Writer - Editor

Boston, Massachusetts
In addition to competitive pay, the VA also offers robust benefits plans.
May 20 2021
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VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts

Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER)

The position is based at the VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, with a national resource center for research – the Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER).

The position is not virtual, and a relocation bonus is not authorized. However, related to the status of the pandemic and decisions regarding remote work in the Boston, MA, area, the employee may be authorized to telework for an interim period of time.

This position serves as a writer-editor within the national Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER), within the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Office of Research and Development, Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D). CIDER's mission is to improve the health and care of Veterans by disseminating important findings and information from health services research to policymakers, managers, clinicians, and researchers throughout VA and the larger healthcare community.

The purpose of this position is to provide medical/health writing, editing, communications planning, social media, and web page content for the HSR&D national research program https://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/. The position requires writing and editing for diverse communications vehicles designed to disseminate information about research findings, accomplishments, and impacts that improve VA healthcare quality, organization/delivery, and efficiency. The writer-editor summarizes HSR&D findings and activities, assembles background content, interviews researchers, and prepares substantive content for policymakers, managers, clinicians, and researchers throughout VA and beyond. Work products include newsletters, background briefs, web pages, fact sheets, special reports, interviews, social media, podcasts, and other documents/media.

Applicants must be US citizens and must clear a US government background check. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, biomedical science, or a related field from an accredited college or university; Master’s level preferred. A minimum 5 years of experience as a science, health or medical writer also is required. The experience should indicate the ability to identify newsworthy advances and gather appropriate background information, and an aptitude for presenting complex material in an understandable fashion for a general audience, in text that is clear, well-organized, highly readable, and appropriate for the knowledge level of the intended audience. Applicants will provide a resume and relevant writing samples. Candidates selected for second interviews will be required to complete a 90-minute onsite writing and editing test.

VA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information or questions regarding this position, or to apply, please contact Jerry O’Keefe at gerald.okeefe@va.gov or (617) 691-7415. 

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