Job Requisition Number: 23230. 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.
The writer?s role involves conceiving, researching, writing, editing, proofing and publishing professional written materials, technical documentation including requirements, design, test, and user documentation and strategic communications online, in print, and in presentations. The writer works in close collaboration with software developers, researchers, engineers and outreach personnel, primarily producing software and systems documentation, technical reports, research papers, comprehensive final project documents and interim summaries, backgrounders, white papers, proposals, and presentations. The technical writer also writes and manages content and updates in several websites.
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. Knowledge and experience with state, regional and local transportation agencies is also a plus. However, this writer must be able to demonstrate comfort working with scientific and technical subject matter, understand the Systems Engineering process and experience in developing the required systems engineering documentation, be skilled at delivering scientific rigor with an understandable style, and be capable of personally policing accuracy and precision without losing readability. S/he must be able to write and edit reports for a wide variety of audiences that includes technical readers, professionals, policymakers, and educated laymen. The candidate should be comfortable with Content Management Systems and able to move materials from printed documents to web oriented environments, and vice versa, easily. Meeting deadlines while writing complete, rigorously accurate, and readable systems documentation and reports is an essential part of this job. The candidate should also possess the organizational skills needed to manage and prioritize different reports and projects; and s/he should have some familiarity with meta-tagging and search engine optimization in order to help create knowledge-systems that can benefit systems developers, researchers and engineers, and to deliver critical information to the public effectively.
40% From information and materials supplied by systems developers and engineers, writes and edits system documentation required for the Systems Engineering process, including concept of operations, system requirements, high level and detailed design documentation, test plans and documentation, administrative and user documentation and instructions, and other software and systems development documentation required. Participates in software development processes and discussions so that the understanding required for documentation is obtained.
30% Ensures clarity, organization, accuracy, style, and quality of written work; proof-reads and verifies accuracy; manages grammatical/editorial/accuracy review of manuscripts prior to publication; supervises final production of documents in both print and online.
20% Under limited supervision as a key member of a team, starts from source materials supplied by primary investigators, researches, writes and/or edits for a variety of publications aimed at internal and external audiences, consulting closely with researchers and scientists, ensuring deadlines are rigorously met and enforced.
10% Helps place, position, manage and maintain online archives of material, uses an advanced CMS, and provides proactive suggestions for communications enhancements.?Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation. ?Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines for research papers. ?Thorough skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and/or the broader public. ?Thorough and demonstrated knowledge of the unique requirements of technical report writing: criticality of accuracy, the iterative process with researchers and scientists, the balance between readability and sophistication. ?Thorough and demonstrated knowledge of the systems development and systems engineering process and the required documentation, and experience working within iterative software development processes, including SCRUM. ?Demonstrated experience in writing and developing content and completion of formal software requirements, design, test, and customer focused documentation for large, complex software and engineered systems with extremely limited formal information from developers and engineers. ?Demonstrated ability to deliver within deadline, and to enforce deadlines within teams. ?Familiarity with online systems, content management, search engine optimization, databases, website management. ?General knowledge of the software development and operations industry. Experience with cloud based software systems is desired. ?General knowledge of the transportation industry; some knowledge of civil engineering terminology. ?Knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and/or web production. ?Thorough research and fact verification skills. ?Thorough interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills. ?Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills. ?Thorough attention to detail, project management and organizational skills. ?Skill to maintain confidentiality.
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