Senior Technical Writer

Added: April 3, 2024

Senior Technical Writer

BlackSky is a geospatial intelligence solutions provider that enables organizations to task, collect, and transform data from earth observation, global sensor networks, mobile devices, and social media to deliver on-demand insights about places, events, and assets that are critical to their operations. Blacksky provides satellite collection, data, and cloud based -processing and analytic solutions to organizations that are capitalizing on the exponential growth of a wide range of sensor and collection platforms for delivering the next generation of GEOINT and location intelligence solutions. BlackSky has extensive expertise and capabilities in commercial remote sensing, multi-source analytics, cloud computing, open-source software development, Amazon Web Services, and big data geospatial analytics. BlackSky provides solutions to commercial and government organizations with relevant programs with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), US. Army, and U.S. Air Force Research Labs.

BlackSky is looking for an experienced technical writer to produce high-quality technical documentation for implementation of our product and platform for our customers. As an ideal candidate, you have proven experience in a highly technical field, such as software development, computer science, or engineering. This position will have a large system integration focus. A successful candidate will be comfortable working in an autonomous position. This role reports to the Vice President of Strategic Capture. We would love candidates near our Herndon, VA office but will also consider remote candidates in certain states.


  • Design, develop, and implement customized technical documents.
  • Perform writing tasks for technical documents, such as user manuals, installation manuals, help documents, and tutorials.
  • Gather information about needs, objectives, functions, features, and requirements.
  • Disseminate technical information in easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience.
  • Create software documentation after a thorough collaboration with subject matter experts and technical staff.
  • Partner with and write documentation for internal teams such as developers and programmers.
  • Work with development and support leads to identify all documentation repositories, revise and edit, and determine the best solution for data compilation and centralized storage.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Writing, information systems, Information Technology, Computer Science, or other related disciplines.
  • Minimum of five years writing technical documentation.
  • Understand and explain complex technical concepts, prior work in highly technical environments.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to discern priorities and deliver on deadlines.
  • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills, high attention to detail.
  • Ability to quickly grasp complex technical concepts and make them easily understandable in text and pictures.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office.
  • Must be a US-born citizen.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with colleagues in multiple time zones.
  • Prior experience working with systems integration projects.
  • Previous software development experience.
  • Prior experience supporting government contracts.
  • Hold an active secret clearance or higher.

Life at BlackSky for full-time benefits eligible employees includes :

  • Medical, dental, vision, disability, group term life and AD&D, voluntary life and AD&D insurance
  • BlackSky pays 100% of employee-only premiums for medical, dental and vision and contributes $100/month for out-of-pocket expenses!
  • 15 days of PTO, 11 Company holidays, four Floating Holidays (pro-rated based on hire date), one day of paid volunteerism leave per year, parental leave and more
  • 401(k) pre-tax and Roth deferral options with employer match
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program (ESPP)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance and Travel Assistance Programs
  • Employer matching donations
  • Professional development
  • Mac or PC? Your choice!
  • Awesome swag

The anticipated salary range for candidates in Seattle, WA is $110,000-130,000 per year. The final compensation package offered to a successful candidate will be dependent on specific background and education. BlackSky is a multi-state employer and this pay scale may not reflect salary ranges in other states or locations outside of Seattle, WA.

BlackSky is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer All Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

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