Lead Writer/Communication Strategist

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 5 months ago(12/15/2021 12:02 PM)
Service Delivery (Health, Digital, Communications, & Mission Support)

Job Summary

Aptive is seeking a Lead Writer/Strategist to develop compelling digital communications content and strategies in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. The candidate must have strong writing, communication and organizational skills to support a federal client. Experience developing and delivering compelling, informative and well written prose is a requirement. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, proactive problem-solver and action-oriented team player with previous experience translating complex information into plain language. He/she must be committed to providing superior service, poised in a fast-paced environment and have a positive and flexible attitude. Candidate must thrive in a high pressure, fast paced, executive-level environment and communicate effectively within a multi-disciplinary team.


This full-time position is primarily located onsite at DHS locations in Washington, DC, though temporary telework will be available during COVID-19. This is a contingent hire position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Research, write, edit and coordinate a broad range of communications/outreach materials (e.g., articles, blogs, brochures, fact sheets, flyers, media pitches, mobile apps, outreach scripts, social media posts, videos, websites) under strict deadlines.
  • Provide subject matter expertise in communications and outreach.
  • Develop and implement communications plans.
  • Create and disseminate pitches, presentations, toolkits and other communication materials to establish partnerships and enhance partnership development.
  • Coordinate and prepares meetings with DHS S&T senior leaders, tracks metrics and outcomes related to industry engagements.
  • Plan and coordinate speaking opportunities and vendor meetings at key conferences and industry engagements. 
  • Orchestrate the activities of cross-functional teams, delivering project requirements of high quality and on schedule.
  • Gather, analyze and interpret information and data from various sources to use across content.
  • Plan, generate and deliver client-ready materials for stakeholders, including leadership.
  • Schedule, lead and attend meetings with potential partners and clients on a regular basis.
  • Develop content in compliance with AP style and other guidelines.
  • Review outreach material for stylistic and formatting consistency.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 6+ years of experience in writing, strategic communications, outreach, public relations and strategic partnership development.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills to include familiarity with AP styles and ability to adapt to specific organizational style conventions rapidly.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, hard sciences, or a related field.
  • Active DHS Suitability determination.
  • Familiarity with a variety of emerging technology and scientific research trends, especially as it related to national security issues.
  • Expert knowledge of the use of digital means to connect and engage is critical. 
  • Experience supporting large federal agencies, ideally DHS.
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven expertise in strategic communications, public relations, public affairs, research, writing and editing.
  • Proficiency in organizing, communicating information, and scheduling and leading meetings with c-suite level stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage multiple moving parts, juggle assignments and make sound decisions.
  • Ability to deliver clear, compelling communications, both written and verbal.
  • Perform well in team settings and work productively as an individual.
  • Positive and energetic attitude with a strong desire to meet goals, priorities and commitments.

Client Information

The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is the science advisor to the Secretary and serves as the research and development arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Established by Congress in 2003, S&T conducts basic and applied research, development, testing and evaluation activities in alignment with the DHS mission. S&T does the science that strengthens the nation’s overall security and develops and transitions the technologies that allow those on the front lines to complete their missions effectively and safely.

About Aptive

Aptive is a modern federal consulting firm focused on human experience, digital services, and business transformation. We harness creativity, technology, and culture to connect people and systems to impact the world. We’re advisors, strategists, and engineers focused on people, above all else.


We believe in generating success collaboratively, leaving client organizations stronger after every engagement and building trust for the next big challenge. Our work inspires people, fuels change and makes an impact. Join our team to be part of positive change in your community and our nation.

EEO Statement

Aptive is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, parental status, veteran status, age, disability, or any other protected class.


Veterans, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and transitioning active-duty service members are highly encouraged to apply.

COVID 19 Vaccine Statement

This position supports a federal government contract and is subject to government vaccination mandates or other customer vaccination requirements. All new hires are required to report their vaccination status and proof of vaccination, or an adjudicated accommodation may be required for employment.


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