Application: Writing Tutor (Professional)

(May 2016: We do not anticipate adding any new professional tutors for the 2016-17 academic year, but those interested in submitting an application anyway are welcome to do so.)

The Writing Center maintains a pool of educators interested in employment as Writing Center Professional Tutors to work Fall and Spring semesters. Professional tutors are classified as Professional Tutors (the 2015-16 hourly rate was $22.12). Hours vary and typically range from 3 to 14 hours per week. Employment is based on budget, Writing Center needs, and applicants' qualifications. Reappointment is based upon budget, Writing Center needs, and job performance as a Writing Center tutor.

Our hiring committee, which is composed of the Writing Center Coordinator and at least one Writing Center staff member, will review applications (including a letter of interest, current CV, and Professional Tutor application) that we receive by the appropriate deadlines. We will then invite some candidates for interviews and mock tutorials. Please note that this process can take several weeks.

Qualified candidates should submit applications to:

Michael Grubb
Writing Center Coordinator
Broome Community College
P.O. Box 1017
Binghamton, NY 13902

To be considered for employment as a Writing Center Professional Tutor, applicants must have a graduate degree (MA, MAT, or Ph.D.), preferably in composition or English. (In rare cases, pertinent non-academic experience will be considered as offsetting this requirement.)
Additionally, successful candidates will have:

  • Completed coursework in pedagogy and/or tutoring
  • Prior tutoring experience.
  • Prior teaching experience.
  • Commitment to helping others and an affinity for collaboration.
  • Willingness to listen and ability to communicate ideas clearly.
  • Nonjudgmental, patient, and supportive attitude.
  • Friendly, courteous, and empathetic demeanor.
  • Ability to engage in reflective practice, including self-assessment and constructive criticism from others; willingness to change to meet student needs based on these assessments.

Essential duties:

  • Provide individual and small group tutoring sessions for anyone associated with BCC (by appointment and walk-in).
  • Provide tutoring that conforms to the ethical guidelines for professional tutors.
  • Promote critical literacy and metacognitive skills in tutorial sessions.
  • Adjust tutoring/pedagogical approaches to accommodate students' diverse learning styles and needs.
  • Maintain focus on student's writing concerns.
  • Perform outreach (in-class tutoring, class visits, workshops, Writing Center tours, faculty & staff contacts, publicity).
  • Notify Writing Center Coordinator of any related questions, concerns, problems, and suggestions.
  • Update & maintain all records in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Complete all evaluations and assessments, including reflective peer and self-evaluations. Make sure students complete feedback forms.
  • Complete tutor orientation and training; participate in ongoing training and professional development (including Writing Center staff meetings, usually eight per semester).
  • When no work-study student is available, assist visitors (answer questions, provide handouts, refer to appropriate person or office).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

WC Professional tutor application