Writing Assistant

GENERAL DESCRIPTION 
 
CUNY Start, an innovative college transition program operated by CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs in partnership 
with eight CUNY campuses, provides intensive preparation in academic reading/writing, math, and college success. 
The program enrolls prospective CUNY students who have been accepted to college because they have a high school or 
GED diploma, but are not ready for college-level work based on their scores on the CUNY Assessment Tests. CUNY 
Start offers two program models: A full-time day program and a part-time afternoon and evening program. Both 
programs are also supported by strong academic advisement components. 
 
WRITING ASSISTANT (Multiple Positions) 
 
CUNY Start is seeking to fill the position of Writing Assistant. The Writing Assistant will work as a member of the 
Reading/Writing team, supporting the work of the Writing/Reading instructor in a CUNY Start classroom this fall. 
 
CUNY Start programs are located in all five NYC boroughs at Borough of Manhattan Community College (Manhattan), 
Bronx Community College (Bronx), College of Staten Island (Staten Island), Hostos Community College (Bronx), 
Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn), LaGuardia Community College (Queens), Medgar Evers College 
(Brooklyn) and Queensborough Community College (Queens). 
 
The CUNY Start Writing Assistant will: 
 
o Read the CUNY Start Reading/Writing Curriculum closely, and become familiar with CUNY Start 
learning procedures, assignments, and goals 
o Attend portions of the CUNY Start Reading/Writing class, and support the CUNY Start instructor as 
appropriate 
o Respond in writing to student papers and essays 
o Tutor CUNY Start students individually and in small groups 
o Participate in CUNY Start team meetings about students’ progress 
o Participate in training activities led by the CUNY Start Professional Development Coordinators 
o Perform duties assigned by the Core teacher, including taking attendance, keeping track of student 
assignments, and setting up the classroom 
 
Salary 
o $21.34 per hour for approximately 20-25 hours a week 
o Health benefits after 3 months of successful employment Page 2 of 2
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QUALIFICATIONS: 
 
 Experience responding to academic writing and working with non-traditional college students 
 Masters Degree preferred 
 
Additional information about the CUNY Start program can be found at www.cuny.edu/cunystart. 
 
 
 
To Apply 
 Submit a cover letter and resume to Rachel Oppenheimer at cunystart@mail.cuny.edu with “Writing 
Assistant” in the subject line. 
 Include a list of your top 3 choices for campus placement AND whether you prefer a day or 
afternoon/evening program. Please note that we cannot guarantee that candidates will be placed at their 
requested campus, but we will try to accommodate candidates whenever possible