U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/U. S. Army Forces Strategic Command Writer-Editor (SpeechWriter) in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

Job Overview

Job Overview

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:Serve as the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's (USASMDC & ARSTRAT's) Writer-Editor (Speechwriter).

The city of Huntsville is nestled between the edge of the Appalachian Mountains in north Alabama and the Tennessee River. The Huntsville area has one of the largest research parks in the U.S. It is also home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, championship golf courses, museums, professional theater, symphony, and sport franchises.

Modified Term NTE 5 Years, May be extended up to 6 years with approval by local command.*

Who May Apply:Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

  • Current Civilian Employee with the Department of the Army
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) - Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Current Permanent Federal Civilian Employee (non-DOD)
  • Former Federal Employee, eligible for reinstatement
  • Eligible due to Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP)
  • Eligible under Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
  • Priority Placement Program, Program S (Military Spouse) registrants referred through the Automated Stopper and Referral System (ASARS) for this position
  • Serves as the Writer-Editor (Speechwriter) for the Commanding General, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, and provides editorial support for the command.
  • As editor, incumbent regularly reviews all written material for the organization for editorial quality, consistency, and compliance with established style, format, and content to ensure that products adhere to government style and format requirements.
  • Edits and writes other material, including Congressional testimony on the agency position on matters before Congress, and correspondence to the Secretary of the Army, Secretariat, and members of Congress.
Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • This position requires up to 40% temporary duty travel which may include overnight stays away from the permanent duty station.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current Federal Employees, Former Federal Employees, ICTAP, VEOA

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: writing and advising on a wide range of communication issues to convey an organization's strategic message; Perform editorial reviews on sensitive written material and products developed throughout the organization for editorial quality, consistency, and compliance with established style, format and conduct. Writing to educate and inform a variety of audiences through numerous forums (speeches, presentations, briefings, professional articles, correspondence, etc.). This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (NH-03).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of publishing concepts, practices and editing policy for media use
  • Skill in writing sensitive communication products that may be released to Congress, news media and the public
  • Ability to research information to prepare presentations
  • Ability to edit all types of written material

Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.


  • This position requires you to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • This position requires up to 40% temporary duty travel which may include overnight stays away from the permanent duty station.
  • This position has been designated as a Drug Testing Designated Position (TDP).
  • Maybe required to occasionally work weekends, holidays and on-call to support the commanding general.
Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
  • This is a Career Program 22 vacancy.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • The state of Alabama is a tax advantage state and does not tax federal retirement benefits.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Employees hired under the modified term appointment authority are in a non-permanent status but MAY be eligible for conversion to career-conditional appointments provided the incumbent has served two years of continuous service in the term position.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474368900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-14 to 2017-07-28

Salary: $103,842 to $158,793 / per year

Pay scale & grade: NH 04

Series: 1082 Writing And Editing

Appointment type: Term NTE 5 Years

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: SCBK170920441974314

Control number: 474368900