User Experience Technical Writer - 3926

Metro Systems is seeking a User Experience Technical Writer for our client in the McLean, VA.


Overview:
To shape product experiences by creating useful, meaningful technical text and documents that help users complete the task at hand. Set the vision for content and drive cohesive product narratives across multiple platforms and touch points.

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Manage user experience writing workflow, maintain deadlines, and ensure timely deliverables to design team.
  • Work independently with limited guidance on moderately complex projects.
  • Participate in the creation and evolution of user experience messaging strategy.
  • Recommend messaging solutions that support user experience and meet brand tone and voice guidelines.
  • Drive a vision for instructional, educational, and help based content across all products.
  • Write clear, concise user interface copy for products, including microcopy, instructional text and error messaging.
  • Develop a vision for messaging across a given product and ensure tactical execution to drive cohesive narratives across all digital touch points.
  • Utilize storytelling and narrative skills to improve user experience in alignment with client’s brand’s tone and voice.
  • Collaborate with designers, analysts, researchers and product managers to define and drive user-centered experiences.
  • Influence writing strategy and anticipates internal/external business challenges.
  • Originate new concepts, strategies or innovative approaches to user experience messaging that have significant impact.
  • Coordinate the writing processes to improve project efficiency.
  • Ensure all user interface language follows cleint’s conventions for punctuation, capitalization and grammar.
  • Identify opportunities to define and establish conventions for digital messaging.
  • Create and apply user experience models, such as journey maps or personas.
  • Research and analyze moderately complex messaging problems, identify opportunities to solve problems utilizing text.
  • Remain knowledgeable and serve as advocate for content best practices within UX Design team.
  • Manage multiple projects under tight deadlines across a broad variety of product categories and audiences.
  • Proactively identify language concerns and successfully address those issues to ensure projects stay on track to meet project milestones, project time/scope/quality/funding expectations, and business objectives.
  • Assist teams through the Development Lifecycle for multiple projects within various phases; ensuring that the deliverables meet language expectations.
  • Identify opportunities to improve workflows and efficiency for developing language within products that meet business and member needs.
  • Work on multiple projects prioritizing them according to project needs, level of effort of tasks and project timelines.
  • Perform active check-ins with UX and visual designers to ensure all materials are vetted through the technical writing team.
  • Participate in development, testing and implementation of UX design projects.
  • Analyze and document project requirements.
  • Maintain and monitor solution effectiveness.
  • Remain abreast of emerging technologies and industry best practices and trends.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Working experience outside of the classroom in technical writing, UX writing, fact-checking, copywriting or content/creative strategy.
  • Working knowledge of modern development standards, techniques and methodologies (e.g., HTML, XHTML, AJAX, JavaScript, CSS, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of web, mobile and application design.
  • Working knowledge of best practices for web and mobile-based content, tools, and forms.
  • Advanced cross-group collaboration and persuasion skills.
  • Advanced skill in project management to include establishing and leading project teams; managing timelines/deadlines/resources; ensuring successful project implementation.
  • Ability to lead, guide and mentor others
  • Ability to articulate design concepts to a broad audience, including non-designers.
  • Advanced communication skills both verbal and visual
  • Advanced detail and organizational skills.
  • Ability to apply analytical, creative, visual, and critical thinking.
  • Advanced knowledge of effective writing and editing.
  • Experience of user centered design processes and best practices.
  • Master’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism, or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. (desired)
  • Knowledge of financial services industry and products. (desired)
  • Human Factors Institute Certified Analyst (desired)

 

MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.