Speech Writer

Alexandria, VA
Sep 29, 2022
Oct 18, 2022
Full Time
Job Summary

Aptive is seeking a full-time speech writer with demonstrated experience drafting congressional testimonies, talking points, presentations and speeches for Department of Veterans Affairs. Among his/her chief responsibilities, this individual will be responsible for synthesizing information from a variety of internal and external sources and producing communications products that are representative of this research. This process will involve gathering, developing and checking the accuracy of information against key insights gathered from interviews with subject matter experts and program officers.

To be successful in this position, the speech writer will need to demonstrate a proven capability in translating technical and highly complex subject matters into easily digestible narratives. He/she should be comfortable tailoring content of various lengths for a wide range of audiences

This is a mid-level, full-time position in Alexandria, Virginia. This position may also be remote. However, this individual may be required to occasionally work on client site in Washington, DC.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Gather, analyze, fact check and interpret data from various sources in order to make informed and research-driven content decisions.
  • Interview subject matter experts and program officers to collect critical information for message development.
  • Write, review and edit content in compliance with AP style, the Plain Language Act and other federal content guidelines.
  • Create speeches on a variety of topics for students, researchers, industry personnel, government officials, members of the general public and others.
  • Review and fact-check documents for stylistic, formatting and editorial consistency goals.
  • Assist with corporate new business development writing needs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 4-6 years of experience distilling complex and/or technical subjects into plain language for a diverse range of audiences.
  • Demonstrative experience supporting cabinet-level federal agencies and creating speeches for c-suite leaders.
  • Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, public relations, English or a related field.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a public trust clearance.
  • Ability to work onsite in Washington, DC.
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience supporting VA writing in a governance-related position.
  • Proven ability to create speeches, talking points and presentations for federal agency leaders and/or c-suite clients.
  • Demonstrative background translating research and data findings into concrete deliverables.
  • Strong organization, time-management, creativity and problem-solving skills.

About Aptive

Aptive is a modern federal consulting firm focused on human experience, digital services, and business transformation. We harness creativity, technology, and culture to connect people and systems to impact the world. We're advisors, strategists, and engineers focused on people, above all else.

We believe in generating success collaboratively, leaving client organizations stronger after every engagement and building trust for the next big challenge. Our work inspires people, fuels change and makes an impact. Join our team to be part of positive change in your community and our nation.

EEO Statement

Aptive is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, parental status, veteran status, age, disability, or any other protected class.

Veterans, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and transitioning active-duty service members are highly encouraged to apply.

COVID 19 Vaccine Statement

This position supports a federal government contract and is subject to government vaccination mandates or other customer vaccination requirements. All new hires are required to report their vaccination status and proof of vaccination, or an adjudicated accommodation may be required for employment.

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