Overview

Duties

Summary

The incumbent serves as Africa Division Director, Voice of America (VOA), U.S. Agency for Global Media. The Africa Division is a major regional subdivision of the VOA network, overseeing broadcasts to Hausa, the Horn of Africa, Central Africa, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. Incumbent reports to the VOA Program Director; leads the Division's programming, marketing, management, budget, and administration; and responds to many changing priorities and initiatives in international broadcasting.

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Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Programming – Oversees production of programming and digital output that preserves VOA credibility, maximizes audience in a cost effective manner, maintains the editorial independence of VOA, complies with the VOA Charter and Journalistic Code, provides citizens with accurate and objective news and useful information, and explains the principles of democracy and its role in building a civil society.
  • Plans, organizes and directs radio, television, Internet, and other digital output, to the targeted region, including placement on local affiliates where possible, with final responsibility for overall quality and content of Division programming, including format, production values, and the use of appropriate media for distribution.
  • Develops and executes content, placement, advertising and promotion strategies that extend the reach of content in the region's targeted areas – by any medium, whether delivered by broadcast, online, or mobile.
  • Employs modern communication techniques and technologies, using a multi-media strategy to achieve objectives, using cross-border SW/MW, FM and TV affiliates, TV direct-to-home, Internet-based websites, mobile distribution methods, SMS, and other digital platforms.
  • Uses advertising and promotion to attract audiences to this content.
  • Monitors program quality to ensure compliance with the VOA Charter and other VOA standards through internal spot checks and annual performance reviews; uses these and other quality control measures and recommendations to improve programming. Division Strategic Planning, Resource and Organization Management – Exercises delegated authority to oversee the overall planning, direction, and timely execution of Division program and programming through several country service chiefs and their subordinate organizational units, including:
  • Develops and assigns goals and objectives for supervisors or managers of subordinate organizational units
  • Approves multi-year and longer-range work plans developed by the supervisors or managers of subordinate organizational units and subsequently manage the overall work to enhance achievement of the goals and objectives.
  • Oversees the revision of long-range plans, goals and objectives for the work directed.
  • Manages the development of policy changes in response to changes in levels of appropriations or other legislated changes.
  • Manages organizational changes throughout the Division.
  • Develops budgetary and staffing requirements; coordinates planning with other organizations; and identifies and resolves any organizational problems.
  • Exercises discretionary authority, as delegated, to approve the allocation and distribution of funds in the organization's budget.
  • Develops work requirements; selects contractors; manages any relevant contracts.
  • Maintains internal controls to monitor and ensure proper and efficient use of funds and resources and to evaluate and improve organizational performance, including improving processes and Human Resource Management – Manages the Division staff through subordinate service chiefs and other Division managers and supervisors:
  • Ensures effectiveness, productivity, and performance quality of employees by providing timely and accurate performance appraisals, links performance expectations to USAGM and VOA objectives, rewards superior performance; and ensures that Service Chiefs and subordinate managers provide timely and accurate appraisals and reward superior performance.
  • Oversees recruitment in Division and/or recruits, selects, and on-boards staff and contractors.
  • Takes steps to develop a diverse, representative workforce in accordance with USAGM standards and other measures as appropriate. Complies with Equal Employment Opportunity laws and policies, and OPM Merit System principles and practices.
  • Makes decisions on work problems presented by subordinate supervisors, team leaders, other managerial personnel and contractors.
  • Hears and resolves group grievances or serious employee complaints.
  • Reviews and approves serious disciplinary actions involving subordinates. Collaboration – Coordinate Division activities within VOA and with elements of USAGM:
  • Produces and contributes Division data, information, ideas, reports to Office of Performance Review and agency senior management.
  • Consults with Program Office and CFO officials on the completion of Service analyses and updating performance plans.
  • Consults with Program Office and USAGM elements on planned and completed target area research, and product placement opportunities and procedures, in making programming, media mix, promotion, and strategic planning decisions.
  • Stays informed of political and media environment in target region.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

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.
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.
If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-86.
This position is not covered by a union agreement.
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).

Qualifications

Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the GS-14 or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. 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 must include work involving all of the following:
-Directing at an executive level the activities involved in managing content creation, journalism, news reporting, and broadcasting to an international audience, using a combination of radio, television, and digital audio/visual/text media.
-Managing a high-performing news organization including developing and executing the budget, developing and communicating a strategic vision and plan, and reviewing organizational performance to achieve specific metrics.
-Performing supervision of subordinates, including performance reviews, and correcting substandard performance, demonstrating the ability to smoothly and directly oversee as many as 15 direct reports with responsibility for more than sixty personnel through two or more levels of subordinate supervisors.
-Demonstrating knowledge of US and world current events, US foreign policy and national security objectives, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the target area, and demonstrating documented work experience in or with the target African region.

Education

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.
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.

Additional selections may be made if additional/identical vacancies occur within 90 days of certificate issuance.

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 qualification will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements and competencies required for this position.

Competencies:

  • Administration and Management
  • Communications and Media
  • Journalism
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Multimedia Production
  • Target Area

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
NCS/High 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
  • Resume
  • SF-50/Notification of Personnel Action

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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