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Stanford wants Red Room writing coaches

I've been asked to speak at Stanford University lately, first for their Publishing Course, then for a writers conference, and then I was asked to speak at their Graduate School of Business, where I got to meet and lecture/train some of their writing coaches and faculty. (Apparently, I am an expert on writing.)

 So they just asked me if I could recommend any writing coaches. Someday, we'll have a classifieds section on Red Room to showcase those types of opportunities, but for now, I figured I'd post it on my blog. Here's the job description, below, and please contact them directly--don't forget to say you were invited to apply on Red Room. Thanks!

 From Stanford:

"The Mastery in Communication Initiative at the Stanford Graduate School of Business is seeking to hire several Writing Coaches to work during the Fall 2010 quarter evaluating students’ writing and providing feedback to students. Coaches will work with a tenured faculty member who is teaching two 15-student sections of Critical Analytical Thinking (CAT), for first-year MBA students.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Masters degree (or higher) in English, Communication, or related field
  • Experience in coaching graduate students in a demanding program
  • Experience with both business writing and academic writing expectations
  • Passion for supporting and assisting students at all levels of writing proficiency

Knowledge, Skills and Background

  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong detail orientation and organizational skills
  • Proficient with MS Office and basic web-based communication and course management tools

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review written assignments and provide feedback for improvement in a timely fashion each week
  • Collaborate with assigned professor to establish guidelines for the depth and scope of feedback
  • Participate actively with the other coaches to establish best practices and learn from one another
  • Establish regular in person consultation hours for students

Estimated Work Hours (preliminary estimates)

Each week the 30 students will submit a written assignment by Wednesday at 9:00 pm. You will evaluate and critique these assignments returning them to the students by midnight each Saturday. The necessity of this 72-hour turnaround is crucial. You will review 5 or 6 written assignments per student between mid September and mid-November. You will also provide in person office hours for students in your section. In our first three years of this program the writing coaches spent about 30 hours each week on the tasks. Writing Coaches are paid a flat rate of $10,000 for the term.


We are looking to hire coaches that reside in the Bay Area and can come to campus on occasion. All coaches will be onsite for two days during the week of September 13 for training and to meet their assigned professor and students.

Application Process

Please submit the following information by email to CATWriting@gsb.stanford.edu by July 7, 2010.  Please mention that you read it on Ivory Madison's blog on Red Room.

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter containing
    • relevant experience and education
    • names of two professional references, preferably academic supervisors
    • a brief statement on your thoughts about the greatest challenge and opportunity for coaching MBAs

We will then provide you with more information, possibly including some writing samples to evaluate, before inviting you to participate in a phone or in person interview. Please feel free to direct any questions you have to the email address above."

(I know the director of the program and he's outstanding to work with, so good luck with your application if this is a fit for you!)

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Alas, Stanford is a long way

Alas, Stanford is a long way from Fairbanks. Sounds like a great gig!


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Thanks for the Plug Ivory!

We did indeed hire at least one of our coaches from your community and look forward to more collaboration in the year ahead. Best, JD