Writer/Editor job at State Dept: pen articles on American culture and values for distribution to international audiences

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    Gadi Ben-Yehuda

    Contractor Position: Writer/Editor

    U.S. Department of State

    Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP)

    Office of Current Issues

    U.S. Citizenship required


    The Bureau of International Information Programs seeks one (1) experienced writer to produce articles on American culture and values for distribution to international audiences.

    This position is located in the Office of Current Issues, U.S. Culture and Values Division. IIP supports U.S. foreign policy objectives with public diplomacy products and services including electronic and print publications. Electronic media products are distributed overseas in English and in other languages through U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Offices and Information Resource Centers and by direct outreach via the World Wide Web to influence policy and opinion on issues central to U.S. national interests.

    IIP produces a highly interactive Web site (America.gov) that uses new media to reach foreign audiences in English and other languages with information on U.S. policy, culture and values. This Web site engages selected target audiences overseas, including teachers, students, academics, government officials, and non-governmental organizations.

    Job Description

    Writes 3-4 articles weekly for the America.gov web site and for use by U.S. embassies overseas. Writing must reflect standards of professional writing and journalism and require minimal editing. Articles are written in English in a style that is accessible to non-native speakers and suitable for translation into other major languages. Writing must, when appropriate, take into account sensitive cultural issues and present them with accuracy and clarity. The writer receives assignments and takes guidance from the designated IIP supervisor and delivers materials by mutually agreed deadlines. Project plans and deliverables are as agreed between the staff contractor and the IIP Division Chief for U.S. Culture and Values.


    The ideal candidate would have the following qualifications:

    § Ability to write clear, concise English with demonstrated knowledge of standard journalistic and editorial usage.

    § Demonstrated experience in editorial composition.

    § Knowledge of guidelines pertaining to AP Style; knowledge of library resources, research methods, and interviewing techniques.

    § Excellent critical and creative thinking and analytical skills.

    § Excellent ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and multi-task in a fast-paced work environment that requires flexibility.

    § Ability to meet strict deadlines for producing copy.

    § Significant familiarity with international educational and cultural exchanges, or other types of international activities.

    § Familiarity with U.S. foreign affairs and international organizations.

    § A Bachelors Degree is required for this position; however, a Masters Degree or other advanced degree is preferred.

    § A minimum of three (3) years of professional work experience is required for this position (e.g., professional experience acquired as a writer for an electronic publication requiring quick turnaround).

    § Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Secret level.

    § Foreign language skills are preferred but not required.

    § Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Secret level.

    Period of Performance (POP)

    It is expected that the contractor personnel assigned to this BPA Call will begin work within 15 days after award date(s). The (initial) POP is for 6 months from the award. The option year/period one is 6 months. The contract personnel will be expected to work up to 40 hours a week or 1000 hours within 6 months.

    Place of Performance

    The place of performance is a normal office setting located at State Department Annex 5 (SA-5), 2200 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.



    Clearance Required

    Contractor personnel assigned to this contract shall possess a security clearance at the Interim SECRET level prior to the start of the contract. This clearance is issued by the Defense Security Service commensurate with the level of access required. The clearance process can be initiated by ABBTECH Staffing. U.S. Citizenship Required


    Travel for official DOS business purposes may be required pending availability of funds.

    Shelly R. Denton, CSP


    Employee Relations Manager

    DoS Staffing Management Team

    Phone: 301.772.3370 x19 / Toll Free: 1-888-357-4965

    Cell: 703.489.6064

    Fax: 301.772.3371

    [email protected] / http://www.abbtech.com / http://www.abbtech.jobs

    ABBTECH is an EOE/M/F/D/V Employer

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