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    The Public Affairs Office (Code DO) within the Office of the Center Director (Code D) is currently seeking interested applicants for the position of Lead Technical Writer-Editor. The incumbent serves as the Lead Science Communications Specialist of Public Affairs responsible for overseeing the writing and editing of Center publications, including those in the field of science and engineering research and technology, and all other technical or non-technical materials. He/she leads a team of technical writer-editors in the development, implementation, and management of national or international communication and marketing initiatives; and leads efforts to select effective communications style, tactics, and methodology to translate complicated scientific concepts to the public.

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    As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

    Closing date of this position has been extended to 06/05/2017 due to a system outage.

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    As the Lead Science Communications Specialist of Public Affairs, the incumbent oversees and leads a team of technical writer-editors and their work related to the writing and editing of Center publications, including those in the field of science and engineering research and technology, and all other technical or non-technical materials. This includes overseeing presentation of technical information in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). He/she collaborates with center management to ensure that the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision, and values are integrated into the science communication or marketing program. Coaches and facilitates the coordination of team initiatives, policy implementation, and consensus building. Prepares reports and maintains records of work accomplishments and supporting information. Reports on team and individual work accomplishments, problems, and work processes, including individual and team training needs. Reports to the team on progress in meeting team milestones and deadlines for completion of assignments. Leads and conducts research and evaluation activities related to science communication and marketing.

    The Lead Science Communications Specialist of Public Affairs provides guidance and direction on internal and external, local and national communication activities. Provides consultation and technical expertise in the creation of strategic and integrated plans for public aerospace, science, and space communication, marketing programs, projects, and strategies. Manages and provides technical leadership for projects ensuring that activities are completed on time and the best communication practices are applied. The incumbent determines the overall length and tone based on the objectives and audience for various center publications and ensure that science and space exploration communication activities are based on accepted theory, principles, methods, and practices. Responsibilities include researching, analyzing, and presenting scientific projects to determine how best to communicate the information to target audiences. He/she plans and conducts formative communication research, using results to develop or test strategies and messages for different audiences. Manages and integrates multiple communication channels (including partners and the media). The incumbent makes public reports on the activities and plans of agencies and gather, develop, and check the accuracy of information by researching and interviewing with subject matter experts, program officials, and policymakers. Selects and writes information describing NASA Ames activities in language suitable for understanding by audiences ranging from the news media and students to general and targeted segments of the public and NASA employees. He/she interprets policies, rules and guidance with respect to NASA media relations and science communications.

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    Who May Apply

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    U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals

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