Faculty Director of the Writing Center
Ashford University - San Diego, CA

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Ashford University was founded on the principle that education improves lives. Ashford University employees witness such change every day. Ashford University is doing well by doing good, and we value the opportunity we've been given.

Position Summary:
The Lead Faculty/ Writing Center Director position is a full-time employment opportunity. Ashford University (AU) is seeking a highly motivated, self-starter to reform and reorganize its Online Writing Center (OWC). The OWC Lead Faculty/Director will be responsible for implementing the OWC mission of providing support and encouragement to AU students while facilitating their successes in written course work. The Lead Faculty/Director will work with various academic units to assure that composition and writing-intensive courses and instructors are of the highest caliber.

Essential Job Duties:
  • Overseeing all OWC tutorial services and documentation
  • Working closely with the English Department Chair to improve upon freshman composition
  • Working closely with the English Department Chair and other academic units to design and to maintain co-curricular programs that involve qualified AU students in internships and tutorial positions
  • Supervising the OWC staff, which includes a full-time manager, who is also a lead tutor and manages the day-to-day activities of the Center’s cadre of tutors
  • Chairing the OWC Steering Committee, which is comprised of relevant AU academic and student-service units
  • Working with IT and instructional design units to determine appropriate technology infrastructure
  • Working with writers and web designers to develop the OWC website, which will include instructional documents, multimedia tutorials, and embedded communication applications
  • Writing, revising, and vetting quality online writing resources and tutorials
  • Teaching 2-3 courses annually in the area of freshman composition
  • Publicizing OWC services to AU units through emails, letters, presentations, screencasts, and various outreach publications
  • Collecting and analyzing data regarding OWC use and effectiveness, particularly with respect to AU course work
Additional Job Duties (include but are not limited to):
  • Designing and implementing a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program and supporting AU faculty with their writing endeavors
  • Developing short- and long-range plans for the OWC
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
Core Competencies:
  • Commitment to Mission: Aligns with the Core Values of Integrity, Ethics, and Service through behaviors that demonstrate a positive commitment to the customer and the organization.
  • Communication: Aligns with the Core Values of Service through oral and written communication skills and internal/external relationships.
  • Service: Encompasses the company’s core values of service; including service to the organization, customer community.
  • Personal Planning: Aligns with personal accountability and responsibility.
Leadership Competencies:
  • Leading Change: This competency serves as the foundation of the Leadership competency model as it aligns the behaviors and characteristic of the individuals with the organization’s mission and core values. Inherent in this competency is the individual’s ability to balance change and continuity; to continually strive to improve organizational framework; to create a work environment that encourages innovation; and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.
  • Leading People: The second leadership competency involves the ability to maximize human capital by fostering an environment that encompasses the organization’s culture and execute the mission, goals and core values.
  • Business Acumen: This competency involves the ability to understand and administer business information cross departmentally in a manner that inspires confidence, instills trust and accomplishes the organization’s goals.
  • Building Communication: The fourth leadership competency encompasses written and verbal communications of facts and ideas as well as developing a professional network inside and outside the organization.
  • Driving Results: The final competency stresses accountability and continuous improvement through decision making, execution and producing results.
Minimum Requirements:
  • The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in English with emphasis in rhetoric and composition.
  • He or she should have least two to three years of college or university teaching experience (including some online teaching) and two to three years of experience working in—or, for—a writing center (preferably one with a significant online component).
Looking for additional insight on this specific role? Not sure if the job is for you, but know someone who sounds like a perfect fit? Email us at: TalentAcquisition@bpiedu.com and someone with the inside track would be more than happy to be a resource for you!

Preferred Qualifications:
  • The ideal candidate will also have considerable experience working with non-traditional students who are returning to school to complete their education after a long absence.
  • He or she should work easily with electronically mediated systems, including learning management systems, content management systems, websites, web-conferencing systems, chat applications, etc.
  • Applicants are encouraged to qualify their experience with specific web design and new-media development software in their applications and on their curriculum vitae.
  • Ph.D. in English, with emphasis in rhetoric and composition.
Note: This opportunity of employment will require a completed pre-employment screening to be inclusive of, but not limited to: a criminal background investigation, a credit check investigation, verification of education credentials, verification of prior employment history and a professional reference check; with review prior to an offer of employment being extended.

Physical Requirements:
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee requires dexterity in using telephone, computer keyboard, mouse and calculator while seated at a desk. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk and sit. The employee may frequently move to interact with fellow employees and/or clients. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Communication Skills: While performing Duties of the job, the employee is required to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence and memos. The employee requires the ability to write effective and detailed correspondence and to effectively present information both in one-on-one and small group situations.

Mental Demands: While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to deal with stress associated with a fast-paced work environment and multiple priorities/tasks. The employee will be required to make judgment decisions and adapt to changing work situations, grasp and apply new ideas, communicate with various personalities at all levels and have the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed instructions.

Work Environment: While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to work in an office environment, and the noise level is usually quiet to moderate.


Company Information:
Our Parent Organization: Bridgepoint Education has built its corporate culture around its core values; ethics, integrity, service and accountability. Ethics is a central part of employee training and is reinforced on a daily basis. Integrity in the way we treat both internal and external constituents is paramount to Bridgepoint Education's success. Service at the highest level is expected and recognized. Last, accountability toward one's co-workers, students and role within the organization has allowed Bridgepoint Education to cultivate a high-quality management team.

By providing both online and campus-based programs at Ashford University and University of the Rockies, Bridgepoint Education offers access to both traditional and adult learners seeking high quality, convenient higher education degree programs.

We offer our team competitive benefits (M/V/D/401k/ESPP) and salaries, a safe work environment, innovative training, accelerated career advancement, the ability to take classes and programs gratis, and a collegiate and collaborative environment to work and grow in. Ashford University understands that our success depending on the development of strong leadership within the organization.

To be considered an applicant, all interested and qualified parties MUST apply through the Ashford University online employment application system.

For additional information about our University, please visit www.ashford.edu.
Ashford University is an Affirmative Action employer that provides Equal Employment Opportunity to all employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, handicap or disability, or Vietnam-era or special veteran status. This policy is established and administered in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws.

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