IDA’s Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD) in our Systems and Analyses Center performs integrated, interdisciplinary studies of plans and policies related to national security strategy, the structure and capabilities of U.S., allied, and adversary forces and supporting infrastructure. SFRD has an opening for an Adjunct Technical Writer.
This Adjunct Technical Writer position will play a key role in assisting researchers and others at the Institute for Defense Analyses in producing clear, crisp and compelling presentations of complex ideas and materials. This position requires discipline, sharp and quick thinking, and excellent writing, editing, visual, and other skills to shape prose, speech and images into polished work.
Under minimal supervision, this position is responsible for adapting highly technical papers, briefs, and other materials into various products understandable across all audiences. Reviews and synthesizes complex technical/scientific data and then clearly presents information in an easily comprehensible way for both expert and non-specialist audiences. In assisting with the display of research, he/she may work with charts, graphs, maps and photo selection in advising on effective approaches to communication. He/she may also take on other communications assignments across SFRD.
Additional Responsibilities are as follows:
Reviews and analyzes technical papers, briefs, and other materials describing IDA analyses/technical evaluations and converts the materials into concisely written summaries that capture the essence of the work and are understandable both to well-informed lay persons and subject matter experts including senior government officials.
Creates various products for external audiences based on existing publications, workshops, or symposia organized by IDA including abstracts and explanations of IDA publications, project descriptions, and other research materials.
In collaboration with graphic artists, develops graphics and illustrations to help present key results in an easy-to-understand fashion and creates an appealing visual impression that attracts readership.
Performs other duties as assigned.
A Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline (STEM), English, communications, public policy, or another field with a strong communications component coupled with minimum 5 years’ experience as a technical writer; advanced degree preferred.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) or their equivalents.
Experience with writing and editing complex documents, conflict resolution. techniques, and meeting tight deadlines in a timely and accurate manner.
Capacity to work with editorial judgment, self-direction and independence on multiple projects; at the same time, the ability to work well with and within teams.
At later stages in the process, applicants will be required to submit a writing sample.
U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
Equal Opportunity Employer
Internal Number: 1364
About The Institute for Defense Analyses
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.
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