Job Information

University of Utah Technical Writer, Sr. in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 01/29/2024

Requisition Number PRN37546B

Job Title Technical Writer, Sr.

Working Title Technical Writer, Sr.

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Employees must reside in the state of Utah but might have the opportunity to work a hybrid (in-office and remote) work schedule. Possible consideration of a request for a fully remote work schedule, subject to approval and change.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00952 - Division of Epidemiology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47,600 to 84,249

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Writes a variety of technical articles, reports, brochures, and/or manuals for documentation for a wide range of uses. Documentation may vary in form, ranging from on-line eDocs or mobile apps to print media. May be responsible for coordinating the display of graphics and the production of the document. This is a senior level position. May be responsible for the guidance or supervision of others. Specifications and requisite expertise may vary depending on department of employment.


  1. Create user documentation for a variety of material, including how-to guides and instruction manuals; may study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples. Gather information on their subjects in libraries and on the web. May prepare charts, graphs, or forms to go along with rough drafts.
  2. Explain scientific and technical ideas in simple language, ensuring technical verbiage is easy to understand by the layperson or determined audience.
  3. May meet with customer representatives, vendors, plant executives, or publishers to establish technical specifications.
  4. Write technical direction on product announcements, marketing brochures, advertisements, marketing specifications. May require adjustment of copy and design as necessary. Will follow a life cycle called document development life cycle.
  5. May conduct tutorials, training, or other instructions pertaining to application of technical documents.
  6. Assists researchers in the preparation of manuscripts, submissions, and other editorial activities for publication and offers suggestions on presentation of subject matter and visuals based upon knowledge of intended message and target audience.
  7. Applies expert knowledge in product design matters such as layout, materials, color schemes, and technical aspects of publications and presentations.
  8. Applies expertise in product development and design for large-scale dissemination and knowledge translation.
  9. Prepares material for, coordinates production of, and/or manages programs to produce.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required:

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required:

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) and 4-6 years of experience in the field or in a related area.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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