Lead Editor (Digital)(Spanish)

Washington, D.C
Jan 16, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Full Time

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Leads a team of editors and staff to monitor, review, assign, conceive, and direct the development and production of daily news as well as in-depth reporting for a digital platform focused on the Latin American audience.
  • Provides staff with guidance that aligns with VOA's Best Practices Guide and Editorial standard operating procedures (SOPs) on production values, preparation of copies, illustrations, videos, and multimedia storytelling techniques.
  • Expertise in multimedia software related to digital, audio, video, and graphic produced for digital platforms.
  • Expertise in the Latin America digital media eco system in order to make sure that the Spanish Digital platforms have the greatest impact in the target market.
  • Leads a team of editors and writers, and provides editorial oversight; including having responsibility for the content of the Spanish Service digital platforms, including social media.
  • Manages and assigns workloads and works with editors and writers, determines staff assignments and provides feedback on work assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date.
  • Applicants must complete the online questionnaire.
  • This is a non-critical sensitive 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 may require working nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Report).
  • The full performance grade level for this position is GS-13.
  • All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021, except in limited circumstances where an exception is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs. Please see Additional Information.
  • This position is also advertised under DE-11316533-22-WF. If applicants are interested in applying to that recruitment it is required to upload your documents to the corresponding DE announcement. OHR cannot upload documents for you.


Specialized Experience : Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to or at the GS-12 grade level or equivalent level in the private, public, or federal sectors AND fluency in the Spanish and English languages that demonstrates ability to edit, write, and lead a team of digital editors and reporters or journalists working in a Spanish news website. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. This experience includes:
  • Ability to lead a team of editors (which includes social media editors) and writers to produce multimedia digital stories, special reports, and features;
  • Expertise producing multimedia stories, photo galleries, social media stories with illustrations, audio for digital media, videos for digital media, and multimedia storytelling techniques;
  • Experience and knowledge of editing digital content for editorial and design processes, and skill in providing input to subordinate staff;
  • Expertise in data, analytics, and metrics to address audience and growth trends; and
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Latin American digital media market.


There is no specific educational requirement and applicants cannot substitute education for experience at this grade level; however, academic achievements, especially those related to the position, may be considered during the selection process.

Additional information

1. COVID-19 - All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Proof of vaccination will be required. To ensure compliance with this mandate, review the vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at the following site: https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/
2. Current USAGM career or career-conditional employees are not required to submit a copy of their latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, during the current pandemic. Status to apply will be reviewed by HR Specialists for eligibility.
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.
4. If selected you will 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.
5. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.