Writing Consultant Open Position Announcement

Introduction / Explanation

We are looking to hire writing consultants from across the disciplines to start in Fall 2017.

Working at the Graduate Writing Center is a great opportunity for students working toward careers in academia or industry. This work provides a unique opportunity to work with other graduate and professional students and to learn about writing and scholarship across the university.

Our consultants gain valuable professional and communications skills working with fellow graduate students while making $21/hour.

Qualifications and eligibility are described in further detail below. Please read them before applying. This work can be combined with other UCLA employment (such as TA, GSR positions).

To apply, please email a CV, cover letter, interview availability (see below), and grammar test availability (see below) to: Marilyn Gray at gwcc@saonet.ucla.edu by Monday, August 14, 2017.


Writing consultants work roughly 4-10 hours/week providing one-on-one writing assistance to graduate students. They also attend quarterly staff meetings and training opportunities. Consultants may also take advantage of professionalization opportunities to lead writing workshops and other programs.


We are particularly interested in people who are:

  • —experienced in scientific or professional writing;
  • —recipients of major extramural fellowships/grants (Ford, Fulbright, NSF, NIH, etc.)
  • —familiar with the publication process inside or outside of academia;
  • —ESL certified and/or experienced working with ESL students
  • —experienced in teaching writing

We prefer to hire graduate students who:

  • —can work regularly scheduled hours during the academic year
  • — can commit to working for the GWC for two years (we are willing to consider people who can commit to only one year if they have either ESL experience or extensive experience teaching writing)
  • —are at least in their second year of graduate study


Title: Student Assistant IV
(This is not an Academic Apprentice position. It does not pay fees.)


Applicants must be registered UCLA graduate students. To be eligible for employment at the GWC, your percentage employment for the academic year must not already be more than 50%. If you have a 50% TA or GSR position, you will have to confirm that your department will support an exception request for you to work above 50%.


Please note the schedule below because applicants must be able to attend EACH of the following:

1) We are scheduling applicant interviews August 16th, 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, and possibly the 23rd. Please indicate your availability between 10am and 7pm on each of those days.

2) If selected for an interview, you must take a grammar test. This test will be offered twice –Friday, August 18th, 12:00-2:30pm and Tuesday, August 22nd, 5:30-8:00pm. Please indicate which of those times you prefer.

3) If hired, you must be fully available for training. You will be compensated $21/hour during training. There will be three full training days: September 18th, 19th, and 20th, 9:30am – 7:00pm each day. (Note: If you would miss a small portion of the training, it may be possible to arrange to make up the portion. We will be flexible with course conflicts for applicants from programs already in session.)

We will not be able to consider your application if you cannot make either the interview or training dates. If you have a minor scheduling conflict, please apply but note the scheduling problem in your cover letter/email.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, August 14th, 2017
Please email CV, cover letter, interview availability, and grammar test availability to:
Marilyn Gray (gwcc@saonet.ucla.edu)


The grammar test will cover grammar, punctuation, and common usage problems. Please review the topics listed below before the grammar test.

parallelism/parallel structure

subject-verb agreement

pronoun agreement

pronoun case (including who v. whom)

pronoun reference

misplaced/dangling modifiers


relative pronouns and clauses

restrictive/non-restrictive clauses

dependent and independent clauses

active and passive voice

verb tenses and modals