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Senior Writer/Editor

Dahlgren, VA · Government/Military
StraCon Services Group, LLC is seeking a full time Senior Writer/Editor. The Senior Writer/Editor will play an integral role conceptualizing and developing compelling material – to help our clients tell impactful and cohesive stories. The candidate will work directly on an exciting new opportunity with a Department of Defense (DoD) agency in Dahlgren, VA. As a critical member of the creative team, the Writer/Editor will be required to develop and edit written products including magazine and news articles, press releases and fact sheets that clearly relay key messages, purposes and plans and adhere to requirements for internal and external audiences. The Writer/Editor will also provide editorial guidance to subordinate organizations’ communications staff on written news articles in accordance with AP style guidelines. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker with superior editorial and fact-checking skills. Candidates should also have an active SECRET security clearance or obtain an interim clearance prior to starting, and previous experience working with the federal government.
Essential Job Duties:
  • Collaborate with others to create original concepts that result in effective and compelling internal and external communication
  • Write clear, concise, grammatically correct copy that is consistent with approved brand, voice and style
  • Provide editorial expertise in producing catalogs, electronic newsletters and magazine-type publications
  • Manage administrative requirements and requests for information
  • Proactively create action plans to target the correct audience and use sound editorial judgment to determine where communication gaps exist and how to close them
  • Perform final document quality assurance and quality control reviews on communication products prior to distribution to the public (e.g., press releases, informational brochures, briefings)
  • Consult relevant information sources to obtain and verify background information
  • Develop outlines and drafts that meet client requirements and regulations
  • Edit copy to comply with in-house and AP style guides
  • Perform other duties as required
 Travel Requirements:
  • Local travel required
Experience Requirements:
  • Proven ability to support communication programs and products, media relations programs, community relations, special events, and photography support
  • Experience in research, conducting interviews, writing, editing, and obtaining release/approval for articles, feature stories, news releases, and statements, including electronic, web based,
  • and hard copy material.
  • Proficient in writing, formatting, editing, and maintaining a range of print and digital media
  • Knowledge of Section 508 compliance standards and how to create products that adhere to these standards
  • Thorough knowledge of AP Style
  • Exceptional writer and copy editor
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and self-motivation
  • Ability to function in a face-paced and deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to understand highly technical material to disseminate to a wider audience
Education Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, public affairs, or related degree OR a minimum six (6) years of related experience in editing documents working in a military/engineering/technical/research, development, or testing environment
Security Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Minimum Secret clearance required
About StraCon:
StraCon is dedicated to supporting our government clients and warfighters by “Enhancing their Operational Capability”. With a proven track record, and an employee focused philosophy, we have developed a culture that believes in the talent of the individual. StraCon employees are empowered to “Make It Happen”. Since 2008, we have provided Program Management, Training Systems Products, Financial Management, Instructional System Design, Data Management, Courseware Development, Engineering, Logistics, Foreign Military Sales Support, and a variety other technical services for the Department of Defense.

StraCon is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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