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Writer/Editor, GS-1082

 

Education and Experience Requirements

 

The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for Writer/Editor positions. Click here for information on how experience and education may be combined.

 

Grade

 

Education xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx OR Experience

 

 

General

 

Specialized

 

GS-5

4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university  

3 years, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4

None

GS-7

1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement

None

1 year equivalent to at least GS-5

GS-9

master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related

None

1 year equivalent to at least GS-7

GS-11

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree Or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree Or LL.M., if related

None

1 year equivalent to at least GS-9

GS-12 and above

None

None

1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

 

 

Undergraduate Education: One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in an accredited college or university.

 

Graduate Education: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts shown in the table meets the requirements for positions at GS-7 through GS-11. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

 

One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1-year of full-time study requirement.

 

Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

 

General Experience: general experience is 3 years of progressively responsible experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4, that demonstrates the ability to:

 

     

  • Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions;
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  • Plan and organize work; and
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  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
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Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or other responsible work may be qualifying as long as it provided evidence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) necessary to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Experience of a general clerical nature (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other non-specialized tasks) is not creditable. Trades or crafts experience appropriate to the position to be filled may be creditable for some positions.

 

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated in the table, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

 

Examples of Specialized Experience:

 

For GS-7: Working as a trainee, receiving formal classroom instruction and/or on-the-job training in the principles, concepts, work processes, regulations, and reference materials fundamental to the mission of the organization and the functions of the writer/editor, plus on-the-job training assignments that provide a practical understanding of the organization, programs, policies, and objectives of the employing agency as well as furnish experience in the application of principles, procedures, and work techniques to actual operating situations.

 

For GS-9: Work utilizing knowledge of grammar, writing and editing practices, style requirements, and knowledge of readily available sources of information to gather and verify facts; to write or edit factual materials, such as reports, articles, pamphlets, scripts, or speeches; and to develop and present factual information that is clear and meaningful to the intended audience. These documents typically are very detailed and include many illustrations, tables, and charts that are edited for correctness and meaningful placement. The employee usually develops tables of contents and indexes, and prepares the material for printing. Assignments typically are fairly routine, and often constitute parts of more complex assignments.

 

For GS-11: Work gathering information and verifying facts to write or edit factual materials, such as reports, articles, pamphlets, scripts, or speeches; and to develop and present factual information that is clear and meaningful. The writer or editor uses judgment in selecting the appropriate guidelines, references, and precedents, decides how to adapt the guidelines when necessary to develop written products that achieve the objectives. Written products typically are similar in format and approach to material produced in the past, and deal with similar problems or situations. The writer or editor prepares information for audiences, such as segments of the public directly and indirectly affected by agency programs; civilian employees or military personnel whose productivity, and sometimes safety, depends on its accuracy; or engineers, scientists, and potential contractors who design and test equipment and systems for agency or military use.

 

For GS-12: Working on projects that require knowledge of a broad range of sources of pertinent information, and the skill to analyze and present the information gathered; interpreting and explaining a variety of subjects, and writing or editing materials tailored to specific media and audiences. They use knowledge of materials previously released or in process to avoid contradictions and unnecessary repetition. Some assignments involve writing or editing for electronic media. Writers and editors often coordinate the work of designers and technicians in developing effective, accessible formats, as well as illustrations and tabular material to augment the written message. Writers and editors present information clearly and at a level appropriate for the intended audience in order to promote thorough understanding. Research, using diverse sources, is necessary to collect information used as the groundwork for developing legally and technically sound documents that must be drafted in clear, simple, and brief language. The writer may compose speeches for officials, press releases for the organization, and responses to congressional inquiries on complex issues related to the mission of the organization.

 

For GS-13: Working on projects that require knowledge of a broad range of sources of pertinent information, interpreting and explaining a variety of subjects, and writing or editing materials tailored to specific media and audiences. Writers and editors present information clearly and at a level appropriate for the intended audience in order to promote thorough understanding. Writing and editing assignments typically require extensive research and analysis to define and explain the agency's policies, programs, research findings, or requirements in detail or in overall form. Research, using diverse sources, is necessary to collect information used as the groundwork for developing legally and technically sound documents that must be drafted in clear, simple, and brief language. The writer may compose speeches for officials, press releases for the organization, and responses to congressional inquiries on complex issues related to the mission of the organization. The writer or editor originates approaches in explaining new policies and programs or interpreting and explaining the applications of the latest research findings. Since the audiences often do not accept or fully understand the agency's objectives, or are being presented with new departures in theories or applications, written products must be clear and convincing.

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