Job – Partnership for Public Service, Staff Writer/Editor

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    Steve Ressler

    Cool job –

    Staff Writer/Editor

    The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. The Partnership works to fulfill its mission through a variety of activities:

    • raising awareness and helping improve public attitudes about government service;
    • promoting government service through outreach to college campuses and other talent pools;
    • providing hands-on assistance to federal agencies to improve their operations;
    • advocating for needed legislative and regulatory reforms to strengthen the civil service; and,
    • generating thought-provoking research on, and effective responses to, the workforce challenges facing the federal government.

    Position Overview

    The staff writer will join the Partnership’s ten-member communication team, which is responsible for all aspects of the Partnership’s communication and marketing strategy, including managing the organization’s brand and message development, generating media and publicity on behalf of the organization and its key activities, developing the Partnership’s overarching Web and new media strategies, production of award-winning publications, event management, and marketing key programs to various external audiences.

    The staff writer will provide strategic communication counsel and will produce a wide array of communication collateral, including research reports, issue briefs or fact sheets, brochure and advertising copy, Web content, event scripts, speeches or talking points, grant proposals, opinion-editorials, letters-to-the-editor, and other items in support of the above objectives.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Function as key member of the communications team, working with team members to research and produce a variety of written communication products in support of the Partnership and its core programs and activities. Products may include research reports, issue briefs or fact sheets, brochure and advertising copy, Web content, newsletter articles, event scripts, speeches or talking points, grant proposals, opinion-editorials, letters-to-the-editor, and other items, as needed.
    • Work with other Partnership teams, such as legislative affairs and research, to develop messages, strategies – and ultimately communication products that are appropriate to identified target audiences.
    • Edit draft communications to ensure they are not only error-free, stylistically and grammatically, but to ensure they align with branding and messaging guidance and that they are strategically designed to achieve their stated goal.
    • Stay informed about government reform and human capital issues in order to produce creative, well-informed and up-to-date materials.


    The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer/copy editor with a minimum of 5-10 years experience and a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication or English. He or she will be capable of working independently and taking initiative, as well as meeting tight deadlines and bringing a fresh approach to the table. Speechwriting and event script writing experience a plus. Hill or advocacy work preferred.

    • Demonstrated experience (minimum 5 years) producing a variety of written communication collateral. (Please be prepared to submit a variety of writing samples.)
    • Ability to work in fast-paced, rapidly changing environment and to organize multiple and varied projects simultaneously in order to meet deadlines.
    • Demonstrated ability to understand and become conversant with complex policy issues.
    • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including but not limited to sensitivity to other people and the ability to work with others on a cooperative basis and as part of a team.
    • Willingness to travel occasionally, work evenings and weekends when necessary and to go home at the end of the day when it’s not.
    • Position requires strong commitment to the importance of public service.
    • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or English, or equivalent work experience.

    Salary and Benefits

    The Partnership offers a compensation package that includes a competitive salary, plus potential for an annual 7.5% performance bonus. Benefits include employer-paid medical, dental, and vision coverage; life insurance; long- and short-term disability insurance; a 401K program with immediate vesting and a 4 percent employer match; up to $2,500 per year for training and development; 15 days of annual leave per year plus all federal holidays and the day after Thanksgiving; a Metrocheck program that allows the purchase of vouchers for public transportation with pre-tax dollars; and subsidized use of an onsite exercise facility.

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