VOA Mandarin Network Director

Washington, D.C
Oct 07, 2019
Oct 15, 2019
Full Time


This position is located with the Voice of America (VOA) in Washington D.C. The incumbent will oversee development of content and broadcasting to a Mandarin audience on a 24/7 channel. The incumbent leads VOA's social media, Internet, and broadcast production and content creation teams of the Mandarin Network and works collaboratively across USAGM leadership to develop platform-appropriate Mandarin Network content.


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Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Responsible for the programming and editorial direction, as well as the overall quality of the VOA content produced by the Mandarin Channel, ensuring accurate, fair, and unbiased reporting and adherence to the VOA charter and journalistic code.
  • Provides broad direction of the channel's editorial organization, including its workflows, selecting subject matter to be covered, execution of its stories, and their presentation in the channel.
  • Manages the development of select original digital/video production and licensed programs according to the channel's programming vision, master plan, and budget.
  • Evaluates audio, video, and digital content and provides timely feedback to producers, talents, production companies and their representatives in the Mandarin and English languages.
  • Responsible for the recruitment of staff and contractors, and ensures their contribution is consistent with VOA standards; Recommends training as appropriate; manages the channel's general operating budget.
  • Tracks, compiles, and reports on competitive information to help maximize the channel's strategy against competitors.
  • Works closely with the VOA senior management and grantee to develop programming strategies that deliver to Chinese audiences and recommends suitable products for purchase or production.
  • Assures reasonable equity of performance standards and rating techniques developed by subordinates; evaluates subordinate supervisors; and serves as the reviewing official on evaluations of non-supervisory employees rated by subordinate supervisors. Takes disciplinary actions when needed.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • 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.
  • 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).


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14), which is directly related to this line of work and must be fluent in the Mandarin 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. Specialized experience for this position includes a mastery knowledge of television, digital, and media broadcasting and production methods and techniques with the proven ability to develop creative coverage and programming concepts that will attract Chinese speaking audiences. Experience must demonstrate managing a staff at a major multimedia news-gathering organization and knowledge of the China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and the relationship with the region and the United States.


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.

  • Foreign Language
  • Journalism
  • Leadership
  • Target Area
  • Writing

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
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

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
  • Transcripts
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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