Contract-to-Staff Tech Writer
Content Rules - San Jose, CA

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Our innovative advertising industry client needs a Contract-to-Staff (or just a Staff; see job code “STV-345″ at Technical Writer to create in-product documentation, online help, and feature guides about its solution for bringing current ads to video-on-demand (VOD) and time-shifted (DVR’d) TV content.

They need a meticulous writer – with flawless grammar and tidy, typo-free samples – to work solo, onsite, fully owning and autonomously writing end user content, (a little) developer doc, and even some marcom material. It’s crucial that you be completely hands-on with the product and fully engaged with the team, but your technical prowess isn’t nearly as important as your writing skills. If you can articulate their message – and the product’s nuances – clearly, succinctly, and accurately, they’ll teach you the rest.

You’ll augment and improve a sparse doc set, created in RoboHelp and WordPress, using any tool(s) you choose. Ultimately, you can completely replace what you inherit; they’re not married to a specific tool or documentation strategy. Your focus, at least for the first year, will be 70% on creating user doc, 25% on dev doc (no programming experience required), and 5% on marketing materials such as data sheets and feature/benefit documents.

The ideal candidate is exceptionally detail-oriented, has worked in a software development startup, and is ready to fly solo. Prior pubs management experience might help, unless you’d actually prefer to manage than to be a solo individual contributor for a couple years.

This will be full-time (40 hours/week), mostly onsite work in San Jose. If you start on contract, you’d be paid on a 1099 basis, unless you prefer W2. When you convert to staff, you’ll earn a competitive (5-figure, not 6-figure) salary plus complete benefits, and begin vesting in your pre-IPO stock options.

Required :
  • Experience documenting powerful software for both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Working knowledge of RoboHelp and/or WordPress
  • Strong teamwork and consensus-building skills
  • Ability to create conceptual illustrations
  • Sharable, superior writing samples and reachable references
  • Full-time availability
  • Ability to work in San Jose, CA (traveling at your own expense)
Desired :
  • Experience administering WordPress (not just using it)
  • Background in publications management, project management, or product marketing generating external customer-facing content
To apply :
Please visit , citing “CTV-344″ in the Job Code field.

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