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Writer - Editor (4017U) - PATH
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 23, 2020
Title Writer - Editor (4017U) - PATH
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Grant Writer/Technical Writer

Writer - Editor (4017U) - PATH

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 10/5/20

Departmental Overview

California PATH is a research center within the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley. PATH's focus is the development of automation systems for vehicles and highways that will improve traveler safety, reduce traffic congestion and reduce vehicle emissions. PATH conducts extramural research, that is, all of our projects are sponsored by agencies outside of the University. PATH employs as many as 140 staff, researchers and graduate students on 60 or so projects. Most projects have a year duration, but large complex projects can last 3 years. Each project produces a final report and content from the report is used to produce a variety of short documents targeting executive audiences. These may be published either on paper, PDF or on the web. Federally funded project typically require the development of a comprehensive proposal, under specific deadlines and document organizational constraints.

The incumbent for this role writes or edits a variety of comprehensive and difficult material for stylistic consistency, logic, organization, rational development of content, and emphasis. The individual works in a team oriented environment with academic researchers - constructing proposal submissions, quarterly and final reports as well as programmatic publications (annual reports, etc). The person recommends content and layout, edits, and coordinates production of a variety of printed and online material, or conversion of printed pieces to online formats and archives.


30% Under limited supervision, researches, writes and / or edits material for a variety of publications for external audiences. Working with a technical project team (or lead), compose documentation that targets a general management audience, in the transportation industry. These documents tend to be brief and summarize the progress and promise of a course of research. Additionally the technical writer will support a technical team in the development of different research products. This can include task reports, white papers, quarterly reports and the final report. These documents tell an in-depth story of the research project, including theories, prior art, mathematics, research methods and collected data , its analysis and as well as conclusions and recommendations. These documents target a technical audience.

30% As an editor, ensures clarity, organization, accuracy, style, and quality of written work. All of our proposals and research projects are composed by teams. In each of these documents, individual chapters are typically composed by different authors. As a result, each chapter can display different organization, a different writing style and quality of written work. It is the task of the technical writer to correct all deficiencies and create a professional document that reads smoothly throughout. It is also important that the technical writer maintain a positive working relationship with the technical team - efforts to improve work product should not be delivered in a manner that can be interpreted personally.

20% Assignments may include analytical, interpretive or promotional / persuasive projects. In addition to research products, the technical writer will be responsible for developing short persuasive documents that promote projects for a variety of reasons, including webinars. Such documents would be brief, under 2 pages. Assignments may also include longer persuasive documents, such as an annual report, that promote the program. Annual reports require a professional layout, typically enabled by desktop publishing programs.

20% Produces articles, profiles, blogs, collateral, and /or other written material using subject matter expertise. The technical writer is also responsible for maintaining web pages that explain the long term development strategies for different technical areas. These pieces generally take a 5 to 10 year view of development requirements and include commentary on how current projects contribute towards the fulfillment of this vision.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation.
  • Knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and / or web production.
  • Thorough skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and / or the broader public, while ensuring adherence to the location's message.
  • Thorough interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.
  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field and / or equivalent related experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master' degree in a technical field and / or equivalent related experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.
  • Thorough knowledge of the location, including its mission, goals, achievements, infrastructure, programs, and policies.
  • Thorough knowledge of issues in higher education and transportation research.
  • Thorough research and fact verification skills.
  • Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Thorough attention to detail, project management and organizational skills.
  • Skill to maintain confidentiality.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

*The salary designated for this position is up to $63,000; however, salary is commensurate with experience.

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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