Writing Assistant Job Opening at The School of The New York Times in New York November 2018


About SoNYT and Summer Academy

Highly innovative and acclaimed, The School of The New York Times (SoNYT), a collaboration between The New York Times and Cambridge Information Group, provides a comprehensive set of educational offerings for pre-college aged students. Drawing on unequaled expertise and unrivaled access, SoNYT provides seminal formative experiences, giving students expanded vision and focus while serving as the foundation for future success.

Held in New York City and expanding to Washington, D.C., Summer Academy (SA) provides an immersive environment during 2-week terms, in which students learn, investigate and explore while having fun and discovering friends, mentors and instructors who share their interests.

Job Summary

Writing Assistants (WA) help students via open office hours and as back-up instructional support. WAs also provide pedagogical feedback to SoNYT staff, observing classrooms and giving critical information in order to strengthen pedagogy.


A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required; a graduate degree (obtained/in progress) or professional experience is recommended. WAs should have at least two years of assistant teaching experience or one year of experience as a lead teacher with some experience in writing. Three references are required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Introductory discussion with SoNYT staff, reviewing goals, New York Times writing style, etc.

  • Attend training sessions on diversity and inclusion; an orientation session on relationships, responsibilities and logistics

During SA:

  • Support development of students’ writing, assignments, homework, etc.

  • Provide in-class support, strengthening writing skills

  • Observe classrooms

  • Backup Faculty

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Liaise with SoNYT staff to review courses

  • Write student evaluations (as needed)

Instructional Dates (excluding the weekend):

  • Term 1: June 10thJune 20th

  • Term 2: June 24thJuly 4th (Including July 4th)

  • Term 3: July 8thJuly 18th

  • Term 4: July 22ndAugust 1st

NOTE: WAs will work M-F from 9am-3:30pm or 12:30pm-7pm.

Applicants should specify which term(s) and shift(s) they are available. Those available for more than one term will be given preference of term choice.

Areas of Content Expertise

Journalism; Cultural criticism; Creative writing; Opinion writing; Government; Photography; History; Musical theater, business and criticism; International relations and development; Computer science and data visualization; Sports media and management; Fashion and the arts; Technology; Economics

Other Requirements

As WAs will be working closely with minors, they will need to pass a background check; they may be subject to random drug testing.

Language Skills

While no special language skills are required for the position, applicants should be capable of upholding the highest standards of written and spoken English.

Teaching Experience

WAs should have at least two years of assistant teaching experience or one year of experience as a lead teacher/course designer, with some experience in teaching writing.

Physical Demands

The physical demands listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of his/her job. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, travel up and down stairs, crouch, stoop and reach.

  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

  • Ability to travel extensively within the broader New York City area for purpose of escorting students on site visits and field trips.


This position pays a fee of $2,500 per term, as an independent contractor.

Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2019

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. Only qualified candidates should apply (NO RECRUITERS).

is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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