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Job #: R-00064601
Location: Washington, DC
Category: Writing and Editing
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 100%
Clearance: Top Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2000.00
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

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. 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 Capabilities:

Leidos has an immediate need for a full-time Senior Editor/Technical Writer to provide support in two areas:  (1) the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Office of Defense Programs (NA-10) to provide approximately 50% of time assisting NNSA’s Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis (NA-183) Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP) Team with writing, editing, and participating in meetings for the annual SSMP; and (2) approximately 50% time supporting Leidos business development and marketing efforts, including marketing material development, fact sheet development, capabilities briefing development, and proposal preparation efforts. It is required that some of the work be performed in the NNSA offices located at the DOE Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C.  Travel may be required to sites conducting Integrated Planning Group (IPG) meetings (National Laboratories, Production facilities, and Security Sites).

Basic Qualifications:

Active DOE Q and/or DOE TS clearance

Required education and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 12 - 15 years of overall work experience supporting federal government programs (e.g., DOE/NNSA or DOD).

  • Superior writing skills; ability to express technical concepts, processes, programs, and capabilities clearly and concisely

  • Thorough command of English grammar and syntax

  • Prior experience within the DOE/NNSA Nuclear Security Enterprise

  • Ability to collaborate and work with a team of technical writers

  • Prior experience reviewing requests for proposals/request for quotes (RFPs/RFQs) and proposal preparation

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assists with the preparation, creation, and publication of NNSA’s reports and annexes in response to congressional requirements.

  • Overall responsibility to ensure that the SSMP, written by many, has the feel of a document prepared by one author.  This includes continuity of style, syntax, reading level, consistent use of acronyms and grammar conventions. 

  • As a part of the NA-183 SSMP team, participates in and contributes to key discussions in formulation of chapter outline and templates, guidance to originators and integrators, and key messaging for each year prior to kick-off meeting.

  • Assists with informing, training, and advising originators and integrators to ensure all contributors are aligned with key messaging, standard format etc. 

  • Thoroughly reads all versions of the SSMP as they are produced; provides substantive edits and comments that reflect agreed-upon format, messaging, writing guidelines, etc.

  • Alerts NA-183 SSMP team to global issues or concerns that emerge during review of versions, and proposes solutions to address them. 

  • Attends all IPG meetings concerning SSMP issues.

  • Collects and processes classified and unclassified materials, reports, drafts, and briefings - developing a final review and summary of materials.

  • Participates in weekly staff meetings, planning meetings, team calls, video teleconferences, and other meetings held by NA-183 team members.

  • Assists originators and integrators in the resolution/adjudication of comments after the annual IPG writing meeting. 

  • Assists the NA-183 SSMP team to resolve and adjudicate comments from various organizations during the review/approval process, as requested. 

  • Reviews and, if necessary, revises the SSMP style guide annually.  Ensures that originators and integrators are familiar with the guide and aware of any changes made. 

  • Demonstrates ability to review and evaluate programmatic and technical information related to nuclear weapons and the NNSA infrastructure.

  • Creates rough draft of graphics to communicate and synthesize information for SSMP publication.

  • Assists with business development, marketing, capabilities briefing development,  and proposal efforts

  • Reviewing RFPs/RFQs

  • Writing, editing, and managing sections of proposals to including coordinating and tracking proposal input for various authors/technical staff  and incorporating all comments into the Master document to read as one voice

Desired Qualification/Education

  • Master’s degree in science or engineering field

  • Prior DOE/NNSA Weapons Activities experience

  • Prior experience working on large documents and reports

  • Experience in technical writing, editorial work, journal peer review, or similar exposure to the publishing world

  • Familiarity with journalistic standards and publication style guides

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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.

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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, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021.  For more information, visit

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