Writing Center Jobs

Tutoring SessionThank you for your interest in working at the Writing Center. We strive to provide students with thorough, high-quality assistance with their writing. Our goal is to guide students through improving their writing from the first thought to the final draft. 

Job Description

All writing tutors are current SJSU graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines. Writing tutors in the Writing Center work between five and twenty hours per week and attend staff meetings/training sessions on the first Friday of each month. We have a few different types of writing tutor. Tutors decide which type of work they'd like to do each semester.  

Writing Center Tutors

Tutors on our regular schedule in the Writing Center work with writers of all levels and disciplines on a variety of assignments and projects, such as essays, theses, proposals, lab reports, research papers, and job search correspondence. They also maintain tutoring records, communicate with SJSU faculty, participate in outreach activities, develop and present workshops, participate in training activities for new applicants, and create original resources for the Writing Center every semester.

Course-Embedded Tutors 

Writing tutors can also choose to be embedded in the classroom, working with 100W courses all across campus, providing supplemental instruction to students both in class and outside of class in small workshops and one on one. Course-embedded tutors work five hours per week for each class they support, and they work on a flexible schedule agreed upon in advance with the 100W instructor they're paired with. 

College-Embedded Tutors for Graduate Programs

Lastly, writing tutors can choose to be embedded in a college and work with their graduate students. This work is similar to being a course-embedded tutor except the tutor supports graduate students throughout a college (instead of in one specific class). Currently, we have tutors supporting graduate students in the College of Education, the College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA), the iSchool, the Master's in Taxation (MST) program, and the Mechanical Engineering Department.  


Required Qualifications

To be a writing tutor, you must

  • be a currently enrolled student at SJSU with a "clear" academic standing. 
  • have a minimum overall GPA of 3.2. 
  • have completed a first-year writing course (e.g., English 1A) with a grade of "B" or higher.
  • have excellent writing, reading, and critical thinking skills. 
  • have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 

Please note that to be a tutor embedded in a 100W course, you must have also completed 100W with a grade of "B" or higher (or be currently enrolled in 100W and earning a "B" or higher). 

Hiring Process

To be hired, you must complete the following steps (in order):

  • submit a complete application (online). 
  • participate in an oral interview with the Writing Center Director. 
  • participate in a tutoring session as a student, bringing in a piece of your own writing. 
  • complete a pedagogy test in which you will demonstrate your knowledge of the writing process and your ability to explain concepts related to style, grammar, organization, essay structure, and content development. 

Training Process

Once you have finished the hiring process, your paid training will begin. Complete the following steps (in order):

  • observe a minimum of three tutoring sessions by experienced writing tutors.
  • discuss best practices with an experienced tutor.
  • participate in a one-hour trial run for a mock tutoring session.
  • conduct a minimum of four mock tutoring sessions with experienced writing tutors (two focusing on grammar and two focusing on content), following the Writing Center format for tutoring and writing follow-up e-mails to instructors after each session.
  • upon conditional hiring, be shadowed and evaluated by experienced writing tutors for three tutoring sessions.

You will not be considered an official Writing Center tutor until all training requirements have been met. If the training requirements cannot be met, your position may be terminated, and you will only be paid for the training that you completed.  

Pay Rates

Pay rates range from $15/hour to $17/hour. Rates are based upon your experience and your status as a graduate or undergraduate student. 




SJSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, or covered veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. 

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This position is covered by collective bargaining Unit 11.