University of Minnesota
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Job opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working at the Center for Writing!

The Center for Writing is hiring a new director. For more information and application instructions, please visit the University of Minnesota's job site and search for job ID #359090.

The Writing Across the Curriculum Program is also hiring a new director. For more information about the position, go to our job site and search for job ID#358939.

Graduate students: Unfortunately, given an especially tight budget, we are unable to hire any new graduate students for 2024–25. We hope to be able to hire again for the 2025–26 academic year. In Spring 2025, we will contact all students who have completed this form.

Student Writing Consultant (undergraduate students only) for the 2024–25 academic year

Please help us spread the word and download our flyer!
Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 9, 11:59 pm

Applications must be submitted online through the Office of Human Resources website. Click on "student jobs" and enter Job ID #359393.

About the Job

The Center for Writing's Student Writing Support (SWS) program invites undergraduate students to apply to be writing consultants during the 2024–25 academic year. Writing consultants consult one-to-one with undergraduate and graduate writers from across the university to support them in developing confidence and effective writing strategies.

You don’t need to identify as a strong writer to apply! The Center looks for candidates who are curious learners and attentive listeners. Strong collaboration skills and attention to detail are also important. We’re interested in hiring people who are willing to have conversations with student writers and to develop ways to give feedback to writers on their work in progress.

One of the benefits of working as a writing consultant is that SWS provides robust professional development for staff. Besides the course that all new consultants take, we offer regular opportunities for learning and growing as consultants and as writers, all in community with one another.

Candidates from historically underrepresented or marginalized communities and identities are encouraged to apply. In addition, we welcome applications from students from all majors and all language backgrounds—especially students who are going to be sophomores or juniors during the 2024–25 school year. 

Please note: At this time, the University’s employment site is limited in how it collects applicant demographic information. Applicants are encouraged to provide the name and/or pronouns that they use within their attached application materials.

Duties/Responsibilities 

  • Consult with undergraduate and graduate student writers from across the university on their writing projects to help them develop confidence and effective writing habits. 
  • Enroll in WRIT 3751W: The Theory and Practice of Writing Consultancy in Fall 2024.
  • Participate in professional development activities, including monthly staff meetings. 
  • Assist with publicity (e.g., visiting classes to introduce SWS, representing SWS at resource fairs) and other work as needed. 
  • Help to maintain accurate student records. 
  • Greet students, schedule appointments, and provide basic tech support to students.

Position starts Fall 2024; ideal candidates will be able to work for the full academic year or for multiple years. The starting rate of pay for this position is $16.00 per hour. On average, consultants work 8–10 hours per week in a consistent weekly schedule, depending on their availability. SWS is open weekdays only; new consultants work on campus during daytime hours.

Qualifications

REQUIRED

  • Must be an undergraduate student in a degree-granting program for duration of employment
  • Must have fulfilled the first-year writing requirement by the start of fall semester 2024 (i.e., enrollment in a first-year writing course in Spring 2024 is acceptable)
  • Must have an interest in supporting student learning
  • Must have effective communication skills (ability to listen attentively, ask thoughtful questions)
  • Must have strong attention to detail

PREFERRED

We especially welcome applications from candidates who are going to be sophomores or juniors during the 2024–25 school year and who meet one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Have experience with working in a detail-oriented environment
  • Are multilingual
  • Have experience as a language learner
  • Have experience supporting language learners
  • Are interested in working in an inclusive and diverse community
  • Are interested in developing ways to give feedback to writers on their work in progress
  • Have experience writing in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields
  • Have experience in a writing center (as writing consultant, as client, or both) or collaborating with writers in other settings

We welcome candidates from historically underrepresented or marginalized communities and identities. Given our ongoing partnership with TRIO, we especially invite individuals who are TRIO students, TRIO program alumni, and/or have shared life experiences with TRIO-like populations, including growing up low-income, first-generation, or overcoming significant obstacles in pursuit of higher education. Further, given our connections with ISSS, we strongly encourage international students to apply. 

About the Department

Student Writing Support (SWS) offers collaborative one-to-one writing consultations to help student writers develop confidence and effective writing strategies. Writing consultants will listen to writers’ goals and concerns, read and respond to their written work, pose questions that help writers clarify and articulate their ideas, and affirm the experiences and abilities that people bring to their writing. SWS values writers’ life experiences and languages, seeking to provide a supportive space for writers to share and develop their voices.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online through the Office of Human Resources website. Click on "student jobs" and enter Job ID #359393.

Application Materials

The application requires four items (below).

Save all items as PDFs and name each PDF with your last name, followed by document type. For example, if your last name is Tang and you are naming your resume, it would be named "Tang resume".

  1. Cover letter (1–2 single-spaced pages)
    • Effective cover letters help reviewers understand how the applicant’s experiences, abilities, and interests connect with the requirements of the job.
    • Here are two UMN resources that show some (but not all) possible approaches to drafting and formatting a cover letter:
  2. Resume that includes two references with contact information
    • When listing your work experiences, please be assured that many different kinds of work could make you a strong candidate for this position.
    • For your references, include names and current email addresses for two people who could speak to your professional or academic strengths.
  3. Unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities you have attended (e.g., the college you transferred from). To get your UMN transcript: 
    • Go to myu.umn.edu
    • Click Academics
    • Click Grades
    • Click Unofficial transcript
  4. Two writing samples saved as PDFs. Please adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Type of writing: One of the two samples must include citations and a works cited or references page. The works cited or references page does not count toward the page limit (i.e., it can be the 5th page).
      • Samples can include research papers, lab reports, reflective essays, case notes, literary analysis, business plans, creative writing, etc.
    • Length: Together, the two writing samples must add up to no more than 4 double-spaced pages (with an optional 5th page for references/works cited). Otherwise, exceeding the 4-page limit is strongly discouraged.
      • We understand that these length restrictions may prevent you from providing a complete paper. This is okay! We encourage you to submit just a portion of a paper. For samples that begin in the middle of a paper, we suggest that you provide context (e.g., “The sample below is an excerpt from…”). It is also okay if the excerpt cuts off or ends abruptly. 

Submitting Your Application

Applications must be submitted online through the Office of Human Resources website. Click on "student jobs" and enter Job ID #359393. To be considered for this position, please click the “Apply for Job” button and follow the instructions.

If you have not applied for a student job through the OHR website before, you will need to create an account by clicking "Register now" on the pop-up window. Also, please know that the log in is different than your x500 (internet ID) and UMN password.  

The application system has 8 steps. You do not need to enter anything in step 3 ("Education and work experience") if all those components (e.g., education history, work experience, etc) are already listed in your resume.

Transcripts and writing samples may be attached in Step 6 ("Attachments") of your application.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647)

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm not able to log in to submit my application. What do I do?
If you have not applied for a student job through the Office of Human Resources website before, you will need to create an account by clicking "Register now" on the pop-up window. Also, please know that the login is different from your x500 (internet ID) and UMN password.

Help! I forgot to upload my attachments when I submitted my application!
Transcripts and writing samples may also be attached after submitting the application by going to the upper right (to the right of "Search jobs") and clicking "Careers" followed by "My Job Applications." You can then upload documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. If you use this method of adding attachments, please know that these additional documents will attach to all applications you submit in the UMN employment system.

More questions?

Questions about navigating the online application system should be directed to the Office of Human Resources (OHR) at ohr@umn.edu, 612-624-8647, or 800-756-2363. Applicants may otherwise find the student jobs webpage useful. 

Questions about the position itself can be directed to Dr. Jasmine Tang, Co-Director, Center for Writing, at jkt@umn.edu.