Acumen, LLC is a public policy consulting firm that provides government agencies with high-quality, impartial research on healthcare, labor practices, and welfare services to promote information-driven policies. Rooting comparative effectiveness research, value-based purchasing, and outcomes measurement in an array of complex data, Acumen adheres to analysis based on information, not ideology.
In keeping with this principle, Acumen is seeking a talented technical writer with a strong desire to further develop his or her technical, research, and data-driven writing skills by joining Acumen’s exceptional technical writing team. As a team member, the technical writer will have the opportunity to exercise and hone a variety of writing skills—from composing user guides about research tools to writing policy memos for external clients.
The ideal candidate will have 1-5 years of experience, with a college degree and a passion for superb writing and rhetoric. She or he will be looking to further develop her or his technical writing abilities, as well as an opportunity to define her or his career in public policy with some of the best and brightest minds. Acumen provides a strong career path for those who are committed to post-college career objectives and to the development of excellent writing skills.
The Technical Writer will:
Work with various subject matter experts to compose user guides, technical specifications, and workflow processes for Acumen information systems
Revise document drafts, verify technical content, and ensure correct grammar
Enforce document version control
Support the Technical Writing Manager in ad hoc documentation projects, which could include the production of external-client memos, research-based documentation, and reference materials
Bachelor of Arts in a writing intensive field, Bachelor of Science with a communications minor, or commensurate experience
Strong written and oral communication skills
Able to think critically about a document or task
Able to structure information logically and consistently
Basic knowledge of technical writing principles
Proficiency in Chicago, MLA, or APA style guidelines
Good organization skills
1-3 years of writing experience in a structured work environment
Superb communication and writing skills to include:
An ability to quickly grasp technical concepts and translate them into clear, easy-to-understand content
An ability to proactively communicate the status of documentation to a range of document stakeholders
Ability to conceptualize information and information systems using various information resources
Ability to thrive in both team and self-managed environments
General understanding of information systems and/or information security
Familiarity with HTML and CSS
Salary: Competitive, commensurate with experience. Benefits included. This is a full-time position.
Due to the sensitive nature of much of our work, all Acumen employees must undergo a background check. Your employment will be contingent upon your completing, and Acumen reviewing to its satisfaction, a mandatory background check.
Employees who work with particularly sensitive information may be asked to undergo an additional background check after starting work.
Acumen LLC is a rapidly expanding policy research firm dedicated to improving health and social service programs. Small in size with a culture that blends the intellectual challenge of academia with the flexibility and openness of a young and growing company, we are uniquely situated to work on high-impact public sector projects from the private sector. We work in close partnership with local, state and federal government agencies to provide them with advanced econometric modeling, qualitative analysis, technical assistance and software development. Our analysis informs and directly impacts decisions made by government officials on a range of public policy issues, while our corporate environment provides potential for rapid growth and advancement for those with initiative and a desire to learn.