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Job #: R-00075095-OTHLOC-PL-2D2824
Location: Washington, DC
Category: Writing and Editing
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 100%
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $1000
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos is seeking a Writer-Editor / Communications Specialist to support our customer, the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART), which is part of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The Writer-Editor / Communications Specialist will research, draft and proofread a range of materials, including social media, web content, and newsletters; coordinate social media content postings, including graphics development; and provide other communications support tasks, as needed. The successful candidate must be able to write about a sensitive topic in an objective and informative tone appropriate for SMART’s audience.

Candidates should have the ability to work in a deadline-driven environment and be able to successfully juggle competing priorities. Candidates with proven ability to be flexible, respond to last-minute requests, and complete tasks quickly and accurately are highly desired.

Responsibilities include:

  • Drafting social media content related to SMART’s mission and programs.

  • Researching and writing stories of victims.

  • Writing and editing blogs, articles, solicitations, reports, letters, and other correspondence.

  • Updating content on SMART’s website, which is hosted on OJP’s Drupal web environment.

  • Creating simple graphics, such as social media cards, using the Adobe Creative Suite, especially Adobe Illustrator.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism or a related field.

  • Four (4) years of directly relevant experience (post-education) writing and editing various documents and marketing content for websites and social media platforms.

  • Knowledge of SMART’s content area (sex offender registration and notification) is highly desired.

  • Excellent writing skills and familiarity with AP Style.

  • Must have a strong attention to detail and be able to carefully proofread content.

  • Knowledge of English syntax and composition, including grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, usage, and vocabulary.

  • Candidates should be well-versed in the Microsoft Office suite, especially Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and be able to format documents at a professional level.

  • Experience with or willingness to learn web content management software, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign is expected.

  • Must be able to obtain a Public Trust clearance.

Additional assets

  • Familiarity with GPO and Chicago styles is a plus.

Location: SMART Office, 810 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $52,650.00 - $81,000.00 - $109,350.00


Covid Guidance

In order to enter Leidos facilities in the U.S. and to attend Leidos events outside our facilities, employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry. In addition, we are receiving guidance from certain customers that onsite contractor personnel will need to be fully vaccinated to access customer facilities. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® 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 $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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