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    Duties

    Summary

    The position is located in the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Central News Division. The incumbent reports to the OCB Director or his/her designee. The News Standards & Best Practices Editor is responsible for standards, ethics, balance, and fairness in journalism across OCB, based on professional best practices and the network's mission. The incumbent's mandate will extend to all platforms and with all production-in text, digital video, digital audio, web, and social media.

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    Responsibilities

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Provides senior level advice and guidance to OCB senior management and staff involving the standards applied to OCB broadcast and online content. In particular, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring the highest journalistic standards across the agency for OCB content on all platforms.
    • Responsible for following the VOA Best Practices Guide, and for regularly updating, disseminating, implementing, and monitoring compliance of journalistic standards, policies, and practices under the OCB Charter.
    • Advises on journalistic and editorial guidelines, and whether they are practiced consistently throughout OCB.
    • Is actively involved in editorial and production issues involving potentially sensitive and/or controversial subject matter and must provide expert advice based on established sound editorial practices and standards.
    • Works with support staff to ensure that all OCB content producers and journalists review and internalize journalism standards and practices, and receive other journalistic training that may be required by OCB management.
    • Advocates at all levels of the organization for ethical standards, practices, and policies and professional workplace practices.
    • Works closely with the Office of General Counsel on issues that address journalistic and government ethics.
    • Serves as a spokesperson for OCB's commitment to journalistic professionalism and its mission.
    • Works with the Office of Human Resources/Labor Employee Relations (LER) on possible instances of lapses in journalist ethics and standards by OCB employees. S/he reviews the work in question and provides expert opinion and guidance to LER.
    • Serves as OCB's primary representative, in concert with the Office of General Counsel and the Office of Strategy and Development, in the process of approval of short-term and long-term domestic usage requests for OCB news reports and/or programs. In addition, the incumbent works with appropriate public affairs staff to review and recommend approval or denial for one-time-only usage of OCB news reports and/or programs.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

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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.
    • The full performance grade level for this position is GS-14.

    Qualifications

    Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the GS-13 or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector, and MUST have a comprehensive knowledge of Cuba, its people, history, politics, culture and institutions, including a knowledge of Cuba's National and regional media usage patterns. Applicant must also have fluency in both English and Spanish languages.

    Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience is defined as work involving:
    • Journalism principles, practices and methods;
    • Techniques for delivery of online news including audio and video streaming for online programming;
    • U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba; knowledge of the principles of management with the ability to plan, advise and manage staff functions and likewise direct the work of others;
    • Reviewing programs to ensure quality control and compliance with existing policy; training of journalistic standards; and providing guidance on best practices for reporting on complex issues.

    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. Status applicants, who wish to be considered under merit promotion procedures, including those eligible to apply under Interchange Agreements with other Merit Systems and Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998, should apply under announcement # ST-11132865-21-RD.
    4. 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:

    • Communications and Media
    • Journalism
    • Language Profiency-TA
    • Leadership
    • 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 non-preference eligibles within the appropriate quality category.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    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 (VA)
    • Special (Spousal, Widow, etc.) VA Preference supporting documents - See SF-15
    • ICTAP/CTAP supporting documents
    • Proof of Marriage Status
    • 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

    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, please contact the Human Resource office.

    • To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents and any appropriate Accepted Documents.
    • To begin, click Apply in the announcement; then, choose to create a new USAJOBS account or Sign-in into your existing account.
    • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package.
    • You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before submitting it. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • Click the following link to pre-view and print the occupational questionnairehttps://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11130501.
    • After completing the questionnaire and uploading appropriate documents, click the Submit Application to submit your application package.
    • It is applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and uploaded, (i.e., resume, veteran's documentation, completed assessment questionnaire, and SF-50's) are accurate and were submitted before 11:59 PM (EST) on06/14/2021 of the announcement to receive consideration.
    • Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. If a document is not in legible format, applicant will not be able to view it in Application Manager which means applicant must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account. The page will display the positions for which you've applied as well as the status of each application.
    • 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. Please carefully review the complete job announcement, including the Required Documents, Other Information, and How to Apply sections of the announcement.
    • Application packages will NOT be accepted via mail or e-mail. All resumes/applications received at the addresses listed in the Contact Information or Agency Information will be destroyed and will not be considered for this vacancy announcement.

    Agency contact information

    Robert Diamond

    Address

    Office of Cuba Broadcasting
    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.

    This position is located in Miami FL in the Office of Cuba Broadcasting.

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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/603254800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.