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The Director of the Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) provides leadership for the OWRC, its Coordinator, and its 70+ student employees. This role includes managing and overseeing operations, assessing effectiveness of services, and collaboratively developing long-range plans and new programs. The Director also works with the Coordinator to mentor undergraduate and graduate tutors in writing center practice and research, and works with campus departments, faculty and other teaching and learning groups to design OWRC support services. The Director reports to the Divisional Dean of the Humanities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Manage, oversee, and develop staff and partner relationships, and the operation, administration, assessment and growth of the OWRC.
Oversee recruitment, hiring, and training of the OWRC staff.
Supervise OWRC personnel with attention to their ongoing professional development. Maintain a professional and collegial environment within the Center.
Provide direction and support for staff-led projects to enhance Center operations. Manage the OWRC budget.
Oversee assessment of the effectiveness of OWRC work. Develop new research projects in data-driven and responsive ways.
Collaborate, coordinate and negotiate with OWRC partners – particularly UW Libraries staff and also partners in other Colleges with satellite service sites—to better support writing curricula across campus
Ensure maintenance and replacement of OWRC technology and other resources.
Organize and direct efforts to support writing across the UW-Seattle campus.
Maintain communication with other writing centers. Design and implement training for other centers as appropriate. Promote writing centers as a resource and share information with the community on emerging best practices for teaching and supporting writing.
Work alongside faculty and departments to enhance writing center support for disciplinary writing courses.
Establish collaborative relationships with library research professionals, the Director and Assistant Directors of the Expository Writing Program, the Director and Assistant Director of the Interdisciplinary Writing Program, and others as needs emerge.
Work collaboratively with the Divisional Dean of the Humanities, the OWRC Advisory Board, and other relevant stake-holders.
Work with the Divisional Dean and OWRC Board to develop annual goals and strategic plans.
Compile quarterly and annual reports for the Divisional Dean and Board and keep them informed of emergent issues and opportunities.
Participate in appropriate professional organizations.
Maintain ties with other college and university writing centers in the region.
MA in a writing-intensive field
3-5 years of writing administrative experience with increasing levels of responsibility, at least 2 years of which were in a writing center or similar organization.
Knowledge of writing center theory and practice
Experience with Multi-language and non-traditional student writers.
Experience with the teaching of writing
Experience in fostering collaboration across disciplines and university programs
PhD in a writing-intensive field
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