Reading & Writing Specialist

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 21, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


 Under general supervision, the Reading & Writing Specialist will teach CRL 101, “Critical Literacy,” and tutor writing in the Writing Center.



  •  Teach three sections of CRL 101, “Critical Literacy” in the fall semester, and one section of CRL 101 in the spring.
  • Assist the Writing and Reading Services Coordinator in the outcomes assessment of CRL 101.
  • Provide professional writing tutoring in the Writing Center in person and online in the spring semester.
  • Assist with writing placement for incoming freshmen (e.g., review students whose writing recommendations cannot be automatically generated by the protocol; assist with the online writing/reading diagnostic used to confirm CRL 101 placement).
  • Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after employment with the University. Any question regarding the confidentiality of material should be referred to the supervisor.  Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  1.  Knowledge of writing and reading pedagogy and strategies for teaching writing and reading to developmental students.
  2. Knowledge of contemporary theories of composition and rhetoric.
  3. Knowledge of contemporary theories of writing tutoring practices.
  4. Familiarity with reading and study skills needs of developmental students.
  5. Excellent oral, written, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.
  6. Ability to work well with a variety of constituencies in a small college environment.
  7. Proficiency using a computer and various types of software including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and the Internet as well as other office machines with or without accommodation.
  8. Ability to respond to inquiries received through a variety of means (telephone, email, etc.) with or without accommodation.
  9. Ability to work nontraditional business hours as needed.



  •  Niagara University students and staff.
  • Colleagues at other institutions through professional organizations (CRLA, NYCLSA, NOSS, IWCA, MAWCA).




  1.  Master’s Degree in Education in reading, writing, or the equivalent is required.
  2. Three to five years of experience teaching, preferably in a college setting, is required.
  3. Two to three years of experience working with a post-secondary developmental education program is preferred.
  4. Candidate must be a self-starter and have proven leadership skills; possess a thorough understanding of academic support theory and best practices; have an understanding of the needs of a diverse college student population.
  5. Exhibit excellent verbal and oral communication skills.
  6. The candidate must be detail-oriented, organized, and able to manage administrative tasks including conducting both formal and informal assessments throughout the year.
  7. Excellent judgment and respect for confidentiality.
  8. A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada.