Another VOA News Manager "Vacancy" Discovered


From a VOA journalist:
Like a failed “Biggest Loser,” VOA news management continues to push
the boundaries of its own ballooning size. There are currently four
assistant managing editors and one managing editor in Central News,
and a host of “duty” and “coverage” and “supervisory” editors below
them, all keeping watch over the shrinking pool of those who actually
report, write and produce.
A couple of these supernumeraries don’t seem to have all that much to
do (though they have a hard time keeping even that straight.) It seems
like more than enough managers for an operation that’s about to RIF
20% or more of its staff.
But not so fast, there — the Central News managing editor has now
found a need for a GS-14 deputy. To “deal with upstairs,” it was reported.
(As if there aren’t enough underemployed 14s and 15s already watching
the clock at VOA.)
See the “vacancy” announcement.


Department:Other Agencies and Independent Organizations
Agency:Broadcasting Board of Governors

Job Announcement Number:BBG-12-76


$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 30, 2012 to Friday, April 13, 2012




Full Time – Agency Employees Only




1 vacancy(s) – Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States


Agency Employees Only – Appearing on USAJOBS


The incumbent is the Deputy Managing Editor, Central News Division, responsible for directing the editorial newsgathering activities of the domestic and international staff. This includes news and feature content for all social media, television, Internet and radio. The Deputy Managing Editor is responsible for providing editorial guidance for all media platforms, including social media. THIS POSITION IS NOT COVERED BY A UNION AGREEMENT
The Broadcasting Board of Governors is conveniently located within walking distance to the Green, Yellow and Blue Metro lines.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency, is an exciting, multicultural organization that encompasses all U.S. civilian international broadcasting. The BBG is comprised of the Voice of America, which delivers high quality, multimedia programming in 44 languages to audiences worldwide; the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti); the International Broadcasting Bureau, which provides transmission, administrative, and other support service; and three grantee organizations – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia. Our staff of dedicated professionals serves as an example of a free and independent media, reaching a worldwide audience with news, information, and relevant discussions.



  • U.S. Citizenship ONLY
  • Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by closing date.
  • Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid
  • Selectee will be subject to an investigation for suitability determination


Duties include but are not limited to the following:
— Sets editorial and Central News policy within the entire News Division, including the Web and Social Media team, to create and maintain the highest quality news product, including daily news, in-depth analysis and special features on all platforms, including social and mobile media.
— Oversees workflow to ensure it is efficient and effective and results in the highest quality product.  Ensures staff writes, edits and produces integrated, well balanced and highly targeted text and graphics material for web elements on offer to all VOA Websites.
— Responsible for the direct supervision of the Assistant Managing Editors for National and International and other Senior Managers; acts for the Managing Editor in his/her absence
— Performs continuous review of all content – regardless of platform – for adherence to the VOA Charter and the highest journalistic principles.
— Consults with other news managers and language service representatives throughout VOA to determine coverage needs for all platforms


Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level which is directly related to this line of work.
Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  Examples are: overseeing coverage on various platforms including web sites and other digital media, such as Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, etc; editing news principles and practices; supervising or leading a team of journalist AND managing the workflow of the team.
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 requires you to serve a 1-year supervisory probationary/managerial period


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements and competencies.

  • Supervision
  • Journalism
  • Social MediaTechnology

Possession of competencies may be address 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 abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


The Federal Government offers exceptional benefits to employees, including opportunities for training and advancement, health Insurance, vacation and sick leave, life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement benefits, flexible spending accounts, and public transportation subsidies.  The link below provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees:


1. If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) 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. CTAP 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 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.
3. All qualification requirements must by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM’s web site at .
Additional selections may be made if additional/identical vacancies occur within 90 days of certificate issuance.


All applications must be submitted by: Friday, April 13, 2012
To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.  To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on “Application Status“. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the questionnaire TAG: Link to Full Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number 635243.
After you complete and submit the online resume, you will receive a “Confirmation of Submission” message stating that your online resume has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive this message, please submit again as this indicates that your resume has not been received.
NOTE: Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described previously. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the “How to Apply” instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials, by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012, will result in your not being considered for employment.


What you need to submit to apply for this position:
Users please select the appropriate required documents         

  1. Resume
  2. Notification of Personnel Action (SF50)
  3. Most Recent Appraisal

To submit the documents requested follow the options listed above. Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:


Barbara L. Jones
Phone: (202)382-7521
Fax: (202)382-7542
Agency Information:
Broadcasting Board Governors
330 Independence Avenue SW
ATTN Office of Human Resources
Room 1543 Cohen Building
Washington, DC
Fax: (202)382-7542


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.
Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:
If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.
View Occupational Questionnaire