Technical Writer/Editor (3 years' max exp)

Pathfinder Consultants LLC - Washington, DC

Full-timeEstimated: $62,000 - $81,000 a year

Pathfinder Consultants, a verified SDVOSB located in Washington, DC has a job opening for a Technical Writer/Editor with a start date of mid to late September on a 4-year contract in the Department of Transportation located in Washington DC. There is a possibility for telework associated with this position. This is nota senior-level position.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, Liberal Arts degree is preferred though not required.
  • Years of Experience: Maximum3 years of experience writing, reading, and editing critically technical documents. Experience in SharePoint is preferred.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and in the advanced use of Microsoft Excel is highly desired.
  • The ideal candidate must have motivation, willing to work hard and learn to take on new responsibilities as well as being a team player.

The Technical Editor must have experience in the: editing and review process for all technical reports prepared by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Analysis, Research, and Technology (ART).

  • Editing and review process for all technical reports prepared by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Analysis, Research, and Technology (ART).
  • Assign report numbers when new reports are received.
  • Work with respective project managers and contractors to ensure all submitted report content is complete and coherent.
  • Ensure all reports are correctly styled and formatted, according to Government Printing Office (GPO) specifications.
  • Ensure all reports are 508-compliant (accessible for visual and/or hearing impaired) by incorporating alt text and captions, as needed.
  • Develop accompanying materials for each report, to include a two-page (front and back) brief and a questions and answers (Q&A) list.
  • Submit reports for Federal concurrence within the Office of ART and track until all approvals are received and report is published.
  • Draft text for broadcast messages to be sent out by the Office Director (currently Steve Smith) announcing newly published reports.
  • Maintain a publication tracking system for internal and Federal reference.
  • Maintain an organized foldering system for all reports on the MCRR-ART shared drive.
  • Provide editorial support on all Office communications materials, to include letters, budget materials, project summaries, presentations, e-mail blasts, internal reports, fact sheets, newsletters, bulletins, brochures, etc.
  • Provide basic graphic design support, using Microsoft Office programs, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and/or Quark (if needed).
  • Work with project managers within the Office of ART to coordinate webinars.
  • Assist with scheduling and registration details.
  • Assist with content development.
  • Host webinars via Adobe Connect.
  • Maintain the Master Distribution List (Excel spreadsheet), ensuring that all contact information contained within the list is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Develop and maintain a “collateral library” on the MCRR-ART shared drive, keeping presentations, fact sheets, internal reports and other useful collateral up-to-date and ready to use interchangeably at internal and external industry functions, etc.
  • Work with Federal staff to develop and edit content, hard copy materials, etc. for the Transportation Review Board Meeting held each year in January.
  • As needed, assist with the following:
  • Project Management Information System:
  • Attend training, develop processes, and assist with data organization and inputs in the new Oracle Primavera Portfolio Management tool.
  • USDOT Research Hub (managed by RITA) Project Updates:
  • Review existing content, compare with project information hosted in Oracle Primavera, update as needed (requires permissions).
  • Office of ART Web Site Maintenance:
  • Review Office Web site for errors and inconsistencies.
  • Make note of edits and provide to Junior Associate, or, depending on urgency, complete WebCAT request asking for immediate updates.
  • Field all general requests from Federal staff and notify on-site project manager (if not already aware) for management/distribution of work.
  • Provide support to the Program Manager as needed.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract


  • SharePoint: 1 year (Preferred)
  • writing, reading: 3 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)