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 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.


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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • COVID19 - 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 link - https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/