UC San Diego — Director of Writing & Communication Learning Services

Filing Deadline: Fri 4/8/2022
Hiring Salary Range: $100,000 – $115,000/year

The Teaching + Learning Commons (the Commons) is the campus-wide innovative infrastructure for comprehensive faculty and student support. It is the executive branch of the EVC for advancing teaching excellence and student success.

The mission of the Commons is to advance student success through teaching excellence and comprehensive academic student support; be an incubator for student academic success innovations; increase access to education on campus and beyond; and advance equity and inclusion within the organization and through its programs and services. Through six unique but integrated hubs, the Commons’ work encompasses four: instructor support to advance teaching excellence; undergraduate and graduate student support to advance student success at UC San Diego and beyond; intellectual and professional development of graduate and undergraduate students, including Commons’ student employees; and equity and inclusion for all UC San Diego students, staff, and educators.

At the Teaching + Learning Commons we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to fulfilling our mission. As such, we are committed to recruiting, advancing, and supporting a diverse team who: Will contribute to our mission by working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds; Will actively promote equity and inclusion within the organization and through our programs and services; Are dedicated to continuous learning.

The Commons has a campus-wide mission to support UC San Diego writers and writing educators, including undergraduate and graduate student writers, teaching assistants, and faculty/instructors. Through our Writing and Communication Learning Services, the Commons serves students and educators in all colleges, divisions, and programs at UC San Diego through one-on-one tutoring appointments, writing-related workshops, dissertation writing retreats, and staff training sessions.

Under the general direction of the Faculty Director of the Teaching + Learning Commons, the Director of Writing and Communication Learning Services partners and collaborates to support UC San Diego’s creation of a student success ecosystem.

The Director has operational responsibilities for Writing and Communication Learning Services, including budget management, program assessment and planning, and hiring, training, and supervision of professional and student employees.

The Director serves on university committees related to academic support and student success initiatives, and, in partnership with faculty and administrators, seeks funding opportunities and develops new programs.

The Commons offers writing-related expertise to UC San Diego faculty, departments, and students, advancing writing as a tool for learning, inquiry, and professional development in all disciplines and fields of study.

The Director of Writing Writing and Communication Learning Services works collaboratively with Teaching + Learning Commons colleagues to develop and oversee support programs for students; design and coordinate education programs for peer writing tutors and/or consultants; design and implement writing-focused faculty development initiatives; lead ongoing assessment of program effectiveness; and foster strong collaborations with faculty, academic departments, and relevant campus units (e.g., the Undergraduate Colleges’ Writing Programs, the Analytical Writing Program, the Office of Academic Integrity, and the Undergraduate College Academic Advising staff).

The Director serves as an integral member of the Commons’ Leadership Team. The Leadership Team plays a key role in developing and sustaining a culture of collaboration within the Commons and campus-wide, and developing and implementing methods for assessing the impact of the Teaching + Learning Commons initiatives and programs on student learning.

Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.

Proven experience supporting the writing and communication needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Broad knowledge in learning theories.

Demonstrated ability to deliver and maintain academic support programs

Broad knowledge in designing and implementing learning and pedagogical models. Expertise and proven ability to design, implement, and evaluate training and development programs for faculty, staff and students that meet the needs of a diverse population.

High level of administrative management experience, including planning, leadership, and analysis.

Proven skills in budgeting. Experience with grant proposal writing and management of grant-funded projects.

Proven skills in judgment and decision-making, problem-solving. Demonstrated success in assessing the strengths and weaknesses policies, procedures, and organizational programs, and developing and implementing new policies, procedures, programs, and structures to address issues. Demonstrated ability to analyze data, assess needs, and implement organizational strategy planning activity.

Proven organizational skills and project management skills. Proven organizational skills to work under pressure of a heavy workload, often while coordinating deadlines and multiple competing tasks and changing priorities.

A commitment to equity and to ensuring the success of groups historically underrepresented in higher education

Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively and professionally with administrators, faculty, graduate students, and staff from a variety of disciplines and diverse cultural backgrounds

Proven ability to lead and develop staff members. Demonstrated skill in supervision including the selection, training, supervision, evaluation, and professional development of staff and working knowledge of corrective action procedures. Demonstrated ability to motivate staff and maintain a positive working environment.

Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html