Position Available: Senior Speechwriter

Office/Location: Headquarters Air Force, Secretary and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group (HAF/CX), Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20330-1670.

Salary Level/Range: $112,021 - $161,900

Proposed Starting Date: Immediate

JOB SUMMARY:
The Headquarters Air Force is seeking a Senior Speechwriter to serve as the senior writer-editor supporting the Senior Executive leadership, to include the Secretary, Under Secretary, Chief of Staff, and Vice Chief of Staff.

Responsibilities include researching, analyzing, distilling and presenting information for high-level and complex correspondence. Provide trusted counsel and direct support to produce speeches, briefings, event preparation, and policy proposals. Develops conceptual studies on Air Force structure, missions, and operations directly impacting current and future warfighting capabilities. Additionally, provides major conference and event support and facilitates critical communication and coordination on top-level priority programs.


PRIMARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides direct execution and support for all operations at the direction of Senior Executive leadership. In support of the Director, HAF/CX, performs execution support and oversight on preparation of speeches, briefings, conferences, correspondence and articles for international, congressional and DoD audiences. Additionally, provides oversight of SecAF-CSAF sponsored conferences and all other 4-star events and special projects. Organizes the development of congressional testimony as required. Provides trip preparation and planning as required for senior leader engagements. Provides the data and materials required to support Air Force senior leader decision making on issues with Air Force wide impact.

Writes materials on a variety of subjects such as reports, articles, pamphlets, scripts or speeches. Gathers and develops information by researching factual materials through available sources including library resources and subject-matter experts. Provides expert advice on strategic communications, congressional testimony, speeches, briefings, news articles, press releases, and policy documents to assist HAF/CX. Analyzes, selects and organizes the information to be presented. Establishes topics and content. Determines the most logical and effective sequence of thoughts and ideas. Determines the overall length and tone based on the objectives, the medium and the audience. Writes materials such as reports, articles, pamphlets, scripts, or speeches in approved formats and in language suitable for the intended audience. Writes internal newsletters for employees and reports to headquarters which consolidate submissions from various components. Reviews materials for clarity and exhibits capability to support the generation, review and evaluation of soft and hard-copy products to include communication support and materials for speeches, troop talks, conventions and briefings that introduce and implement DoD and Air Force Policy. Responsible for the design, preparation and layout works on all copies and obtains reproduction and distribution of the product through established administrative procedures and channels.

Edits manuscripts and other written materials prepared by others. Reviews and verifies the information gathered by research or in consultation with subject-matter experts. Examines the organization, length, and tone and makes the necessary adjustments. Edits the text for grammatical correctness, clarity, appropriate reading level, and consistency with regulations and style/format requirements of the media and the publications used. Recommends and discusses editorial changes with the authors designed to enhance the clarity of the information, grammatical accuracy, and consistency of the data. May be required to perform substantial research and rewriting to organize, balance and complete deficient manuscripts to meet publishing objectives. Coordinates contents of final drafts with originators for the final narrative. Consults on design and graphics and prepares the materials for printing in compliance with publishing criteria and AF writing principles.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in related field and 5+ years of related experience or equivalent combination.
• Experience in writing and editing two or more of the following: executive speeches, talking points, manuscripts and web content. Journalism or other professional writing experience in narrative form a plus
• Critical thinker capable of synthesizing complex ideas and putting together crisp, logical and memorable arguments
• Comfortable working independently and in collaboration with others toward shared goals and objectives
• Exceptional organizational skills; adept at managing multiple projects from beginning to end
• Able to maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive/non-public information.
• Must be able to obtain and maintain a government travel card.
• Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
• Position is designated as a testing designated position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program. Incumbent of this position is subject to random drug tests.
• Employee may be required to work over time.
• Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.

 

To Apply: 

Applicant Instructions: (HOW TO APPLY) Please submit your resume along with a cover letter (maximum 3 – 4 pages) to Jacqueline LeDoux via jacqueline.f.ledoux.civ@mail.mil.