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Computer Documentation Specialist Principal Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Oversees the development, writing, organizing, revising and maintaining of computer related publications.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from the second in that it serves as documentation project leader coordinating documentation needs and development for large complex systems, and provides assistance to clients to help evaluate their particular needs. Incumbents outline documentation projects, distribute work to lower level specialists, and provide reference services for documentation.

Examples of Duties:

  • Coordinates the activities of subordinates.
  • Develops publication standards for style, design, format, typography, and graphic content.
  • Meets with users, project leaders and management to discuss and plan guidelines and criteria for documentation of a system or program.
  • Analyzes work procedures, policies, and operational methods to determine publication needs and make recommendations for the development of appropriate documents.
  • Reviews and evaluates third-party documentation and computer literature for acquisition.
  • Tests, evaluates, and recommends computer software or hardware for acquisition and application within the publications area.
  • Plans, develops and presents training programs for users of on-line systems and office automation.
  • Creates on line software documentation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of computing principles and basic computing terminology used in describing procedures for using mainframes and microcomputer applications.
  • Knowledge of production specifications necessary for the creation and preparation of audio-visual presentations.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in technical writing and editing for an academic audience.
  • Skill in the design, layout, typesetting and graphic requirements for printing.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Sciences, Communications or related field AND two years of experience in technical documentation; OR, Four years of experience in computer and/or technical documentation; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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