Writing Project Director

Virginia, United States
05 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Department    English
Criminal Background Check    Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check    No
Job Category    Instructional Faculty
Job Type    Full-Time
Location    Fairfax, VA
Salary    Commensurate with education and experience.

The George Mason University Department of English invites applications for a twelve-month position directing the Northern Virginia Writing Project. George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university, with an R-1 rating and is committed to keeping our doors open and accessible to as many capable students as possible. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. Our students represent all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, sexual orientation and gender identities and hail from over 130 countries. We are devoted to providing access to excellence, and that sets us apart from many of our peers. In a continuing effort to enrich Mason’s academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, we actively encourage applications from members of all ethnic groups underrepresented in higher education.

About the Northern Virginia Writing Project:

The Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP), housed in the English Department of George Mason University, is a legacy site of the National Writing Project that has been in existence for 40 years since 1978. The mission of NVWP is to fulfill the purpose of all writing project affiliated sites, which is based on two tenets: first, that teachers are the best teachers of teachers; second, that all teachers of writing must write.

NVWP provides the area’s educational community with a set of ongoing programs that develop educators as writers and as leaders; it has also run programs for young writers in grades one through twelve. NVWP programs are open to all educators across grade levels (PK-20) and across content areas and specialties.


The job of the director is to create an ongoing sustainable organization that develops a growing network of connected educators, teacher-writers, and student writers in its territory, which includes public and private schools in Alexandria, Arlington, Loudoun, Manassas, Prince William, Fairfax, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, and Fredericksburg. The focus of the position is on educator program recruitment, funding, and the development of relationships related to the teaching of writing and teaching with writing.

The director oversees the administration of all NVWP programs for educators and young writers, which are run by teacher consultants (TCs), both paid and volunteers. TCs are educators who have gained experience with and are committed to the Writing Project tenets, traditionally by having participated in an intensive NVWP Summer Institute.

In this position, the new director will be asked to revise and update the existing Institute model, including length and span, funding model, credit model, platform (face-to-face/hybrid/online, mixed), recruitment, and Institute administration. In addition, the director will coordinate the development of new continuity models for existing and new teacher leaders and teacher-writers.

The director also will oversee the revision and implementation of NVWP’s set of programs including:

  • Young Writers Programs (camps, workshops, publications) 
  • Developing and overseeing an outreach plan for the Project overall (social media, website, advertising) 
  • Organizing the annual one-day Language and Learning Conference
  • Coordinating with and developing partnerships among educational institutions, community organizations, and  teacher-educator organizations such as the Secondary School Writing Centers Association (SSWCA)

The director is the central administrator and point person for all administrative functions, including overseeing budgets and familiarity with Mason administrative procedures. Currently, a part-time administrator is available to NVWP for administrative paperwork.

The NVWP director will report to the Chair of the Mason English Department and will have a 2:2 teaching load (Fall and Spring), usually Introductory Composition (English 101) or Advanced Composition (English 302), with other choices by request and based on experience.

This is a 12-month English term faculty position.

Required Qualifications:

  • MA in writing-relevant field, e.g., composition, literature, writing/rhetoric, education, or a closely related field
  • A minimum of 5 years teaching experience that includes significant classroom writing instruction (any content area)
  • Knowledge of budgets and administrative organization
  • Strong technology ability, including knowledge of or ability to master multiple software programs and platforms
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and occasional weekend days

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., MFA) in writing-relevant field, e.g., composition, literature, writing/rhetoric, education, creative writing or a closely related field
  • Writing Project Teacher Consultant from any site nationwide or demonstrable knowledge of National Writing Project principles
  • Demonstrated leadership in managing or developing relationships with educators and colleagues
  • Knowledge of surrounding school districts and/or other VA or National Writing Project sites

For full consideration, applicants must apply at http://jobs.gmu.edu to complete and submit the online application and upload:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • List of Professional References
  • ​Statement of teaching philosophy and teaching with writing
  • Statement of administrative philosophy
  • Academic Transcripts

Special Instructions to Applicants    

For full consideration, applicants must apply at http://jobs.gmu.edu to complete and submit the online application and upload:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • List of Professional References
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and teaching with writing
  • Statement of administrative philosophy
  • Academic Transcripts

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. 

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create. 

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/! 

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Equity Statement  
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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