MDN Senior Technical Writer (1-year fixed term)

  • Mozilla
  • Remote (Germany)
  • Oct 05, 2021
Long-term Contract Technical Writing

Job Description

Please note, this is a 12-month fixed-term contract position. The role is remote, but applicants located in Germany are preferred.

MDN Web Docs is the premier technical reference for web developers, with over 17 million global users and 1,000 volunteer content contributors per month working to help make a better web. Web developers love MDN, and we are looking for an experienced technical writer with web development skills (or a web developer with technical writing skills!) who can help us continue to deliver the best possible content for developers.


MDN technical writers take complex information and communicate it clearly and accurately, understand how developers think and what information they need, work well with subject matter experts, and have a deep understanding of software development tools and practices. MDN technical writers can read and write code (primarily JavaScript, HTML, and CSS) and read and understand the specifications that define web technologies.

Our team is highly distributed; working from home full-time is acceptable.

Responsibilities

In this role, the technical writer will document ongoing additions to the web platform in key areas such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WebAPIs, etc., helping to keep MDN’s all-important reference documentation up-to-date.This includes but is not limited to: 

  • Writing technical documentation for web developers, such as reference docs, guides, and tutorials. 
  • Updating GitHub repos with related information such as browser compatibility data.
  • Creating sample code and demos.
  • Obtaining source information from web standards specifications, internal project documentation & bugs, and conversations with browser engineers and other team members.
  • Soliciting technical and editorial reviews and incorporating feedback.
  • Helping to triage and prioritize documentation bugs, and updating those bugs with documentation status.
  • Providing reviews and edits on documentation written by others.
  • Providing input and feedback on content strategy and roadmaps that define future MDN work. 
  • Identifying gaps in current developer documentation and proposing future roadmap items
  • Interacting actively and positively with a volunteer community of writers, developers and translators, providing direction or mentoring where appropriate.
  • Taking responsibility for managing high-value technical writing projects ranging in scope from small (a few days or a week, with 1-2 team members) to large (several months, multiple team members).
  • Contributing to the scoping and implementation of MDN platform improvements as required.

Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience researching and writing documentation, code examples, and demos for web developers.
  • Experience coding with JavaScript, CSS, and HTML.
  • Experience using Git and related tools such as GitHub.
  • Familiarity with bug tracking software (for example, Jira, Bugzilla)
  • Can read and understand technical specifications (for example, W3C, WHATWG, or TC39 specs).
  • Ability to publish information using HTML, Markdown, wikis, and other online collaborative technologies.
  • Ability to cope with fast-paced and constantly changing environments.
  • Able to communicate clearly in English, but English doesn’t need to be your first language.
  • Ability to work with a geographically distributed team of employees and volunteers.

Bonus points for

  • Experience working with open source communities, extra bonus if you have contributed to MDN and/or Mozilla.
  • Experience with modern web development workflows (using linters, etc.).
  • Experience with Node.js.
  • Experience with front-end frameworks, such as React, Vue, and Svelte.

About Mozilla

Mozilla exists to build the Internet as a public resource accessible to all because we believe that open and free is better than closed and controlled. When you work at Mozilla, you give yourself a chance to make a difference in the lives of Web users everywhere. And you give us a chance to make a difference in your life every single day. Join us to work on the Web as the platform and help create more opportunity and innovation for everyone online.