Senior Technical Writer
Couchbase - Mountain View, CA

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Sr. Technical Writer
Couchbase is looking for a Sr. Technical Writer with passion and enthusiasm for communicating information as well as the attention to detail to ensure that users and customers get all the information they need to build applications using Couchbase Server. You will research and take information from developers and turn it into user-focused documentation that tells customers everything they need, including how to avoid problems and approach solutions from different angles. Your documentation will be both complete and consistent across multiple manuals and formats, as well as easy to understand. Most importantly, you will be dedicated to educating users on the best methods for building and deploying applications using NoSQL database systems.
Responsibilities

Write easy to understand and in-depth documentation and technical articles which demonstrate to users the best and easiest way to interact with Couchbase products.

Identify documentation needs and expand existing manuals or create new documentation that focuses on the needs of Couchbase users, e.g. installation instructions, feature details, how-to guides for database interfaces and tools, release notes.

Take raw information and advice about product features and behaviors from internal developers and support teams, try out the features as a Couchbase user would, and use your experiences to build detailed documentation.

Demonstrate a willingness to question and challenge the information and advice, and expand on it to provide different levels of information.

Edit, clarify and proofread documents written by other staff and work with non-writers on ways to improve their writing skills and contributions to documentation.

Communicate the benefits of the NoSQL software model using documentation and blog posts, and communicate directly with customers and users through community wiki and forums.

Requirements

A minimum of 5 years of technical writing experience on enterprise infrastructure software technologies, preferably with a database or data management software development focus.

Experience in driving documentation for key product features and/or SDKs.

Keen eye for detail and for the depth and breadth of information to provide users with exactly what they need. Ability to document the core details, as well as higher-level information and step-by-step instructions about the product.

Work with the product development team, developer advocates, technical support and marketing to build targeted and detailed documentation and associated materials.

Demonstrated experience in creating content and documentation in a variety of mediums (various electronic files, web, blogs, community forums, etc.) used to reach Couchbase users, both developers and operations/systems engineers.

Ability to read and understand source code written in languages such as HTML, Java, JavaScript, C++, PHP and Python. Direct development experience a plus.

System administration and/or development experience on either Windows or Linux. Experience of multiple platforms is an advantage.

Illustration or diagramming experience, turning the description and information into an easy to understand illustration.

Experience using version control systems like github, MarkDown, DocBook XML ideally with knowledge of XSLT, FOP and other DocBook processing systems.

Must have a collaborative style and be an outstanding team player willing to work in a busy office and with remote Couchbase employees.

Note: Candidate must be able to work onsite in our Mountain View (or San Francisco) office.

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