The part-time Critical Reading and Writing Specialist will work in collaboration with Asian American Studies faculty, staff and students and the Asian American Student Success Program personnel to develop and execute peer critical reading and writing projects (academic year and summer) for Asian American first generation, refugee and immigrant students at UMass Boston to increase Asian American student retention, persistence, course completion and graduation rates. The Critical Reading and Writing Specialist will also: develop and execute critical reading and writing projects to prepare Asian American students to pass the writing proficiency exam required for graduation; recruit and hire academically successful undergraduate and graduate students to serve as critical reading and writing facilitators to work with Asian American students to become proficient in critical reading and writing; develop and deliver culturally responsive, high quality paraprofessional training in critical reading and writing processes to student facilitators; supervise student facilitators on a weekly basis; provide academic counseling and/or referrals to students as needed; maintain necessary database records and evaluation reports in compliance with the grant; and other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Education, English, Applied Linguistics, Human Services or a closely related field and a minimum of three-five years of experience in higher education tutoring, student support and/or student activities, preferably with Asian American students, is required. Demonstrated ability to work with low-income, first generation, immigrant and refugee students from urban settings required. Bilingual skills, particularly in Cantonese, Mandarin, Khmer or Vietnamese preferred.
• Knowledge of various administrative software applications and programs, including Microsoft Office;
• Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a team capacity with a broad range of staff to accomplish departmental, program and university goals;
• Ability to respond tactfully and professional to student’s needs;
• Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment;
• Ability to use independent judgment and be entrusted with confidential information;
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the capacity to work cooperatively with a wide range of individuals;
• Strong oral and written communication skills;
• Strong organizational skills;
• Strong commitment to customer service;
• Good judgment and discretion.
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