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    Duties

    Summary

    The incumbent serves as Africa Division Director, Voice of America (VOA), U.S. Agency for Global Media. The Africa Division is a major regional subdivision of the VOA network, overseeing broadcasts in multiple languages to the 54 countries of Africa, including broadcasts in the Hausa, Tigrigna, Amharic, Afan Oromo, Somali, English, French, Portuguese, Bambara, Wolof, Lingala, Shona, Ndebele, Kurundi and Kinyarwanda languages. Incumbent reports to the VOA Director for Programming.

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    Responsibilities

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    Programming - Oversees production of programming and digital output of the Africa Division and its personnel that preserves VOA credibility, maximizes audience in a cost effective manner, maintains the editorial independence of VOA, complies with the VOA Charter and Journalistic Code, provides citizens with accurate and objective news and useful information, and explains the principles of democracy and its role in building a civil society.

    • Plans, organizes and directs radio, television, Internet, and other digital output, to the targeted region, including placement on local affiliates where possible, with final responsibility for overall quality and content of Division programming, including format, production values, and the use of appropriate media for distribution.
    • Develops and executes content, placement, advertising and promotion strategies that extend the reach of content in the region's targeted areas - by any medium, whether delivered by broadcast, online, or mobile.
    Division Strategic Planning, Resource and Organizational Management - Exercises discretionary authority, as delegated, to approve the allocation and distribution of funds in the organization's budget.
    • Develops work requirements; selects contractors; manages any relevant contracts.
    • Maintains internal controls to monitor and ensure proper and efficient use of funds and resources and to evaluate and improve organizational performance, including improving processes and Human Resource Management - Manages the Division staff through subordinate service chiefs and other Division managers and supervisors:
    Human Resource Management - Ensures effectiveness, productivity, and performance quality of employees by providing timely and accurate performance appraisals, links performance expectations to USAGM and VOA objectives, rewards superior performance; and ensures that Service Chiefs and subordinate managers provide timely and accurate appraisals and reward superior performance.
    • Oversees recruitment in Division and/or recruits, selects, and on-boards staff and contractors.
    • Takes steps to develop a diverse, representative workforce in accordance with USAGM standards and other measures as appropriate. Complies with Equal Employment Opportunity laws and policies, and OPM Merit System principles and practices.
    Collaboration - Coordinates Division activities within VOA and with elements of USAGM.
    • Produces and contributes Division data, information, ideas, reports to Office of Performance Review and agency senior management.
    • Stays informed of the political and media environment in target country.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. citizenship is required.
    • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by closing date of the announcement to be considered.
    • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
    • If you are a male applicant, born after 12/31/59, you are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act. The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
    • This is a national security position. If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-86.
    • Suitability Determination: If selected, you will be subject to a security investigation to establish your suitability for federal employment. The security investigation will include, among other aspects, a review of your credit and legal history.
    • This position is not covered by a Union Agreement.
    • This position has been designated supervisory requiring that the selectee serve on an initial appointment as a supervisor or manager serve a one-year probationary period.
    • If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Report).
    • The full performance level of this position is GS-15.

    Qualifications

    Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the GS-14 or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector AND must be fluent (written/spoken/read) in English and one of the other languages in which VOA produces content for sub-Saharan Africa, (listed here https://www.voanews.com/africa ).

    Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience must include work involving all of the following:

    -Directing at an executive level the activities involved in managing content creation, journalism, news reporting, and broadcasting to an international audience, using a combination of radio, television, and digital audio/visual/text media for audiences in sub-Saharan Africa.

    -Managing a high-performing professional multimedia news organization including developing and executing the budget, developing and communicating a strategic vision and plan, and reviewing organizational performance to achieve specific metrics.

    -Performing supervision of subordinates, including performance reviews, and correcting substandard performance, demonstrating the ability to smoothly and directly oversee as many as 15 direct reports with responsibility for more than sixty personnel through two or more levels of subordinate supervisors.

    -Demonstrating knowledge of U.S. and world current events, U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives; demonstrating in-depth knowledge of African issues, governments and politics; and demonstrating documented news media work experience in or for the target region (sub-Saharan Africa).

    Education

    Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.

    Additional information

    1. If you are an eligible Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
    2. Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit a DD-214 (copy # 2 or 4 - member copy); veterans who are claiming disabled veteran preference must also submit a VA disability letter and a SF-15; AND, applicants seeking widow or other special veterans preference must submit a SF-15 and all documents indicated for their specific form of preference.
    3. If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once your resume or application is submitted, a review of your qualifications will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements and competencies required for this position.

    Competencies:

    • Administration and Management
    • Communications and Media
    • Foreign Language
    • Journalism
    • Managing Human Resources
    • Multimedia
    • Target Area


    Possession of competencies may be addressed in a cover letter and/or resume. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your qualifications. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. You will then be placed in one of three rating categories:
    • Qualified Category
    • Well Qualified Category
    • Best Qualified Category
    Application of Veterans' Preference: Category Rating does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher). Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of nonpreference eligibles within the appropriate quality category.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Secret

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    NCS/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    National security

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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

    • Resume


    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • Reasonable Accommodation Documentation
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15


    Although the required documents listed in this announcement only indicates that a resume is required, other documents may be required in specific circumstances, as indicated in application requirements in Other Information above.

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach the member copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also attach an Application of 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF-15) plus the proof required by that form.
    If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/15/2021 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log into your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit Application button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://login.usajobs.gov/account/signin. The page will display the positions for which you've applied as well as the status of each application. Click on the plus sign (+) next to the job title to expand information about the job, then click on Additional Application Information to see the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click on the plus sign (+) next to the job title to expand information about the job. Next click on Update Application to complete the application process.
    Note: Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described previously, including an Assessment Questionnaire. For a preview of the Assessment Questionnaire, please click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10983908Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials, by 11:59 P.M. on 04/15/2021 will result in your not being considered for employment.

    Agency contact information

    Leslie McKnight

    Address

    VOA Programming Directorate
    330 Independence Avenue SW
    Room 4700 Cohen Building
    Washington, DC 20237
    US
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    The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), formerly known as Broadcasting Board of Governors, is an exciting, multi-media, multi-cultural, global media agency that carries out all United States civilian international broadcasting. Our media networks complement and reinforce one another in a shared mission vital to U.S. national interests: to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. Our staff of dedicated professionals serve as an example of a free and independent media, bringing news, information, and relevant discussions to a weekly audience of over 350 million people worldwide in over 61 languages via radio, television, Internet, and social media. USAGM networks include the Voice of America and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti) and three grantee organizations: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia.

    Note: Budgetary conditions may delay or otherwise affect filling this vacancy. However, all interested candidates should apply now.

    The USAGM is conveniently located within walking distance to the Green, Orange, Silver, Yellow, and Blue Metro lines.

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at U.S. Agency for Global Media, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

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    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/597096700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.