Position Overview & Responsibilities

The Merrimack College Writing Center seeks an Assistant Director. The Center is writing in the disciplines and social constructionist-based, with a staff of approximately twenty consultants/fellows, an administrative assistant, and a director. The Writing Center is a unit of Merrimack’s collaborative and team-oriented Academic Success Center. The ASC is a community of professionals who operate around the goal of enhancing student success. This position is a 12-month staff post that reports to the Director of the Writing, Tutoring & Math Center.

Responsibilities:

  • Support and assist the Director of the Writing, Tutoring & Math Centers in achieving strategic and operational initiatives.

  • Assist with the day-to-day operations of a vibrant and growing writing center (~1000 consultations per semester).

  • Participate in consultant and fellow recruitment, selection, hiring, and training.

  • Develop and present writing and literacy related content to classes as diverse as Introduction to Business and Graduate Health Sciences.

  • Support additional initiatives; and assist with website maintenance.

  • Serve as a FYE1050:First Year Experience instructor.

  • Teach or co-teach ENG 4920: Writing Center Theory and Practice each year; and manage an academic success coaching caseload.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Adjunct teaching may be possible after departmental review and with proper credentials. Support for research and professional development is available. Flexible scheduling is possible. Some late afternoon or evening hours - and more rarely weekend work (2-3 times/year) - is expected. The position may include some assistance with our college-wide subject tutoring efforts.

The position requires a commitment to and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion, preferably in a higher education setting, cultural competency, and ability to relate to and to communicate effectively with students, staff, and faculty, representing diverse identities, communities and experiences.

Qualifications

Required:

  • MA in composition, TESOL, literacy, linguistics, technical writing, or a related area.

  • Writing Center experience.

Preferred:

  • Expertise with content area writing (e.g. STEM, publishing, social sciences, education).

  • Familiarity with composition theory and pedagogy.

  • Technological proficiency in Google Suite and WCOnline.

  • Comfort in growing and sustaining professional relationships.

  • Fluency in Spanish

  • Experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion, preferably in a higher education setting.

  • A Growth Mindset approach that begins with encouraging students to build from what they have rather than focusing on what they don’t is preferred.

Application Materials Should Include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.

  • Resume

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community. Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 7/27/22

Position Code: 208