Position Description

Writing & Learning Consultant (English for Art & Design)
Job Code 1839
Department Writing & Learning Centre
Employment Type Temporary/Contract
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Reporting to the Manager, English Language Learning, and working closely with the English Language Learning (ELL) Specialist (English for Art and Design), the Writing & Learning Consultant (EAD) is responsible for the development and delivery of resources and tutorials for English for Art and Design (EAD) students with the goal of supporting their success in the EAD program and broadly developing their language skills development. This role supports the university’s goals of internationalization by fostering an appreciation for multilingualism within the university community, informed by a commitment to equity, access and decolonization, and plays a key role in the implementation of OCAD U’s ELL Program Development Strategy . The Writing & Learning Consultant (EAD) acts as a resource in the area of ELL student writing, learning and communication skills development and is part of a team of Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) staff delivering writing and academic support programs for the OCAD U community. This role provides resources and tutorials in an online environment. Please note, this appointment is subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. 



  • Develop resources and curriculum for EAD students that support their success in the EAD program, providing opportunities for integrated language skill development in all four areas of academic and social communication (reading, writing, speaking, listening), using a communicative approach; deliver regular tutorials, as required by the needs of remote delivery
  • Provide individual language learning skills consultations for EAD students
  • Regularly review EAD seminar and studio curriculum and materials to identify relevant language needs and guide language resources curriculum development; attend synchronous classes when scheduled
  • Regularly attend EAD Teaching team meetings; contribute to assessment activities, as required
  • Develop resource materials to support EAD programming; ensure that resources reflect best practices in English language learning pedagogy and are relevant to the curricular context of art and design education
  • Contribute to EAD promotional and outreach initiatives
  • Maintain currency in the demands of the OCAD U curriculum and advances and trends in writing, communication and academic support service provision for ELL students in post-secondary education, including art and design education
  • Fulfill EAD program documentation requirements and assist with program reports as required
  • Participate in departmental planning in support of the university’s strategic and academic plans and WLC goals and objectives
  • Assist the Director and Manager in other related duties that contribute to the successful operation of the WLC and support the Centre’s strategic objectives



  • Master’s degree in Fine Art, Design, Education, Humanities, or Social Sciences, with a minimum of two (2) years of experience working in a university writing centre or similar academic support unit delivering programs to enhance student learning, or equivalent
  • Significant experience providing writing and learning support services to non-native speakers of English; TESL certification required
  • In-depth understanding of ELL student writing and learning issues in higher education
  • Excellent academic and professional writing skills with knowledge of different writing genres and disciplines; familiarity with both art and design writing genres a strong asset
  • Past or present art or design practice an asset
  • Experience studying and/or working in another language an asset
  • Strong knowledge of writing pedagogy and educational program development skills
  • Demonstrated experience designing, delivering and evaluating skills-building workshops for students
  • Excellent group facilitation and instructional skills
  • Demonstrated experience supporting student writers and learners of diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning styles
  • Demonstrated experience producing educational resources and handouts; experience developing writing and learning resources to support online education an asset
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity; and experience promoting a respectful work and learning environment for students, staff and faculty
  • Knowledge of theories and practices of decolonization and Indigenous pedagogies and education; experience working within or collaborating with Indigenous communities an asset
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, and a demonstrated ability to exercise tact, sound judgment and commitment to confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Computer literacy including working knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications; facility with social media an asset



Compensation: Hiring Range - $29.46 to $33.71 per hour, commensurate with experience, plus 4% vacation pay and 7% in lieu of benefits ; Salary Range - $29.46 to $38.73 per hour

Hours of Work:  Approximately 119 hours for the duration of this contract. This position is expected to begin June 15, 2020 and conclude on August 14, 2020. Note the hours of work and contract duration are subject to change based on enrolment.

Application Deadline: A review of applications will begin Friday, June 5, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with a cover letter by selecting "Apply Now" below.



As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire .

OCAD U is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities .

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.


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