Open Collective
Open Collective
Now Accepting Applications: Open Web Docs Tech Writer / Advocate
Published on April 20, 2021 by Jory Burson

Are you passionate about the open web, technical documentation, and growing healthy, sustainable online communities? Join Open Web Docs! We're looking for an experienced technical writer to join Florian, Will, and an amazing community of contributors to help sustain web platform documentation. 

This is a full-time, remote position on our small-but-mighty team. You'll work with people across multiple organizations and timezones to improve important web development resources like MDN. The salary for this role is $120,000 USD plus benefits paid in your local currency. Check out the job description below, and reach out to jory @ or florian @ with questions. 

Tech Writer / Advocate - Apply Here

0/ What is Open Web Docs?
The Open Web Docs project is a collective of people and organizations contributing to the betterment of open web platform documentation for the benefit of web developers worldwide. In practice this means contributing to platforms such as MDN Web Docs and others, and taking a lead role on specific content projects within these platforms, in coordination with these platforms as appropriate.

1/ Job Description
Open Web Docs is looking for a Senior team member with both technical writing and developer advocate skills to join our team.

You will both focus on writing projects, tooling and processes related to documentation for Web platform technologies as well as developer advocacy work such as blogging, promotion to the developer community, community management, social media and events.

In particular, you'll be contributing to MDN Web Docs, and related efforts, with an independent editorial voice and championing the needs of the global population of web developers in prioritizing and executing on documentation.

As part of a growing team, you'll engage with the contributor community, the MDN Product Advisory Board, standards bodies, and other partners to propose, plan, and author new content, and maintain and improve existing documentation.

Open Web Docs is an all-remote team. You will work on open source projects and under open licenses, and prioritize inclusion across all concerns.

Together with other OWD team members and the Open Web Docs Steering Committee, you will inform a set of priorities and execute against those priorities alongside other corporate and community partners.

2/ Responsibilities
  • Contribute to and collaborate with, and continuously improve open Web documentation projects, e.g. MDN
  • Participate in high-level content & editorial strategy discussions for Open Web Docs involvement in documentation sources
  • Prioritize documentation work, create roadmap(s), milestones and manage tasks
  • Improve information architecture standards
  • Write blog posts, and other engagement with the developer community such as podcasts, interviews and use of social media
  • Establish and oversee processes that foster healthy communities and productive contributions on our project repositories
  • Build a vibrant and diverse community around Open Web Docs and MDN.
  • Provide strategic input on and contribute to key doc infrastructure projects (such as MDN Browser Compat Data) 
  • Communicate with the Web documentation projects Governance Bodies such as the MDN PAB and partners
  • Contribute to the improvement of team process and style, as well as cross-functional efforts
3/ Job Requirements
  • Prior experience in technical writing
  • Great research, planning, writing, editing, information architecture, and content strategy skills.
  • Experience planning and leading major initiatives, such as the launch of new documentation resources, and large-scale documentation reviews and overhauls.
  • Experience in remote work and across time zones
  • Knowledge of open web technologies
  • Highly organized and able to prioritize and triage various issues and projects
  • Experience with documentation tooling (git, markdown, “docs-as-code”)
  • Ability to manage and grow contributions from the community
  • Technical community management experience
  • Experience with diversity & inclusion and/or codes of conduct programs within technology communities or open source projects