TDF Freelance Job Opening (#201510-02) – Documentation Lead

The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free office suite LibreOffice, seeks a

Documentation Lead

to start work as soon as possible. The role, which is scheduled for 20 hours a week, includes amongst other items:

  • Mentor and train new members of the documentation project: how we do things, how to use the tools, and writing style as needed
  • Guide and coordinate work: what needs to be done when, set priorities
  • Set standards and templates
  • Maintain Contributors Guide, which includes Style Guide
  • Improve and enhance the online help, including building and mentoring a community to work on it
  • Research, write and edit, as needed to fill gaps when volunteers contributions are lacking
  • Publish chapters and full books
  • Identify requirements for books and formats (ODT, PDF, ePub, HTML, other)
  • Develop a vision, a plan and a strategy for documentation, to include things like version tracking, workflow, scheduling and recruitment
  • Identify other forms of documentation that we should do, either in addition to, or instead of, the user guide books we’ve been producing
  • Liaise and coordinate with marketing, translation, other user support, Help

The role requires the following:

  • Experience using LibreOffice and other open source tools (such as GIMP)
  • Experience in interacting with the LibreOffice community or another large open source project
  • Working closely with our volunteer community on tooling, processes and means of collaboration
  • Project management skills
  • Technical writing and/or editing to know what’s involved, what’s realistic etc.
  • Advantageous: teaching/mentoring
  • Advantageous: native English speaker, or similar level of skill
  • Advantageous: Familiarity with and proven contribution to Open Source project documentation

The work time during the day is flexible, apart from some fixed times when availability is required (e.g. during meetings, which usually take place at 1400 or 1500 UTC once per week).

TDF welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

As always, TDF will give some preference to individuals who have previously shown a commitment to TDF, including but not limited to members of TDF. Not being a member, or never having contributed before, does not exclude any applicants from consideration.

The job is offered on a freelance basis. Work happens from the applicant’s home office, which can be located anywhere in the world.

TDF is looking forward to receiving your applications, including curriculum vitae, your financial expectations, and the earliest date of your availability, via e-mail to Florian Effenberger at no later than November 27, 2015. You can encrypt your message via PGP/GnuPG.

If you haven’t received feedback by December 18, 2015 your application could not be considered.