Lafayette Group, Inc. Technical Editor (Part-time) in Vienna, Virginia

Founded in 1994, Lafayette Group helps public and private agencies enhance the American quality of life through innovative technologies, strategic planning, and technical support services. Key areas of work include managing public safety communication programs, development of advanced technology, and outreach to State and municipal agencies. Lafayette Group offers its employees a great working environment with a competitive salary and benefits package.

Job Summary:

The Technical Editor makes key contributions to public safety and cybersecurity products and documents. The Technical Editor performs a variety of tasks related to producing and publishing these products, including reviewing, editing and improving text and graphics products for hardcopy and electronic distribution/publication.

Local (DC Metro area) part-time telework preferred for immediate start. The chosen candidate must have a TS clearance currently, or be willing and eligible to obtain a TS clearance.

Key Skills:

The ideal candidate must possess:

  • 10+ years of experience performing technical editing duties

  • Mastery of editorial skills for copyediting and proofing iterations of a wide variety of deliverables (e.g., high-level reports, communications materials, slide presentations, fact sheets, research papers, infographics)

  • Proven experience in writing and editing for content, flow, grammar, and audience needs.

  • Experience in common editing standards and guidance (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style, AP Style Guide, or other organization-specific style guidelines)

  • Strong written and verbal business communication skills when interacting with clients, managers and colleagues

  • Excellent time-management skills including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment; completing work in a timely, accurate, efficient manner and keeping within the expected timeframe and budget

  • Ability to edit and improve highly complex or technical reports (or sections of documents) prepared by multiple writers to give each report one voice

  • Experience in developing organization editing standards and style guides and the interpretation of government standards

  • The preferred candidate will have experience writing engaging articles, reports, newsletters, and other documents in a way that is relevant, interesting, and concise.

  • BA degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or related field, or equivalent editing/writing experience

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Professional demeanour to effectively engage with, and develop relationships with a wide variety of clients and team members

  • Experience in editing IT, cybersecurity, or public safety communications is a plus

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience specifically related to project/program management and/or marketing and public relations.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Project.

  • Possession of excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience in developing engaging presentations and publications.

  • Possession of excellent interpersonal skills, including interfacing effectively with a broad range of people and roles.

  • Must be detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task, and have strong organizational skills.

  • BA or BS degree.

  • Ability to attain a U.S. government public trust.

Please provide 3 or more work samples showcasing editing skills and ability to translate complex issues clearly and concisely into an easy-to-understand plain language.

This position involves working on federal contracts that require all workers on the contract to be U.S. Citizens. Additionally, some contracts may require the ability to obtain a security clearance.