Technical Writer

Location: Monterey, CA
DESCRIPTION
The position requires knowledge of journalism practices, communications strategies and vehicles, including print, digital and video, public affairs principles; experience in writing about graduate subjects related to  engineering, math, business, public policy, security, operational and information sciences; mastery of the Associated Press (AP) style; the ability to apply standard practices, methods and techniques to write, edit and prepare final copy for news and feature stories used in publications and on web sites, in marketing materials and/or for use in public relations activities; familiarity with newspaper publishing processes and the design and production of print and electronic products; expertise in word processing, graphics and publishing software; and demonstrated experience with computer technology and digital photography.

Skills include consistency, accuracy and relevancy; engaging inquiries and successful interviewing; thorough supplemental or background research; development of personal profiles and announcements; stating clearly the objectives and achievements/awards of research; ability to translate complex research-based information into laypersons’ language; familiarity with Department of Navy (DON) terminology; awareness of the NPS mission and goals, particularly as an extension of the Department of Defense (DOD) and DON; personal initiative; and the capacity to take direction, work individually and/or with a team.
Standards require that works be written at a level appropriate to a graduate-level educational and research university, are relevant to the DOD and DON, and formatted to NPS’ publication style.
The contractor will perform the following tasks which include but are not limited to:
  • Maintaining and advancing professional standards
  • Adhering to public relations, journalism and communications practices, particularly those that require awareness of and sensitivity to the unique position of the university
  • Establishing a roster of contacts among campus leaders, faculty, staff, tenant commanders, reporters, publishers, officials from local and national organizations and government agencies, DOD peers, educational institutions, and civic groups
  • Drafting news content for a wide variety for official NPS communications  vehicles, including print, digital, and video
  • Writing short news stories, feature articles, photo captions, social media and web content, press releases, and news scripts as assigned, per guidelines provided by supervisor
  • Developing planning and delivery of final product, including research, scheduling and conducting of interviews, resolving challenges, reporting progress to supervisor, and producing results on time and in accordance with NPS instructions, PAO requirements and accepted communications practices
  • Synthesizing, integrating and simplifying information compiled from several military, scientific, academic and industry sources
  • Managing several projects concurrently
  • Participating in a sharing system to facilitate the process and workflow between team members and with supervisor
  • Ensuring finished work is technically sound and reflects professional academic standards
  • Assisting with or directing photography in a variety of settings
  • Assessing outcomes and guidelines and adopting and/or recommending changes to supervisor
  • Adapting to fluctuating conditions, from potentially prolonged sedentary activities as in writing to potentially hazardous photographic settings
  • Recommending communication strategies as improvements
  • Completing and complying with all DOD/DON/NPS training requirements, instructions and regulations
  • Remaining responsive and flexible with management structure and potentially shifting situations
POSITION REQUIREMENTS
-At least a BA in English, journalism or communications
-BA or BS in other fields may be acceptable if contractor has a master’s degree or PhD in English, writing composition, journalism with a graduate GPA of at least 3.5.
-bachelor’s or master’s degree in a science, technology or engineering field are encouraged if the individual also meets the criteria listed in 5.0.1 and/or 5.0.2.
-US Citizen

Salary Dependent on Experience; Full Time Employee with benefits.  No relocation is offered. 

It is the policy of DCS to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.  DCS does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law.  DCS also makes reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled employees.
Must Be a U.S. Citizen
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