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Jobs for humanists 3/18
bunch of writing jobs!
Program Specialist • National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian) • March 28, 2022
Communicates with potential visitors to determine their interests; directs them to additional NMAI departments or individuals if appropriate; maintains an up-to-date collection visits calendar; performs thorough searches for objects relevant to visitors’ interests; produces and disseminates a variety of reports if necessary; compiles appropriate object lists for visits if needed; and prepares for or handles visits directly or delegates appropriately in consultation with NMAI’s Collections Manager.
Provides general tours of CRC when necessary and coordinates with other NMAI departments in organizing tours. Serves as collections representative in meetings regarding large NMAI or SI tours of CRC. . . .
Graduate education can help you qualify, but they are looking for someone with the following experience:
Coordinating visitor services with an emphasis on Native American visitors, collections management, or research work that is related to Native art, culture or history in either a Native American (or other indigenous culture of the Western Hemisphere) museum, cultural, or historical organization or a museum, cultural, or historical organization with Native American (or other indigenous culture of the Western Hemisphere) collections . . .
The KSAs include subject-matter expertise, including research skills. The questionnaire asks about your experience using forklifts. So that’s a fun diversity of skills!
Writer-Editor • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation • March 29, 2022
Work for the FDIC!
Develops messaging and broad communications strategies for a variety of internal and external audiences.
Works with OCOM staff and agency subject matter experts to write and edit material, such as content for fdic.gov, video scripts, brochures and pamphlets, various reports, social media, Financial Institution Letters, and press releases.
Works with OCOM staff and agency subject matter experts to write and edit material for inclusion in internal FDIC publications, such as the employee newsletters, global emails, and website.
Acts as copy editor and production editor for FDIC publications, such as the newsletter, booklets, reports, etc.
You can qualify for grade 11 with a relevant PhD - meaning it gives you experience with the following:
Specialized experience is defined as experience writing and editing communications for a variety of documents and publications, such as newsletters, articles, reports, video scripts, brochures and pamphlets, web content and/or social media; reviewing written documents for accuracy and ensuring they meet current organizational style, policies, and practices.
If you’ve got year doing that already, then you can go in at 12. They’re looking, specifically, for AP style and social media experience - that’s in the KSAs. The questions are mostly about different kinds of written work.
Supervisory Writer-Editor • Veterans Affairs, Inspector General • March 29, 2022 OR 200 applicants
Okay, you need supervisory experience for this one. The qualifications are sort of minimal:
-Advising and assisting authors during the writing stage; AND
-Identifying message ideas and issues to external audiences; AND
-Evaluating and coaching the performance of staff.
But the questionnaire has, as one might expect, a more specific set of questions/ways of thinking about that experience or skill set. So, personally, I’d look at the questionnaire and duties when deciding whether to apply.
Technical Writer-Editor (Electronics) • US Army Communications Electronics Command • March 30, 2022
Check this one out if you’ve already started tech writing. They’re explicitly interested in people with experience working for contractors. The questionnaire adds some important information about working conditions. It doesn’t really speak to skill set.
Coordinate (or provide policy oversight of) the planning and development for technical manuals and equipment publications related to a C5ISR communications-electronics weapons system.
Conduct In Process Review(s) (IPR(s)) of technical manuals and equipment publications.
As part of the IPR, provide technically sound comments linked to regulatory requirements (e.g. referencing specific MIL-STD 40051 entries), customized as necessary based on the equipment publication's current place in the acquisition lifecycle.
Use extensible Markup Language (XML) and Portable Document Format (PDF) to edit and manage electronic documents. . . .
It looks like you don’t have to meet every qualification from the write-up:
your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience which prepared you to do the work in this job.Specialized experience is defined as experience with 1) Interpreting regulatory guidance by applying that knowledge to provide policy advice, and develop publications to articulate highly technical information; 2) Researching policy and procedure documents to provide guidance to customers with nonstandard situations in need of resolution; AND/OR 3) Developing and/or reviewing equipment publications.
But, again, see the questionnaire.
Technical Writer • Indian Health Service (DHS) • April 4, 2022
Okay, if you are qualified for this position, the summary will make your head hurt. I’ll let you discover that fun Easter Egg for yourself, though. This job is in Phoenix and sounds interesting! But you do need a precise set of competencies for it, looks like.
Interprets information from numerous sources and a variety of subject matters. Evaluates the needs of diverse audiences, and prepares clear, concise, and cogent documents to meet those needs.
Ensures proper organization of information including a logical sequence of thoughts and ideas, correct grammar and spelling, and proper style and manner of presentation so that the document(s) can be read and understood by diverse audiences that may have a specific interest in a particular aspect or phase of the total subject matter area.
Edits reports and documents that have been drafted by engineers to ensure proper organization of information; logical sequence of thoughts and ideas; completeness; consistency of facts and conclusions; adequate and proper use of graphs, tables, charts; and proper style and manner of presentation to meet established Agency policies and guidelines. . . .
The basic requirements include technical competence, which you can get through education (15 credits) or experience:
demonstrated the ability to acquire and present technical information through independent reading, interviews with subject-matter specialists, observation of tests and experiments, interpretation of blueprints or diagrams, or other appropriate methods. Such experience may have been acquired as a writer or editor of technical reports, articles, manuals, or specifications.
And then you need to meet the specialized experience, either through pursuit of a terminal degree or through actually doing stuff:
Researches and compiles information for engineering documents, reports, and special publications from diverse sources such as preliminary engineering reports, requests for proposals, project manuals, technical publications, bulletins, inspection reports, project files, database programs, correspondence, manufacturer's literature, professional and scholarly publications, state and federal agencies publications, as-built drawings, site visits, independent reading, and interviews with engineers, technicians and project supervisors.
The questionnaire is about EPA compliance and database management.
Supervisory Museum Program Manager • Smithsonian American Art Museum • April 6, 2022
The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Head, Research and Scholars Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum. The responsibilities of the position is to manage the office and its program areas including short-and-long term planning to strengthen, expand, and extend office programs; formulation of policy; and supervision of professional constituencies.
Sounds fun! I don’t know anything, but it sounds sort of like working as a director for an academic center. You need direct experience:
For this position, Specialized experience is defined as experience in program management, administration, and staff supervision; strategic planning skills; art history and visual culture, particularly American art; interests and needs of scholars and researchers of American art and related fields; principles and practices of information management; developing computer databases; archival standards and procedures for special collections; professional associations and resources within the visual resource, information management and archival fields; and writing and editing.
The KSAs/evaluation factors are also helpful for language to use in the application. The questionnaire looks like it's trying to sort through different kinds of employment experience. It, too, is a good source of resumé language.