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Technical Writer Specialist

Recruitment #17-003235-0025


This is a position specific recruitment for a Technical Writer Specialist for the State Board of Elections. The recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies for this position/function only. Persons interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.




State Board of Elections

151 West Street, Suite 200

Annapolis, MD 21401-0486

Main Purpose of Job

The purpose for this job is to have a resource Technical Writer Specialist within the agency that can lead, coordinate, and manage the numerous requirements for the preparation and publication of the agency's documentation.


Work with the agency subject matter experts and contributors with providing technical writing and editing of agency documents that are to be published; serve as an active participant on project teams in order to fully understand the project requirements; perform the needed interview, technical research, and review of existing documentation in order to fully understand the subject matter which is to be documented. Documents include but are not limited to project plans, procurement documents, manuals, user guides, quick reference guides, business correspondence, training guides and curriculum, troubleshooting guides, reports, and forms.

Establish, keep current, maintain, and ensure compliance with State Board of Elections (SBE) documentation standards. This includes ensuring that technical writing and editing best practices for technical, non-technical, and online documents are being considered and when appropriate, incorporated into SBE documentation standards. This also includes, where appropriated and practicable, creating documentation templates.

Develop and maintenance of test scripts for the agency's software systems ensuring reusability from one testing assignment to another with minimal changes; ongoing organization and maintenance of the documentation libraries.

Perform technical editing of website content ensuring adherence to Section 508 Document Compliance - Accessible Online Documents; assist SBE subject matter experts on the development of surveys; coordinate and ensure that SBE's requirements for the retention of documents are met; perform proofreading of documents as the agency's writing communications expert.

Perform other technical writing related tasks as assigned.


Education: Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university.

Experience: Two years experience in administrative or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience in administrative staff or professional work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester credit hours for each year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work that included regular use of independent judgment and analysis in applying and interpreting complex administrative plans, policies, rules or regulations or analysis of operational programs or procedures with recommendations for improvement on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


  1. Current or prior experience as a Technical Writer with proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office (Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint), Microsoft Visio, and Google (spreadsheets, documents, and slides).
  2. Experience working within a project management team.


Limited to candidates willing to accept employment in Annapolis, MD


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


Please read the job announcement in its entirety before applying for this recruitment. Applications must meet all minimum qualifications to be considered and appear on the list of people eligible for hire. The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement or the rating may be based on your application. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all experience and education that is related to this position.



Online application process is strongly preferred. If online is not available, please send your completed paper application (by the closing date) to:

State Board of Elections

HR Recruitment

P.O. Box 6486

Annapolis, MD 21401-0486

For questions or to email additional information, please send to

To fax additional information, please fax to 410-974-5126.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by contacting

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their services to our country.

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