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Technical Editor and Senior Technical Editor

University Enterprises, Inc.   Sacramento, CA   Full-time     Other
Posted on September 13, 2021
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University Enterprises Inc. (UEI) is seeking a Technical Editor and Senior Technical Editor for Office of Water Programs (OWP). OWP’s mission is to provide cost-effective solutions for protecting and enhancing water resources, public health, and the environment through training, scientific research, and public education. Our operator training group develops and implements programs and publishes training materials for operators of water treatment plants, water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, and municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and reclamation facilities. We also offer programs and publications for pretreatment facility inspectors, environmental compliance inspectors, and utility managers. All training is offered as distance learning, using correspondence, video, or computer-based formats with opportunities to earn continuing education and contact hours for operators, supervisors, managers, and administrators. Research group engineers and scientists perform and manage research efforts focused on characterizing water quality issues, including developing and testing methods to improve water quality. Our staff also provides technical, managerial, and financial capacity building to disadvantaged communities and programs serving them. Our researchers offer technical advice on water policy issues, assist in watershed planning, and perform modeling, data analysis, and cost assessments to help both the public and private sectors make informed decisions based on accurate information and good science.


UEI offers an excellent benefits package which includes:
• Participation in CalPERS Retirement Program
• Paid Vacation Time – starting at 6.66 hours accrued/month
• Paid Sick Time – 8 hours accrued/month
• Paid Holidays – 13 paid holidays per year including paid time off the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day as the CSUS campus is closed and 1 personal day.
• Excellent medical benefits – 100% employer paid medical & dental for employee-only coverage and low cost for family coverage


Apply by 9/24/2021.


Pay Rate: Technical Editor $3,613 - $5,420 per month
Senior Technical Editor $4,489 - $6,733 per month

 

Position Overview:
The Technical Editor edits book-length manuscripts of training manuals and collateral materials, as well as documents authored by research engineering staff specializing in water issues. The training manuals serve as curriculum for approximately 50 distance learning print and online courses for drinking water and wastewater treatment plant operators. The position reports to and receives general supervision from the Technical Publications Manager. The Senior Technical Editor reviews and edits book-length manuscripts of training manuals and collateral materials, as well as documents authored by research engineering staff specializing in water. This position collaborates with other OWP staff, publishing partners, and consultants to determine workflow, editorial scope, task assignments, and delivery dates for manuscripts and other project documents. The Senior Technical Editor works closely with the Technical Publications Manager, Technical Editors, Production Editors, and Consultants to produce error-free work and to complete projects on schedule. The position reports to and receives general supervision from the Technical Publications Manager. Provides work direction to student assistants.


Duties & Responsibilities:


Technical Editor:

Reviews, analyzes, organizes, and edits drafts written by OWP staff and consultants to produce technical training materials, contract/grant reports, software user guides, outreach and training materials, online content, and other project deliverables. Ensures finished documents meet project deadlines and are written in a consistent voice that is appropriate for the target audience. Prepares manuscripts of water/wastewater operator training manuals for print production.


Primary tasks include:
Working collaboratively and cohesively with other Publications staff to deliver new editions and other project assignments within scheduled deadlines. Integrating consultants’ edits in a consistent voice that conveys complex information easily and accurately. Initiating and maintaining communication with OWP staff and consultants to collaborate on manuscript revisions and deliverables, ensuring the accuracy of finished documents. Reviewing accuracy, quality, and positioning of graphical elements such as figures, photos, and infographics. Researching and requesting permission to use third-party graphics. Working with internal design staff to revise and develop graphics. Developing and editing review question/answer sets that are relevant to stated learning objectives. Reviewing, editing, and creating answer keys and glossary entries. Marking instructions to typesetter on page proofs using standard proofreading marks in a clear, concise, and orderly manner. Preparing errata and revised content for current and future editions.


Senior Technical Editor:
Under limited supervision, uses advanced technical editing and proofreading skills to analyze, organize, and edit drafts written by OWP staff and consultants to produce technical training materials, contract/grant reports, software user guides, outreach and training materials, online content, and other project deliverables. Identifies tasks and develops project schedules. With increasing levels of responsibility, prepares manuscripts of water/wastewater operator training manuals for print production.

 

Primary tasks include:
Working collaboratively and cohesively with other Publications staff to deliver new editions and other project assignments within established deadlines. Evaluating and proposing the deletion, addition, and reorganization of topics within manuals and manual sets. Preparing errata for future editions. Integrating consultants’ edits in a consistent voice that conveys complex information easily and accurately. Initiating and maintaining communication with OWP staff and consultants to collaborate on manuscript revisions and to schedule deliverables, ensuring the accuracy and timely delivery of finished documents. Reviewing accuracy, quality, location, and captioning of graphical elements such as figures, photos, and infographics. Working with internal design staff to revise and develop graphics. Developing and editing question/answer sets that are relevant to stated learning objectives. Reviewing, editing, and creating answer keys and glossary entries. Marking instructions to typesetter on page proofs using standard proofreading marks in a clear, concise, and orderly manner. See individual job postings for additional duties and responsibilities.


Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution in technical writing/editing, journalism, instructional design, or related field; or equivalent combination of education and/or work experience. Demonstrated knowledge of the mechanics of the English language, including usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Writing, proofreading, and editing skills, including demonstrated ability to review and edit materials for accuracy, consistency, readability, and overall quality. Demonstrated experience in analyzing, editing, and paraphrasing content from publications such as process and procedure manuals, research literature, industry-specific materials, and government documents. Demonstrated skill in preparing documents or manuscripts for review by other editors, contributors, or peer reviewers. Demonstrated ability to prioritize work, consistently meet deadlines, and shift between projects with competing schedules. Ability to work independently and as a team member to complete assigned tasks with a high level of quality. Ability to maintain ongoing communication and coordinate tasks with internal and external project team members to ensure completion of interconnected tasks and to keep project schedules on track. Demonstrated proficiency with using Microsoft Office Suite or similar word processing, spreadsheet, email, and internet browsers applications. Knowledge of basic math concepts and ability to check equations for correct units of measurement. Must pass a background check, which may include fingerprinting. Must continue to meet the established standards.


Senior Technical Editor additional MQS
Familiarity with widely used style guides such as the Chicago Manual of Style. Ability to evaluate and organize text for flow and desired reading level.

 

Preferred Qualifications:
Technical Editor:
Knowledge of concepts and vocabulary related to fields of drinking water and wastewater collection, treatment, and distribution. Demonstrated knowledge of concepts and practices related to instructional design or digital content development. Experience with Adobe publication and design applications, such as FrameMaker, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign; and with screen capture/editing tools such as SnagIt.
Experience developing technical illustrations, such as figures and infographics, for publications and presentations.

 

Additional Senior Technical Editor preferred qualification:
Experience editing materials for use in high school or post-secondary education. See individual job postings for additional minimum and preferred qualifications.