Developer Documentation Writer

Square

Square

Marketing & Communications, Software Engineering
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

Company Description

Since we opened our doors in 2009, the world of commerce has evolved immensely, and so has Square. After enabling anyone to take payments and never miss a sale, we saw sellers stymied by disparate, outmoded products and tools that wouldn’t work together.

So we expanded into software and started building integrated, omnichannel solutions – to help sellers sell online, manage inventory, offer buy now, pay later functionality through Afterpay, book appointments, engage loyal buyers, and hire and pay staff. Across it all, we’ve embedded financial services tools at the point of sale, so merchants can access a business loan and manage their cash flow in one place. Afterpay furthers our goal to provide omnichannel tools that unlock meaningful value and growth, enabling sellers to capture the next generation shopper, increase order sizes, and compete at a larger scale.

Today, we are a partner to sellers of all sizes – large, enterprise-scale businesses with complex operations, sellers just starting, as well as merchants who began selling with Square and have grown larger over time. As our sellers grow, so do our solutions. There is a massive opportunity in front of us. We’re building a significant, meaningful, and lasting business, and we are helping sellers worldwide do the same.

Job Description

We're looking for a Technical Writer with a background in developer documentation and experience helping developers be successful. We're growing the Square Developers team as we expand the platform and engage the broader developer community. We consider documentation an important part of the platform and essential to developers' success. Reporting to the Developer Documentation Manager, the Technical Writing team helps set our documentation strategy and partners with platform engineering teams. This collaboration enables us to provide high-quality, accurate documentation to help educate developers. Come grow the Square developer community!

You will:

  • Write concise and useful documentation for Square's external developer audience.
  • Write code snippets and interactive tutorials to help developers get up to speed quickly.
  • Work with product managers, developer advocates, designers, and marketing to shape the entirety of the Square developer experience. You will also collaborate with Developer Support for content improvements.
  • Work with product and engineering teams to enhance and expand Square's developer platform.
  • Contribute to internal documentation projects.

Qualifications

You have:

  • 2–3 years of technical writing experience for a developer audience.
  • 3+ years of experience working directly with engineers, product managers, and other partners to help document new developer products and features.
  • Experience writing all common forms of developer documentation (API reference, conceptual guides, and tutorials).
  • Comfortable working in an unstructured writing environment with evolving processes and in-house systems.
  • Comfortable handling multiple projects and prioritizing simultaneous deadlines and ad hoc requests.
  • Experience writing in Markdown syntax.
  • Familiarity with at least one of the following: PHP, Ruby, .NET, Python, JavaScript, Java, Kotlin, or Swift — and the desire to gain experience with more.
  • Comfortable working at the command line in a Macintosh environment.
  • Familiarity with Git and GitHub.
  • A portfolio of technical writing samples for review.
  • Accounting familiarity or background is a plus.

Additional Information

Block takes a market-based approach to pay, and pay may vary depending on your location. U.S. locations are categorized into one of four zones based on a cost of labor index for that geographic area. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.

Zone A: USD $122,900 - USD $184,300
Zone B: USD $116,700 - USD $175,100
Zone C: USD $110,600 - USD $165,800
Zone D: USD $104,500 - USD $156,700

To find a location’s zone designation, please refer to this resource. If a location of interest is not listed, please speak with a recruiter for additional information.

Full-time employee benefits include the following:

  • Healthcare coverage (Medical, Vision and Dental insurance)
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account
  • Retirement Plans including company match
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness programs, including access to mental health, 1:1 financial planners, and a monthly wellness allowance
  • Paid parental and caregiving leave
  • Paid time off (including 12 paid holidays)
  • Paid sick leave (1 hour per 26 hours worked (max 80 hours per calendar year to the extent legally permissible) for non-exempt employees and covered by our Flexible Time Off policy for exempt employees)
  • Learning and Development resources
  • Paid Life insurance, AD&D, and disability benefits

These benefits are further detailed in Block's policies. This role is also eligible to participate in Block's equity plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies, and may be eligible for a sign-on bonus. Sales roles may be eligible to participate in a commission plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies. Pay and benefits are subject to change at any time, consistent with the terms of any applicable compensation or benefit plans.

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class.

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page.

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, assessing candidates in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

While there is no specific deadline to apply for this role, on average, U.S. open roles are posted for 70 days before being filled by a successful candidate.