Director, The Center for Writing and Public Discourse

Director, The Center for Writing and Public Discourse


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Full time

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Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Statement
In addition to its commitment to a harassment-free educational and working environment, the College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or medical leave, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. The College also prohibits the harassment of any employee on any of these bases.

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$110,000 - $130,000 PER YEAR

The Center for Writing and Public Discourse (CWPD) Director has a primary responsibility for managing the daily operations of the Center, including best practices for tutoring and writing and communication pedagogy as well as supporting CMC's faculty and, more broadly, institutional efforts to support and promote a robust culture of writing and public discourse across the curriculum.

Hires, trains, and assesses student tutors and professional staff. Manages the CWPD budgets to ensure continuity of services throughout the academic year, or as needed. Coordinates with academic departments and campus entities to determine new writing and communication initiatives or programs as needed to support current and new college initiatives. Oversees CMC's Appel Fellowship. Collaborates with faculty and campus entities, whether individually or by committee, on writing and public discourse efforts. Initiates and supports ongoing faculty development related to writing and communication pedagogy. Coordinates Writing Across Curriculum efforts with appropriate campus entities. Serves as a member of the Dean of the Faculty's staff and as an ex officio voting-member of the Committee for Writing.

Work to develop and promote a culture of writing and public discourse at CMC. Hires, trains, schedules and supervises student writing tutors, head consultants, and CWPD professional staff. Develop innovative writing and communication programming based on reflective assessment of the CWPD and its services. Stay up-to-date with writing center studies best practices, technologies, and relevant memberships. Tracks all CWPD data and clients. Manages the CWPD budget. Coordinates with academic departments and other programs as needed on writing and communication programming. Initiate and support ongoing faculty development programming related to writing and communication pedagogy. Facilitate writing and public discourse Across the Curriculum efforts on campus. Other duties as assigned.


• Strong supervisory skills to supervise student workers and employees.
• Collegial and diplomatic behavior at work.
• Excellent English writing and oral communication skills.
• Commitment to academic excellence and student success.
• Sensitivity to students with diverse backgrounds and learning needs.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
• Experience with individual and group writing teaching/tutoring with students who are multilingual, English language learners, international, and domestic undergraduates.
• Strong proofreading and editing skills.
• Ability to develop and implement tutoring pedagogy.
• Knowledge of and ability to provide services to multi-ethnic, international, and underserved students.
• Advanced skills in: Word, Excel, Google documents, Zoom, Qualtrics, WCOnline, Canva and social media.
• Demonstrate compassion, patience, respect, cultural awareness and sensitivity with regard to diversity of background/experience and viewpoint diversity.


EDUCATION: PhD in English, literature, rhetoric, or related field or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

EXPERIENCE: 5 years tutoring writing and public discourse, teaching writing, oral communication or leading a writing center at a college or university level.

HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours per week with occasional nights and weekends.

CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS: This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt level, benefits-eligible position.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Supervises and hires the CWPD tutors, head tutors, and professional staff.

REPORTS TO: Associate Dean of the Faculty for Curriculum and Vice President for Academic Affairs /Dean of the Faculty.

OTHER: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of the employment position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.
It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490. All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.

Disability Accommodations
In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual's disability.

An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC's discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or for assistance.

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