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University of Rochester Technical Writer - 226669 in Rochester, New York

Technical Writer Job ID 226669

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 052 Psychiatry M&D Research


Position Overview:

The Technical Writer researches and writes on topics as it relates to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant awarded to the University of Rochester. The Technical Writer is responsible for developing website content and researching existing content for inclusion on that website, collaborating with the grant team on the creation of webinars, creating toolkits to support the dissemination of Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs), integrating new learnings into the evolving community needs assessment, constructing newsletters, creating podcast design and interview questions and will have additional projects, as assigned, including identifying and summarizing resources relative to Appalachian culture.

The purpose of the HRSA grant is to reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in rural communities at the highest risk for these conditions. Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders (RCORP-RCOE) will provide up to three years of funding to support three RCOE on SUD. The purpose of RCORP-RCOE is to support the identification, translation, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based programs and best practices “related to the treatment for and prevention of substance use disorders within rural communities, with a focus on the current opioid crisis and developing methods to address future substance use disorder epidemics.”

NOTE: This position is an end-dated position and is expected to last until August 31, 2022, subject to the availability of grant funding.


Under general direction and with considerable latitude for exercise of independent judgment:

Technical Writing (75%)

Using the grant work plan as a guide and with responsibility for meeting all stated deadlines:

  • Assists in the development of content and literary resources for the HRSA grant including:

  • Collaborates with Dissemination Coordinator and grant team to understand desired, targeted content needed for the HRSA Website. Creates this website content or collects relevant resources to reference through the website that meet the needs of the defined audiences. By way of example, this will include county leadership, hospital system governance, medical practitioners, and leadership for other key community organizations. (20%)

  • Assists subcontractor and/or members of the grant team with designing webinar template/formats and creating agenda(s) for each webinar including topic-specific content, interview questions for speakers and relevant supporting materials. (15%)

  • Creates companion toolkits for each webinar that provide additional educational materials and resources on the topics covered. (10%)

  • Creates recurring newsletter and supporting infographics and distributes that newsletter through defined ListServs to all interested parties (as noted above) in the designated geographic service areas engaged and aware of upcoming webinars, podcasts, research and other events. (10%)

  • Collaborates with faculty and staff with the writing of academic papers related to outcomes under the grant. (10%)

  • Writes technical responses for grants; and collaborates on technical assistance requests that may necessitate help to the communities served to respond to their own grant proposals. (5%)

  • Researches and recommends podcast topics and writes exploratory podcast interview questions in collaboration with other grant team members as needed. (5%)

  • Participates in usability studies and impact analysis demonstrated through dissemination metrics and modifies writing approach, as needed.

Research and Reporting (25%)

  • Identifies organizations and resources that can provide additional insight into Appalachian culture across the defined geographic service areas; and conducts research based upon these findings. (10%)

  • Creates and maintains a compendium of information based on findings from outreach efforts and the listening tour, the community needs assessment, output and results of technical assistance efforts and additional research independently conducted. (10%)

  • Creates overviews and reporting for the funding source, as needed, to support Program reporting requirements. (5%)

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree with major course work in social or technical field and some graduate level course work in that field (or library science or information science), and 1-2 years’ experience in the analysis and dissemination of information; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of programming and statistical programming packages would be helpful.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years of professional or technical writing experience preferred.

  • Excellent oral and written communication, editing, and reporting skills

  • Ability to collaborate with faculty, staff and colleagues in an academic, research-focused environment

  • Aptitude for exercising cultural humility and a desire to learn about alternative cultures

  • Must understand literacy and other socioeconomic barriers to the creation of materials for the given audience

  • Experience in executing communication plans to reach a variety of audiences through multiple channels

  • Experience (professional or personal) with social media, video and photography

    NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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