WITS Program Assistant

WITS seeks a part-time program assistant, eligible for Washington State Work Study (10 hours a week, from October 2018 through June 2019), to be part of the team implementing this arts education program in public schools throughout the Puget Sound Region!

Reports to: WITS Program Director & WITS Program Associate

Position Description: Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a literary arts education program of Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) that places professional local writers in 27 public schools in six school districts throughout the Puget Sound, as well as Seattle Children’s Hospital. The mission of WITS is to inspire student and teacher excellence in literacy and the literary arts, and to establish the foundation for a life- long commitment to reading, writing, and creative expression.

Writers in the Schools (WITS) has three primary goals:

  • Inspire students to engage in the writing process, build skills and improve the quality of theirwriting, and increase their self-confidence
  • Invigorate the teaching of writing by providing teachers with innovative lessons and literature, fresh techniques, and the time and encouragement to join their students in writing
  • Support and sustain a positive culture of reading and writing at each school

WITS seeks a part-time program assistant, eligible for Washington State Work Study (10 hours a week, from October 2018 through June 2019) to be part of the team implementing this arts education program in public schools throughout the Puget Sound Region.

Program duties will include:

  • Planning for WITS events, including annual WITS fundraising luncheon, WITS anthology launch and SAL events
  • Assisting with program evaluation analysis, including distribution of surveys to school partners and data analysis
  • Compiling and editing student work for publications
  • Telling the story of WITS—program documentation, and creating content for the SAL blog and donor initiatives
  • Depending on experience: assistance in WITS classroom

Requirements:

  • A commitment from October 2018 to June 2019 of 8-10 hours per week, on a regular schedule. (Exact hours and start and end date negotiable).

Expectations:

  • Convey any schedule changes to supervisor in advance

Qualifications:

  • Must possess a positive attitude; be flexible, friendly & courteous with students, SAL staff, volunteers and writers
  • Must be a team-player, and able to work independently on projects
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to literary arts, education, and community building, bringing a social justice & equity lens to all work with students and programming
  • Sense of humor

Related Experience: Prior volunteer experience and/or education experience a plus. Demonstrated interest in literary arts and the amplification of youth voice.

Compensation:

  • $15/hr.
  • *Note: This position is for a Washington State work study eligible college
  • Free attendance to all SAL events (see upcoming series of SAL speakers here)

Required Training:

  • One-hour orientation

Application Deadline:

  • Preference to applications received by September 17th, 2018.
  • A one-page cover letter & resume
  • Optional: a 1-page creative or work-related writing sample (please save all applications as one pdf document: Firstname.Lastname.WITSPA.Application)

Send application to: wits@lectures.org
Subject line: WITSProgramAssistant2018_Firstname.Lastname