Writer-Editor (Speech Writer)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Sep 19, 2022
Sep 26, 2022
Full Time

The EAD office has responsibility for over 10,400 employees consisting of more than 6,800 Special Agents assigned to offices in over 225 cities throughout the U.S. and 86 international offices in 55 countries across the world.

Under the direction of the HSI Deputy Chief of Staff, write, copy-edit, and finalize high-visibility speeches, briefings, internal and external communication products. Establish, maintain, and organize talking points. Organize and maintain editorial calendar with campaigns highlighting agency mission, mandate, and impact.

Assist HSI EAD personnel in writing and editing a variety of professional communications tailored to government and general public audiences, including executive correspondence, reports, presentations, fact sheets, testimony, and video scripts. Develop a system that appropriately tracks all correspondence and other documents being produced, along with developing procedures to ensure documentation is kept up to date.

Ensure that the HSI EAD's strategic goals, objectives, mission, vision, and values are communicated to internal and external audiences through its information products.

Apply principles, practices, methods, and techniques of English composition to restructure, revise, and rewrite material for better understanding by the target audience.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Ability to write Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and instructions.
  • Expert knowledge of grammar, writing, editing, and advanced techniques to compose and edit written products that articulate, interpret, and explain highly complex, potentially controversial, and important policies, programs, and positions.
  • Thorough knowledge in the style requirements of the media and related publications to ensure that all written materials, including correspondence, internal memoranda, all reports, Congressional response, and taskings are clear, concise, and accurate.
  • Skilled in concepts, practices, standards, and technologies for the media used sufficient to interpret and explain a variety of subjects and to write or edit materials tailored to specific media and audiences.
  • Knowledge of related information previously released by the Department. Skilled in finding previously released materials in process to avoid contradictions and unnecessary repetition.
  • Demonstrated ability in analyzing readily available sources of information on appropriate subjects, including library resources and subject-matter experts, to clearly present information at the appropriate audience level for promoting a though understanding of the subject matter.
  • Skilled in the use of a wide range of various systems applications, software programs, and technical programs, including Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, to produce finished products in various formats.

  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).