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College tutors wanted in all subjects!


SKC is looking for tutors in all subject areas. Tutoring is a great way to hone your academic skills, provide you with a part time job within the college, and help you build a college network. If you have strong skills in any academic area and are looking for flexible part time employment, please consider applying for a tutoring position. Depending on the need, your experience, and your availability, we may request you to interview at any of our 4 tutoring sites. 

The Math/Science Lab and Writing Center offer both drop-in and scheduled tutoring appointments. TRIO provides tutoring for members of TRIO. There is also a scheduled face to face tutoring option based out of the Department of Academic Success.  Please see the position descriptions for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SEM) Lab Tutor, Writing Center Peer Tutor / Lab Monitor, and TRIO Tutor positions below. 



Department: Mathematics
Immediate Supervisor: Dan Patrick, SEM Lab Director
General Summary:
Assists other students with their Mathematics and/or Science courses while serving as a positive role model for peers.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
I. Tutor students in Mathematics and Science courses 
  • Work with individuals and groups to provide lecture (tutorial), practice, and examples that facilitate students’ ability to understand their courses and complete assignments. 
  • Help students gain confidence, learn how to study, and become more self-reliant. 
II. Assist staff in lab operation 
  • Complete assigned tasks in a timely manner to ensure effective operation of the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SEM) Lab. 
  • Maintain the lab as necessary. (Includes keeping tables clean and tidy, occasional wiping of computer keyboards, and other related tasks.)
  • Adhere to SEM Lab procedures for operation and closing of the lab.
Minimum Qualifications:
In order to be a Math Lab Tutor, you must have completed MATH 100 with a B or better.
Successful completion of the course to be tutored and/or recommendation from a qualified professional familiar with the applicant’s skills in that subject area. Demonstrated ability to impart information in a manner that is respectful, understandable, and calm.


Department: SKC Writing Center
Immediate Supervisor: Linda Pete, Writing Center Director
General Summary:
Writing Center tutors will implement tutorial services to increase written and oral communication skills of SKC students. They may also inform students of and suggest relevant study skills. Tutoring sessions may be individual or small group. Advanced CRLA Level 2 and Level 3 tutors will present training modules and workshops as needed, and may assist faculty to facilitate in-class writing activities as needed. All Writing Center personnel will create an environment that supports the faculty, staff, and students in meeting the mission and goals of Salish Kootenai College.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide tutoring services
  • Maintain scheduled office hours and availability to assist students with writing difficulties and/or to assist faculty with in-class writing activities as needed.
  • Maintain records related to tutoring services.
  • Maintain data files to assist with reports, and documents related to writing center services.
  • Maintain a writing resource library available to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Provide mentorship for new tutors and writing center volunteers.
  • Participate in weekly writing center meetings. 
  • Successfully complete the CRLA Level 1 tutor training course.
  • CRLA Level 2 and 3 tutors: assist in implementing future tutor trainings.
  • Develop computer expertise in word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Develop knowledge of academic and professional writing conventions, including different documentation styles. 
Minimum Qualifications:
The successful applicant possesses an A.A. degree or a minimum 3.0 GPA in core composition courses and is enrolled in the appropriate level of the CRLA tutor certification course.
Must maintain a high academic standard in his / her own course work and serve as a role model for other students. Demonstrates strong skills in word processing, oral and written communication, and assistive technology. Can independently organize and prioritize project activities. Must possess culturally competent communication and critical-thinking skills to work with students, faculty, and support service staff in diverse settings. Experience working with American Indian populations is a plus. Ability to work flexible hours. The successful applicant is energetic, self-directed, and an effective team member with professional work habits. 


Department: TRIO
Immediate Supervisor: Penny Kipp, TRIO Director

General Summary:
TRIO SSS Student Academic Tutor supports the programs goals of improving student retention, academic standing, and graduation rates. The Academic Student Tutor is one of the essential sources of academic, personal, and career guidance for Student Support Services participants. This position is less than part time scheduled each quarter of each academic year.  

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Ensure that each student is signed in on the daily lab sign in sheet and/or computer use sheet.
  • Ensure that each student is aware of your presence and is knowledgeable of your assistance you bring to this Lab.  
  • Be positive bring the “Bright side” to the academic needs of the student.
  • Assess the needs of the student and if you are unable to assist, refer to another tutor and when that tutor is scheduled to work.
  • Be knowledgeable and suggest the use of the online tutoring program for additional assistance.
  • Keep your conversations in the lab focused on persistence and completion, career readiness, financial literacy, academic and social integration and transfer options.  
  • Maintain documentation of SSS student interactions with counselors and faculty.
  • Stay aware of on campus events to keep student “In The Know.” The more the student is aware of on campus events and participates the likelier it is that he/she will stay in school.  
  • Keep coffee filled, keep table space cleaned and computer areas picked up. Encourage students to clean their area when leaving.
  • Tutors will be expected to oversee over noise levels, and mandate appropriate behavior for the student Lab.  
Minimum Qualifications:
SSS Tutor, at a minimum, will have the approval of an on campus instructor that feels comfortable with your ability to tutor in the subject area you are requesting. SSS Tutors should be in their second year or beyond or completed an Associate’s degree and must have excelled academically in the subject areas to be tutored.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Referral from on-campus instructor.
  • Basic knowledge of TRIO SSS services.
  • Some experience working with first generation, low income, and disabled students plus demonstrate patience for those who need additional academic assistance.
  • Tutors are encouraged to schedule time for Academic Success Tutor training to obtain a tutor certificate.
  • Have a basic understanding of computers and printing as well as the programs used by students for classroom assignments.  
  • Tutors should be able to move tables, chairs and computer equipment.
  •  Hours will be recorded with Professional Tutor.


Required Application Materials (please see the instructions for each in the Application directions section below):
  • Tutor Application (attached)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter (please see the detailed instructions below)
  • Current transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from your instructors in the relevant subject matter course. The letters should specifically address your qualifications for a tutoring position, including academic accomplishments, work ethic, interpersonal communication skills, level of patience, temperament, punctuality and integrity.

*If applying for Writing Lab Tutor, one recommendation must be completed and signed by a college instructor or advisor from your declared major. The second recommendation must be completed by your ENGL 101, 202, or 306 instructor.
Directions for Preparing Application Materials:  
  • Prepare your resume. Please see the “Resources” section below for helpful examples and articles.
  • Prepare your cover letter. In your cover letter, please address the following: 1) Introduction 2) Body. Outline your relevant expertise, key strengths, and accomplishments. Provide an honest assessment of your ability to help other people learn. Consider including how you might deal with distressed, high anxiety students, and do not be afraid to mention what might cause you to lose patience. 3) Closing paragraph.
  • Download your transcript from JICS and save it as a PDF document. Do not save the web view of the document! Use the print friendly button at the bottom of the transcript screen to create a PDF version of the document. If you cannot access your transcript on JICS for any reason, please obtain a copy (can be unofficial) from your advisor or Enrollment Services.
  • Complete the Tutor Application. It is attached to this position announcement.
  • Scan the completed Tutor Application and two letters of reference as ONE PDF DOCUMENT.
  • Complete your student profile on Handshake before applying. You can upload your resume, cover letter, transcript, and other documents into your documents folder for easy access later when applying for jobs. DO NOT make these documents visible to the public!

How to Apply:
  • Click the "Apply" button to the right of the position title.
  • Upload your resume, cover letter, and transcript into appropriate boxes.
  • Upload the combined tutor application and recommendation letters document into the “Other documents” box.
  • Check YES or NO for the US work authorization and visa sponsorship questions.
  • Click "Submit Application."
Hiring Process:
  • Your application packet will be forwarded to the Department of Academic Success Tutoring Program. DAS will review your application and will determine if you will be invited to an interview.
  • The position supervisor will contact you directly to arrange the interview time.
  • Complete the interview and any additional tests/assessments that may be required for a specific position.
  • Upon the completion of the interviews, the supervisor will notify you whether or not you have been selected for the position.
In order to complete the hiring process, you are required to:
  • Attend the New Tutor Orientation session.
  • Complete the online FERPA training. The training will be posted on your Schoology account.
  • Complete the 2019-2020 W4. Students who have never worked at SKC before must also complete the full SKC hiring packet. These documents will be available at the orientation.


Resume guides: 

Cover letter guides:

Interviewing skills tutorials:

The 10 Most Common Interview Questions & Answers:

Big Interview video tutorials:

  1. How to Answer: “Tell Me About Yourself”. Often asked at the very start of an interview, this is your opportunity to deliver an elevator pitch that gives the interviewer a quick idea of who your are. Used wisely, this elevator pitch could make the interviewer very interested in your next answer. Used incorrectly, the interviewer could stop paying attention before you even have a chance to answer a second question.
  2. How to Answer: “Describe Your Current (or Most Recent) Position”. One of the easier interview questions to answer – but you’ll still need to use it to highlight your job-relevant greatness. Check out our guide to answering and winning examples in this article.
  3. How to Answer: “Why are you looking for a new opportunity now?”. The question that can either put your interviewer at ease or raise serious red flags. This question is a prime example of why it’s important to understand the reason an interviewer asks each question, and why crafting winning answers requires strategic thinking.
  4. How to Answer: “What are your strengths?”. Your chance to toot your own horn – but make sure to do it artfully. Being able to do 20 pull-ups does not count as a strength. Make sure your answer is specific, personalized, and truly impressive- this article will walk you through doing just that.
  5. How to Answer: “What is your greatest weakness?”. By far one of the most commonly searched-for interview questions, the “weakness” question is difficult to properly tackle. This one could sink you unless you’re careful. Obviously, “I work too hard” is not the answer (although you’ll find plenty of bad advice elsewhere online that would advocate saying that).
  6. How to Answer: “Why do you want to work here?”. Repeat after me: Don’t say “for the money” — Don’t say “for the money” — Don’t say “for the money”. Got it? You’re already off to a better start than some candidates.
  7. How to Answer: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”. Possibly one of the silliest questions – but it too requires an artful and diplomatic answer. Another common variation on this interview question is “What are your goals?”.
  8. How to Answer: “Why should we hire you?”. The money question. “Why” indeed. This is where you need to spend a ton of time thinking about the role, the competencies, and how you’re the perfect fit. Our article on the question will help you craft a concise summary of all your “selling points”.
  9. How to Answer: “Do you have any questions for me?”. Your questions here can either leave a strong, lasting impression on the interviewer, or make you come across as clueless. Our (very popular) post on questions to ask at the end of the interview will suggest 12 winning questions, and explain how each can help you gather important information about the job.
  10. How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions. Behavioral interview questions are a big part of most job interviews. Employers and hiring managers use these types of questions in order to get an idea if you have the skills and competencies needed for the job. The rationale is that if they know how you performed in the past it will help give a sense of how you might do in the future.
  11. The Guide to Nailing Phone Interviews. Before a face-to-face, you typically have a phone screen you need to get through. This can be a challenging “gate check” to get past, and we often hear from Big Interview users that it was their biggest sticking point before using our full training system. Here are some tips for conquering that phone interview and getting through to the next round.
  12. The Ten Commandments of Job Interviews. Follow these commandments and they may lead you to the promised land – or promised cubicle (same thing).

Please make an appointment via Handshake (Career Services - Appointments) to meet with Eva Oruste at the Career Services if you need assistance with your resume, cover letter, or application process.