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Technical Writer

Boulder, CO

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Job Title:
Technical Writer
Boulder, CO
Position Term:
1-year term with possibility of extension
No relocation package is offered for this position.
Work Authorization:
U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position. UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.
Who We Are:
Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences.
What You Will Do:
The CISL High Performance Computing Services Section (HSS) Technical Writer/Editor assists in creating and maintaining HPC related documentation on the HSS website using Google, Drupal, and Wiki, defines and maintains organizational structures for documentation, identifies gaps and needs for content, updates documentation in light of system changes and upgrades, and ensures the overall quality of written materials and communications produced by the HPC Services Section. The writer/editor organizes, researches, writes, edits, and proofreads a wide variety of HPC-oriented technical documentation and general information for CISL’s shared computational environment of high-performance computing systems, data and visualization clusters, large-scale disk-based file systems, tape-based archive system, and associated services.
Conceptualizes, writes, edits, and produces original computer hardware and software documentation, collecting information from available sources and appropriate CISL subject-matter experts to communicate often-complex information to diverse audiences. Conducts background research on technical or institutional topics. Produces documentation for purchase and deployment of new systems according to project-defined schedules.
Editor and manager of CISL’s documentation and related information. Responsible for organizing, adding and integrating new content, and maintaining the pages through ongoing system and environment changes. Coordinates the contributions of CISL subject matter experts and works to clarify and refine contributions by others.
Partners with HSS, CISL management and the UCAR Contracts Office to draft, negotiate and administer subcontracts, purchase orders, lease agreements, consulting agreements and other contractual instruments with subcontractors/subrecipients and vendors in support of CISL HPC activities. Tracks and updates NDAs on an on-going basis. Plans, schedules and coordinates meetings with vendors.
Partners with HSS, CISL management and the UCAR Contracts Office to prepare and review Requests for Information (RFIs), Requests for Quotes (RFQs), and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in support of CISL HSS staff for procurements. Evaluates proposals and terms and conditions with HSS staff and UCAR Contracts. Prepares documentation for justification of award for the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Coordinates, contributes to, and provides editorial guidance for user communication channels maintained by HSS, including the CISL web site, Daily Bulletin, user notices issued through Notifier, etc. Supports and contributes to defining the workflows for such. Serves as documentation subject-matter expert for other CISL groups.
Provides coordination and support for other CISL and HSS tasks as assigned.
What You Need:
Education and Years of Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, technical writing, or related field, and at least two years writing and/or editing experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated skill in technical communication, including writing and editing. Thorough knowledge of the English language, including semantics, punctuation, spelling, syntax, grammar, and effective communication strategies.
Skill in explaining basic technical concepts clearly and succinctly in language that is appropriate for varied audiences. Ability to organize information for easy absorption.
Knowledge of electronic publishing media for the Web and emerging interfaces, such as online content management systems, documentation systems, and online information delivery systems, including the ability to understand, compose, and edit basic HTML and Wiki markup; and to contribute content to a Drupal-based content management system. Knowledge of and sensitivity to Web design and accessibility, and the ability to assess its quality.
Demonstrated ability to acquire and apply new skills sufficient to complete assigned tasks.
Proficient in the use of general desktop software, such as Microsoft Office, web browsers, and browser-based software.
Good oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work as a contributing member in a team environment, working side by side with all CISL groups, management, vendors, and technical support staff.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Skill in reviewing and analyzing terms and conditions of contractual documents.
A basic knowledge of information technology environments is helpful.
Knowledge of basic computing technology, terminology, and operation
Applicant Notes:
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and one writing sample.
Cover Letters MUST
address the following:
The key principles you use for producing written compositions
Tell us why you are interested in the position and what makes you stand out as a candidate
Your writing sample should be one that you are most proud of.
What’s In It for You:
Paid Holidays
Tuition Reimbursement
Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
Retirement Plan
And more!
EEO/AAP Statement:
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.
Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.
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Boulder, Colorado, United States

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