Speechwriter – Full Performance/Senior Level


Job title: Speechwriter – Full Performance/Senior Level

Company: National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

Job description: WE ARE THE NRO

For sixty years, the NRO has developed, acquired, launched and operated the satellites that are the foundation for America’s advantage and strength in space. Using a diversified architecture of spacecraft, NRO collects and delivers the best space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance content on the planet.

Learn more at nro.gov.

Basic Eligibility For A Position With The NRO

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance
  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic drug testing
  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic polygraph examinations
  • You will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, and must certify under penalty of perjury that the documentation you submit is true and correct. In limited circumstances, a reasonable accommodation for medical or religious reasons may be granted as legally required.

Federal Employee Vaccination Requirement

In accordance with the NRO has established procedures to verify NRO employees’ COVID-19 vaccination status by November 22, 2021. To meet this deadline, all current Federal employees must receive their Johnson & Johnson vaccine or their second Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination dose by November 8, 2021. In limited circumstances, a reasonable accommodation for medical or religious reasons may be granted as legally required.

Individuals who start their government service after November 22, 2021, need to be fully vaccinated prior to their scheduled start date, except in limited circumstances where a reasonable accommodation for medical or religious reasons is legally required. Employees will be considered for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or that has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization. For Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or AstraZeneca/Oxford, that is two weeks after an employee has received the second dose in a two-dose series. For Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen, that is two weeks after an employee has received a single-dose.

New employees will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, and must certify under penalty of perjury that the documentation you submit is true and correct on their start date in order to access NRO facilities. For urgent, mission critical hiring needs, unvaccinated new hires need to be vaccinated within 60 days of their start date and follow safety protocols for not fully vaccinated individuals until they are fully vaccinated.

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Where You Will Work

The position serves as Speechwriter in the Office of Public Affairs (OPA). OPA is part of the Office of Congressional & Public Affairs (OCPA) at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) headquarters. OPA is comprised of three main functional areas: external communication, internal communication, and multimedia.. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the speechwriter for NRO’s most senior leadership—the Director, Principal Deputy Director and Deputy Director. The speechwriter will provide communications support to NRO senior leadership for all engagements to include public, congressional, industry, interagency, and internal communications. In additional to formal speeches, duties may also include writing/editing talking points, scripts, fact sheets/white papers, articles, weekly activity reports, and emails to the workforce.

The NRO Cadre is collecting resumes for consideration against current and future opportunities for Full Performance /Senior level (GG-13/GG-14), Speechwriter, occupational series 1035. For more information on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) occupational series, click .

Your resume may be considered for other positions which your skills and experience may be a good match.

This is a full-time position that is open from December 8, 2021 to December 23, 2021. Resumes must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on December 23, 2021.

Who May Apply

  • This position is open to the public.
  • Federal government employees MUST currently be at the grade level or higher as indicated in this announcement. This is NOT a promotion opportunity for current Federal government employees. If selected for the position, Federal government employees will transition laterally at their current grade level and step.
  • Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.
  • The NRO is only accepting external applicants for this job announcement. Current NRO Cadre employees should apply internally.

What You Will Be Doing

As the Speechwriter you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Manage writing projects from initial concept to delivery. Develop and maintain schedule.
  • Write speeches and talking points for the Director and agency leadership for events big and small, anchored in established message framework.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders on content. Independently research topics. Lead the clearance process.
  • Handle multiple duties, sets priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Write, edit and proofread copy for a full spectrum of communications including speeches, emails, official correspondence, digital advertisements, brochures, and web content.
  • Compose messages to staff, partners, and external audiences that provide timely, relevant information while building connections.
  • Coordinate materials with partner agencies for shared events or engagements
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You Need

  • At least 10 years’ relevant experience in a comparable industry, and/or a Master’s degree in communications, or related field.
  • Direct experience writing and editing using the Associated Press Style Guide.
  • Mastery of communication principles, methods, practices and techniques; and analytical methods. Skill in applying this mastery in developing new methods and approaches in planning, integrating and evaluating the communications program.
  • Knowledge and skill sufficient for advising top management officials on aspects of the communication program, recommending strategies for aspects of the NRO’s program, and establishing standards for the development and evaluation of communications and outreach activities.
  • Mastery of the application of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to identify and advise on communications.
  • Comprehensive skill in analyzing external and internal reactions to speeches and other senior leadership communications.
  • Mastery of written English in order to prepare responses to a variety of complex, controversial, and/or sensitive issues, ensuring completeness and accuracy, proper tone and format, and technical terminology appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Ability to integrate inputs from multiple sources to develop communications products.

Other Information

  • Overtime Statement: MAY be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Travel Statement: MAY be required to travel in military or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments.
  • Financial Disclosure: MAY be required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and will be required to file annually.
  • Geographic Mobility Agreement: MAY be subject to directed reassignment as required to address mission effectiveness, and/or career development.
  • Emergency Essential: Certain positions MAY be deemed emergency essential and incumbents must be willing to meet all position requirements.

Location

Chantilly, VA

Salary

2021 salary range for the Washington, DC area: GG-13 $103,690 – $134, 798.

2021 salary range for the Washington, DC area: GG-14 $122,530 – $159,286.

**This position is a full performance /senior level DCIPS position. The NRO is accepting applications from U.S. Citizens and current federal government employees for this position. To qualify for the position, federal government employees MUST currently be at the GG –13 or 14 grade level and may ONLY apply for a lateral reassignment at their current grade level and step. Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.

Hiring Incentives

The NRO may offer hiring incentives and other entitlements at management’s discretion.

Trial Period

All new will be required to serve a 2-year trial period.

Veterans’ Preference

DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Vol 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 USC, you must submit documents verifying your eligibility upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please send your request to .

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Expected salary: $103690 per year

Location: Chantilly, VA

Job date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 06:15:33 GMT

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