Cybersecurity Technical Writer/Editor

Job Locations US-DC-Washington DC
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Posted Date
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Technical Writing
Public Trust
Work Authorization
US Citizens, preferred
Contract - W2


VariQ’s Cybersecurity Line of Business is seeking an experienced Senior Technical Writer/Editor with a broad background in management and technology. Requires strong analytical, oral, and written communication skills to elicit, rectify, and disseminate tacit and explicit knowledge, as well as providing transactional and static content management, in support of a Cybersecurity Policy and Compliance Team. 


Position Basics and Requirements:

  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Salary: Dependent upon experience
  • Security Clearance: A public trust required (or the ability to obtain one)
  • Availability: Within 30 days


Key Responsibilities:

  • Wear multiple hats and demonstrate proficiency in different aspects of cybersecurity policy and compliance.  Provide support as a Senior Technical Writer and Editor.
  • Thrive and provide exemplary work in a fast-paced environment. Be a self-starter and handle multiple projects. 
  • Attend meetings with other contractors and government personnel. 
  • Provide support onsite and be available for evenings/weekends as needed.
  • Assist the corporate office’s business development personnel  by writing, reviewing, or editing proposals and similar artifacts. 
  • Support our government client by drafting Policies, Procedures, Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks. Writing persuasive White Papers on innovative cybersecurity concepts with a business-centric viewpoint, Cybersecurity-centric technology Blue Papers, and Cybersecurity Policy Green Paper.
  • Create and capture organizational framework.
  • Experience employing knowledge elicitation interview techniques.
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) 500, 800, and 1800 series of Special Publications (SPs)
  • Support the team as they perform detailed Federal Information Systems Management Act (FISMA, 2002) and Federal Information Systems Modernization Act (FISMA Reform, 2014) cybersecurity assessments of all on-premise, shared, and Cloud systems.


Required Skills:

  • High-level knowledge of Microsoft Office365, especially SharePoint, Word, OneNote, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio.
  • Solid understanding of the language and concepts in:
    • NIST SP 800-37, 800-53 (Risk Management Framework)
    • FISMA
  • Must have the ability to transport laptop/work equipment to and from work and home in order to support remote work, if required.

Desired Technical Literacy:

  • (ISC)2 Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) references for these certification frameworks:
    • Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)
    • Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
    • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Project Management and Quality Improvement frameworks:
    • Lean Six Sigma 
    • Kanban, Scrum, Scrumban, Feature Driven Development (FDD) Method, Business Analyst Development Method (BADM), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
    • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)



  • This job description is not designed to cover a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities are subject to change at any time. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. 


  • All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


VariQ is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. We consider diversity and inclusiveness to be core to our culture, and central to our commitment to fostering an empowering and supportive workplace.


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