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Technical Writer & Editor (Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689852

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Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Salary Range:

$75,900 - $125,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Do you enjoy translating technical information into concise, understandable language? If so, Organization 03646, Reentry/Stockpile Communications & Information Management, is currently seeking Technical Writers and Editors to join their team!

The selected candidate will provide matrixed technical writing services to other organizational groups.

On any given day, one may be called upon to:

  • Write, compile, and edit presentations and documents for information, status, and understanding of weapons modernization for senior level managers and programs

  • Write, compile, and edit highly technical requirements-based documentation of critical importance for nuclear deterrence programs working with a team of other Technical Writers and Editors

  • Apply knowledge of internal business practices to manage information flow between Production Realization Teams (PRTs), customers, and management

  • Apply rigor and timely formatting and editing to an array of documents and communications to ensure quality of the delivered product

  • Gather accomplishments; produce monthly reports, prepare and edit documentation, and assist with presentations and documentation for program reviews

  • Ensure requirements are met and documentation is clear, concise, and understandable by its intended audience(s)

  • Build uniform approaches, educate and assist customers, and collaborate with coworkers; provide mentorship to emerging Technical Writer & Editors

  • Write, edit, or rewrite, either as original concepts or under direction, technical articles, publications, manuals, presentations, and other materials to communicate clearly and effectively technical procedures, research findings, technical developments, and other news and information to a wide range of internal or external audiences

  • Acquire or verify subject knowledge by interviewing subjects, observing experiments or production, and referring to blueprints, sketches, engineering drawings, journals, rewrites of articles, bulletins, manuals, or similar publications

  • Exercise quality control over documents intended for external distribution; interpret and coordinate documentation and communication policies and procedures

  • Implement documentation configuration and records management

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite at least 50% of the time.

Qualifications We Require:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Communications, English, Journalism, or a relevant field, plus 5 years related experience or working with highly technical writing and editing; or equivalent experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job

  • Experience developing, planning, and editing technical reports, white papers, and/or presentations

  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret

Qualifications We Desire:

  • A Master's degree in Communications, English, Journalism, or a relevant field

  • Experience working with nuclear deterrence documentation as well as with PRIME, PDM Link, EIMS, and/or SharePoint systems

  • Proven experience working with classified information on weapons programs and weapons documentation requirements

  • Experience with the following:

  • Composing communication products

  • Working cross-site, cross location programs

  • Developing positive customer relationships, processes, and procedures

  • Mentoring emerging coworkers

About Our Team:

The Communications Center (03600) at Sandia National Laboratories is responsible for all Labs-wide communications and all communications functions within the Labs. Clear, timely, and informative communication enhances Sandia’s performance, builds customer and partner confidence, and nurtures employee loyalty and morale. Matrixed Communications Services (03640) includes six departments delivering communications support to organizations across the Laboratories, providing dedicated (matrixed) professional communications services to deliver high-quality products. The Reentry Stockpile Communications and Information Management department provides matrixed technical writing and information management services to modernization and surveillance organizations.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 689852

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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