Writer/Editor - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   contract

Patuxent River
United States



Bowhead seeks an experienced Writer/Editor to support the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Tester newspaper.

Position is located on NAS Patuxent River, MD and requires 25% in office and 75% telework.

The Writer/Editor will research topics and stories, conduct interviews, write articles, take photos, and work closely with the Naval Air Station Public Affairs Officer.

Essential functions will include:
• Research topics, conduct interviews and write articles for weekly publication
• Develop feature ideas and subjects for in-depth articles to highlight positive personnel/projects around NAS Patuxent River, Navy Recreation Center Solomons and Webster Outlying Field
• Act as editor for the Tester newspaper
• Review articles submitted by other sources for accuracy, proper Associated Press and Navy style, and grammar
• Upload all content via the Blox Content Management System; determine placement of all content on available pages
• Act as photographer at multiple and varied events across the installation, including the occasional evening or weekend
• Develop relationships with experts and contacts who provide tips and leads on stories
• Develop working relationships with public affairs officers and communications specialists across the installation who contribute to Tester
• Work well with publisher’s representatives
• Meet strict weekly publication deadlines


In accordance with Executive Order 14042: Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, candidates should be aware that they may be required to have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire. All job offers in connection with a covered contract will be contingent upon providing proof of vaccination prior to your anticipated start date.

• BS or BA degree in communication, journalism, or a related writing-intensive field.
• A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a communications professional. Reporter preferred.
• Must be able to write in accordance with Associated Press (AP) style.
• Prior experience supporting the Department of Defense or another government agency preferred.
• Ability to work with multimedia and digital development professionals; multimedia experience welcomed.
• Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office suite skills - Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint. Office 365 a plus.
• Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of employees and outside contacts.
• Strong interpersonal skills and good judgment, with the ability to work alone or as part of a team.

SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to obtain a security clearance at the Secret level, however candidates with an active Secret are encouraged to apply. US Citizenship is a requirement for Secret clearance at this location.

Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug & alcohol screening and/or random drug screen, and must follow UIC’s Non-DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Program requirements. If the position requires, an applicant must pass a pre-employment criminal background history check. All post-secondary education listed on the applicant’s resume/application may be subject to verification.

Where driving may be required or where a rental car must be obtained for business travel purposes, applicants must have a valid driver license for this position and will be subject to verification. In addition, the applicant must pass an in-house, online, driving course to be authorized to drive for company purposes.

UIC is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics EOE/AA/M/F/D/V. In furtherance, pursuant to The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1601 et seq., and federal contractual requirements, UIC and its subsidiaries may legally grant certain preference in employment opportunities to UIC Shareholders and their Descendants, based on the provisions contained within The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

All candidates must apply online at www.uicalaska.com, and submit a completed application for all positions they wish to be considered. Once the employment application has been completed and submitted, any changes to the application after submission may not be reviewed. Please contact a UIC HR Recruiter if you have made a significant change to your application. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), persons unable to complete an online application should contact UIC Human Resources for assistance (https://uicalaska.com/careers/recruitment/).

UIC Government Services (UICGS / Bowhead) provides innovative business solutions to federal and commercial customers in the areas of engineering, maintenance services, information technology, program support, logistics/base support, and procurement. Collectively, the fast-growing Bowhead Family of Companies offers a breadth of services which are performed with a focus on quality results. Headquartered in Springfield, VA, we are a fast-growing, multi-million-dollar corporation recognized as one of the top 25 8(a) companies for government contracting. Bowhead offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, short/long-term disability, and 401(k) retirement plans as well as a paid time off programs for eligible full-time employees. Eligible part-time employees are able to participate in the 401(k) retirement plans and state or contract required paid time off programs.

Link to Apply: https://rn21.ultipro.com/UKP1001/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*1EA8B8255873500D