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Mt. SAC Writing Center - Assisting Students

Employment Opportunities Information


Writing Center tutors, Tutors in the classroom (TCs), and Front Desk staff are hired on an ongoing, as-needed basis. Interested applicants may complete an electronic application or pick up a paper application at the Writing Center in Bldg. 26B, behind the big clock. 
The Writing Center may schedule an interview with the applicant based on completion of the employment packet and verification that the minimum qualifications have been met. Submission of an application packet does not guarantee an interview. For more details, please read below, or you can also contact Nicole Blean at nblean@mtsac.edu.

Apply to Work at the Writing Center

The Writing Center accepts applications at all times for the following positions:

  1. Writing Center Tutor
  2. Tutor in the Classroom (TC)
  3. Front Desk Staff or Lab Assistant 

If you are interested in applying for any of the above positions, please review the job descriptions, qualifications, and application procedures below for each position.

    • Job Overview

      1. Writing Center Tutors work one-on-one with Mt. SAC students on various writing topics. The main responsibility of a writing tutor is to improve student writers' skills. In order to do this, tutors must be familiar with the writing process, writing strategies, research strategies, and grammar rules. Tutors will rely on tutoring methods learned in TUTR 10A and 10B to work with students.

      2. Tutors in the Classroom (TCs) are placed and work with a specific English professor and class. Their duties include one-on-one tutoring and group tutoring sessions for their class held in the Writing Center. Tutors also support group work in the classroom. Additionally, tutors in the classroom are expected to create group writing topics, and be familiar with the writing process, writing strategies, research strategies, grammar rules, and all course-specific materials.

      3. Front Desk and Lab Assistant Staff are responsible for checking students in and out of the Writing Center for tutoring, workshop, and lab use. The front desk staff also make tutoring appointments, answer all incoming Writing Center calls, and complete clerical work.  


      Hours vary and are based on center needs and applicant's availability. Pay is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Pay range is from $15-18.00 per hour.

    • Minimum Qualification Requirements
      WRITING CENTER TUTOR: APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERATION:
      • A grade of "A" or "B" in English 1A or its equivalent at another institution
      • Completion of at least one semester of college course work
      • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
      • Enrolled in 6 units during the fall and spring semesters
      • Two faculty recommendations on writing ability and people skills. These can be from a faculty member from any college you've attended.
      • Required Training: completion of the required sequence in tutor training (TUTR 10A and 10B) within the first semester of employment; consult the schedule of classes for course days and times.
      • Pay rate depends on qualifications and experience
      TUTOR IN THE CLASSROOM (TC): APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERATION:
      • A grade of "A" or "B" in English 1A, or its equivalent at another institution
      • Completion of at least one semester of college course work
      • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
      • Two faculty recommendations on writing ability and people skills. These can be from a faculty member from any college you've attended.
      • Required Training: completion of the required sequence in tutor training (TUTR 10A, 10B, 10C) within the first year of employment; consult the schedule of classes for course days and times.
      • Required Experience: at least one semester of tutoring writing
      • Pay rate depends on qualifications and experience
      FRONT DESK and LAB ASSISTANT: APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERATION:
      • Excellent communication and organization skills
      • Ability to multi-task
      • Experience working in a fast-paced environment
      • Enrolled in 6 units during the fall and spring semesters
      • Pay rate depends on qualifications and experience
    • Application Procedures

      1. and 2. To apply for a position as a Writing Center tutor or a tutor in the classroom (TC), please submit a completed employment application packet, which includes:

       

      3. To apply for a position as a front desk staff and/or lab assistant, please submit a completed employment application packet, which includes:  

      Submit your completed employment application packet along with the required documents to the Writing Center, building 26B, or via email to nblean@mtsac.edu.

    • FAQs
      • How flexible is the work schedule? 
        Very flexible.

      • Will my work schedule change every week?  Or will it be the same? 
        Work schedules are fixed for the entire semester. 

      • Is it required that I take tutor training before becoming a WC tutor?
        No, it is not. Most tutors take the training classes concurrently while working as a tutor.

      • What will I learn in the tutor training classes?
        Basic tutoring theories and methods including learning styles, Socratic method, communication techniques. Training also covers defining tutor roles and responsibilities as well as effectively managing tutoring sessions.

      • Do you hire international students? 
        In general, we do not. The process for hiring international students is time-consuming, unfortunately, and scheduling needs are immediate.

      • What do you see as important attributes of effective tutors?
        Content knowledge and effective tutoring strategies; the ability to work closely with students, to establish a good working relationship, and to be flexible.
    • Advantages of Being a Tutor
      • the ability to help other students
      • the conveniency of a job on campus
      • a flexible schedule
      • a career development opportunity for those who wish to go into education
      • experiences that you can take to apply to other similar jobs at a university setting
      • experiences that you can include on your transfer application/resume 
      • a deeper and sharper knowledge of the English language
      • a healthy connection with faculty, staff, and other students