Chief Strategy Officer

Washington, D.C
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 21, 2019
Full Time


The Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). The CSO oversees and leads USAGM's engagement in the interagency, strategic planning, strategic initiatives, and positioning within the broader U.S. Government and with key stakeholders. It is the responsibility of the CSO to lead USAGM's efforts to become a more strategically-relevant agency within the national security, foreign affairs, and global media spaces.
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The incumbent serves as the primary strategic advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, responsible for addressing critical changes in the competitive landscape, global marketplace, and external media environment. This includes duties such as:
  • Representing the CEO, and Agency, in public and private meetings, including with key stakeholders, Congress, across the interagency, committees, and during Board meetings.
  • Appearing before Congressional stakeholders as needed, including providing testimony before Congress and working alongside USAGM's public affairs and congressional teams to engage Congress, think tanks, and external stakeholders when necessary.
  • Leading the development, execution, and ongoing sustainment of agency-wide strategic initiatives.
  • Facilitating the execution of the strategic goals by working collaboratively with the CEO's Office, the network leadership, and office directors to ensure that the strategic goals are communicated and easily understood by all throughout USAGM.
  • Engaging stakeholders and potential domestic and international private sector and civil society counterparts to implement new partnerships and forward-thinking about opportunities and risks for the global media agency.
  • Leading the development and implementation of consistent practices and strategic frameworks across USAGM.
  • Ensuring strategic coordination while directing new programs, finding content synergies across USAGM, and overseeing implementation and operational adoption within the five networks and the USAGM's headquarters staff.
  • Managing the staff of senior analysts and specialists and the operations of the Office of Policy and Research, the Office of Editorials, and the Office of Internet Freedom, as well as those involved in business development strategies, through subordinate supervisors. This includes making decisions on work problems, interviewing candidates for positions, assuring reasonable equity in performance standards and rating techniques, reviewing and approving serious disciplinary actions, and furthering equal employment opportunity (EEO) goals.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Selectee will serve a one-year probationary period unless you have previously completed a probationary period.
  • This is a sensitive or national security position.
  • If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-86.
  • Persons newly selected for appointment to an SES position must have their managerial qualifications approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
  • The selectee will be required to complete an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • OPM's Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduates and current Career SES members need only to address the Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs) and need not respond to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
  • Security Requirement: Critical Sensitive. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance.
  • You will be paid by direct deposit to a financial organization of your choice.
  • Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.


Candidates must demonstrate a combination of senior level managerial and supervisory leadership traits, referred to as Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), as well as specific occupational qualifications, referred to as Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Applicants must also possess substantial subject matter knowledge and senior-level experience to perform the duties of this position. To perform the duties described above is normally demonstrated with years of experience at the Federal Government GS-15 grade level or equivalent that clearly exhibits the ability to manage people and resources.

To be qualified, applicants must possess the Executive Core Qualifications for the Senior Executive Service and the Professional/Technical Qualifications required for the position.


The applicant must file a separate narrative response for each ECQ. In responding to each ECQ statement, please structure your responses in terms of a specific problem or goal (CHALLENGE); the environment in which you worked to tackle the problem or goal (CONTEXT); the specific actions taken (ACTION); and the outcome from such actions (RESULTS). Please provide at least two (2) examples for each area, where practical. The total response to all ECQs MUST NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES. For additional information on ECQs beyond the information provided in this document, go to website

ECQ 1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.

ECQ 2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.

ECQ 3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management.

ECQ 5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal Agencies, State, and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.


The applicant should file a separate narrative response for each PTQ and cite examples in support of their response.

Essential (Mandatory)

PTQ 1: News Broadcast Operations in a National Security and Foreign Policy Environment - Expert knowledge of broadcast news organization and operations, equivalent to that of a major television news network, such as ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, or MSNBC, and expert knowledge in media management, public policy, and related fields, including knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods, combined with broad comprehensive knowledge of domestic and international affairs and the foreign policy objectives of the U.S.; and thorough familiarity with the details of current issues in international relations and with the broad strategic interests of the United States, including experience working with interagencies' partners such as the National Security Council and U.S. Department of State to oversee transitioning of the agency to become more strategically-relevant within the national security, foreign affairs, and global media spaces.

PTQ 2: Strategic Management and Planning, Programming, and Budgeting - Mastery of advanced strategic management and organizational principles and practices along with a comprehensive knowledge of planning, programming, and budgeting regulations, guidelines and processes to prepare long-range (five years) and short-range planning guidance in accordance with broad agency program policies and objectives and to evaluate legislation and initiatives for projected impact upon the Agency's programs or resources.

PTQ 3: Global Media Research - Advanced experience in research methods related to global media research, including mastery of research and evaluation design.

PTQ 4: Internet Freedom - Mastery of Internet Freedom and circumvention technologies, including key international actors and organizations operating in this space.


Strategic Analysis - Ability to apply a variety of strategic frameworks to analyze problems and to guide and develop solutions and to lead the entire range of problem-solving from problem definition to analysis, recommendation, and development of implementation plans.

Communication - Ability to translate and communicate complex topics in a variety of forums by tailoring communications to effectively fit and influence the targeted audience; strong executive presence, presentation and communication skills; and ability to work collaboratively with key internal and external leaders, partners, suppliers and customers and to bridge cultural boundaries and norms, to overcome barriers and improve outcomes, and to influence on a global and virtual stage, demonstrating leadership and empowerment.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

If successful applicant is a current Federal employee, he or she must be willing to enter the Senior Executive Service. If the successful applicant is an Agency Foreign Service employee, he/she will be retained on their Foreign Service appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: Current career senior executives, Qualification Review Board (QRB) certified graduates of an SES candidate development program, and individual with SES reinstatement eligibility may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if they meet the mandatory Professional and Technical Qualification requirements. Proof of noncompetitive eligibility is required (SF-50 or QRB certification).

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the quality and extent of their accomplishments and experience. An Executive Resources Board (ERB) will evaluate the resume, the Executive Core Qualification's statements, and the Professional and Technical Qualification's statements for each candidate to determine the best qualified candidates who will be referred to the selecting official.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

1. Resume must include: 1) personal information; 2) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 3) supervisor's phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and 4) other qualifications.

2. A narrative statement for your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs); this is not required for current graduates of an OPM certified SES Candidate Program or current SES members.

3. A narrative statement for your responses to the Professional and Technical Qualifications questions (PTQs). This is required for all applicants.

4. For current or previous Federal employees, please attach a copy of your most recent SF-50 or agency notification of personnel action form that provides current position, grade level, and duty location.

5. Please provide a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

6. Graduates of an OPM certified SES Candidate Program must submit a copy of the program graduation/certification document.

7. Current or former SES members should submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, showing status as an SES member.

8. Incomplete application packages will not be evaluated.

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