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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Technical Content Developer in Rockville, Maryland


This is a non-supervisory hands-on technical position supporting the software and systems used by USP’s Publications Department to produce new and existing electronic and print products. The Technical Content Developer is responsible for maintaining and customizing UPS’s DITA XML authoring tools (oXygen) and batch composition system (Antenna House), as well as XSLT applications to transform XML to various formats. This position will also function as a primary backup for the Department’s Information Architect position, with responsibility for supporting USP’s publishing content management system (SDL Tridion Docs). Programming experience including some combination of JavaScript and Node.JS, Python, and Java required. Strong background in XML, XSL, DTDs, and DITA tools required. The position requires the use of software development issue-reporting systems such as Jira, along with appropriate version control software such as Git and CVS. Additionally, the Technical Content Developer is an authority on emerging publishing technologies that might benefit USP and provides information technology assistance to PUBs staff and other stakeholders within the organization.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Backs up Information Architect on content management system operations, including DTD maintenance, publishing troubleshooting, and day-to-day tasks

  • Leads development, customization and maintenance of DITA XML authoring and publishing technologies for USP electronic and print products

  • Creates and modifies XML transformation applications for print and online products

  • Creates test data and test builds for software as required; versions test and production software in USP-approved repositories using Git and CVS

  • Creates release notes in accordance with IT practice; writes and revises instruction documents

  • Analyzes, troubleshoots, and debugs files

  • Utilizes Jira or other issue-tracking application tickets; provides periodic activity reports on Jira tickets

  • Performs data mining searches

  • Provides technical backup for Publishing Support Specialists

  • Provides in-depth training for staff on use of developed applications and processes

  • Keeps current with the latest technologies, takes lead in testing/piloting and implementing new/enhanced software

  • Actively seeks out ways to streamline publishing processes either independently or as a participant in planning sessions and/or sub-teams

Basic Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Management, Communications or related field. Four years of equivalent experience or equivalent degree(s) in these fields will be considered in lieu of a Bachelors.


  • Five years of experience with XML/XSLT/HTML/CSS

  • Publishing or technical communications experience preferred

  • Minimum 1 year of programming experience in JavaScript and Node.JS, Java, or Python

  • DITA/DTD/Schema editing and maintenance experience

  • Basic knowledge of MS Office Suite, including Word, Project, PowerPoint and Excel

Preferred Qualifications

  • XML authoring tool customization knowledge strongly preferred

  • Proactive, results-oriented focus towards work and product deliverables

  • Ability to train and mentor others to a high level of performance

  • Ability to provide clear, concise feedback on an ad hoc and a routine basis

  • Ability to thrive in a high-performance culture with a strong customer service orientation

  • Ability to work comfortably in a deadline-driven environment with multiple priorities; proven ability to prioritize effectively; well-developed time management skills

  • Ability to understand when and how to escalate issues

  • Sound analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong meeting facilitation and presentation skills

Supervisory Responsibilities


USP offers an impressive benefits package, including:

  • Generous paid time off – 15 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles.

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP brings together more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver its mission to strengthen the supply of safe quality medicines and supplements worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Publications

Job Type Full-Time