Requisition ID R11480

Script Engineer
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We are seeking full time and volunteer professional Script Engineers to develop fonts, and other writing system resources, for different scripts and languages around the world.

A Script Engineer is responsible to work closely with the Script Expert (usually from the field) to determine the special "behaviors" or writing conventions for the script which must be incorporated in the font.

Job Description


Major Responsibilities:

  • Consult with the Type Designer on font encoding issues
  • Understand enough linguistics to work with the Script Expert
  • Have expert knowledge in the technical/programming aspects of, and tools for, building "smart fonts"
  • Support other aspects of writing system implementation
  • Attend workshops and conferences to maintain an understanding of relevant technological developments, to provide technical support and to strengthen relationships with people working for other organizations.
  • Synthesize and communicate needs and research
  • Articulate design decisions
  • Participate as an integral and enthusiastic part of the team, exhibiting ownership, follow-through, initiative, awareness, and effective communication with peers and management.
  • Work with the team around a cohesive product roadmap

Minor Responsibilities:

  • Propose refinements to processes and systems for design and user research
  • Contribute to the development of team culture
  • Participate in regular project status, planning, partnership, and strategic meetings
  • Be available to travel to meet with the larger development team at least once per year
  • Be available to travel biannually to the Language Technology Conference
  • Participate in professional conferences and meetings


Script Engineers should have familiarity with writing systems technology, such as fonts and keyboards, and orthography development. They should also have a broad understanding of the Unicode encoding standard. A Bachelor’s degree in graphic arts, computer graphics, or equivalent work experience is preferred, but we care more for a heart and mind that are always learning. Sociolinguistic exposure and multicultural experience are helpful.


  • A servant heart attitude
  • Demonstrated skills in type design
  • Good interpersonal skills of communication
  • Good organizational skills
  • The ability to make decisions in a timely manner
  • The ability to work both with a team and independently, and to multitask effectively

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About SIL

Dallas, TX - Founded in 1934

SIL is a global, faith-based nonprofit that works with local communities around the world to develop language solutions that expand possibilities for a better life.

Our faith inspires and informs our commitment to expand possibilities for people to thrive. We believe all people are created by God and given language as a means for flourishing. Through language, we understand who we are, experience relationships and explore life’s most important questions.