Tech Writer Job Description

Tech Writer Job Description

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Tech writer provides a high-level of editing on a wide variety of documents (e.g., proposals, technical studies, reports, publications, marketing materials and correspondence) and make recommendations for substantive/technical edits, style, organization and formatting.

Tech Writer Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Document best practices, new features
Document best practices, new features, and APIs
Teach our team & other best practices in capturing information & creating technical documentation
Write clear, concise user interface text and instructional materials for the product’s end users
Collaborate with UX design, research, product management, engineering and QA to write functional requirements, software specs, tools documentation and technical reference materials
Author, edit, and improve user and developer content, ranging from manuals to FAQs
Write use cases for usability testing and research
Drive and influence feature prioritization and overall software development process through continuous engagement with product, design, QA and engineering teams
Create and manage project library and Confluence pages
Researches, writes and revises material in assigned subject area(s)

Tech Writer Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Tech Writer

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: ASE, FAA, ILT, ITIL, CISSP, II, IAT, MUST

Education for Tech Writer

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the tech writer job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Technical, English, Writing, Journalism, Engineering, Education, Communications, Computer Science, Technical Communication, Science

Skills for Tech Writer

Desired skills for tech writer include:

Microsoft Office
Practices
Linux
UNIX
Editing
Formatting business proposals
HTML
Marketing communications
Organizational documents as requested
Product management documents

Desired experience for tech writer includes:

Writes material that is usable and appropriate for assigned products and programs
Show strong social media presence
Researches and develops information sources and maintains and enhances a reliable source network
BA/BS degree or a minimum of 5 years of professional experience
Understanding of Hadoop, PaaS, Node.js, and edge technologies RESTful APIs
Proven track record of researching and writing effective documentation for both internal and external developers

Tech Writer Examples

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Tech Writer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a tech writer. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for tech writer
  • Meet deadlines and plan ahead with an eye on growing our (and your) editorial impact
  • Work closely and coordinate with Editor in Chief and Gadget Hacks teams on a daily basis to keep things running smoothly and develop new coverage areas
  • Is responsible for the creation and maintenance of documentation such as instructional guides, reference manuals, job aids such as systems and technical design templates, handbooks, reports, proposals, and brochures
  • Analyzes, interprets, composes, and edits computer system information
  • Work with design engineers to understand technical design specifications, diagrams
  • Contribute to multiple documentation efforts and work on projects with multiple contributors
  • Work with subject matter experts to create conceptual, task, and reference documentation for the developer audience
  • Scope out documentation plans for new features and products
  • Participate in planning and drafting design requirements of sample applications and code examples as part of documentation planning process
  • Review proposed product specifications and product design documents with development team
Qualifications for tech writer
  • Proficiency with authoring formats such as Markdown, reStructuredText, and AsciiDoc
  • Familiarity with documentation build tools such as Gitbook, Sphinx, Mkdocs, and Read the Docs
  • Ability to work with minimal direction toward predetermined goals and learn independently through experimentation with tools
  • Experience writing technology content for a digital media company is a must
  • Well-organized, accurate, thorough, and detail-oriented
  • Familiarity with Google Analytics, and other newsroom tools
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Tech Writer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a tech writer. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for tech writer
  • Work with cross-functional teams to prepare documentation and ensure compliance with company-wide processes and workflows
  • Test code examples and tutorials using product builds under development and release candidates
  • Work with cross-functional teams to automate API reference documentation and ensure compliance with company-wide processes and workflows
  • Work with User Project Leader (UPL) and Key User representatives (KUs) to review test scenarios, specify and setup appropriate data sets to be used in test execution
  • Support users and other ITS team members in test execution including test preparation and anomaly / defect management
  • Manage and maintain Intranet documentation
  • Consult with content authors on content presentation and improvements
  • Update current pages with changes and corrections
  • Resolve issues with content
  • Create new content as requested
Qualifications for tech writer
  • High School and 5 years or more related experience
  • Candidate should have a minimum of four years of experience in a technical writing role within or for a software development organization
  • Impeccable English grammar and composition skills
  • Advanced MS Word user with regular practice of styles, templates, fields, required
  • Expert-level skills with Microsoft Word
  • Must possess Full-Scope Polygraph
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Tech Writer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of tech writer. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for tech writer
  • Demonstrates advanced skills with Microsoft Word to include creating templates and macros, formatting documents based on styles, in order to develop professional documents
  • Work with all project members & stakeholders to determine & document project artifacts
  • Analyze existing content to create artifacts & technical documentation for wide distribution
  • Create and execute an information management strategy for our team
  • Explain technical concepts & ideas in the simplest language
  • Produce exceptional written material and contribute/edit copy for videos & presentation
  • Write/edit blog posts, presentation, course material, reports & other technical artifacts
  • Work with local team leaders to draft new job descriptions for IT roles across the company
  • Meet with team leads to gather job duties and requirements
  • Ensure language is consistent and describes clear career progressions for all IT job families
Qualifications for tech writer
  • Experience working independently, as part of a team, and with overseas development teams
  • Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Familiar with relational database concepts, schemas, SQL, PL/SQL, Javascript
  • Experience with DITA-based or structured XML authoring tools
  • Familiar with REST APIs and concepts
  • Experience technical writing in a collaborative documentation team
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Tech Writer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of tech writer. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for tech writer
  • Works on documentation development projects with initial direction and minimal supervision
  • Researches topics and writes good quality content on initial draft and requires minimal edits
  • Creates documentation development plans for deliverables independently
  • Assist project lead with validating written procedures for equipment
  • Participate in evaluating project requirements by providing input into time and cost estimates
  • Assist with overall design of technical documentation by providing input to format and style
  • Review of technical content for technical accuracy and adequacy of the final products
  • Configuration Management compliance
  • Write video-based story ideas with the complete understanding of the types of video formats that work best across various social networks (live, long-form, tap for audio)
  • The purpose of this task is to document processes, procedures, policies, and meeting minutes, newsletters, intra/internet content
Qualifications for tech writer
  • Skilled with enterprise-level documentation tools such as Arbortext, Oxygen, XMetaL, FrameMaker, and Content Management Systems
  • Background with relational databases, SQL, and PL/SQL preferred
  • Ability to test code examples and write and modify simple code examples
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, with at least 4 years of related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of technical writing experience
  • Oversee preparation of illustrative materials selecting drawings, sketches, diagrams and charts
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Tech Writer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of tech writer. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for tech writer
  • Documented new or changed policies, processes or procedures
  • Review prepared documents, diagrams and random content to edit and post organizational information according to established standards
  • Provide reports of documentation progress, status, and issues
  • A commitment to understanding our merchants (helping them accomplish their goals and build their businesses is our main objective)
  • A deep interest in the different ways that people discover and process information
  • Grit, especially when it comes to updating documentation that you only recently shipped
  • Writing crystal-clear, user-centred content that's based on reader feedback, UX research, support data, and hands-on testing
  • Crushing documentation bugs like it’s going out of style, correcting errors, and improving problematic content, all with reference to our documentation style guide
  • Participating fully in the life of the team, taking part in discussions, debates, and fresh-eyes sessions
  • Learning a ton of new skills and sharing your own
Qualifications for tech writer
  • Review and prepare Contract Deliverables Requirements List (CDRLs) documents for official delivery to the government customer
  • The applicant will have a minimum of 7 years of experience as Technical Writer
  • Having experience working in projects using SDLC framework is a plus
  • Having experience with Adobe FrameMaker, DocBook, DITA and scripting language is a plus
  • Having experience writing technical documentation for Semiconductor IPs or SoC designs would be plus
  • Typically five years of technical writing experience, preferably associated with application development and other IT functions

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