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Ripple Effect is seeking applications for an Editor / Writer to work part-time, on call with our Communications and Outreach team.  

* Duty Location: Remote

* Position Information: Part-Time, On Call

* Vacancy: Two Openings

* Security Level: A security clearance is not required to apply.  Applicants, once hired, may be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

* Travel Required: No travel required

* Relocation Expenses: No relocation expenses may be authorized for this position


Ripple Effect works with federal, private, and non-profit clients to support some of the most crucial policies and programs that shape our nation. We provide professional consulting services in the areas of: Communications & Outreach; Program Management & Policy; and Research & Evaluation. Ripple Effect is an interdisciplinary environment, full of insightful and intentional people who value and reward adaptability, lifelong learning, and authenticity. To learn more about working at Ripple Effect and our growing team, check out the Careers section of our website.

Job Description

Ripple Effect is looking for an Editor / Writer to work with the Communications and Outreach Team supporting a variety of projects across the organization. This position will have a heavy focus on copy-editing and formatting, but may also include science, communications, and business technical writing duties. Topic areas may include scientific research topics, federal grant funding, human subjects research, the Affordable Care Act, healthcare payments, or other areas related to science, research, or healthcare fields. The applicant must also be willing to learn new topic areas to be able to write and edit content as needs evolve.

Specific duties may include:

* Edit or write materials with technical accuracy, grammar, punctuation, internal consistency, and other metrics as defined on a project basis

* Format documents in MS Word styles

* Ensure compliance with Section 508 for all materials edited or written

* Simplify complex materials for effective presentation to a target audience

* Utilize best practices for writing /editing, such as maintaining continuity of style, voices, etc.

* Copy-edit, content edit, or write the following materials:

– Proposals

– Scientific reports

– Manuals

– Tool kits and fact sheets

– White papers

– Web content or blogs

– Audio, video, or other multimedia podcasts or scripts

– Meeting summaries

– Other materials, as assigned

* Other tasks, as assigned


Basic Requirements

* B.S. degree in professional writing, journalism, communications, or related field 

* Minimum of 5 years of experience in technical publications

* Proficiency in editing scientific reports appropriate for both print and web publication

* Ability to create content in plain language

* Ability to work with virtual teams (use of intranet and instant messenger to communicate)

* Ability to perform substantive editing of complex technical documents

* Ability to edit materials, as directed, to meet client needs

* Excellent grammatical/punctuation skills

* Strong working knowledge of references, such as the GPO, AMA, and Chicago style manuals

* Advanced knowledge of MS Word

* Ability to work productively and collaboratively in SharePoint to accomplish tasks

* Highly organized, efficient, and extremely detail-oriented

* Ability to prioritize among multiple tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

* Demonstrated strength in oral and written communication skills, including professional emails

* Ability to work independently and know when to seek assistance

Preferred Skills:

* Knowledge of 508 compliance

* HHS experience, especially NIH and CMS

* Experience with government consulting

* Interest in working in various software programs 


Our employees are rewarded in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional benefits, and a range of work/life programs based on employment classification. Benefit offerings may include:

* Health Benefits – Health, Dental, and Vision

* Life, long-term disability, and other insurance products

* Health and Wellness Programs

* Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts

* Retirement 401K program

* Profit sharing and bonus program

* Paid and unpaid leave

* Professional development

* Flexible schedules and work location

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