College Essay Instructor

Cupertino, California
Academic Services /
Part-time /
FLEX is looking for instructors with exceptional writing and teaching abilities to guide students through the college application process. The College Essay Instructors will collaborate with high school juniors and seniors on crafting their college application essays, covering various platforms such as UC, Common App, and school-specific supplements. Successful candidates will be skilled content creators and editors, demonstrating the determination to foster and enhance students' writing skills. These instructors will engage with students in one-on-one or small group settings from June to November, dedicating approximately 10-15 hours per week. Training and curriculum support will be provided. This position is expected to commence in mid-May of 2024.

We seek individuals who exhibit a strong willingness to embrace and adapt to FLEX's distinctive approach to college essay writing instruction. The ideal candidates will be open-minded, receptive to innovative teaching methods, and enthusiastic about acquiring the skills needed to effectively convey our writing strategies to high school students. We highly value educators committed to continuous professional development, open to learning the FLEX way, and motivated to enhance their expertise in guiding students through the college essay writing process.

What we’re looking for:

    • Bachelor's degree
    • Strong communication skills to establish rapport with students and Admissions Consultants
    • Proven writers and/or experienced writing instructors/coaches who can drive a student to succeed and who are committed to helping students tell their story
    • Experience teaching or tutoring writing with high school or college students
    • Eagerness to learn about the U.S. college application process and associated essays
    • An ability to provide feedback and next steps to students in real time
    • Deadline-oriented work style and an ability to motivate students to achieve milestones
    • Availability to consistently work evenings and Saturdays
    • Proficient computer literacy skills (i.e., word processing, video conferencing, e-communication, etc.)
    • Remote employees must be proficient in digital tools and software pertinent to their roles to perform tasks efficiently and collaborate with their teams and clients

What we’d love but don’t need:

    • Three years related experience
    • Advanced degree in professional writing or education
    • Strong understanding of the U.S. college application process and associated essays
    • Classroom and time management skills: toggling individual and group consultants given certain time constraints

Where you'll do it:

    • Cupertino, CA

What we're excited to give you:

    • Competitive compensation
    • Paid Sick Leave after 90-day probationary period
$25 - $35 an hour

We at FLEX know that teaching and consulting are opportunities to build relationships.  Our team understands that each student has a unique background and a unique set of challenges and goals; we work closely with families to help every student overcome those challenges and achieve those goals.  In an increasingly crowded industry, FLEX leads through integrity.

FLEX has provided admissions consulting, standardized test prep, tutoring and enrichment services for pre-collegiate students since 2001.  Our team members offer a nuanced understanding of colleges and their admissions philosophies and give thorough, step-by-step guidance in all areas of the application process.  They provide personalized instruction to raise grades and scores and expand students’ knowledge beyond what’s covered in a typical textbook or classroom.

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