Supervisory Multimedia Specialist (Persian)

Washington, D.C
Jul 20, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Voice of America (VOA), Persian News Network (PNN) Central News and Production Unit (CNPU). The incumbent serves as an Executive Producer and advises on, develops, and implements television programming within PNN. As a part of the CNPU, incumbent may be assigned to work on any program being broadcast by PNN.
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Duties include, but are not limited to:

Conceptualizes, and develops PNN television and Internet-ready programs in a range of formats, such as newscasts, newsfeeds, live interactive discussions, feature programs, journalist roundtables, documentaries, and others.
  • Plans programs within an established budget.
  • Creates and manages the production process.
  • Responsible for building and overseeing rundowns for the shows.
  • Controls the artistic and creative aspects of the production and oversees all pre- and post- production processes.
  • Responsible for set design, graphic look, music selection, anchor selection, and live and pre-taped elements.
  • Develops programming that is attractive and competitive in the media market where the programming is intended to air.
  • Keeps abreast of the media climate in the target region and establishes contacts with market specialists to ensure the competitiveness of TV programming in the marketplace.
  • Reviews programming for aesthetic look, language competency, viability of subject matter, adherence to VOA Charter guidelines, and quality of television packages.
Supervises the work of a team of broadcast and production personnel and oversees several contractors and stringers.
  • Assigns and reviews work.
  • Establishes performance standards and evaluates performance.
  • Interviews applicants and selects or recommends selection.
  • Identifies training requirements and provides or arranges for needed training.
  • Manages timekeeping and leave approval.
  • Initiates warnings, admonitions, and other disciplinary actions based on conduct.
  • Hears and resolves informal employee complaints.
  • Furthers the goals of Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by closing date of the announcement to be considered.
  • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
  • If you are a male applicant, born after 12/31/59, you 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.
  • This is a 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 is not covered by a Union Agreement
  • This position has been designated supervisory requiring that the selectee serve on an initial appointment as a supervisor or manager serve a one-year probationary period.
  • This vacancy is advertised under Delegated Examining (DE) procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. Non-US citizen applicants MUST apply to NC-11166426-21-ANP.
  • Your application to this DE announcement will only allow consideration for this announcement. We cannot electronically or manually move your application to corresponding NC announcement.
  • The full performance grade level for this position is GS-13.


Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the GS-12 or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector AND fluency in Persian and English that demonstrates ability to write, report, interview and announce broadcasts in both languages.

Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. The following required specialized experience includes -
  • Producing television and Internet ready video in a range of formats, including newscasts, newsfeeds, live interactive discussions, feature programs, journalist roundtables, video magazines, documentaries, and similar formats.
  • Serving as acting supervisor, leader of ad-hoc teams, team leader, project leader, or other quasi-supervisory assignments that prepared applicant to be a supervisor.
  • Having responsibility for set design, graphic look, music selection, and assembling live and pre-taped elements to develop programming that is attractive and competitive in the intended media market.
  • Performing assignments that provide a good understanding of political, economic, cultural and historical conditions in Iran, including the subtle cultural differences between the U.S. and Iran, as well as providing an overall understanding of U.S. policies on global issues, such as foreign relations, economic security, environmental protection, and other concerns, to produce programming tailored to the target audience.


Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.

Additional information

  • 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 80 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.
  • Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit a DD-214 (copy # 2 or 4 - member copy); veterans who are claiming disabled veteran preference must also submit a VA disability letter and a SF-15; AND, applicants seeking widow or other special veterans preference must submit a SF-15 and all documents indicated for their specific form of preference.
  • Status applicants who wish to be considered under merit promotion procedures, including those eligible to apply under Interchange Agreements with other Merit Systems and Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 , should apply under announcement # DE-11166422-21-ANP.
  • 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.

  • 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.


    • Communications and Media
    • Journalism
    • Multimedia Technologies
    • Proficiency in Specified Language
    • Supervisory & Leadership

    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 (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher). 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 nonpreference eligibles within the appropriate quality category.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process
    National security

    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/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • Resume
    • SF-15

    Although the required documents listed in this announcement only indicates that a resume is required, other documents may be required in specific circumstances, as indicated in application requirements in Other Information above.

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach the member copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also 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.

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