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Montana State University MilTech Technology Writer/Content Specialist *Updated* in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21276

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Teri Nightingale at 406-994-3826 or teri.nightingale@montana.edu

Classification Title Communications Professional

Working Title MilTech Technology Writer/Content Specialist Updated

Brief Position Overview

The Technology Writer/Content Specialist for MilTech will research, write, and develop technology-oriented communication deliverables primarily for Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) and Department of Defense ( DOD ) customers. This person will research highly complex technology information, then utilize advanced skills to write, develop, and edit accurate, understandable content to achieve project communication objectives. Target audiences will vary, so this position will require expertise and skill in writing effectively across a variety of styles, including technical, Plain Language, and marketing content, as well as be able to generate content that meets 508 Compliance requirements.

Position Number 4C0617

Department MilTech

Division Office of Research and Economic Development

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year

Semester

If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

MilTech is a DOD and DHS Partnership Intermediary with the mission to accelerate the transition of new technology to the U.S. government. See http://www.montana.edu/miltech/ for further information.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Technology Writer/Content Specialist will work closely with MilTech Staff and government customers to develop a wide range of technology-oriented written and digital content for customer-defined projects and supporting efforts across MilTech. Communications will primarily follow Plain Language style guidelines to align with government requirements, but other writing styles may be required for project specific needs. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Utilize advanced writing techniques to develop content that effectively expresses highly technical, complex information in a clear Plain Language style for target audiences, to achieve the communication objectives.

  • Research and coordinate content for communication deliverables from data sources, print resources, digital resources, archives, subject matter experts, organizational professionals, internal stakeholders, external stakeholders, and other data sources.

  • Write effectively across a variety of styles, including technical, Plain Language and marketing content, evaluating client needs and project requirements to determine most appropriate approach.

  • Develop and create a wide variety of communication deliverables as required by project, such as research reports, standard operating procedures ( SOP ) documents, marketing products, technical documents, white papers, project plans, requirement documents, articles, press releases, meeting minutes, notices, instructions, communications campaign plans, case studies, guidance documents, fact sheets, web content, and training materials defining technical requirements, etc.

  • Ensure that all communication deliverables are compliant with appropriate requirements, such as Section 508 Compliance Guidelines, DHS Communications Media Policy, Federal Government Standards, and other applicable requirements for branding, styling, and layout.

  • Produce high-quality and visually appealing communication deliverables utilizing the full functionalities of the Microsoft Office Suite software, including but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel and Adobe Suite product and software.

  • Perform research, analysis, data entry, data extraction and data management for correspondence responses to Federal and other government agencies, internal stakeholders, external stakeholders, and other entities.

  • Provide advanced Communication Support to other MilTech teams and projects as directed, including, but not limited to, technical writing, marketing, graphic designing, editing, and proofreading to ensure proper grammar, syntax, context, content and quality assurance of communication deliverables.

  • Assist in development and implementation of communication deliverable and technical writing quality control processes, training, and tools to improve the design, development, routing, review, and storage of communication deliverables.

  • Comply at all times with the MilTech Confidentiality Agreement governing non-disclosure of information encountered in the course of your duties, and the MilTech Technology Control Plan governing security and work controls. Both agreements will be signed by each employee and will remain in effect for the duration of MilTech employment

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated progressive and extensive experience researching and generating print, marketing, and digital content.

  • Demonstrated ability to write across a variety of styles with exceptional attention to detail and accuracy

  • Demonstrated ability to research and generate content using a wide variety of resources

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, or communications, or closely related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Prior experience working with government communications deliverables

  • Prior experience working with Plain Language and website 508 Compliance requirements

  • Web and graphic design experience

  • Prior experience working with ITAR , CUI , and/or other security-related data restrictions

  • Previous experience with DOD or DHS technology commercialization efforts

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Represent MilTech in a professional manner when interacting with MilTech, MSU , DOD , DHS , or other government or external personnel in order to accomplish project goals.

  • Successfully collaborate with remote MilTech staff and government and external personnel in all U.S. time zones as needed.

  • Consistently exercise initiative, good judgment, flexibility, and innovation to respond to the needs of a wide variety of clients.

  • Have commitment to maintain confidentiality of records and sensitive information.

  • Possess the ability to organize and prioritize multiple work assignments, meet deadlines, and exercise adaptability to changing priorities

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Three professional writing samples will be required

Successful candidate must be able to comply with the federally mandated requirements of U.S. export control laws, which may require proof that candidate is a U.S. person. Per 22 CFR §120.15, U.S. person means a person who is a lawful permanent resident as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) or who is a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

This position is contingent upon continued grant funding. A remote location may be agreed upon, depending on experience, facility (such as office location), location suitability to meet mission requirements, and other factors.

This position may require the ability to obtain a Security Clearance, pass the Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) Suitability requirements to obtain DHS security credentials, and/or meet other government-defined restrictions appropriate for work level and access. Other security-related requirements will include receiving favorable background checks by state and federal agencies pursuant to federal law and regulations.

This position requires ability to travel potentially 25% of the time as necessary to interact with DOD and DHS customers and others, including travel throughout the Continental United States as well as Alaska, Hawaii, U.S territories and possessions, and possibly other worldwide locations.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon Completion of a Successful Search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on May 28, 2021 however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples (http://www.montana.edu/hr/dualcareer.html) .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html (http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html%20) .

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