University of Waterloo

  • Technical Writer and Report Coordinator, Waterloo Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

    Requisition ID
    2018-2444
    Job Category
    Other
    Department
    2175 - Dean of Engineering Office
    Job Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Hiring Range
    $59,433 - $74,291
  • Overview

    Reporting to the Managing Director, the Technical Writer and Report Coordinator (TWRC) is responsible for the production of professional, effective and technically-oriented materials for the Waterloo node of Ontario’s Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (AMC). The consortium is the result of the province’s commitment of $35M over five years announced in its 2016 Budget to help develop long-term industrial innovation projects and support industry-academic partnerships. The initial nodes of the AMC include three Ontario universities -- McMaster, Waterloo and Western. The incumbent is responsible for writing, reviewing, editing and coordinating a wide range of materials, including project reports summarizing activities and research proposals levering industry funding, as well as technical materials, letters of support, and copy of web- and print based promotional items. 

     

    This role is contingent on funding.

    Responsibilities

    Generate, review, edit and coordinate project reports

    • Generate  AMC reports, including collecting relevant data, summarizing project activities,  fact-checking, and presentation of information appropriate to the audience and medium
    • Review and edit reports to correct for structure, grammar, style, and adherence to university requirements and agency guidelines
    • Coordinate report  preparation for both small, individual projects and large, multi-researcher projects and meet deadlines
    • Provide the Managing Director with strategic advice, information, and data related to status and progress of project reports

    Write, review, edit and coordinate research proposals

    • To help faculty leverage AMC industry funding, write research proposals, including background preparation, fact-checking, and translation of technical research information into accurate text that is understandable, readable, and appropriate to the audience and medium

    • Review and edit proposals to correct for structure, grammar, style, and persuasiveness; and provide feedback on strategic positioning, and adherence to university requirements and agency guidelines

    • Coordinate proposal preparation for both small, individual projects and large, multi-researcher projects, including progress monitoring, integration of text, review and editing through all stages of proposal preparation

    • Assist faculty researchers with surveying research initiatives, identifying research opportunities, proposal writing, and preparation of items such as power point presentations and briefs 

    Research and prepare documents that profile Waterloo AMC activities

    • Collect relevant data to describe achievements, funding, and success rate statistics
    • Produce fact sheets, web-copy, and presentation materials that profile Waterloo AMC activities
    • Provides ongoing maintenance of the Waterloo AMC Website. The incumbent independently updates content related to AMC affairs, guidelines, policies and services, and uploads content as required by Managing Director

    Other

    • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned by the Managing Director

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree required. Education or training in a discipline of Engineering or Science is required
    • Minimum 5 years of experience in a technical writing role 
    • Have superior oral and written communication skills

    • Have the ability to write short copy (web-based text), long copy (research proposals and reports), and research presentation material (power point) for broad audiences (technical reviewers and lay audiences)

    • Have well-developed editorial skills, including experience in copy editing

    • Have excellent research skills; must be able to compile and integrate relevant information (both qualitative and statistical) from a broad range of sources to strengthen proposals and reports

    • Ability to fully understand, synthesize and translate material of a highly technical nature into text that is accessible to all readers

    • Have the ability to work independently and with other people

    • Have the ability to work in a dynamic environment, with shifting timelines and priorities

    • Have the ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously, while adhering to tight timelines

    • Have the ability to think critically and analytically

    • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office suite

    • Advanced knowledge of Outlook, Adobe, SharePoint and working knowledge of web-design tools and software

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