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Job #: R-00046036
Location: Centennial, CO
Category: Writing and Editing
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 50% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 25%
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500™ company aimed at embracing and solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Through science and technology, Leidos makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient.

Our Civil Group offers an array of exciting career opportunities for the best IT, energy, logistics and engineering professionals. 

Leidos is seeking a Communications Editor that will be responsible for writing, editing and managing the online Antarctic Sun newspaper (, creating multi-media products, and serving as photographer and manager of the USAP Photo Library archive (

The Communications Editor will create a budget of story ideas and timelines, conduct interviews, write articles, take photographs, edit, obtain approvals, and publish news and feature content about the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) research and operations.

All stories are reviewed by subject matter experts, ASC Communications Manager, and the appropriate people at the National Science Foundation for accuracy and content.

Other duties include public-facing activities such as:

  • Interacting with the public to promote awareness of the USAP through public presentations and media events

  • Responding to media and public queries

  • Developing materials for and facilitating education outreach

Additional internal duties include:

  • Interacting with the National Science Foundation

  • Providing editorial and writing assistance to the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC)

  • Facilitating internal communications through bulletin boards, creation of flyers, composing programmatic emails, and managing All Hands meetings

  • Writing updates, articles and blogs for Leidos

  • Other duties as assigned

The Communications Editor will report directly to the ASC Communications Manager.

In addition, as a member of the Communications Department, the position will help develop, coordinate and execute field plans for media, film and other groups should they deploy. Duties include working with the teams to identify their requirements for achieving their goals, prior to their deployment, coordinating within the USAP to help facilitate the support needed for them, and working with them directly in Antarctica to facilitate their project.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism or related field, additional years of experience will be considered in lieu of degree.

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience as a science editor/writer or journalist, with significant experience as a photographer, videographer or photojournalist. Ease of use and understanding of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

  • Excellent spelling and grammar, as well as experience with AP style are required.

  • Knowledge of and competency in understanding copyright law regarding original works of writing and photography.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Create Suite.

  • At least 2 years’ experience using Adobe software, with excellent Photoshop or LightRoom skills, and InDesign graphic layout and design experience.  

  • At least 2 years’ experience creating and editing multi-media publications such as podcasts and/or video stories.

  • Experience and ease with public speaking and be willing to represent both ASC and the USAP in public forums.

  • Must work independently, manage time and meet deadlines. Have good organizational skills to track, coordinate and adapt to frequently-changing logistics plans and schedules. Ability and motivation to quickly learn the workings of a large, complex program and become a de facto “expert” on Antarctica and the U.S. Antarctic Program.

  • Must interact in a professional manner with National Science Foundation staff, scientists and other USAP agencies and stakeholders.

Additional Application Requirements:

  • In addition to resume please submit the following: 3 examples of professionally published articles from your portfolio illustrating how a complex topic was distilled into an accurate and compelling article for the general public; 2 examples of an original graphic layout such as a brochure or flyer.

PHYSICAL AND / OR OTHER SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Deployment to Antarctica is required for this position. The individual in the position must successfully complete the physical and dental examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of employment offer or other employment action. Applicant must be willing to deploy to Antarctica for 1-6 months annually (typically 3-4 months) based on business/program needs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A general understanding of the Internet, website layout, general multimedia production, and web content management applications is needed. This position does not create websites, but does need to place content into a content management application and work closely with the multi-media team.

Driven by our talented workforce, the Integrated Missions Operation builds trust through an array of energy-related IT, environmental science and engineering solutions to meet our customers’ needs. 

Key Programs and/or Capabilities: 

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We value and support the well-being and mobility of our employees with competitive benefit packages, complementary e-learning training, work-life flexibility, an exciting External Referral Program, and a diverse, inclusive and ethical work place. In fact, in 2020, Leidos was ranked as one of the “World's Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year. 

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:

Yes, 25%

Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 50% of the time

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Requisition Category:


Job Family:

Writing and Editing

Pay Range:

Pay Range $48,750.00 - $75,000.00 - $101,250.00


About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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