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Writer/Editor, Department Of Transportation - McLean, VA

Writer/Editor, GS-1082-13 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) "SME" JAC 

About the Agency 

This position is located in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Corporate Research,Technology, and Innovation Management (HRTM) within the Office of Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T), Turner­Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC). 

The Innovation Management and Communications Team is responsible for all publishing and visual communications programs for RD&T. The team manages hundreds of research and development technical documents a year, including the award-winning magazine, Public Roads. These documents are disseminated throughout the Department, to State DOT’s, private industry, international groups, and the general public. In addition, the office manages research Web sites, multimedia, research library, archival procedures, tours, and events. 

As the Writer/Editor, you will be responsible for managing the overall publication products within RD&T including fliers, techbriefs, research reports, technical brochures, technical newsletters, and Public Roads magazine. 

The ideal candidate possesses professional experience as an editor or writer, in a highly technical environment. Comprehensive knowledge of publication production and process management, including writing and editing, with strong project management skills, art direction capabilities and an excellent understanding of the print production process that meet brand standards for accuracy, grammar, style and suitability for various audiences is desirable. 


The Writer/Editor :
Coordinates the publishing of more than 80 RD&T publications per year from inception and consultation through all phases of publishing including intake, editing/writing, technical approvals, design, and final publication deliverables. 
Works closely and proactively with RD&T staff to understand and articulate the purpose, audience and deliverable date for each publication and ensuring that all are fully informed and in agreement with the production plan. 
Works with authors in FHWA to develop articles on timely subjects as a means of publicizing accomplishments, new technology, equipment, and innovations produced through the FHWA’s R&T Program. 
Acts in the role of publication manager and creative director for FHWA’s Public Roads magazine, and oversees all product aspects for magazine production and design contractors. 
Serves as the Contracting Officers Representative on contracts, purchase orders, and cooperative agreements for projects assigned by the Office Director. 

Travel Required 

Not Required 

Relocation Authorized 


Relocation IS Authorized. 

Job Requirements 

Job Requirements 

Key Requirements 

You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify. 

Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date. 

Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date 

Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days. 

Announcement also advertised to status applicants: FHWA.HRT-2016-0019 

This position is telework eligible. 


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements. 

FOR THE GS-13 , to qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following: 

Experience writing, editing, and managing print and electronic production of publications that meet Agency standards for accuracy, grammar, style and suitability for various audiences. 
Experience managing all aspects of publication production including budgeting, scheduling and overseeing development and approval of design concepts. 
Experience writing and vetting materials that have been regularly published in a newspaper or magazine. 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. 

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement 

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed). 

Security Clearance 

Public Trust - Background Investigation 

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