Part-Time Technical Writer/Editor

New Posted 29 November 2023 | Washington, DC | FedWriters

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is at the forefront of the Nation's efforts to fight waste, fraud, and abuse and to improve the efficiency of Medicare, Medicaid, and more than 100 other HHS programs. HHS OIG requires a technical writer who is skilled at editing and putting documents into PDF layout using Adobe InDesign.

Responsibilities Include:

Preparing a variety of correspondence, such as letters, memoranda, subpoenas, reports, etc.

Assembling and proofreading outgoing material, verifying that attachments and exhibits are present and complete and that signatures, dates, and necessary certifications are in order before release

Modifying the style and format of material for the appropriate medium or publication

Routing, reviewing, and clearing items in the SharePoint system and opening, updating, and closing controls in the CCM database

Ensuring materials reviewed by agency officials conform to editorial standards

Proofreading and editing a variety of materials, including reports, articles, and congressional correspondence, for adherence to various writing principles, such as Federal Plain Language guidelines, AP Stylebook format, grammar, spelling, etc.

Determining the appropriate information, format, and style of writing for various audiences

Conducting research to verify accuracy of data presented in reports and within other products

Performing PDF layout tasks and format documents for print and/or 508-compliant web publication

Working with graphic artists to properly embed graphics

Electronically sorting and compiling text and numerical data, retrieving, updating, and merging documents as required

Converting final documents to 508-compliant PDFs ready for web publishing

Working with evaluators and editors through document completion

Cooperating and liaising with subject matter experts and other editors

Complying with media law and ethical guidelines

Meeting deadlines and working within budgetary requirements

Required Qualifications and Skills:

Bachelor's degree in Journalism or a related field required

At least five years' experience in corporate, Federal agency, or journalistic writing and editing

Proven working experience as an editor

Strong writing/editing/proofreading skills and an excellent portfolio

Ability to cooperate and liaise with designers, photographers, advertising representatives, writers, graphic artists, etc.

Ability to work in fast-paced environment and shift priorities quickly

Knowledge of media law and ethical guidelines

Ability to meet deadlines and work within budgetary requirements

Expert knowledge of grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation

Expert knowledge of Federal Plain Language guidelines

Experience in plain-language editing of technical documents

Excellent communication and collaboration skills, including experience in negotiating editing issues with authors

Excellent attention to detail and the ability to apply it to complex document-routing processes

Experience using electronic document tracking systems

Expert knowledge in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat

Experience in implementing Section 508 compliance

Formal document processing experience in Adobe InDesign

Expert knowledge in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Excellent attention to detail

Experience in publishing print media and reports

Knowledge of AP, Chicago, or Words into Type style

Effective at prioritizing tasks and managing energy and time


Graduate degree

Work Setting and Environment:

Work is to be performed remotely

Part-time (approximately 20 hours/week)

On-site federal contractors, in federal buildings or on federal lands must comply with CDC guidelines with respect to wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and other public health measures

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