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Manager, Writing and Study Skills

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Author ahnationtalk
Date January 8, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $63,400 to $79,250 - Per Hour
Location Brantford, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Posting ID : 8606
Apply By : 1/15/2018
Position Title : Manager, Writing and Study Skills
Department : Teaching and Learning
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Campus : Brantford
Reports To : Director, Teaching, Learning and Retention
Position Summary : 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.

Accountabilities : 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

Professional Development

  • 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

Other Responsibilities

  • 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
Qualifications :
  • 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
Grade : MG-2A
Salary : $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 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 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


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