Employment Opportunities

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We're always looking for skilled writers to join our team of writing coaches. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and majors are welcome to apply.

Our writing coaches attend ongoing training sessions and faculty meetings that teach them how to consult with writers in different disciplines. They also learn how to respond to online writers and assist writers whose native language is not English. If you join our team, you'll learn how to help others by working with various writing samples, formats and texts. You'll also collaborate with faculty members who integrate writing into their courses.

Schools, businesses and other organizations establish writing centers to promote more effective written communication. By joining our staff, you'll gain experience and knowledge that can enhance your job search after you graduate. You'll become a better writer, reader and teacher, and your resume will get a valuable boost!

If you're interested in becoming a writing coach, contact Gail Jacky at gjacky@niu.edu.

Primary Functions of the Position

A University Writing Center (UWC) undergraduate peer or extra help writing coach will perform the following duties:

  • Work as a writing coach.
  • Complete outreach presentations that promote the UWC and its services.
  • Create handouts for client and coach use on topics such as documentation, writing in the disciplines, resumes and cover letters, and personal statements.
  • Contribute to the production of UWC assessment and/or promotional documents.
  • Participate in the hiring of new staff.
  • Attend mandatory training (during the first semester).
  • Attend staff meetings.

Qualifications

An undergraduate peer coach must be at least a second-year, full-time student in an NIU program who has successfully completed or met NIU's first-year composition requirements. Part-time students and individuals who aren't currently students can be extra help writing coaches.

Undergraduate peer and extra help writing coaches must be willing to work a consistent schedule for at least 10 hours per week each semester. They select their own schedules within UWC hours of operation.

Primary Functions of the Position

A University Writing Center (UWC) graduate assistant will perform the following duties:

  • Work as a writing coach.
  • Complete outreach presentations that promote the writing center and its services.
  • Create handouts for client and coach use on topics such as documentation, writing in the disciplines, resumes and cover letters, and personal statements.
  • Contribute to the production of UWC assessment and/or promotional documents.
  • Oversee the evening operation of the UWC facility one night per week (required for UWC hires only; optional for graduate assistants from other departments).
  • Participate in the hiring of new staff.
  • Attend mandatory training (during the first semester).
  • Attend staff meetings.

Continuing graduate assistants will perform the following additional duties:

  • Develop and give focused presentations to classes and groups in the NIU community.
  • Participate in UWC mentoring by working with new consultants (after the first semester).
  • Co-create training materials and help facilitate staff training.
  • Oversee staff meetings in absence of UWC director.

Qualifications

Graduate assistants must be enrolled full time in an NIU graduate program, or have an approved underload status. They must be willing to work a consistent schedule for 10 or 20 hours per week, depending on their appointment, during each semester. Graduate assistants select their own schedules within UWC hours of operation.

Primary Functions of the Position

A University Writing Center (UWC) receptionist will perform the following duties:

  • Greet clients.
  • Coordinate sessions.
  • Answer the phone.
  • Retrieve messages.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Complete data entry.
  • File paperwork.

Qualifications

The receptionist must be a full-time NIU student. The receptionist must be willing to work a consistent schedule for at least 10 hours per week during each semester. The receptionist selects his/her own schedule within UWC hours of operation.