Writer-Editor (Copywriter)

Washington, DC US Other Agencies and Independent Organizations Full-time

Job Description:

Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Government Relations and Strategic Engagement, within the Department of the Chief Executive Officer, in Washington, DC. The incumbent serves as a Writer-Editor (Copywriter), and is responsible for inspiring writing that tells the story of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. The incumbent drafts, edits, and proofs a full spectrum of written communications.


Responsibilities

  • Writer for the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, responsible for compelling storytelling that inspires Americans to serve.
  • Manages writing projects from initial concept to delivery. Develops and maintains schedule. Collaborates with stakeholders on content. Independently researches topics. Leads clearance process. Juggles multiple duties, sets priorities and meets deadlines.
  • Ideates, writes, edits and proofreads copy for a full spectrum of communications including web content, digital advertisements, brochures, speeches, emails, and official correspondence.
  • Composes messages to staff, partners, and external audiences that provide timely, relevant information while building connections.
  • Ensures adherence to AP Style and the agency style guide.
  • Independently drafts inspiring copy for owned, earned, and paid digital channels. Reviews data to test effectiveness and adjusts as necessary.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

3

  • Job family (Series)

    1082 Writing And Editing

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  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a United States Citizen
    • A 2-year probationary period is required for new Federal employees
    • Merit Promotion applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify Status and grade
    • Must be telework ready
    • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation
    • This position is in the excepted service and does not confer competitive status.

    Qualifications

    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the lower range of the NY-03 pay band, which would be at or equivalent to, the GS-11 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes:
    • Managing writing projects from initial concept to delivery;
    • Collaborating with key stakeholders on content;
    • Writing, editing, and proofreading copies for a full spectrum of communications to include web content, digital advertisements, brochures, speeches, emails, and official correspondence; AND
    • Composing messages to staff, partners, and external audiences that provide timely and relevant information.
    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 can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.

    Education

    Education may not be substituted and/or combined with experience.

    Additional information

    If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

    Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit documentation described below in "Required Documents."

    Special Employment Consideration: Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, applicable documentation that supports your eligibility must be submitted with your application package.

    Ethics Requirement: Our Agency is committed to the highest ethical standards and, as an employee you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes (18 U.S.C. 201-209) and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. part 2635). Additionally, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) or Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) within 30 days of your appointment date and on an annual basis thereafter.


    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

    • Accountability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Writing

    Important Note: Your resume must support your answers to the job specific questions. High self-assessment on the Occupational Questionnaire that is not supported by the information in your resume or supporting documents can/will result in elimination from further consideration. If you do not answer all of the job specific questions you will not be considered. Incomplete applications (resume and required supporting documents) will be considered ineligible.

    Qualified applicants will be placed in one of the following three categories:

    1 - Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement.
    2 - Well Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.
    3 - Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.

    NOTE: Status candidates will be considered under the provisions of the Corporation's Human Resources system which allows for:
    1) Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and
    2) The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.

    Status candidates will be referred on one selection list only, i.e., either merit promotion or non-competitive. Nonstatus candidates who are eligible for Noncompetitive referral, e.g. Peace Corps, VRA, etc., will be referred under Noncompetitive procedures only. For Noncompetitive categories, See "Special Employment Consideration" below under "Other Information."

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional);
    • Unofficial transcript (if qualifying based on education):
    • Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10-point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5-point preference), if applicable;
    • For Merit Promotion Eligibility: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (must indicate tenure and position occupied), if applicable;
    • Documentation supporting eligibility for Non-Competitive appointment, e.g., Schedule A (severely disabled), eligible veterans (VRA or 30-percent or more disabled), VISTA, Peace Corps, etc., if applicable
  • Benefits

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.