Do you have a passion for shaping ideas, fixing structural challenges in writing, and crafting paragraphs and words that speak to the reader? Are you enthusiastic about copy editing, style guides, and quality control? Would you like to work with leaders in the fields of software engineering, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence (AI) on projects that matter to the Department of Defense, government agencies, and private industry?
We're looking for a Senior Technical Writer and Content Strategist to join our Technical Communications team at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) to edit technical reports; write and edit content for the SEI website; and create and edit presentations. Working collaboratively with SEI technical staff, you will help them create professional materials that communicate the innovations and benefits of their research.
What you'll do
Edit and format formal technical reports. Tailor your work for each project from substantive editing, to copy editing, to proofreading, depending on project requirements, schedule, and budget.
Write brief articles and marketing materials.
Write and edit web content, video scripts, and content for other electronic media.
Participate on technical teams, act as a consultant or co-writer with technical authors, and collaborate with technical teams to revise their content.
Suggest ways to present content in a document and to repurpose it to other media.
Work collaboratively with teams from Communication Design, Web Services, Public Relations, and Outreach on publications, web pages, presentations, and event materials.
Plan, manage, schedule, and track your project tasks.
Who you are
You have a BA or BS in technical writing or related discipline with 5-8 years of experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience. You might have an MA or MS.
You have excellent document planning, writing, substantive editing, and copyediting skills.
You are committed to customer service for authors, but you are also a strong advocate for the reader.
You have a keen eye for detail and a strong focus on quality.
You have strong organizational, time management, and project management skills and can prioritize multiple tasks.
You have the social skills to work closely with technical staff to plan and develop written technical materials and interview subject-matter experts.
You have significant experience with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word and PowerPoint.
You can work with minimal or no supervision, but you participate in team decision making.
You are willing to travel within the SEI and CMU community--and occasionally to sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings--to support the SEI's mission (<5%).
You can pass a background check and obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.
You have an online or PDF portfolio that exhibits strong editing and writing skills.
You might also have experience in
an academic or technical research setting
marketing writing for a technical or DoD audience
issue and project tracking software
website content management systems
LaTeX or another document preparation system
Adobe Creative Cloud
Who we are
The SEI helps advance software engineering principles and practices and serves as a national resource in software engineering, computer security, and process improvement. The SEI works closely with defense and government organizations, industry, and academia to continually improve software-intensive systems. Its core purposes are to help organizations improve software engineering capabilities, advance cybersecurity methods and technologies, and bring the discipline of software engineering to AI systems. Learn more about Careers at the SEI.
The Technical Communications Team helps the SEI's technical staff inform our sponsor and the public about the research, methods, products, and services developed at the SEI.
Our benefits philosophy encompasses three driving priorities: choice, control, and well-being. Through Carnegie Mellon University, the SEI offers a wide range of competitive employee benefits to help you live well, including comprehensive health insurance, tuition benefits, and a generous PTO and retirement savings policy to name a few.
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Work with experts doing cutting-edge research to solve tough problems for the government and the nation.
Get an 8% monthly contribution for your retirement plan, without having to contribute yourself.
Get tuition benefits to attend classes at CMU for you and your dependent children.
Enjoy a healthy work/life balance with a flexible work arrangement.
Get access to university resources including campus fitness facilities, mindfulness programs, child care, free transportation on the Port Authority Transit System, and more.
Enjoy annual professional development opportunities to attend conferences and training or obtain a certification.
Get relocation assistance.
Our team is located in Bakery Square, site of several of Pittsburgh's biggest tech employers and a foodie destination.
CMU's COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in the United States to be fully vaccinated, including a booster when eligible, against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires in the United States must provide proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption. (Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or for religious or strong moral or ethical conviction.) Those granted an exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements. The most up-to-date information on CMU's COVID-19 mitigation requirements can be found here: Minimum Requirements to Return to Campus.
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Please visit "Why Carnegie Mellon" to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.