Hiring Information

Looking for a great opportunity to help others, use your writing skills, and build your résumé? Consider working at the MiraCosta Writing Center! Applications for employment during the 2020-2021 academic year are due May 11, 2020!

If you're interested in applying to be a writing consultant, please complete the Writing Consultant Application, attach a writing sample of at least three pages of your academic work, a reflection about your writing sample's qualities, and a completed recommendation form. Faculty members may also email a recommendation to our Writing Center Administrative Support Assistant, Cecilia Carlsson ccarlsson@miracosta.edu. Don't forget to review our FAQs below for more information about the position.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are our most common questions applicants have about working for us:

Why work for the MiraCosta Writing Center?

Writing consultants enjoy the convenience and experience this job provides as they have opportunities to work on all three MiraCosta campuses. Students can work before, after, and between classes. Additionally, many of our consultants also enjoy the opportunity to work with a diverse group of co-workers, students, and faculty.

Are there opportunities for career or personal growth?

Absolutely. Writing consultants work closely with faculty inside classrooms, can assist with training new consultants, and even attend and/or develop conference workshops. Many consultants have developed lasting relationships with staff and instructors, creating professional networks that last beyond their work here at MiraCosta. Plus it’s great on a résumé. 

Who is eligible to work at the Writing Center?

MiraCosta students who have completed English 100 with an A or B are eligible to work at the Writing Center.

What do writing consultants do?

Writing Consultants work with students in one-to-one sessions and assist faculty inside writing classrooms. We try to match our staff with their interests and provide opportunities to give them a diverse work experience. Some consultants also work with communication and personal statements for transfer and scholarship applications. Primarily, writing consultants talk with students about their ideas, organization, and writing skills. We’re not editors; our primary goal is to help students develop as writers. We pride ourselves on being friendly, helpful, and approachable.

Can I be a writing consultant if I’m not an English or Literature major?

Yes! Some of our best writing consultants are pursuing degrees in a number of other disciplines. Our writing consultants are trained to work with all student writers, regardless of what course they’re seeking assistance with.

Do you expect me to know everything about writing?

Not at all. We expect you to be comfortable working with student writers, but we don’t expect you to know everything. Even our most experienced writing consultants still ask each other for help. We provide training to help you learn your role and keep resources on hand to assist you in sessions. The important thing is that you’re willing to help a student find an answer, even if you’re not sure of it yourself.

Can I be a writing consultant if English isn’t my first language?

Absolutely. Many of our writing consultants speak other languages or have learned English later in life. In fact, we pride ourselves on our diverse staff and their ability to assist our students.

How will I learn to be a writing consultant?

All consultants attend training—both pre-semester and on select Fridays throughout the first year. New consultants complete a training agreement which invites them to reflect on their learning and experience as a new consultant. We offer additional training opportunities to those invited to work in communication and transfer and scholarship appointments. All training work is paid. Because we value this education so highly, if you’re unable to attend these training sessions you cannot be hired as a consultant.

How many hours will I be scheduled, and will I be paid? What about time off?

Your scheduled hours are determined by your availability, preferences, and the assignments we need to fill. Most of our employees end up working around 8-12 hours a week in a variety of settings. We do have employees that work beyond that range, but typically we find that 8-12 hours allows our employees to comfortably balance their work here with their own class load and other obligations. And yes, this is paid work. Writing consultants are paid $15 per hour. Consultants are able to request time off with advance notices and allotted 24 paid sick leave hours after their first three months of work with us.

Is the work steady?

Your schedule is stable during Fall & Spring semesters. But work is not entirely steady throughout the year as there are several gaps of time when the Writing Center is closed. The Writing Center opens the second week of each semester and remains open through finals week. We are closed between semesters and on holidays.

Where are you located?

Our Writing Center Director’s office is at the Oceanside Writing Center. However, we have Writing Center spaces on all three MiraCosta campuses. Our Oceanside and San Elijo Writing Centers are located in the Library and Information HUBs on those campuses, and at the Community Learning Center, we are located inside the Academic Support Center in CLC 136.  

How can I prepare for the interview?

If you are chosen for an interview, we highly encourage you to use the Live Online Writing Center as a way to prepare. We find our applicants who have a sense of Writing Center process often have an upper hand with interview activities.

Still have questions?

Call us at (760) 795-6861 with your questions or check out our website at www.miracosta.edu/wc to find out more about us!