Young Writers Workshop Residential Teacher & Counselor
University of Virginia
November 21, 2017
Posting Summary: The Young Writers Workshop (YWW) of the University of Virginia, established in 1982 as the nation's flagship program for teenage writers, is in its fourth decade of bringing together a community of writers with a common purpose: to create a supportive, non-competitive environment where writers in grades 9-12 can live and work together as artists.
Sponsored by the Curry School of Education, the YWW is seeking applicants for the position of Residential Teacher & Counselor to staff its summer program for aspiring teenage writers located on the campus of Sweet Briar College. Incumbents are responsible for: assisting teaching faculty in daily writing workshop sessions in one of six genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, scriptwriting [stage and screen], songwriting, or graphic text); teaching genre-specific writing labs; sponsoring student social/cultural events; and designing and teaching elective short-courses covering a range of artistic, literary, and recreational interests. Employees are also responsible for the residential supervision of 10-12 student participants during meals and free time, on evenings and weekends, including overnight, and the activities that occur during these times, such as visiting writer readings, theater performances, field trips and recreational activities.
Applicants must have completed at least one year of college with liberal arts coursework by the time of employment, preferably two or more. Experience working with adolescents as a tutor, camp counselor, after-school program or an equivalent type of experience is required. The ability to relate to adolescents is essential. Involvement in the literary arts, such as creative writing courses, participation in theater arts groups, journalism experience, or performing arts expertise is also required. Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills and sound judgment are essential. Knowledge of basic word processing and computer programs (e.g., Word, Google docs, PowerPoint, search engines) are required. Video and audio production programs (e.g., Photoshop, Garage Band); web design (e.g., Tumblr, WordPress, Blogspot) are preferred. Previous experience in the program is preferred, as well as experience in the supervision and instruction of adolescents in a residential academic program. Creative writing skills in one or more genres and in secondary level instructional methods, as well as in video, audio, and web design programs preferred. A valid Driver's License and Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certification are desirable.
Counselor positions are for 6 weeks during the summer, June 17-July 29. Applicants selected for this position enroll in a one credit hour graduate course in writing instruction for teen writers. Tuition and fees are provided. Course work is an integrated part of the on-site training for this position.
To apply, visit http://jobs.virginia.edu and search on Posting Number 0622018, complete the application and attach: 1) a cover letter; 2) CV/Resume; 3) a statement of your background and interest in writing and in teaching and mentoring young writers (Writing Sample 1); 4) a total of 5-7 pages showing original writing in the two specific genres in which you have most interest, i.e., fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, script writing (stage and screen), songwriting, and/or graphic text (Writing Sample 2).
Applicant screening begins November 30, 2017 but the position will remain open until filled.
The Curry School of Education and the University of Virginia are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers. We seek to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment and welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
Required Minimum Level of Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent Required
Required Specific Degree/Training: At least one year of college with liberal arts coursework.
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent Preferred
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: Completion of two or more years of college with liberal arts course work is preferred.
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Required Specific Experience: At the time of employment completion of at least one year of college with liberal arts coursework is required. Experience working with adolescents in some capacity, e.g. tutoring, camp counselor, after-school program or an equivalent type of experience is required. Involvement in the literary or graphic arts, such as study in creative writing or graphic design courses, participation in theater arts groups, journalism experience, or performing arts expertise is also required.
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Preferred Specific Experience: Supervision of adolescents in a residential program is preferred, as is experience with instructional responsibilities in an academic program for adolescents. Previous experience with the Young Writers Workshop is also preferred.
Preferred License or Certification: Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR License is preferred, as is a valid Driver's License.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Strong interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and the ability to collaborate with others on shared goals are required. The ability to relate to adolescents is essential.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Creative writing skill in one or more genres is preferred. Knowledge of secondary level instructional methods is also preferred.
Required Computer Applications: Knowledge of basic word processing and computer programs (e.g., Word, Google docs, PowerPoint, search engines,) is required.
Preferred Computer Applications: Video and audio production programs (e.g., Photoshop, Garage Band); web design (e.g., Tumblr, WordPress, Blogspot) are preferred.
Internal Number: 353_83132
About University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of benefits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.