employment; or
b. for employment between semesters, have successfully completed six or more UA credit hours in the preceding semester and demonstrate plans to enroll for six or more credit hours in the next semester; and
c. not work hours which interfere with class attendance; and
d. have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

NOTICE: Students must maintain enrollment and regular attendance for a minimum of at least 6 undergraduate credit hours or 6 graduate credit hours to be exempt from FICA (Social Security and Medicare) tax. A credit hour load below the minimum required for full-time student status will require the withholding of FICA tax (non-resident aliens on an appropriate visa who meet student employment criteria will continue to be exempt from FICA regardless of credit hour load). While in a student position, a student cannot hold any other type of simultaneous employment with the university.

Prior tutoring experience preferred, but not required. Training provided upon hire.

Salary Information:

This is a part-time, 9-month - non-exempt student position.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

Note: This is a pooled position and review of the applicants will be ongoing through the academic year. 

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

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.

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

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.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.


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.


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


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