The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a congressionally chartered, Federally Funded Research and Development Center operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). STPI provides independent analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal departments and agencies on science and technology (S&T) policy issues.
This position provides substantive editorial support to the research staff and IDA Division management. Responsibilities include detailed editing and writing assistance on presentation materials, reports, papers, documents, and other publications. Coordinates and oversees production activities from initial draft to final published product. May also assist other Research Divisions in the editing and production of their publications.
Uses manual and electronic means to edit and format text, illustrations, and tables in accordance with prescribed editorial, proofreading conventions and page composition skills. In addition to copy-editing, provides extensive revisions, rewriting, or original writing as required. Recommends other improvements and advises research staff members on publication organization, format, and style.
Reviews publication content for compliance with task order statement of work and with IDA and other prescribed editorial standards to ensure the highest possible quality.
Provides guidelines on related publication matters such as copyright restrictions, Defense Printing Service restrictions on print quantities, procedures for public release of IDA publications, and procedures for disseminating released publications. Informs research staff members about the different types of IDA publications and recommends which type is appropriate for their work.
Schedules and oversees production activities from initial draft stage to final publication applying acquired job expertise and company policies and procedures.
Provides training and guidance to administrative and lower level editorial staff on publication and graphic requirements, formatting concerns, and software applications.
Updates and maintains institute’s website information and develops Web content in concert with IDA Corporate Communications Office.
Participate in peer reviews or in other management-directed document reviews.
Prepare release forms, transmittal letters, and other administrative forms and memos required for printing and distribution of publications.
Orient and advise new staff members on applicable procedures for security markings and publication classification.
Maintain division databases of formal and informal task deliverables and track status of task order deliverables for compliance with schedule.
Performs other duties as assigned.
BA/BS in English, Journalism or a closely related discipline.
Six or more years progressively responsible work experience providing editorial support to a technical group or in a technical work environment.
Experience using microcomputers and demonstrated expertise with a variety of word processing or desktop publishing software, PDF files, web-based applications, and graphics software.
Excellent written and oral communications skills with the ability to convey complex concepts clearly and concisely. Ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel.
U.S. citizenship is required.
Ability to obtain and maintain required security clearances.
IDA (Institute for Defense Analyses) – a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington, DC – operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) in the public interest: the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications and Computing.