International Student Writing Advisor

Dalhousie University


January 23, 2022


Position Details Position Title International Student Writing Advisor

Department/Unit Writing Resource Center Location Halifax Posting Number S405-21 Employee Group DPMG Position Type Regular, On-Going Duration of Contract (if applicable) Employment Type Full Time Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0 Salary $52,669 - $71,260 per annum Classification ADM-05 Provisional Statement

This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Job Design Unit in approximately six months.

About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada's leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region's intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our more than 20,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Job Summary

The Writing Centre is an integral part of a group of complementing Student Affairs departments supporting student success through skills development and advising support. The Centre teaches students to effectively express their thoughts, knowledge, and learning through writing. The Centre also acts as a resource for faculty who are teaching writing through disciplinary content and contexts. Reporting to the Lead Advisor, the International Student Writing Advisor tutors students in one-on-one sessions, group sessions, online modes of teaching delivery, and supplemental classes, with a special focus on international students/English for Non-Native Speakers of English. The International Student Writing Advisor assists in tutor training programming, supports the Writing Centre team with international student challenges, and fosters relationships with departments and faculty teaching these students. The International Student Writing Advisor also contributes to strategic programming initiatives focused on student writing development, retention and completion of degrees of international students.

Key Responsibilities

  • Tutor and advise students in one-on-one writing sessions focusing on international students.
  • Develop materials for one-on-one sessions (e.g., handouts), supplemental classes, presentations, and for use in the Writing Centre.
  • Implement strategies that address the varying strengths of our international student population using learning outcomes and other measurements to inform practice.
  • Assist in tutor training which includes the development of new training modules, observing and mentoring tutors, tutor assessment and evaluation.
  • Advise and support faculty and staff on writing issues and writing pedagogy through consultations and delivering supplemental classes to help international students develop writing competencies.
  • Perform administrative functions as required to support the Centre.
  • Note

    Some evening and weekend work will be expected.

    The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or may seek an accommodation from Dalhousie's vaccine requirements on grounds protected under provincial human rights legislation. Visit the Campus Check website for more information.


    Master's degree in relevant discipline (e.g., English for Academic Purposes, Education in Second Language Writing Pedagogy, Applied Linguistics), plus approximately three to five years' experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Experience working with a diverse range of post-secondary, international students in a tutoring and advising role preferred. Knowledge of key academic writing issues and challenges facing international students as they transition into and through university; strong understanding of the Writing Studies theory and practice of student writing development generally, and, academic writing (English for Academic Purposes). Excellent writing and tutoring ability; demonstrated evidence of program development and implementation.

    Job Competencies

    The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie's core and leadership competencies (https: // www., in particular:

    - Self-Awareness & Professionalism - Respect & Inclusion - Knowledge & Thinking Skills - Service - Relationship Building

    Additional Information

    Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

    Application Consideration

    Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

    We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.

    Diversity Statement

    Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.

    Number of Vacancies 1

    Open Date 01/10/2022 Close Date 01/23/2022 Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicant Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting https://

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    Required Documents

  • Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Optional Documents

  • Cover Letter
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