Writer Editor
Department of Defense - Fort Belvoir, VA

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This position will be filled at the high end of the NH-II pay band.

Are you ready to help a world-class university take on the challenges of reaching over 100,000 learners worldwide? The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is the recognized leader as a corporate university, advancing the use of technology in all areas of education. The professional faculty and staff at DAU work in a strong team environment to continuously improve the ways we help our students learn by delivering the right knowledge and skills at the point of need. Come join this dynamic team using your expertise to make a real impact in the acquisition community. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship or National
Background Investigation
Suitable for Federal Employment

Registered for Selective Service (if applicable) DUTIES:
Serves as managing editor of the annual DAU Catalog within the Visual Arts and Press, Defense Acquisition University .

Receives course description submissions, program descriptions and entries, appendices, and Agency descriptions from SMEs.

Conducts research and acquires information through personal and telephone interviews with high-level officials of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, senior management within the federal agencies, military departments, private industry, and academia.

Interfaces directly with in-house and external personnel, which include graphic designers, desktop publishers, photographers, and commercial printers during the production phase of the journal.

Proofreads catalog entries to verify factual information and accuracy of references and endnotes to ensures consistency with departmental editorial policies in accordance with the "Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association" and "The Chicago Manual of Style."

Edits all catalog material using standard proofreaderÂ’s marks concentrating on subject matter presentation, clarity, grammatical construction, syntax, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and manuscript length, reader interest, and appropriateness of information for the Defense Acquisition Workforce.

Reviews near-final draft of the journal and galley proofs from the commercial printer. Work is reviewed and cleared for publication within DAU. May be required to personally visit worksites in order to conduct press inspections.

Applies technical skills and experience with desktop publishing software (e.g. Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, and font management software) to develop high-quality publications such as magazines, catalogs, technical reports, brochures, and other special publications.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower pay band within the federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the writer/editor. As this position is being filled at the upper level of pay band NH-II, you must also demonstrate experience 1) conducting senior level editing of a publication in accordance with the requirements of standard editing manuals such as the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Associated Press Stylebook, or The Chicago Manual of Style, 2) performing complex writing and editing duties associated with the publishing process, various printed media, Internet publishing, manuscript preparation, design and typography, and the commercial offset printing process, and 3) coordinating the publication process of a large publication such as a university catalog.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: A Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. If you are using education to substitute for specialized experience, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) or some form of proof of your education. To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . Failure to provide documentation at the time of processing, or a determination that you do not possess sufficient education and experience to meet the total qualification requirements, will result in an ineligible rating.

Examples of acceptable master's degrees include but are not limited to: Master's degree in Journalism, Communications, Professional Writing and Editing, Editorial Studies, Publishing and Editing.

Background or Security Investigation: This is a non-critical sensitive position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation which may delay your starting date. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the employment offer may be withdrawn. Individuals selected for this position are required to obtain and maintain a favorable security determination to occupy a sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment. Failure to maintain eligibility to occupy a sensitive position may result in termination. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below:

1. Qualified Category . Meets the minimum qualifications and demonstrates minimum experience and/or training only based on responses to occupational questionnaire.

2. Highly Qualified Category . Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to occupational questionnaire.

3. Best Qualified Category . Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates experience as an expert in the field or recognized as a senior specialist, team lead, etc.

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible's who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.

The Assessment Questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following critical competencies:

  • Ability to lead, negotiate, and work constructively in a team environment.
  • Ability to conceptualize, develop content, write and deliver oral presentations.
  • Ability to use computer programs to collect and analyze data.
  • Ability to provide expert advice to senior management.
IMPORTANT NOTE - YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. ERRORS OR OMISSIONS MAY AFFECT YOUR RATING.

All information included in the resume and Occupational Questionnaire is subject to review and verification. HR will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be further evaluated by information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have misrepresented your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position and, if you're already an employee, you may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal service.

BENEFITS:
Our complete benefits package is one of the most comprehensive found in either government or private sector. These extraordinary benefits encompass health, pay, work/life balance, growth & learning. Temporary employees are eligible for Health Benefits after serving one year in their appointment. However, temporary employees are responsible for the government and employee portion of the premium. OTHER INFORMATION:

Moving expenses will not be paid.

Selections are subject to restrictions resulting from DoD Program for Stability of Civilian Employment.

A one year probationary or trial period may be required.

Travel requirement is seldom (less than 15%).

We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Priority Consideration: If you are a displaced Federal Civil Service employee, and have a minimum score of 85, you may be entitled to receive special priority selection under the ICTAP. For more information on ICTAP, click here ICTAP Guidance . NOTE: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are NOT ICTAP eligible.

Retired Civil Service Employee: Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)

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