Writer-Editor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Aug 10, 2017
Closes
Aug 24, 2017
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here

This position is also being announced through Government-Wide procedure under Announcement #HQ-A-DAO-17-338960-G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • A minimum of one (1) week of travel in a full-time duty status may be required within 90-days of entry on duty to complete TSA's in residence New Hire Training. This training will occur away from the employee's duty station of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section
  • To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H or GS-12 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as:

    • Experience writing, reviewing, and editing materials such as reports, regulations, articles, newsletters, magazines, news releases, training materials, brochures, interpretive handbooks, pamphlets, guidebooks, scholarly works, reference works, speeches or scripts to ensure clarity, spelling, grammar and punctuation; the work requires reviewing information on specific topics and presenting the material in a way that is appropriate and understandable to the intended audience; presenting documentation by following specific styles and formats (such as GPO, AP, etc.); AND
    • Experience with Web publishing and desktop publishing software.
    To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14/15), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-I or GS-13 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as:
    • Experience writing, reviewing, and editing materials such as reports, regulations, articles, newsletters, magazines, news releases, training materials, brochures, interpretive handbooks, pamphlets, guidebooks, scholarly works, reference works, speeches or scripts to ensure clarity, spelling, grammar and punctuation; the work requires reviewing information on specific topics and presenting the material in a way that is appropriate and understandable to the intended audience; presenting documentation by following specific styles and formats (such as GPO, AP, etc.);
    • Experience with Web publishing and desktop publishing software; AND
    • Experience evaluating Federal requirements, Executive Orders, or other policy changes for application to potential speeches and written reports reviewed.
    Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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    DUTIES:

    This Writer-Editor position is located in the Office of the Administrator, Office of the Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Secretariat in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will be responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and controlling complex correspondence, reports, documents, and other materials received in the Office of the Executive Secretariat; and determining the appropriate organization and level for review and response in accordance with TSA policies, procedures, and requirements. Typical assignments will include but are not limited to:

    • Serves as resident expert with subject matter knowledge in writing and editing in direct support of over 20 Agency program office activities and advisor for all executive-level correspondence issues. Writes, edits, and produces high-visibility, high-priority products that effectively explain and interpret the Agency's voice and opinion on a variety of highly complex issues. Uses and provides guidance on various word processing, desktop publishing, electronic publishing programs/systems. Reworks draft publications to ensure clear, concise and accurate written executive-level correspondence products.
    • Serves as the primary writer/editor supporting the planning, researching, writing, editing and coordinating materials for high-level and complex correspondence, reports, and other documents for signature by upper management officials of the highest levels at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and TSA. Defines and develops the correspondence style guides, correspondence standard operating procedures, and associated training for employees across TSA - headquarters and field. Serves as the authoritative expert on executive-level correspondence production processes and standards.
    • Serves as lead Editor for the TSA Chief of Staff daily briefing, directing the editing, formatting, and distribution of all executive-level correspondence and reports prepared for the Deputy and Administrator's signature.
    • Acts as editorial advisor and senior writing consultant to program analysts and personnel in the TSA Office of the Executive Secretariat, helping to: Identify process improvements related to writing and review; Provide solutions for organization and writing challenges within executive-level correspondence and reports for adherence to current TSA, DHS, and component styles and standards; and training correspondence and program analysts on executive-level correspondence production standards and processes.
    • Serves as the subject matter expert and consultant as a member of interagency or intergovernmental teams or standing committees addressing methods for writing and editing to convey highly complex concepts to meet the requirements of TSA's customers at multiple levels. Participates in TSA or DHS teams or committees to review writing and editorial policies and guidelines, resolve style and editorial differences, and make recommendations for updating these requirements consistent with office priorities and program needs.
    Assignments performed at the I Band are similar to the J Band, with a difference in the level of responsibility and complexity. Duties performed at the I Band are aimed in preparing the incumbent to perform duties at the higher band.