NSA


Technical Writer (44339317)
Location: Fort Meade, Maryland - United States
Posted: 2/17/2018

Technical Writer

Responsibilities The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. With the ever-accelerating technological advances and growing system complexity, NSA needs Technical Writers to create, edit, review and prepare for publication or presentation scientific and/or technical documents. Description of Position Technical Writers are hired into positions supporting a broad range of specialized skills including Computer Engineering, Computer Programming, Computer Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Communications Engineering. Some of these responsibilities may include: - Interpreting and responding to customer requests for information, specifically intelligence. - Writing complex documents (e.g., manuals/guides, technical specifications, test plans, project proposals, design documents, business/technical reports, speeches/scripts, legal and policy documents, historical monographs) using the appropriate format and classification. - Editing written products documents for content, relevance of material, organization, strength of argument, clarity, persuasiveness, length, comprehensiveness, overall tone, and spelling/grammatical errors. - Updating written products (for example, policy manuals, user guides, presentations) to ensure currency of information and proper classification. - Developing and/or updating standard operating procedures (SOPs) or instructions. - Designing and/or creating artwork or graphics for print, electronic products, exhibits, or displays. - Serving as a liaison between groups internal or external to the Agency. The ideal candidate has a desire for continual learning along with excellent problem-solving, and interpersonal skills, who is: - Innovative - Well-organized - Able to handle and prioritize multiple assignments - Willing to mentor in a team environment - Able to communicate effectively, both orally and written, with stakeholders at various levels - Able to work effectively across several different functional areas in a collaborative environment - Proficient in Adobe Technical Suite (e.g., Acrobat Pro, Frame Maker), Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Word. Qualifications/Experience Salary Range: $66,510 - $103,639 (Full Performance) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered. Degree in English or Journalism is preferred, although a degree in any field is acceptable. Relevant experience must be technical writing, editing, and/or revising (e.g., instruction manuals, user guides, system manuals, white papers, design specifications) and conducting open-source research. Salary Range: $94,796 - $145,629 (Senior) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered. Degree in English or Journalism is preferred, although a degree in any field is acceptable. Relevant experience must be technical writing, editing, and/or revising (e.g., instruction manuals, user guides, system manuals, white papers, design specifications) and conducting open-source research. Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible). How To Apply - External To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply Now' button located at the top or bottom of this page. After completing the application and clicking the 'Submit Final' button, you will receive a confirmation email. Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@nsa.gov. ***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility. Please note that you will be asked a series of questions and your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application. Your responses will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing. DCIPS Disclaimer The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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Job Capacity:Employee (full-time)
Minimum Education Level:See Job Description
Visa Sponsorship: No
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The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in signals intelligence and information assurance. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies.


We have two primary missions. Our information assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our signals intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.


As the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are a world-class cyber center, the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as a national leader in foreign language analysis and research.


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