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Job Title:International Broadcaster (Online)(Russian)

Agency:Broadcasting Board of Governors

Job Announcement Number:NC-13-935

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 07, 2012 to Friday, December 21, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1101-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NON-US CITIZENS ONLY

JOB SUMMARY:

THIS POSITION IS FOR NON-US CITIZENS ONLY

 

The incumbent serves as an International Broadcaster (Online) in the Russian Service of the Voice of America, with responsibility for writing, producing, and adapting content for the Service's web and mobile phone-based news and information outlets.The incumbent performs duties in a multi-media environment.

THIS POSITION IS COVERED BY AN UNION AGREEMENT

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is conveniently located within walking distance to the Green, Yellow and Blue Metro lines.

INTRODUCTION TO AGENCY

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency, is an exciting, multicultural organization that encompasses all U.S. civilian international broadcasting. The BBG is comprised of the Voice of America, which delivers high quality, multimedia programming in 44 languages to audiences worldwide; the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti); the International Broadcasting Bureau, which provides transmission, administrative, and other support services; and three grantee organizations - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia. Our staff of dedicated professionals serves as an example of a free and independent media, reaching a worldwide audience with news, information, and relevant discussions.

THIS VACANCY IS BEING ADVERTISED UNDER EXCEPTED SERVICE PROCEDURES AND IS OPEN TO NON-U.S. CITIZENS ONLY.


THIS VACANCY IS BEING CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED UNDER DELEGATED EXAMINING PROCEDURES FOR ALL U.S. CITIZENS UNDER ANNOUNCEMENT NO.  DEU-13-35.

NOTE:  YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS NC-13-935 VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION.  WE CANNOT MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED DEU-13-35 ANNOUNCEMENT.  PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants MUST be a Non-U.S. Citizen
  • Country of citizenship MUST be indicated on resume
  • Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.
  • Selectee will be subject to an investigation for suitability determination.

DUTIES:

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Duties include but are not limited to: 

•Produces content consistent with agency objectives and policies; collects and analyses information about newsworthy events, evaluates news leads and tips to prepare and develop original multimedia content. 
Serves as an anchor in live or live-to-tape studio shows; initiates and conducts original on-camera or via Skype interviews with a wide variety of subjects and news sources.
  
•Uses social media tools and networks to source and verify news and information, and to engage Russian speaking audiences in communication relevant to VOA Russian service's mission.
•Curates topical content for multiple online platforms. Generates story ideas and follows through on them.
•Reports for multiple platforms (audio, video, text) on special events in Washington and travels as needed to cover key events.  Reports from location for Internet publishing and broadcast segments.
•Edits multi-media elements including text, video and audio reports and publishes multi-media content on VOA Russian website


  • QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    Minimum Qualifications:   Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience directly related to this line of work and MUST be bilingual in Russian and English with the ability to fluently report, research and accurately translate in both languages.

    GS-11: Specialized Experience is defined as experience in writing or editing news stories/news analyses, and/or feature stories in English and/or Russian for a recognized news publication such as a daily newspaper or a weekly news magazine; or for a wire service such as AP, UPI, or Reuters; or for broadcast by a radio or television station or Internet publications. Such experience must have clearly demonstrated the ability to (1) understand and write about domestic and international affairs, (2) write for audiences of varying backgrounds and interests, (3) write under deadline pressure, and (4) exercise sound and independent.

     OR

    The education requirement may be met by three (3) full academic years of graduate level education or the successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or completion of all requirements for an LL.M.

    Graduate Education: Major study--journalism communications, history, economics, political science, international relations, or other fields related to the position.

     

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

     

    GS-11 ONLY requirement

    Examinations Required: Candidates who meet all education and/or experience requirements must demonstrate their knowledge and ability in language writing, and translation/adaptation through successful performance in a written examination and their ability to voice material for radio broadcast on a voice audition. You will be notified as to whether you will be scheduled for testing once qualification determinations have been made. Tests are administered in Washington, DC, New York, NY, and Miami, FL on an on-going basis. Tests are administered in Los Angeles, CA on a quarterly basis. APPLICANTS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THEIR OWN EXPENSES TO AND FROM TEST SITE.

     

    GS-12: Specialized Experience is defined as: experience of writing and producing original multimedia content across a wide range of topics in English AND Russian; a proven track record of securing exclusive content for an online news operation; experience of sourcing exclusive and generic content from a wide variety of sources, particularly from popular social media networks and blogs; ability to cooperate with a digital team operating in a high-pressure online news environment;  ability to harness technology to improve the content and add value to audience;  have an in-depth knowledge of the major issues of interest to Russian speaking audience.

     


    Requirements

    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.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Upon receipt of your application, a review will be made to ensure you meet the job qualifications.


    BENEFITS:

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    The Federal Government offers exceptional benefits to employees, including opportunities for training and advancement, health Insurance, vacation and sick leave, life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement benefits, flexible spending accounts, and public transportation subsidies.  The link below provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc



    OTHER INFORMATION:

    1. If you are a male applicant who was born after December 31, 1959, 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.

    2. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

    Additional selections may be made if additional/identical vacancies occur within 90 days of certificate issuance.



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To begin, click the BBG link: http://jobs.bbg.gov?JobRecordId=NC-13-93561 and follow the instructions.

    All applications must be submitted by: Friday, December 21, 2012

    If hand carrying or using the US Mail, FedEx, etc, resumes and, if applicable, any supporting documentation MUST be received in the Office of Human Resources by 5:00pm EST on the closing dates of the vacancy announcement.  If you are using e-mail or fax, resumes MUST be received by 11:59pm EST on the closing date of the announcement.

    All APPLICATION/RESUME FOR THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT CAN BE MAILED TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:

    Broadcasting Board of Governors
    330 Independence Avenue, SW
    ATTN: Office of Human Resources
    (Room 1543) (Cohen Building)
    Washington, DC  20237
    USA

    ATTN: Barbara L. Jones



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    What you need to submit to apply for this position:

    • Resume

    To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications  can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

    Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#WSBI

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Barbara L. Jones
    Phone: (202)382-7521
    Fax: (202)382-7542
    Email: BAJONES@BBG.GOV
    Agency Information:
    Broadcasting Board Governors
    330 Independence Avenue SW
    ATTN Office of Human Resources
    Room 1543 Cohen Building
    Washington, DC
    20237
    USA
    Fax: (202)382-7542

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted by the hiring official.


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    Job Announcement Number:

    NC-13-935

    Control Number:

    333354600