Technical Writer/Editor [Casual – Nonexempt]

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's Office of Communications at seeks to communicate the vitality and breadth of science at the laboratory. Working closely with SLAC staff, the Office drives SLAC's internal and external communication efforts and promotes the laboratory's mission through effective and imaginative communications to a wide range of audiences including the general public, press and media, educators, congressional representatives, funding agencies and members of the local community.

Reporting to the Editorial Manager, the part-time, on-call technical writer/editor will create and/or edit comprehensive reports and other written materials about SLAC's programs, scientific research and facilities in support of its mission. Work will be performed on an on-call basis as assigned.

Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

* Write, research and/or edit in-depth technical reports about laboratory programs and scientific topics as assigned.

* Compile and edit technical and/or scientific materials for consistency, accuracy and clarity of information.

* Work with Editorial Manager to determine scope of editing, deadlines, lab contacts and required approvals at the outset of each project.

* Complete all tasks required on time and within budget. Delivers finalized, formatted documents as specified.

* Design and produce specific materials for Web and print delivery as assigned.

* Coordinate document submission, editing, and production, working with the Editorial Manager, other Office of Communications and SLAC staff as needed.

* Develop and maintain productive working relationships with individuals and groups to ensure written materials are accurate, useful and appropriate.

* Archive document and record consistent with documentation standards.

* Keep controlled documents up-to-date as conditions and requirements evolve.

Note: This is a non-benefits eligible casual-nonexempt position (work less than 50% full-time equivalent), not to exceed 980 hours in a calendar year.


Education & Experience:

* Bachelor's degree in English, communications or related field or a combination of education and experience performing responsibilities similar to those listed above.

* Minimum 5 years of experience writing and editing in a science/technology/communications capacity (must be able to provide examples of writing and editing portfolio).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

* Ability to translate complex topics into terms easily understandable by broad audiences including employees, public and policymakers.

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

* Strong writing, editing, proofreading, and project management skills. Familiarity with AP style, and ability to follow style guides.

* Ability to work and communicate effectively in both scientific and non-technical settings, both in person and remotely.

* Ability to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple projects simultaneously.

* Familiarity with word processing software.

Experience in the following areas is strongly desired but not required.

* Producing internal and external communications in organizations with a scientific and/or technology focus strongly preferred.

* Editing technical or scientific documents for technical and non-technical audiences strongly preferred.

SLAC Employee Competencies:

* Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.

* Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.

* Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.

* Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.

* Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.

* Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.

* Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, team collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.


* Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

* Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:

* Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.

Final candidates are subject to background checks prior to commencement of employment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Internal candidates, who are selected for hire, may require degree verification and/or credit checks based on requirements of the new position.

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