Director of Professional Writing - School of Continuing Studies

Washington D.C.
Jul 17, 2017
Aug 31, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time
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Director of Professional Writing - School of Continuing Studies

The Director of Professional Writing provides strategic direction of school-wide writing initiatives, and works to develop a culture of writing to enhance students' academic and professional success and serve as a consultant for writing across the SCS curriculum and writing intensive initiatives.  S/he designs and oversees the writing support strategy for SCS, teaches and consults with students both face-to-face and remotely through CMS and other videoconferencing software.  The Director works with faculty directors to integrate composition pedagogy into the curriculum; offers curriculum consultation in the form of workshops and presentations; leads the student writing assessment process; and creates instructional and training modules for writing support specialists, faculty members, and students.  Reporting to the Head Librarian, the Director of Professional Writing has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Leads coordination of a strategy to incorporate writing pedagogy and coaching in SCS courses and programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Create partnerships with SCS Academic Affairs & Academic Programs to embed and advance writing across the SCS Curriculum.
  • Develops (face-to-face and online) writing modules to help students improve writing skills in such areas as focus, development, rhetorical arrangement, paragraph structure and sentence mechanics, and using revision and editing strategies.
  • Designs and implements placement tools and bridge programs/ modules for nontraditional students, including but not limited to those enrolled in the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program and international students.
  • Promotes and trains users on appropriate digital writing tools and platforms, including but not limited to TurnItIn, Grammarly, RefWorks, and portfolio and course management modules.
  • Offers curriculum consultation in the form of workshops and presentations to SCS Academic Programs and respective adjunct faculty.
  • Creates and oversees a Writing Center to support all SCS degree-seeking students.
  • Recruits, hires, and supervises a staff of peer writing specialists who provide consultations and workshops to SCS students.
  • Oversees the work of individual writing specialists, conducts regular training sessions, and develops/distributes teaching documents that support curriculum and help writing specialists give appropriate revision and editing strategies to students.
  • Manages the electronic tutoring management system, schedules and maintains records of tutors, tutees, and tutoring sessions; and provides information and analysis of information in the database.
  • Creates, implements, and maintains a rigorous training program for writing tutors/specialists that provides a thorough grounding in best theories and practices of teaching writing calibrated to the needs of graduate students in professional fields.
  • Conducts one-on-one consultations and workshops with students both in-person and virtually.
  • Collaborates with SCS Academic Affairs, University Honor Council, and Writing Center to advance students understanding of the ethical use of information.
  • Identifies resources and needs, develops budget requests, and manages annual budget.
  • Designs, implements, and evaluates writing assessment tools for all levels of SCS students.
  • Establishes standards of student learning and rubrics for measurement.
  • Develops methods for collecting and assessing student writing as a measure of SCS academic program effectiveness - for example, writing portfolios, students' self -assessments, and Capstone.
  • Assesses the specific writing needs of students in SCS programs and develops respective interventions. 
  • Serves on campus, departmental, and/or university-wide committees and task forces.
  • Contributes to the profession through writing for publication, presentations, and/ or active involvement in professional associations.
  • Acquires new knowledge and updates skills to enhance professional performance in all areas of responsibility.
  • Monitors trend and maintains currency in emerging issues within areas of expertise.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3 years professional experience teaching writing at the college level (preferably at the graduate level) and working in a college writing center
  • The Director must be skilled in curriculum development and an expert in composition pedagogy.
  • Skilled in management, written/verbal and interpersonal communication, and instructional technology
  • Ability to work well with other college staff and faculty at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement writing across the curriculum initiatives
  • Experience working with diverse faculty and student populations, specifically with adult, ESL, and online learners
  • Management experience in a writing center or related function - preference for experience training and supervising undergraduate and/or graduate student writing tutors
  • Preference for experience in business writing

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