UC San Diego
DIRECTOR OF WRITING & COMMUNICATION LEARNING SVCS
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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).
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
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