TV Production Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 15, 2019
Full Time



This position is located in the Persian News Network (PNN) of the Voice of America (VOA). Incumbent is assigned to the Central News and Production Unit (CNPU) within PNN, and as a part of the CNPU, the incumbent may be assigned to work on any program being broadcast by PNN. He or she is responsible for the flawless on air execution of live Persian television programs, including the production of high quality packages.
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Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Ensures that all the production elements, packages, graphics and chyrons in the show are accurate and shown in order, while communicating the reports/segments with the on-air talent.
  • Incumbent must be precise with an ability to display clear comprehension in communicating vital program/ production information, e.g. satellite placement, requests for live and taped studio facilities and crew.
  • Works closely with the CNPU Producers to provide input and advice as to the best format or method to achieve the program objectives.
  • Incumbent may be assigned to field produce shoots and turn around to edit news and feature packages. He or she is also responsible for directing an on-location production when required.
  • Views all visual materials including opens, closes, bumpers, roll-in packages, graphics and chyron information to confirm accuracy and on-air worthiness.
  • Keeps abreast of the media climate in the target region to ensure the competitiveness of TV and radio programming in the marketplace. Regularly reviews programming and advises on aesthetic look and quality of television packages.
  • When required, he or she assists in booking appropriate high-level spokespersons, from a wide range of sources including world leaders, government officials, the private sector, and academic, cultural, and social institutions, as guests on the Division's television programs.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is 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.
  • 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.


Basic Qualifications: applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience which is directly related to this line of work.

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 specialized experience includes: knowledge of all modern production, editing principles and practices in order to direct the development and production of complex television programs; Verifiable experience in broadcast TV production and video editing workflows using right-to-left fonts, titles (i.e. in Persian and Arabic) and motion graphics projects in Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and other NLE software; knowledge of the latest techniques and processes of television production and live satellite broadcasting; demonstrated knowledge of national and international news events and trends in order to effectively direct a live or pre-taped news or public affairs program.


Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.

Additional information

1. If you are an eligible Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) 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. ICTAP 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 still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.

3. 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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

  • Production
  • Technology

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. You will then be placed in one of three rating categories:
Qualified Category
Well Qualified Category
Best Qualified Category

Application of Veterans' Preference: Category Rating does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category. Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the appropriate quality category.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
  • Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
  • Cover letter
  • DD-214
  • Other Veterans Documentation; SF-15, VA Letter, Statement of Service
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an Application of 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF-15) plus the proof required by that form. If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, please contact the Human Resource office.

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