• Administrative assistants contribute to the regular operations of the University Writing Center. This work may include communicating with writers and consultants, monitoring the consulting schedule, advertising outreach, maintaining and organizing records, conducting data analysis and assessment, and developing resources, among others. Administrative assistants work both independently and collaboratively, demonstrating strong focus in individual tasks and prioritizing clear communication and collaboration in group settings.

    The Writing Center, located in Anderson Academic Commons 280 and in Zoom, is open six days per week and provides support to well over a thousand writers each year, most of whom are undergraduate and graduate students at DU. Our staff of 30-35 graduate and undergraduate students represents a diverse range of academic fields of study and backgrounds. 


    Primary Responsibilities:

    Writing Center Support

    • Serve as a point of contact among Writing Center staff and external audiences, including administrators, faculty, students, and other stakeholders
    • Contribute to programming and marketing, including preparing and distributing advertising materials and assessing campus spaces for effective outreach
    • Maintain and update the Writing Center library, including keeping records and researching and recommending new books and resources
    • Document Writing Center activity in a collective shift log
    • Process research poster requests and print posters
    • Collect and analyze data to support Writing Center assessment projects
    • Help maintain the Writing Center’s physical space, including supply and resource inventories
    • Organize and update digital files and materials
    • Attend regular staff meetings
    • Perform other duties as assigned, which may include supporting the Writing Center website and social media accounts


    Consultation Support

    • Communicate effectively with writers and fellow Writing Center staff by responding to email and online inquiries and monitoring our Slack channel
    • Monitor and update the Writing Center consultation schedule, including identifying, addressing, and documenting potential scheduling and consulting concerns ahead of time
    • Greet writers at the front desk or on Zoom, connect them with their consultant, and communicate with writers and consultants about changes in appointment logistics
    • Identify and use resources to answer questions for writers in the Writing Center and Zoom


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • University of Denver graduate or undergraduate student planning to enroll in at least two full quarters, including Fall 2022, in the 2022-2023 academic year
    • Confirmed work study award for 2022-23 academic year. (applicants who do not have a work study award should apply for one through the Student Employment office)


    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and rhetorically with a diverse range of individuals
    • Ability and willingness to think creatively and critically and to approach questions and problems from multiple angles
    • Willingness to learn actively on the job and proactively identify areas for growth
    • Ability to be reliable and dependable, including showing up to work on time
    • Ability to edit and copy-edit text effectively for internal and external distribution


    Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Experience with customer service
    • Experience with social media and/or event advertising and planning
    • Experience with and knowledge of Zoom and Slack
    • Proficiency in a language in addition to English


    How to apply:

    Please apply by sending a paragraph of interest and your resume, an academic writing sample (a 5+ page paper from high school or college is fine), and the name of one academic or professional reference (a current or former teacher or employer) via email to Dr. Juli Parrish, Writing Center Director, at juli.parrish@du.edu. Interviews will be held via Zoom. 

    ***Please confirm in your paragraph of interest that you have a work study award or have applied for one.***


    Questions? Write to juli.parrish@du.edu. 

This portfolio last updated: 02-Aug-2022 10:54 AM