Supervisory International Broadcaster

Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 27

Position description

This position has been amended to extend the closing date.

This position is located in the China Branch in the East Asia and Pacific Division at the Voice of America in Washington, DC. The incumbent serves as the China Branch Chief and has overall responsibility for the management, leadership, programming and editorial direction for the high-quality journalism of the VOA China Branch, producing multimedia content in Mandarin and Cantonese targeting the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, covering China and its relationships with the United States, the region, and the world.


This vacancy has been amended to extend the closing date.

Note: Budgetary conditions may delay or otherwise affect filling this vacancy. However, all interested candidates should apply now.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is conveniently located within walking distance to the Green, Orange, Silver, Yellow, and Blue Metro lines.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency, is an exciting, multi-cultural organization that encompasses all United States civilian international broadcasting. The BBG is comprised of five networks broadcasting in 61 languages that include the Voice of America, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti), and three grantee organizations - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia. The International Broadcasting Bureau provides transmission, administrative, and other support services; and three grantee organizations. Our staff of dedicated professionals serve as an example of a free and independent media, reaching a worldwide audience of 215 million people with news, information, and relevant discussions.

This vacancy is being advertise under Delegated Examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under Excepted Service procedures for all non-U.S. citizens under announcement number NC-10064888-18-JB..

Note: Your application to this U.S. Citizen vacancy announcement will only allow consideration for this announcement. We cannot electronically or manually move your application to the concurrently advertised NC-10064888-18-JB announcement. Please ensure you are applying under the correct announcement.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

-Responsible for the management, leadership, and strategic direction of a multimedia news operation made up of a large staff of managers and supervisors, and through them writers, editors, broadcasters, reporters, producers, and other content producers.
-Responsible for the overall quality of the content produced by the Mandarin and Cantonese Services, ensuring accurate, fair, and unbiased reporting and adherence to the VOA charter and journalistic code.
-Responsible for the programming and editorial direction of content produced by the branch in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, including its output on the branch's 24/7 television channel, Internet, and social media, plus radio broadcasts.
-Provides broad direction of the branch's editorial organization, including its workflows, selecting subject matter to be covered, execution of its stories, and their presentation in the various media produced by the branch.
-Exercises sound editorial judgment based on expert-level knowledge of China and its relationships with the U.S. and other regions of the world, and journalistic experience in the region.
-Uses consumption metrics and audience knowledge to determine the usefulness of China Branch products, including usage, affiliations, program research, and other BBG impact measurements.
-Responsible for the recruitment of staff and contractors, including domestic and overseas stringers and ensures their contribution is consistent with VOA standards; Recommends training as appropriate; manages the China Branch general operating budget; oversees the China Branch domestic and overseas bureaus.

Travel Required

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


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-13), which is directly related to this line of work.

Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of such experience includes: In-depth knowledge of radio, television, and digital broadcast presentation and journalistic writing and editing principles and practices; Demonstrated supervisory and management skills of a large staff, human and material resources in a major multimedia newsgathering organization. Leading in-depth news reports, programming, and projects that have been recognized with reputable industry awards; Proven excellent news judgment and ability to lead fair and comprehensive news coverage; ability to motivate, direct, develop and evaluate staff to achieve the maximum productivity and creativity; efficient utilization of financial resources, including managing a large budget. Knowledge of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China's relationship with the neighboring regions and the world.

Fluency in Mandarin and/or Cantonese language is desired but not required.


Applicant cannot substitute education for experience. 

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