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Writing Tutor (part-time)

Adler University
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024

Under the general guidance of the Senior Director, Library and Learning Services, the Professional Writing Tutor (part-time) works with students on assignments to refine their writing, improve their self-expression, and enable them to effectively communicate their ideas and research. The tutor will also create and deliver several writing workshops each semester.

The tutor’s area of specialization and focus will be on supporting international students and other students who do not use English as their first language and/or are new to academic work in English and the position also provides writing support for other students as requested.

Workshop topics will be developed in collaboration with the Writing Center and with other staff and faculty that work with Adler’s international students.

The tutor will support students in person on the Vancouver campus when appropriate and based on tutor’s availability and will often provide one-on-one assistance and teach workshops over Zoom.

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, TESOL, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • TESL Canada certification required.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of demonstrated experience in classroom teaching and one-on-one tutoring in writing and related topics in a higher education setting, specifically to graduate students and international students.
  • Primary fluency or bilingual proficiency in oral, written, and spoken English is required.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to respond promptly to student, faculty, and staff requests; detail-oriented
  • Ability to collaborate with staff and faculty throughout the University to aid in student success
  • Ability to both think strategically and execute tactically
  • Ability to consistently identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations based on observations
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving and visioning acumen
  • Ability to proactively identify challenges and barriers to stated objective and employ assistance in addressing these
  • Strong collaboration acumen and abilities
  • Demonstration of Emotional Intelligence and professional maturity
  • Proficient and functional knowledge of MS Office (Work, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook); advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel specifically: pivot tables, VLOOKUPS and customized chart building
  • Strong research acumen and abilities
  • Strong communication acumen including written, oral, and listening
  • Strong demonstration of alignment with Adler’s social justice mission and vision
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work up to to 15 hours per week total for one-on-one writing tutoring, workshop creation and delivery
  • Collaborate on and provide writing services; This will include synchronous and asynchronous assistance, and both face-to-face and online meetings.
  • Schedule for one-on-one appointments which is based on meeting times requested by Adler students within a calendar of availability mutually agreed upon by the tutor and the Senior Director, Library and Learning Services.
  • Attend workshops that will be held on days/times that allow maximum student participation.
The hourly rate of pay is $27 - $32 per hour.

Application Materials: Kindly submit a cover letter and resume as part of your application materials.

Work Environment (Physical Demands): The usual and customary methods of performing the jobs functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.

This tutor will meet with Vancouver students in person and with students from all three Adler campuses (Chicago, Vancouver, and Online) by email and over Zoom. Workshops will be delivered online or in person, depending on topic and audience. Both one-on-one tutoring and workshops may be held in the evening, but some daytime hours will be required.

Universal Core Behaviors:

  • Effectively expresses oneself in all oral and written communications.
  • Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills.
  • Keeps others informed, as well as responds, in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates match between words and actions.
  • Responds with tact, diplomacy, respect and composure when dealing with others.
  • Promotes the spirit and essence of the School’s Vision, Mission, Values and Key Strategies through both verbal and written communication.
Teamwork and Collaboration:
  • Cooperates with others toward the achievement of common goals.
  • Seeks consensus and win-win solutions to problems and conflicts.
  • Contributes actively and participates fully in team initiatives.
  • Puts success of the team above own interests.
  • Builds and maintains constructive work relationships.
Responsive to Change:
  • Supports changes in the work environment.
  • Displays a proactive, problem-solving approach toward work.
  • Committed to life-long learning by continuously increasing skills, knowledge and effectiveness.
  • Actively seeks and initiates creative and innovative solutions.
  • Exercises sound, accurate and informed independent judgment when needed.
Quality-Driven and Accountable:
  • Results-oriented and committed to quality through continuous process improvement.
  • Eliminates ineffective activities and closes performance gaps.
  • Anticipates and responds to customer needs.
  • Monitors own performance, accept responsibility for actions and actively seeks feedback.
  • Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities in professional, timely manner.
  • Seeks opportunities to increase productivity and/or reduce costs while maintaining highest quality standards (fiscally responsible).
Support of Vision, Mission, Values, Key Strategies:
  • Supports and models the School’s Values of: social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism and collaboration.
  • Articulates the School’s Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies in a way to educate others.
  • Demonstrates active commitment in advancing the School’s Vision, Mission and Key Strategies.
  • Exhibits personal integrity, honesty, zeal and compassion.
  • Aligns work processes to advance the School’s strategic plan and key strategies.

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