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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N0015 / Technical Writer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, writes, edits and coordinates technical reports, grants an/or proposal writing, brochures, and/or manuals for internal documentation, customer reference, or publication. Collects, researches, and analyzes available data and literature and verifies copy with appropriate departments. May coordinate production and distribution of materials.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Compiles data and writes or revises text for informative, instructional or promotional articles, grants, user documentation, newsletters, electronic database publications, media guides, or similar materials of a technical nature.
  2. Researches topics, including gathering and sorting source and background materials; consults with various personnel to clarify details of source materials; provides statistical analysis of data as required.
  3. Participates in the writing of grant proposals, book chapters, curricula, syllabi, and similar materials.
  4. Prepares and compiles all components of grant submission, ensuring that the proposal is formated, packages, and submitted in acordance with granting afency requirements.
  5. Coordinates the planning and prepartation of grant proposals; provides guidance and assistance to staff/faculty in the interpretation of funding agency regulations and requirements.
  6. Collects, research, and analyzes data related to grant or project; prepares scheduled and special reports and may present information; maintains program/project records.
  7. Plans layout of work, arranging sequence of topics and placement of graphics as applicable.
  8. Develops and maintains specialized databases and systems for recording and tracking grant proposals, awards, and related statistical information.
  9. May electronically upload publications and download news cables for analysis.
  10. Works in cooperation with marketing departments to create brochures, newsletters, and flyers, as appropriate.
  11. May coordinate department activities such as production of documents, scheduling meetings, preparing agendas, and maintaining files.
  12. May supervise and/or lead lower graded staff and/or student employees.
  13. Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  14. Assists with departmental education and/or public relations events.
  15. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to interact with students, faculty and/or staff in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to write, edit, and/or revise a range of technical communications from specifically compiled raw data.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff.
  • Ability to communicate with and understand the requirements of professional staff in area of specialty.
  • Skill in developing design and layout of materials to be published.
  • Skill in collecting, analyzing, verifying, and manipulating research data.
  • Proposal and grant writing skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017