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Strategic Communications Writer / Editor

Washington DC

Full time, on-site professional with an education and experience in English, Journalism, or Communications to provide strategic communications writing and editing services to a Federal Government client. The actual location will be on-site daily at a federal agency, and the assignment will require a low level clearance (NAIC, Public Trust) to work on government property. Supports the drafting and editing of materials for communicating high profile initiatives to the agency's executive leadership.
Oversees the writing of program documents for internal documentation and client reference. Coordinates publication with outside sources as needed. Utilizes department editing standards and styles.
Studies complex programs and policies to assist in the creation of messaging documents such as executive presentations and web content.
Designs, writes, formats, updates, and edits material for correspondence, reports, publications, newsletters, and website postings that include technical narratives, policies, procedures, webinars, and computer based applications.
Writes and edits documents of a technical nature, ensuring technical accuracy, proper grammar, consistency of style, conciseness, understandability, and proper format.
Prepares written technical material for publication by developing and editing drafts, correcting errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax; verifying facts, data, and statistics, using standard reference sources; and rewriting or modifying drafts to conform to the writing guidelines in the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) Style Manual.
Conducts subject matter research and ensure the use of proper technical terminology.
Communicates effectively orally and in writing and analyze the needs of the target audience.
Ability to deliver documents within a short turnaround timeframe in a fast paced environment; along with producing quality work products.
This role is intellectually challenging and rewarding for someone who has the interest in government policy, as well as, requires an attention to detail, the ability to absorb new information quickly, to work well with others, and to meet deadlines consistently. Those interested should be able to produce written material in accordance with GPO Style, and to efficiently edit for style and content.
Organizes information and oversees writing assignments according to established graphic standards while maintaining correct order, clarity, conciseness, style, terminology, and grammar. Conducts extensive research on the subject matter including interviewing and observing subject matter experts, researching journals, on-line sources, and other substantive source material to write scientific and technical materials.
Oversees the editing, composition, production, and delivery in accordance with applicable specifications, standards, and other requirements. Conducts research on the subject matter including interviewing and observing subject matter experts, researching journals, on-line sources, and other substantive source material to write scientific and technical materials.

Typically requires a Bachelor's Degree and seven to nine of relevant experience, but for this specific position the following is required:

Bachelor’s Degree in English and five years of experience writing and editing technical reports and technical documentation using word processing systems (Word), desktop publishing (Publisher), presentation systems (PowerPoint), Adobe systems, and spreadsheet systems (Excel) and SharePoint.
Alternatively, a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Journalism, Communications, and/or Political Science with five or six years of experience teaching English, at an undergraduate or graduate level or developing and editing highly-visible written communications collateral for government officials in a fast paced environment.


Posted July 6, 2017

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