Requisition ID R11481

Script Technologist
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We are seeking full time and volunteer professional Script Technologists to assist developers and end users in the task of enabling all the world’s scripts and languages to be used on computers.

A Script Technologist is responsible to provide research, support and assistance for issues concerning writing systems and Unicode.

Job Description


Major Responsibilities

  • Provide research, support and assistance for issues concerning writing systems and Unicode
  • Contribute to font production projects
  • Write technical documents pertaining to writing systems using a variety of media.
  • 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 biennially to the Language Technology Conference
  • Participate in professional conferences and meetings

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 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 Aptitude and Interests We are looking for someone with a genuine interest in the world’s scripts and languages, coupled with a sound knowledge of font design. You need to have good attention to detail and a willingness to expend time and effort on research and experimentation in order to develop high quality fonts for the world’s scripts and languages. You will be joining a team with a wealth of knowledge and experience, so you need to be a good team player, eager to learn from others and willing to share and document what you have learned.

Education and Experience:

Script Technologists should have proficiency in writing systems technology, such as fonts and keyboards. 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.

Training and Orientation:

Will complete the initial IT Software Department training program and relevant portions of IT Orientation. "

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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.