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Job Title:  Supervisory International Broadcaster
Agency:  Broadcasting Board of Governors
Job Announcement Number:  BBG-13-174

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,711.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 15, 2013 to Friday, August 23, 2013
Full Time - Agency Employees Only
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Agency Employees Only


This position is located at the Voice of America's French to Africa Service in Washington, DC. The incumbent serves as the Chief of the Service, having overall management, administrative and program responsibilities for all radio and TV broadcasts, Internet-based, digital and mobile output, as well as placement on affiliate stations.



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


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 service; 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.


  • U.S. Citizenship ONLY
  • Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by closing date.
  • Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid
  • Candidates must complete online questionnaire.
  • Candidates may be required to work nights, weekends and holidays.


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Duties include but are not limited to the following:

~Manages and supervises the work of staff and contractors, providing editorial direction by selecting and approving subject matter to be included in the content of radio, TV and Internet. Reviews and edits news copy for content, treatment and impact in franchophone Africa. Assigns or approves coverage of events, writes scripts and produces radio, TV and Internet programs. Edits completed scripts to ensure accuracy, balance, clarity, style and compliance with VOA Charter and journalistic code.

~Monitors VOA French radio, TV and Internet output for appropriateness of content, style and balance.

~Plans and formulates short and long term radio, TV and Internet programming goals to ensure that content and formats exemplify the highest professional standards and that the service remains competitive in its target region.

~Directs and coordinates the work of in-house contractors and a network of stringers, ensuring funds allotted are used effectively.

~Recruits and selects staff and contractors. Plans and assigns work. Establishes and clearly communicates guidelines and standards. Provides feedback on performance. Provides advice, counsel and instruction to employees on work and administrative matters. Takes appropriate and equitable action to resolve complaints and grievances. Furthers the goals of EEO by taking position steps to assure the accomplishment of objectives and adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices.

~Identifies and recommends affiliate stations for program placement. Works with the Office of Marketing and Program Placement in placing programming on stations and networks in franchophone Africa.


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Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower-grade level, (GS-13), that is related directly to this line of work.


Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of such experience includes mastery of and in-depth knowledge of broadcast journalistic writing and editing principles and practices; demonstrated skill in applying these principles and practices to the selection of content for accuracy, balance, clarity and style. Broad knowledge of African politics and social issues. Experience must also show demonstrated supervisory skills in the ability to motivate, direct, develop and evaluate staff to achieve the maximum productivity and creativity.


This position may require you to serve a 1-year supervisory probationary/managerial period.



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



· Journalism

· Skills in Radio/TV/Internet based Media 

· Managerial Skills


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.


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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:


1. If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) 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 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. CTAP 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. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and 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.


3. All qualification requirements must 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. The Handbook is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at


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


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All applications must be submitted by: Friday, August 23, 2013

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register. Answer a few questions and submit all required documents.  To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire and use the official FAX cover sheet found here. You also must cite Vacancy Identification Number 943563.

After you complete and submit the online resume, you will receive a "Confirmation of Submission" message stating that your online resume has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive this message, please submit again as this indicates that your resume has not been received.  

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 under "Required Documents" below. Please 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 Friday, August 23, 2013, will result in your not being considered for employment.



What you need to submit to apply for this position:

  1. Resume
  2. Notification of Personnel (SF-50), that shows grade, tenure and highest grade level achieved
  3. Most Recent Performance Appraisal  

To submit the documents requested follow the options listed above. 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 or by fax, mail or hand-delivery. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, telephone and at least the 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:


Leslie Y. McKnight
Phone: (202)382-7537
Fax: (202)382-7542
Agency Information:
Broadcasting Board Governors
330 Independence Avenue SW
ATTN Office of Human Resources
Room 1543 Cohen Building
Washington, DC
Fax: (202)382-7542


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 by email of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. You can also check Application Manager for an up-to-date status of your resume or application for this position.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

View Occupational Questionnaire

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