Technical Writer - Center for Appropriate Care

  • Altarum Institute
  • Washington, Dist. Columbia
  • May 19, 2019
Professional Services

Job Description

Altarum Institute

# Positions 1
Location US-DC-Washington, DC
Category Current Opening


Altarum Institute is seeking a dynamic and flexible technical writer to join the Center for Appropriate Care in Ann Arbor, MI or Washington, DC.

As a technical writer, you will be part of project teams and business development efforts working to implement innovative public health and healthcare interventions. You will have the opportunity to use your writing skills to contribute to project reports, responses to requests for proposals, and other written materials such as blog posts, white papers, case studies, and manuscripts.

As a full-time member of a dynamic consulting group, your specific projects, tasks, and responsibilities will evolve and change over time. During your career at Altarum you will support multiple projects and proposals. Altarum's Center for Appropriate Care works directly with healthcare clinicians and healthcare stakeholders to promote best practices for clinical care, practice operations and the application of information technology to health and health care. We support clinician's participation in data driven quality and process improvement interventions, participation in quality reporting programs, and develop and provide continuing education offerings for clinicians. The ability to quickly gain an understanding of our various project and business development activities and support teams by writing clear and concise materials will be critical for creation of high quality project deliverable, promotion of Altarum's qualifications and thought leadership activities, and development of successful proposals for new funding.


Provide support throughout different phases of projects examining various aspects of health in the form of:
  • Proposal development
    • includes content development based on guidance from subject matter experts in addition to copy-edited for grammar and coherence
  • Report and presentation creation
    • includes interfacing with a project team to create written content and exhibits for reports, presentations and other project deliverable
  • Telling Altarum's Project Success Stories
    • including writing materials that demonstrate Altarum's qualifications and project successes for public audiences. This could take the form of issue briefs, white papers, case studies, or manuscripts for publication.
  • Editing material drafted by other team members for clarity and understanding.
  • Copy-editing
  • Understanding of and adherence to Altarum style guides
  • 508 compliance checks

Candidates will be asked to provide writing samples.


  • A Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in English, technical writing or journalism with knowledge and interest of public health or healthcare or a degree in a public health, healthcare or social science discipline, e.g. public health, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and strong writing skills
  • The ability to support a technical team
  • The ability to quickly acquire and synthesize knowledge of new projects
  • Familiarity with the proposal and grant writing process strongly desired
  • Familiarity with preparing written components of technical reports for a wide range of audiences
  • Familiarity with preparing 508 compliant documents a plus, though training will be available
  • Strong Microsoft Office and PowerPoint skills required


Altarum Institute (Altarum) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Altarum serves the public good by solving complex systems problems to improve human health. Altarum creates and implements solutions to advance health among vulnerable and publicly-insured populations. Public sector clients include the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and various state agencies nationwide. Altarum also serves clients in the philanthropic and private sectors. Areas of expertise include health data and analytics; value-based care; public health systems design, development and information exchange; behavioral health and substance use disorders; childhood and adolescent health; medical education; food and nutrition; consumer engagement; elder care; health disparities and equity; and military and veterans' health.

In addition to the meaningful and challenging work, Altarum offers an outstanding benefits program that includes paid time off, tuition reimbursement, 401k (5% employer contribution), a flexible work environment, and much more. We invite you to explore exciting and rewarding career opportunities with us.

Altarum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.