Sr. Writer/Editor (Investigative Journalist)

Mc Lean, VA, | Job #317030
Job Title: Sr. Writer/Editor (Investigative Journalist)
Location: Mc Lean, VA,
Type: Freelance / Contract

Fantastic opportunity for a Sr. Writer/Editor (Investigative Journalist)! Our client is seeking a talented Sr. Writer/Editor (Investigative Journalist) for a temporary hire opportunity in McLean, VA. The Corporate Communications & Marketing team helps employees and external audiences understand, value, and engage with the organization. We do it by telling creative and inspiring stories about our people and our mission of making home possible. The Sr. Writer/Editor (Investigative Journalist) will support the Corporate Communications department with editing, writing and production assignments. A successful candidate will drive enterprise communications to employees through a variety of internal channels— Web, SharePoint, email, video, infographics, events--and support senior leadership in their communications to all employees. We are looking for an experienced, creative, decisive, energetic person who works well with people, gets work done and brings new ideas to the table. 


Sr. Writer/Editor (Investigative Journalist) Responsibilities:

  • Managing all steps of writing assignments, from gathering information, conducting interviews, to writing, reviewing, editing, proofreading, and publishing stories. Applying visual and journalistic techniques for effective and engaging storytelling.
  • Investigative journalism type background - able to negotiate with high level executives to get the pertinent details of the story.
  • Editing all Internal Communications copy to ensure adherence to style guide, appropriate tone and messaging, and effective visuals.
  • Curating news stories about organizational leaders; drafting headlines and brief summaries 
  • Writing the headlines, developing and applying photography and graphics and creative treatment to tell a story.
  • Applying strategic thinking to creating communications plans for corporate campaigns.
  • Collaborating with communications strategists, graphic designers, productions team, PR, and business clients.
  • Following writing standards and quality control measures to ensure consistent messaging, tone and brand standard/identity. Writing to standards found in the AP style manual.


Sr. Writer/Editor (Investigative Journalist) Requirements:

  • 7 years of job-related experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or other relevant subject.
  • Superb writing, editing and proofreading skills, attention to detail. 
  • Experience in effective, inspiring, inventive visual storytelling.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and AP style guide.
  • Knowledge of Web, social media, SharePoint, HTML, and content management and publishing technologies.
  • People skills. Strong organizational skills and flexibility. The ability to adapt to change quickly and to tackle unfamiliar tasks and requests with positive attitude and resourcefulness.
  • Strong time and project management/coordination skills.


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We are passionate about connecting you with the right role at the right organization—and providing you great benefits for the great work you do. With an attractive compensation package including competitive salary, 401(k) plan, weekly paychecks, holiday pay and a health benefits program, we have you covered.

Cella is an award-winning leader in consulting, staffing and managed solutions for creative, marketing, digital and proposal development teams. We help people build meaningful careers and partner with companies to help them win. Our staffing solutions include freelance, contract, temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire positions. Cella is the only creative staffing firm to win the Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards for 10 years running. And as a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise, we proudly help clients meet diversity objectives, too. Cella is an equal opportunity employer.