Technical Content Creator, Full Time

Overall, this role is responsible for creating technical content to support product launches/product families, technology focus areas, and marketing campaigns/initiatives.

Shift: M-F 9-5 with Flexibility

Department: Marketing Communications

About SparkFun

SparkFun Electronics is an open source e-retailer focused on making embedded electronics accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. SparkFun was instrumental in creating the Open Source Hardware movement and remains a leader dedicated to making it more commonplace. We strive to educate, encourage, and supply our customers in all things electronic.

In 2003, CU student Nate Seidle shorted a programmer in his dorm room and, in lieu of a way to order easy replacements, decided to start his own company. Since then, SparkFun has been committed to sustainably helping our world achieve electronics literacy from our headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. No matter your vision, SparkFun’s products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible. In addition to over 2,000 open source components and widgets, SparkFun offers curriculum, training and online tutorials designed to help demystify the wonderful world of embedded electronics. We’re here to help you start something.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. SparkFun offers an abundance of opportunities to learn new skills from other Funions, in addition to many other benefits and perks.

About SparkFun's Next Technical Content Creator

Overall, this role is responsible for creating technical content to support product launches/product families, technology focus areas, and marketing campaigns/initiatives. This role is constantly learning about, applying and sharing new technologies with both new and existing SparkFun audiences. Research, collaboration and measurement are all critical aspects to the success of this role. Content output varies greatly and can range from written tutorials, to videos, to webinars, to co-facilitation of workshops. This position actively participates in SparkFun’s community - both online and in person.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Create original content based on product use cases, product overviews, tech concepts, campaigns, and overall technology focus areas

  • Written content may include, but is not limited to, tutorials, white papers, website content, posters, infographics, comparison guides, social media content, articles, etc.
  • Video-based content typically includes 3-5 minute product overviews, use cases and concepts, but could include shorter social clips or longer videos. The videos primarily include on-camera work but may also include voice-overs, motion graphics or orchestrated screen walkthroughs
  • Live content may include conducting interviews, being interviewed, developing and delivering workshops/webinars/trainings, live streaming or participating in podcasts

2. Build content around existing SparkFun and third-party content

  • Leverage existing SparkFun content sources to develop new content
  • Uncover and develop content around third-party content that supports current product releases, tech focus areas, and campaigns
  • Reach out to our customers to discover the great things they are doing and write about it
  • Work directly with partners to get visibility to their relevant content

3. Promote content and other compelling information from SparkFun

  • Participate in SparkFun social media channels - provide content, respond to comments and share, as needed
  • Participate in relevant non-SparkFun channels and forums - respond to comments and share insights
  • Make and maintain key contacts/influencers who may become SparkFun advocates

4. Evaluate efforts, adjust as needed, and share performance data

Skills Required:

We are looking for either a hardware person who has become adept in software, or a software person who loves to build things with hardware (software/programming is important).

  • Experience creating physical computing projects
  • Experience with software/programming, multiple languages preferred (Arduino, Python, Javascript, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of electrical and mechanical design with various prototyping and fabrication techniques
  • Demonstrated technical writing ability
  • Well informed regarding professional use cases and applications of SparkFun products
  • Experience using social media platforms, particularly YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram and Facebook
  • Experience using GitHub
  • Proven ability to deliver video content
  • Experience designing and delivering workshops and presentations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Voracious learner enthusiastic about building things with new technology
  • Ability to work fast, adapt and take constructive criticism
  • Excellent time management
  • Ability to originate, document and present ideas
  • Collaborate within and across departments
  • Ability to work individually and as a team player
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment and communicate project status changes accurately and often

Skills Preferred:

  • Degree or certificate in electrical engineering, software engineering or computer science
  • Ability to use multiple programming languages
  • Experience in data collection and visualization
  • Active social channels with SparkFun-aligned community

SparkFun Benefits & Perks

SparkFun Electronics offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, in addition to several perks. In regards to benefits, we offer medical, dental, and vision. And, we offer a 401k match, disability, life insurance, and a flexible leave policy.

SparkFun offers many perks, including but not limited to a dog-friendly workplace, professional development opportunities, an on-site fitness center, lunch and learns, and internal classes to learn from fellow Funions! Flexible schedules are also available.

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