Technical Writer / Editor Job Description

Technical Writer / Editor Job Description

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Technical writer / editor provides leadership in the development of and monitors the implementation of technical documentation policies, practices, and standards.

Technical Writer / Editor Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Create and optimize graphics, Excel charts, Visio objects as needed
Using technical proposals and input from team leads, set up trackers in Excel spreadsheets that list documents, responsible parties, and due dates
Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation and syntax
Write and/or edit Operations technical documents, reports, user documentation
Edit/correct technical deliverables written by staff
Interview staff to learn their methods/concepts
Write, publicize, and enforce documentation standards
Heavily redesign/reformat existing documentation to improve usability
Ensure that documents are 508 Compliant (properly formatted headings, tables, bullets, alternate text for figures, ) as required
Notify staff of due dates for deliverables and work products

Technical Writer / Editor Qualifications

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

Licensing or Certifications for Technical Writer / Editor

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: IPR, PMP, II, IAT, SAT, MOUS, DAWIA, PKI, ITIL, FDP

Education for Technical Writer / Editor

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

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

Skills for Technical Writer / Editor

Desired skills for technical writer / editor include:

Computer operations and applications
Computer-based tools in the production of technical documentation
Documentation of technical manuals and documentation
Development of technical manuals and documentation
Spelling
Excel
Outlook
Power Point
Acquisition policies and procedures
Coupled with ability to identify technical solutions

Desired experience for technical writer / editor includes:

Perform technical writing and editing assignments related to the preparation of CMC components of regulatory submissions and other technical documents such as protocols, reports and procedures, any other documents determined to be within the scope of the role
When possible, assist with organization, storage, and naming conventions of documents in client’s document repository
Gather, analyze, and present complex technical information
Organize material and write descriptive copy according to established standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology
Develop communications materials for publications, Web site, strategic initiatives, training courses
Work with NLM staff to evaluate and streamline workflows

Technical Writer / Editor Examples

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Technical Writer / Editor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a technical writer / editor. 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 technical writer / editor
  • Developing simplified theory of operation and block diagrams for electrical, electronic, and mechanical equipment
  • Developing fault isolation and troubleshooting procedures for electrical, electronic, and mechanical equipment
  • Developing procedures and supporting illustrations supporting the inspection, test, removal, installation and repair of assemblies
  • Working with technical illustrator personnel in support of publication effort
  • Working with desktop publishing personnel in support of publication effort
  • Interfacing with customer engineering personnel to work out solutions to problems
  • Review DITA topics to ensure DITA coding standards are followed, guidelines for topic-based writing are followed, and CCMS guidelines
  • Edits and proofreads rough drafts received from R&D scientists for grammar, accuracy, clarity, consistency, style, organization, and conformance to established corporate, government, and American Chemical Society style guide formats
  • May participate in recommending new and/or modifications to documentation/communication policies and procedures
  • Creates, develops, plans, writes and edits moderately complex technical documents for publication
Qualifications for technical writer / editor
  • Bachelor’s degree in English or a related field
  • Creates code documentation for software
  • Collaborate productively with all subject matter experts within a team environment to develop appropriate content
  • Foster a positive working environment and build solid work relationships with other teams and groups
  • Become knowledgeable on the HIPAA, PHI/PII policies and procedures for the program
  • BS/BA degree and 6 years of technical writing experience in a call center or system support environment
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Technical Writer / Editor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of technical writer / editor. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for technical writer / editor
  • Research, draft and assist in writing policies, instructions, message traffic, and internal guidance
  • Draft Information Papers on pertinent or requested issues
  • Develop presentations (posters and power points) for industry events – Work with surgeons, fellows, residents, and internal staff to develop material to present at industry events
  • Participate on special projects – As directed by the Group Manager Research or senior management conduct special projects
  • Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or all other materials submitted for publication or marketing and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization or publication
  • Plan the contents of publications according to the journal style, editorial policy and publishing requirements
  • Make manuscript acceptance or revision recommendations to the publisher
  • Arrange for copyright permissions
  • Develops, communicates, implements, monitors procedures / policies related to publication needs
  • Designs/implements processes for increasing efficiency and effectiveness
Qualifications for technical writer / editor
  • Must have expertise in Microsoft Office 2013 or equivalent
  • Must have excellent grammatical and rhetorical skills and be familiar with a broad range of communication techniques and styles
  • Knowledge of layout, graphic design, and desktop publishing principles is desirable
  • Already possess Secret Clearance and/or TSA Security Suitability
  • Bachelor's degree and 3 years relevant experience in technical manual authoring and development and/or logistics experience or high school diploma/GED plus 10 years of experience
  • Possess knowledge of S1000D, SGML or XML authoring software, common source database, and technical publications development processes
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Technical Writer / Editor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of technical writer / editor. 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 technical writer / editor
  • Establishes project priorities
  • Creates and oversees databases for managing project information
  • Raises the organization's visibility in the industry through the number of peer review publications
  • Develops good working relationships throughout the organization and research network
  • Responsible for writing, editing, and formatting technical documents such as
  • Updates content to internal outreach documents such as maps, fact sheets, distribution lists, and phone rosters
  • Presents final document(s) to management/customer, makes related presentations as required, and serves as an external spokesperson with internal and external contacts
  • Manages the implementation of annual and long-term technical, schedule, quality, business, and financial objectives for the unit(s)
  • Work with internal teams to obtain an in-depth understanding of the product and the documentation requirement
  • Interface effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of project staff, including project managers, PMO support staff, business analysts, developers, technical analysts, system architects
Qualifications for technical writer / editor
  • Minimalist writing skills
  • Possess good information architecture, analytical, and research skills
  • Knowledge of Atlassian Confluence and Jira a plus
  • Familiarity with Cloud environments a plus
  • Previous experience as writer or editor on DITA projects a plus
  • Bachelor's degree or multiple years of relevant field experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
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Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of technical writer / editor. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for technical writer / editor
  • Understand C4ISR system foundational concepts
  • Create technical and procedural documentation such as Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Transform technical language into coherent and organized documentation for distribution
  • Discuss with technical Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to produce the requisite documentation
  • Teach non-technical writers on methods and best practices of technical writing to improve efficiency and draft product creation
  • Interface with DOD authorities to coordinate security white lists
  • Track quality metrics of all deliverables using Authorized Technical Review process
  • Manage development of deliverables to support Product Safety, Engineering, ILS managers, and commercial operator support
  • Building and updating courses in Blackboard (UC’s learning management system)
  • Providing quality assurance reviews of Blackboard courses and interactive media presentations
Qualifications for technical writer / editor
  • Have demonstrated experience and capability with interfacing with the Air Force Customer at very high levels interface with multiple DoD Agencies
  • Experience with writing technical documentation and/or Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM) and the use of XML tagging
  • Knowledge of Standard American usage of English
  • Experience with principles, professional standards, and methods for communicating scientific information accurately and effectively in print and/or digital formats
  • Skilled in information gathering, editing techniques, and communication planning and development
  • Experience editing for accuracy, clarity, conciseness, consistency, fluency, and appropriateness to audience level
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Technical Writer / Editor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a technical writer / editor. 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 technical writer / editor
  • Assisting with on-site video shoots
  • Editing video footage
  • Creating video tutorials
  • Assisting with web conferences
  • Supporting CECH faculty and staff during OITLD training sessions
  • Providing Blackboard support and trouble shooting
  • Providing administrative support (creating spreadsheets, tracking course builds)
  • Creating branching scenarios, tutorials, and other interactive media using Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline
  • Assemble reports for Bioanalytical Division using the approved templates
  • Communicate with Sponsor on any issue related to the report template and formatting
Qualifications for technical writer / editor
  • Methods for producing a broad range of scientific communication products
  • Comprehension of complex scientific information
  • Originating, adhering to, various style requirements
  • Using the computer as a communication tool
  • Experience with good interviewing techniques
  • Use of software applicable to writing and editing

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