Here in the User Assistance team in the Mobile and Embedded Devision, we’re looking for a programmer/writer to help create the reference documentation that developers depend on. If you love Pocket PCs and Smartphones, and have proven programming and writing skillz, you should definitely get in touch with Celeste De Guzman (celested at microsoft dot com) immediately. We have a vacancy for a full time position, based in Redmond, WA. Here’s the official job description:
MEDPG is where Windows CE- and Windows Mobile-based world-class platforms are created for embedded and mobile devices. The small but extremely dynamic MEDX UA writing team offers exciting challenges and unparalleled opportunities to learn and document the latest technologies in the embedded and mobile platforms.
The primary responsibilities of this programmer writer position are to research, develop and write documentation for an OEM audience, derive documentation from sample source code written by both the UA and product team, and manage the technical review process. The programmer writer must possess an understanding of both native and managed code. The programmer writer will work with the documentation lead, other writers, content specialist, and an editor to define writing assignments. This position will support the Windows CE and Windows Mobile platforms (Smartphone and Pocket PC) OEM documentation.
The required qualifications for a programmer writer include three or more years work-related experience, excellent technical writing skills, and the ability to read and write C/C++. In addition, the programmer writer must be able to work well under deadline pressure and must have an aptitude for learning new tools and technologies quickly. The programmer writer must also possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The programmer writer must be able to follow instructions and to oversee or modify a schedule of tasks with minimal supervision. The candidate must also have good judgment, time management and decision-making skills. The ability to be proactive in solving problems is required.
Preferred qualifications for a programmer-writer include familiarity with the Microsoft Visual Studio development system and Windows CE and/or Mobility platforms (Smartphone and Pocket PC), as well as prior programming experience. We prefer that the programmer writer possess a bachelor degree in Computer Science or related field, however, work-related experience may substitute for a degree. Candidates should have previous experience writing online help for developers as well as familiarity with the build and production processes used to create online Help. The ideal candidate would also have some experience with Microsoft internal UE tools such as MSDN templates, Visual Source Safe and HTML Help.
This description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this position. The actual duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may vary.
I’m happy to explain the role of programmer/writer in more detail, if you want to contact me directly. Good luck!