PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, DC (Telework at customer’s discretion).
SCOPE: Perform a wide variety of writing and editing services in a wide variety of styles for a wide variety of audiences. Writing must evidence a high standard of professional writing and journalism. Such styles and audiences include drafting/editing of proposed regulatory language, manuals, brochures, newsletters, web publications, summaries, annual reports to the President and Congress, language used in studies and reports, making recommendations to clarify, consolidate or simplify text, proofreading documents. Writing and editing must, when appropriate, take into account sensitive diplomatic and political issues and present them with accuracy and clarity. Confirm and prioritize project plans and deliverables as agreed upon between the staff contractor and Bureau COR and Office/Division supervisor (or Office Director or Deputy Director).
Writer/Editor I, II, & III
- Must be a US citizen.
- Must be able to obtain a security clearance.
- Knowledge of the principles and methods applicable to researching, analyzing, writing, editing, and presenting complex statutory or regulatory material and related issue/policy memoranda and interpretations.
- Knowledge and experience in evaluating and interpreting statutory and regulatory requirements and for determining the consistency of policies, standards, directives, interpretations, etc. related to those requirements.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in editorial composition, copy-editing techniques, and printing and publishing.
- Knowledge of federal guidelines pertaining to format and style; and various library resources, research methods, and interviewing techniques to interpret, analyze, and present information in order to promote understanding.
- Ability to write clear, concise English with demonstrated knowledge of standard journalistic and editorial usage and procedures to develop written materials (e.g., summaries, reports, Web publications, and other documents) that help to articulate, interpret and explain bureau-specific programmatic priorities.
- Skill in presenting logical and cogent oral presentations of results of analysis, including facts, issues, regulatory principles and provisions, and policy considerations – for a particular audience or for specific purposes.
- Facility with standard software, including the complete Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint).
- Excellent, timely and precise organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities.
- Excellent critical and creative thinking and analytical skills.
- Excellent oral communication skills, in addition to evidence a high standard of professional writing and journalism.
- Excellent ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and multi-task in a high volume, fast-pace work environment.
- Excellent ability to also have a flexible, team-oriented approach to work.
- Significant familiarity or direct experience in working for U.S. foreign affairs agencies and/or international organizations is preferred.
- Significant familiarity or direct experience in working for the Department, Bureau.
- Foreign language skills are preferred but not required.
- A bachelor’s degree is preferred.
- A minimum of three (3) years of related professional work experience is required for this position (e.g., professional experience acquired as a writer and/or editor of briefs, analysis/policy/option papers, technical reports, articles, manuals specifications and/or journal articles.
- Excellent ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues.
SCOPE: As stated for Writer/Editor I
- In addition to the Writer/Editor qualification, a bachelor’s degree is required for this position, as is a minimum of 4 years of related professional work experience (e.g., professional experience acquired as a writer and/or editor of briefs, analysis/policy/option papers, technical reports, articles, manuals specifications and/or journal articles.
SCOPE: As stated for Writer/Editor I & II
- In addition to the Writer/Editor and Writer/Editor II qualifications, a master’s degree is required for this position, as is a minimum of 5 years of related professional work experience (e.g., professional experience acquired as a writer and/or editor of briefs, analysis/policy/option papers, technical reports, articles, manuals specifications and/or journal articles.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: These positions may require handling confidential information in an appropriate manner. Customer interactions must be handled with diplomacy and tact. Individual must be able to gauge the customer’s technical ability and communicate with them in appropriate technical or non-technical language in a non-condescending manner.
DECISION MAKING/JUDGEMENT: This position involves projects and/or assignments requiring considerable decision-making authority regarding procedures, plans, and schedules. Although there are sometimes problem-solving guidelines for problems, there are no existing procedures or instructions for those problems. Ability to work independently or in a team setting is necessary.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Needs the ability to use a keyboard to enter and retrieve data.
- Must have good eyesight to view computer monitor and phone.
- Must be able to lift 5-20 pounds.
- Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods.
- Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.
- Local travel and possibly CONUS/OCONUS travel may be required.
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