Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 5 months ago(12/15/2021 12:04 PM)
Service Delivery (Health, Digital, Communications, & Mission Support)

Job Summary

Aptive is seeking a full-time Script Writer with demonstrated experience drafting audio and video content that articulates, interprets and explains complex research and scientific initiatives in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. The ideal candidate will also have experience developing scripts that are centered around a variety of science-related concepts and ideas.


Among his/her chief responsibilities, this individual will be responsible for developing scripts in a variety of styles and for numerous platforms. Specific target audiences could range from students and members of the general public to scientists and government officials at all levels.


To be successful in this position, the Script Writer will need to demonstrate a proven capability to translate technical and highly complex subject matters into easily digestible narratives. He/she should be comfortable gathering, developing and checking the accuracy of information against key insights gathered from interviews with subject matter experts and program officers.


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

  • Gather, analyze, fact check and interpret data from various sources in order to make informed and research-driven content decisions.
  • Interview subject matter experts and program officers to collect critical information for message development.
  • Write, review and edit content in compliance with AP style, the Plain Language Act and other federal content guidelines.
  • Create scripts on a variety of science-related topics that may be presented for students, researchers, industry personnel, DHS, staff members, government officials, members of the general public and more.
  • Review and fact-check documents for stylistic, formatting and editorial consistency goals.
  • Translate technical information into clear, readable documents for use by technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Develop content in compliance with AP style and other guidelines.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 10 years of writing and editing experience, with a specific focus on video and audio content, or 5 years of experience + Master’s degree.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, Communications, Journalism, English, or related field.
  • Ability to work onsite at the contractor location in Washington, DC.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills to include familiarity with AP styles and ability to adapt to specific organizational style conventions rapidly.
  • Active DHS Suitability determination.
  • Familiarity with a variety of emerging technology and scientific research trends, especially as it related to national security issues.
  • Experience supporting large federal agencies, ideally DHS.
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Technical writing experience within science-related domains.
  • Proven ability to create audio and video scripts for federal agency leaders and/or c-suite clients.
  • Demonstrated background in translating research and data findings into concrete deliverables.
  • Ability to quickly absorb complex issues and determine sound solutions.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, collaborative, results driven environment.
  • Ability to multi-task and work with limited supervision while producing sustainable results.
  • Self-starter with a drive to accomplish tasks with high attention to detail.
  • Possess excellent critical thinking, leadership, analysis, and data gathering skills.
  • 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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