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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 8/2/17
California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) was established in 1986. It is administered by the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), University of California, Berkeley. PATH is a multi-disciplinary program with staff, faculty and students from universities statewide, and cooperative projects with private industry, state and local agencies, and non-profit institutions.
PATH's mission is to develop applied solutions to the problems of California's surface transportation systems. It does this through cutting edge research, careful consideration of regional needs and statewide and federal policies, the use of new and proven technologies, the adoption of promising communications and control tools, and an awareness of the entire transportation equation. PATH develops these solutions by harnessing the knowledge of transportation researchers, working in conjunction with experts in the fields of information technology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, economics, transportation policy and behavioral studies. It tests these solutions in the real world, adjusts and refines them, evaluates their costs and efficacy empirically, reports and documents the results of these inquiries in technical, professional and public forums, and helps deliver working solutions both within California and around the world.
One of the programs within PATH is Connected Corridors, which focuses on Integrated Corridor Management. Connected Corridors is currently seeking a Technical Writer whose immediate and primary responsibility will be to create developer documentation that systems developers will use to design and build a traffic management system. Consequently, the ideal candidate is familiar with the software development and transportation fields, has experience in software systems development and documentation, and has some knowledge of Intelligent Transportation Systems (although this is not essential).
Beyond this immediate task, the writer's overall role involves conceiving, researching, writing, editing, proofing, and publishing a range of professional written materials online and in print. The writer works in close collaboration with software developers, researchers, engineers, and outreach personnel to produce software and systems documentation, technical reports, comprehensive final project documents and interim summaries, proposals, presentations, user documentation, and strategic communications. The technical writer also writes content for and manages several websites.
40% Developer documentation: Create documentation that systems developers will use to design and build the traffic management system. This is not end-user documentation. It requires sufficient background/experience in software development to understand, develop, and write technical content for high-level and detailed design documents, requirement specifications, test plans, system administration documents, and other systems development documentation as needed. Work with software engineers and participate in software development processes and discussions, including regular scrums, to gather necessary information.
30% Editorial: Edit and revise material from a variety of contributors, ensuring clarity, organization, logic, accuracy, consistency, style, and quality of written work. Proofread materials and verify accuracy. Manage editorial review of manuscripts prior to publication. Coordinate final formatting and production of documents both in print and online.
20% Other publications: Write and edit a range of publications—including project descriptions, funding proposals, newsletters, systems engineering documents, and position papers—aimed at internal and external audiences, consulting closely with technical and outreach personnel.Write, edit, and publish materials to various websites via a Content Management System. Repurpose content for multiple formats and move materials between print and web-oriented environments.
10% Document management: Help manage and maintain online archives of material. Maintain web pages and publications on websites, regulating access, as necessary, to internal or external documents. Proactively offer suggestions for communications enhancements.
Advanced writing skills, including thorough knowledge of grammar, syntax, style, etc.
Skills to organize, design, and present information in text, tables, graphics, etc. so it is communicated easily and effectively to target audiences
Skills to write and edit for a variety of audiences, including technical readers, policymakers, and educated laymen
Skills to deliver technical accuracy and precision while maintaining readability
Ability to work with systems developers, researchers, and engineers to independently develop and write technical content
Demonstrated knowledge of systems development, and experience working within iterative software development processes, including scrums
Demonstrated experience developing and writing formal software requirements, design documents, test plans, and customer-focused documentation for large, complex software and engineered systems, with limited formal information from developers and engineers
Knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and/or web production
Familiarity with online systems and website management
Demonstrated ability to deliver within deadlines
Thorough research and fact verification skills
Strong interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration
Solid analytical and critical thinking skills
Careful attention to detail
Organizational, prioritization, and project management skills
Skill to maintain confidentiality
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
Experience with cloud-based software systems
General knowledge of the transportation industry; some knowledge of civil engineering terminology
Knowledge of and experience with state, regional, and local transportation agencies
Familiarity with meta-tagging and search engine optimization
Salary & Benefits
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*The salary range designated for this position: $53,800 - $81,900; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.