Supervisory International Broadcaster (Tibetan)

Washington D.C.
Aug 09, 2017
Aug 31, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the East Asia and Pacific Division's, Tibetan Service at the Voice of America in Washington DC. The incumbent serves as the Tibetan Service Chief and has overall editorial and managerial responsibility for news and programming targeted to VOA's Tibetan speaking audiences.


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, Orange, Silver, Yellow, and Blue Metro lines.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency, is an exciting, multi-cultural organization that encompasses all United States civilian international broadcasting. The BBG is comprised of five networks broadcasting in 61 languages that include the Voice of America, 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. The International Broadcasting Bureau provides transmission, administrative, and other support services; and three grantee organizations. Our staff of dedicated professionals serve as an example of a free and independent media, reaching a worldwide audience of 215 million people with news, information, and relevant discussions.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by closing date.
  • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
  • This is a sensitive or national security position.
  • If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-86.
  • Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-13, which is directly related to this line of work and must be able to read, write, speak, translate and report in both the Tibetan and English language.

    Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of such experience includes mastery of and in-depth knowledge of radio, television and/or Internet broadcast journalistic writing and editing principles and practices; demonstrated skill in applying these principles and practices in the selection of content for accuracy, balance, clarity and style. Experience must also show demonstrated supervisory skills in the ability to motivate, direct, develop and evaluate staff to achieve the maximum productivity and creativity. Experience must also show efficient utilization of financial resources, managing a budget. Experience must include expert knowledge of Tibet.

    Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.

    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 may require working nights, weekends, and holidays.

    This position has been designated supervisory requiring that the selectee 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).

    Q - Sensitive


    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    -Plans and directs highly-targeted, original multimedia coverage by Tibetan Service journalists and producers.
    -Provides clear editorial leadership by giving direction and focus each day to the most important stories, and ensuring the content is timely, accurate, and balanced.
    -Develops strategies for expanding VOA's Tibetan speaking audiences. Should have creative ideas for unique coverage, as well as ideas and experience to help VOA Tibetan engage with more people through the use of new social media platforms and digital products, including chat apps, podcasts, newsletters and OTT.
    -Manages and supervises a team of writers, reporters, editors, producers; includes performance management, staffing, training and coaching. Assures fair and equitable treatment of all employees. Furthers the goals of equal employment opportunity by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of EEO objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices.
    -Provides leadership on a wide variety of short term and long term projects with senior editors and provides editorial guidance to staff to produce and present stories designed to attract the maximum interest in an internationally competitive broadcast environment.
    -Directs and coordinates the work of contractors and network stringers. Carefully manages funds allotted to the Service for contractors and stringers to assure most effective use.
    -Stays fully informed on developments in the U.S., the world, and in Tibet and assures that those of interest to the targeted audience are appropriately covered in Tibetan radio, TV and digital programming. Attends meetings and conferences to stay informed of activities and developments related to the targeted area.

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