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Posting ID : 2476
Apply By : 5/2/2013
Position Title : Writing & Learning Consultant
Department : Learning Services, Brantford Campus
Job Type : Part-time, Limited Term
Campus : Brantford
Reports To : Manager, Writing & Study Skills Services
Position Summary : Reporting to the Manager, the WRITING & LEARNING CONSULTANT contributes to the educational mission of Laurier Brantford and is responsible for the delivery of programs, services, and individual support that enhance students’ academic development.

The Writing & Learning Consultant offers a range of services including providing professional individual writing and study skills consultations to students, delivering group workshops or seminars, developing promotional and instructional materials, and implementing other related services to students, the campus community, and other partners, including in-class support at faculty request. Additionally, the Writing & Learning Consultant is responsible for the services provided to academically at-risk students through the G.P.A. program and for enhancing the supports available to English language learner students at Laurier Brantford.

The Writing & Learning Consultant assists in the administration of Writing & Study Skills Services, including the scheduling of the centre’s programming and the supervision and training of student para-professional staff.
Accountabilities : Writing & Learning Assistance:

• Offers instructional workshops helping students to enhance their academic skills (e.g., student time management, memory and concentration, exam preparation, essay writing); workshops may be co-curricular or in-class at faculty request
• Provides regular individual office consultations on writing and study skills to enhance student academic learning and performance with a particular focus on serving the learning support needs of at-risk students and English language learners
• Prepares instructional materials (in print, on-line, or in other media)
• Develops and delivers writing and study skills programming targeted toward English language learners and international students
• Engages in high school outreach by supporting tutor placements at secondary writing centre(s) through Nipissing practicum placement partnership
• Consistently reviews current research into student learning and writing in higher education to identify trends and development of best practices, and suggests opportunities for implementing theory and practice into the centre’s operations

Other Duties:

• Assists manager with recruiting, training, and supervision of student para-professional employees including writing & study skills peer mentors, facilitated study group leaders, and administrative assistants
• Delivers training to Tutor Referral Service tutors and undergraduate instructional assistants
• Participates in centre staff meetings, and may chair meetings in manager’s absence
• Assists with the practical organization, coordination, and promotion of Writing & Study Skills Services
• Contributes to overall departmental needs assessment, program planning, promotion, and evaluation, as required
• Maintains accurate records, statistics, and other data
• Assists with the creation and completion of Writing & Study Skills Services reports, program manuals, and internal communications
• Liaises with campus partners (e.g. faculty, librarians, Nipissing, Accessible Learning, Academic Advisors, etc.) to develop writing and study skills support and programming
• Oversees on-line communications for Writing & Study Skills Services
• Other duties as assigned

The writing & learning assistant must demonstrate:
• Leadership
• Effective communication (oral and written)
• Ability to identify stakeholder needs and develop programming to address them
• Collaboration
• Initiative
• Organization
• Attention to detail
• Willingness to learn
Qualifications : • Bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary institution required, Master’s degree preferred
• Previous experience in providing both writing and learning support to undergraduate students
• Demonstrated comprehensive understanding of teaching and learning theory and practice
• Exceptional skills in research, writing, oral presentation, group facilitation, program planning and promotion, team co-operation
• Effective mentoring skills, tact, and conflict resolution skills are essential
• Proven ability to respond effectively to urgent or unexpected situations and to work independently
• Strong organizational skills
• Proven technical skills including Microsoft Office suite and demonstrated ability to create and navigate on-line communications. Web design an asset
• Experience supporting English language learners’ academic skills development
Grade : EX-F
Salary : $28.42 - $31.76
Salary Notes : This is a part-time, limited term position working 21 hours/week from May-Aug and 28 hours per week September-May 2014.
Please Note :


Please submit a cover letter and resume.



Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with the best available candidates who have the appropriate combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.


Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of a visible minority.  To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007.

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