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Director of the UCI Writing Project

Recruitment Period

Open August 6th, 2019 through Friday, Sep 6, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


Director of the UCI Writing Project

Program Description
The UCI Writing Project (UCIWP) is a site of the National and California Writing Project. Its mission is to provide high quality professional development for teachers in K-college in the area of literacy (reading, writing, and critical thinking). While the UCIWP serves all teachers in the local region, its priority is to provide support to teachers in high need, low SES schools, to reduce the achievement gap, and to enhance the educational opportunities for all learners.
We are seeking a Director with knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, and current research in literacy education. This is a 100% appointment which includes part-time responsibilities as a lecturer and supervisor of teacher education in the School of Education’s academic program each quarter. The position is expected to start in fall 2019. The position is eligible for renewal each year based on performance and funding.

Director Responsibilities
The Director of the UCIWP is responsible for the coordination of the Writing Project, providing overall management, supervision, and leadership and working with the National Writing Project, university partners, and public-school districts. This includes collaboration with district and site administrators, district literacy specialists, and classroom teachers. The director will establish strategic directions and plans for Writing Project programs; oversee the ongoing development and refinement of professional development programs; supervise, manage and evaluate Writing Project staff; and recruit teachers for the UCIWP’s Summer Institute; provide continuity programs for existing UCIWP Teacher Consultants; oversee the Summer Youth Program, design and implement other Teacher Professional Development, and develop, secure, and manage external grants.

In addition to leadership and management responsibilities, the director will teach courses in the School of Education’s academic programs. The director will have the following responsibilities:
• Teach sections in the Teacher Education Program such as Methods of Teaching English in Secondary Schools and Applied Instructional Strategies in Secondary Schools
• Teach other teacher preparation courses, including methods-based and fieldwork-based seminars in collaboration with other program faculty, as needed.
• Participate in curriculum development teams with other program faculty to revise the curriculum or to refine the field-based components of the teacher preparation curriculum.
• Supervise student teachers in their field placements.
• Participate in the UCI School of Education Teacher Academy

Minimum Qualifications
• A doctoral degree in education, English or literacy discipline, or related field by start position
• A California Single Subject Teaching Credential in English
• Evidence of experience and success teaching adults and/or college-age students, including, but not limited to, instructor in a graduate program, teacher preparation or undergraduate program, supervisor of student teachers, mentor for new teachers, instructor for professional development or new teacher induction programs,
• Experience delivering professional development in randomized field trials
• Experience with managing and evaluating staff

Desired Qualifications
• Evidence of program coordination or program administration experience
• Evidence of experience securing and managing grants
• Five or more years of teaching in public schools
• Experience with literacy education curriculum development
• Knowledge and experience with technologies to support literacy teaching and learning
• Evidence of familiarity with and applications of the latest research on literacy teaching and learning
• Evidence of success working in teams
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Scholarly research publications and/or publications for teacher practitioners
• Development of and implementation of grant applications
• Experience delivering professional development in high need schools
• Prior experience participating in or serving as faculty for a National Writing Project Summer Institute

The salary rate is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

Application Process:

Applications should be submitted online at and must include a cover letter summarizing your interest and qualifications, curriculum vitae, evidence of Teaching Effectiveness and names of three professional references. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Carol Booth Olson at Administrative inquiries may be directed to Tammy Ho at .

More information about UCI’s School of Education can be found at:
More information about the UCI Writing Project can be found at:

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - cover letter summarizing your interest and qualifications

  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness - Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness (required)
    a. Must include a) Reflective Teaching Statement b) Teaching Evaluations, if applicable
    b. May include: Other evidence documents (eg peer review of your teaching, awards, course syllabi)

  • Statement of Teaching - See our guidance for writing a reflective teaching statement.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)