Multilingual Writing Specialist-Baruch College

POSITION DETAILS

The Baruch College Writing Center seeks a full-time Multilingual (ESL) Writing Specialist to join its vibrant and engaged staff of writers and teachers.

Baruch College’s students are linguistically diverse. They include students who are bilingual and multilingual, international students, speakers of world Englishes, and students from multilingual communities and backgrounds within the US. They are in different stages of their language acquisition processes. The Writing Center values this linguistic diversity, and the many linguistic, rhetorical, experiential, and cultural resources our students bring to the Baruch community.

The Baruch College Writing Center provides free professional support for undergraduate and graduate students to improve their writing and English language skills and to become more independent, confident, and versatile writers. Our professional consultants, teachers of college writing and writers themselves, provide expert, invested, attentive readers who recognize strengths and teach students specific strategies to improve their writing. The Writing Center collaborates closely with academic departments and other student support units to offer an innovative array of programming and services, including one-to-one consultations, synchronous and asynchronous online consulting, interdisciplinary workshops, and writing groups.

Reporting to the Director of the Writing Center, the Multilingual (ESL) Writing Specialist collaborates with the Director and Associate Director to address the needs of the growing population of multilingual students who use the Writing Center’s services, to extend the reach of the Writing Center to better serve the multilingual student body across the Baruch community, and to lead our staff in supporting and advocating for our students as multilingual writers.

The primary responsibilities include:
– Directly support students via one-to-one and small-group consultations.
– Develop new and revise existing programming, curricula, and resources with an eye to the needs of multilingual and ELL writers.
– Support our staff of professional consultants in their work with writers from diverse linguistic backgrounds.
– Design and implement professional development programming for Writing Center staff and the broader College community, including workshop design and implementation, staff development programming, one-to-one staff consultations, and orientations.
– Collaborate with other student support services to create student and faculty resources and integrate programming.
– Contribute to and bolster a culture of empowerment, inquiry, and explicit valuing of linguistic diversity in our Center.
– Promote an understanding and acceptance of language diversity, bilingualism and multilingualism in the Baruch community.
– Promote teaching that recognizes and values students’ home languages and culture.
– Actively engage in professional development to keep abreast of research and pedagogy relevant to language learning and teaching, and represent Baruch and the Writing Center at local and regional conferences on composition, TESOL, and second language studies.

Though rare, occasional evening/weekend work may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree and four years’ related experience required.

MA, MAEd, or PhD in TEFL, TESOL, Linguistics, Composition/Writing Studies, or a related field, at least two years of Writing Center experience, and at least two years’ experience working with college-level writers strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following: experience in tutoring and teaching writing to culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse populations of college students; knowledge of language acquisition theory, writing pedagogy, WAC/WID approaches, curriculum development, assessment practices, and instructional technology; creative engagement in teaching, staff development, and curriculum writing experience; strong organizational and planning skills; excellent oral, written, visual and interpersonal communication skills; and a commitment to the goals of urban public higher education.

We especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as individuals who have experience working with diverse populations.

CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW

Administers the activities of a learning resource or support center.

– Supports the design and delivery of academic resources such as tutoring, remedial and other student programs and services, delivered in a variety of modes, including on-line

– Produces and administers training programs, lectures, workshops, seminars and special events

– Collaborates with various College offices to improve student and faculty services; implements new services and assures existing services are effectively provided.

– Serves as resource expert for students and faculty regarding center policies and procedures, and if needed, technology issues related to their learning experience

– May assist and/or supervise office operations and/or department budget

-Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Academic Resource Center Specialist

CUNY TITLE

Higher Education Assistant

FLSA

Exempt

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

HOW TO APPLY

Visit www.cuny.edu, access the employment page, log in or create a new user account, and search for this vacancy using the Job ID or Title. Select “Apply Now” and provide the requested information.

Candidates should provide a resume and cover letter.

CLOSING DATE

December 9, 2015

JOB SEARCH CATEGORY

CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional

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