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Senior Technical Writer and Content Strategist - 2011162 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

What We Do:

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. Our core purpose is to help organizations improve software engineering capabilities and develop or acquire the right software, defect free, within budget and on time, every time.

Position Summary:

The person in this position is a member of Technical Communication, which develops and disseminates information, in a variety of forms, about the research and methods of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), as well as products and services of the SEI. This position is primarily responsible for editing technical research reports; writing, editing, and organizing content for the SEI website; and producing and editing presentations for technical staff. You will strive to improve the technical research communications of the SEI, by producing precise technical communication and clear, user-centered web content. You will work collaboratively with SEI technical staff. The individual thrives in a dynamic environment, responds quickly and with composure to rapidly changing priorities, and handles multiple projects concurrently.


  • BS in technical writing, or related discipline, with 5-8 years of experience or equivalent combination of training or experience.
  • Willingness to travel to various locations to support the SEI's overall mission. This includes within the SEI and CMU community, sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion (<5).
  • You will be subject to a background check and must be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.


  • Collaborative work on publications, websites, and presentations in a technical field, including handling multiple writing tasks at a time.
  • Acting as a consultant and/or co-writer with technical authors, performing substantive editing, building and revising web pages, and collaborating with technical subject matter experts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent writing, document planning, substantive editing, and copyediting skills; strong organizational, time management, project management, and social skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal or no supervision and participate in team decision-making.
  • A keen eye for detail with a strong focus on quality control.
  • Commitment to quality and to customer service, and a willingness to be a strong advocate for the reader.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word and PowerPoint; Adobe Creative Suite a plus.

Desired Experience:

  • Master's degree in a technical writing-related field.
  • Experience in an academic or technical research setting.
  • Experience with marketing writing for a highly technical or DoD audience a plus.
  • Experience with website content management systems a plus.

Job Function Breakdown:

50% - Editing and content strategy - Edit and format technical content; contribute to content strategy as part of a team.

30% - Writing - Write technical content working with subject matter experts.

10% - Projects - Participate in communication project teams, attend meetings.

10% - Project management - Plan, manage, schedule, track projects.

More Information

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Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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