At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.
As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.
We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Manager, Writing and Study Skills.
Reporting to the Director, Teaching, Learning and Retention, the incumbent is responsible for managing the development of the Writing and Study Skills Centre at the Brantford Campus. Working within a team environment, the Manager develops programming to enhance the academic skills of students in all programs and across the disciplines. The Centre uses a peer learning model that assists students with the development of their writing and academic skills, and the Manager oversees additional writing and academic skills instructional support to students and faculty.
The incumbent is responsible for managing all aspects of the centre and is expected to be innovative and responsive to the current needs of students and faculty at Laurier Brantford with respect to writing and learning skills, including specific support for student groups such as English Language Learners (ELLs), athletes, graduate students and for existing and new academic programs and disciplines at Laurier Brantford.
The incumbent may undertake special projects related to the evolving development of Retention and Learning. This position requires occasional travel with work done on-site at partner locations and Laurier’s other campuses.
Program Management and Development
Implements the pedagogy that informs the Centre’s approach to enhancing student learning. The pedagogical approach will encourage students to understand the nature and criteria of academic writing and support them in their independent efforts to develop good academic writing skills and will assist them in fostering good study habits to support their learning.
Oversees development of writing and study skills support programs (in-class lectures, specialized support programs, and general workshops that focus on interdisciplinarity, writing in the disciplines, and academic literacies and skills) and supervises the implementation of the programs by the Centre’s professional staff
Ensures that logistical arrangements for the Centre’s programs are carried through on time, on budget, efficiently and effectively
Anticipates and solves problems (regarding logistics, finances, public relations, faculty, peer educators, staff and students) when necessary
Develops evaluation tools to monitor the effectiveness of the Centre’s programming and to determine if the learning objectives of clients have been met
Supervises the development of writing and study skills support resources, as they evolve
Prepares and monitors the Centre’s budget
Works with deans, faculty, academic advisors, librarians and other staff in providing effective writing and learning support that aligns with ideal course outcomes
Researches writing and learning issues for collaboration with other university offices and faculties in developing programs that enhance students’ learning
Researches new technologies and develops programming where appropriate to support student learning as students adopt various technologies or enhance student learning through application of new technologies
Investigates opportunities for self-directed study of writing and learning, including those which may be found in various computer programs and print materials and encourages the same investigation by the other professional staff of the Centre.
Staff Development and Training
Hires, supervises and evaluates professional staff in keeping with university policies
Provides orientation, guidance, and on-the-job training to professional staff
Manages the professional development of all positions reporting to the Manager
Recruits student staff, and oversees development of peer educator training programs that qualify undergraduate students to work as writing and study skills peer mentors, facilitated study group leaders for specific course support, or tutors
Establishes training principles and training programming for student staff
Evaluates and provides related feedback to student staff
Ensures that ongoing training sessions and professional development opportunities for staff are available
Oversees the delivery of graduate student writing support, writing and academic skills presentations for specific courses, and programming for writing skills and learning strategies
Provides specialized individual student support for challenging cases that are escalated by the centre staff
Oversees delivery of instructional support with regards to writing and study skills to the Nipissing education program
Program Promotion and Marketing
Develops plans for the promotion of services of the Centre for students, faculty, and staff in order to raise the awareness of its services at the university
Develops brochures, handouts, and other marketing materials for promotion of the Centre
Administers a secondary school outreach program in collaboration with a Nipissing practicum coordinator by arranging for concurrent education practicum placement students to receive training to provide service in secondary writing centres in local high schools. Ensures that ongoing supervision, direction, and support is available to the practicum students and the secondary writing centres
In co-operation with units of Retention and Learning and other colleagues within the Teaching and Learning portfolio, establishes an identity for the Centre in the context of other support centres on the campus
Attends writing and /or learning development conferences in order to keep current on contemporary standards and new initiatives in the fields
Delivers professional presentations at conferences where feasible
Engages in academic research to investigate enhancements to student learning as part of the overall student experience and publishes results as opportunities arise
Participates in and contributes to appropriate academic or professional societies
Works collaboratively with Retention and Learning colleagues, and other departments when necessary, to explore, facilitate, implement and coordinate programs that enhance students’ learning
Chairs an advisory sub-committee for the Writing and Study Skills Centre
Works with departments and committees as required on matters related to writing and learning support activities
Participates in campus committees as deemed appropriate
Master’s degree in English, rhetoric, composition, communication studies or equivalent required (Ph.D. in Adult Education, Higher Education or equivalent preferred)
Ability to communicate knowledge about academic writing in general and about writing in the disciplines
Previous experience in writing instruction at the post secondary level
Experience with student supervision and teaching at the post secondary level an asset
Experience working with faculty an asset
Demonstrated skills in oral presentation, group facilitation, program planning and promotion
Ability to use a variety of software including web editing
Excellent supervisory skills
Ability to influence others
Ability to innovate – able to generate and implement ideas that will improve the quality of writing and learning programming
Knowledge of university systems and policies
Excellent organizational and verbal communication skills
Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
$63,400 to $79,250
Salary Notes :
This is a full-time, limited term leave replacement until July 31, 2018.
Please Note :
Please submit a cover letter and resume.
Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.
Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at email@example.com. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or email@example.com.
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