Job Overview


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.


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.