Writing Specialist Jobs

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Job Description

Writing Specialists will tutor students seven to twenty hours per week and will attend a staff meeting/training session on the first Friday of each month. Specialists will work with writers of all levels and disciplines on a variety of assignments and projects, such as theses, proposals, lab reports, research papers, resumes and job search correspondence, and freshman composition essays. They will also maintain tutoring records, create original Homegrown Handouts every semester (or work on a Writing Center special project), mentor Assistant Writing Specialists, develop and present workshops, and participate in outreach activities including tabling events. 

General Qualifications

  • Current enrollment as a SJSU student with a "clear" academic standing
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.4
  • Passing score on the WST
  • Completion of 100W (or equivalent writing course)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Superior writing skills
  • Superior knowledge of grammar
  • Superior knowledge of the writing process
  • Class standing of junior or higher

Hiring Criteria

The applicant must complete the following steps (in order):

  • send an email to Michelle.Hager@sjsu.edu stating his or her interest in the position and qualifications for the job.
  • participate in an oral interview with the Writing Center Director.
  • pass a grammar test, which includes the pedagogy of explaining grammar concepts.
  • pass a style test, which includes the pedagogy of explaining style concepts.
  • participate in an exercise that addresses essay organization and content development.
  • observe a minimum of three tutoring sessions by experienced Writing Specialists.
  • participate in a tutoring session as the student, bringing in a piece of his or her own work.
  • 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 Specialists (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.
  • submit a complete application packet.
  • upon conditional hiring, be shadowed and evaluated by experienced Writing Specialists for three tutoring sessions.


The pay rates for Writing Specialists are $13.50/hour for juniors, $14.50/hour for seniors, and $15.50-$16.00/hour for graduate-level students. Your exact pay rate will depend upon your grade level and experience.

To Apply

Applicants should submit a completed application form, a cover letter stating their reasons for applying, a resume, an unofficial transcript, two graded essays with comments from the instructor(s), and two letters of recommendation (preferably from SJSU faculty) to the Director:

Michelle Hager, Director
Writing Center
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA  95192-0172

Download the Writing Specialist Application.