International Broadcaster

U.S. Agency for Global Media
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Jun 09

Position description

Duties include, but are not limited to:

1. Selects, prepares, and edits content for a daily radio news TV show: 

  • Keeps abreast of news events in the U.S. and world-wide to ensure comprehensive news coverage and radio programming.
  • Searches for and selects stories and packages from the News Center and other VOA sources, wire services, BBC, CNN International, and other news sources.
  • Reviews stories to make sure they are accurate and include the correct context for publication; makes appropriate revisions or requests revisions from original source.
  • Prepares scripts and edits scripts that were prepared by others.

2. Performs radio production and audio editing functions: 

  • Creates a rundown, times the segments, and produces the show.
  • Ensures that all the production elements, packages, and related material in the show are accurate and shown in order.
  • Produces and/or directs live or pre-recorded studio or remote broadcasts and program segments.
  • Assigns writers, producers, and segment producers. Ensures that coverage by field reporters will include digital version of the report. Coordinates the incoming daily tape feeds and production elements in a timely fashion for television and all digital media platforms.
  • Performs final review of content and oversees final editing and feeding of the broadcast to affiliates through appropriate VOA producer.

3. Hosts and anchors the news program: 

  • Prepares and delivers introductory and closing remarks and other continuity material to link together program ingredients.
  • Conducts interviews of experts, VOA reporters, government officials, analysts, newsmakers and other personalities.
  • Facilitates group panel discussions.
  • Researches topic to be discussed, prepares questions, elicits information from interviewees, edits the interview for content and time, and packages the interview for radio broadcast.
  • Develops and maintains a variety of sources and uses internet search tools to identify and contact individuals to be interviewed.



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by closing date of the announcement to be considered.
  • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
  • If you are a male applicant, born after 12/31/59, you 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.
  • This is a public trust, sensitive and/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 is covered by a Union Agreement
  • The full performance grade level for this position is GS-13.


Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level that is in or directly related to performing a variety of broadcasting assignments involving reporting, writing and editing scripts, anchoring and hosting, and audio production and editing a daily English language news radio broadcast. 
Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. For this position, the following specialized experience is required: 

  • Mastery of broadcasting and production methods and techniques.
  • Mastery of radio, journalism, and broadcasting principals and methods to write, edit, and produce integrated, targeted, and balanced scripts and radio programs or program segments for a major international or national news organization.
  • Knowledge of world-wide audience's political, economic, cultural, social, historical, and religious conditions to effectively communicate with listeners.
  • Knowledge of American society, history, and institutions, and general understanding of U.S. foreign policy and goals, to prepare original scripts and produce audio content on complicated subjects, which are accurate, balanced, and comprehensive for a global audience.

NOTE : For the GS-13 grade level: Resumes must support one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level in the private, public, or federal sector of experience related to this position. 
Please ensure your resume includes GS-level; or comparable pay band in the Federal service; or equivalent experience/salary in the private sector whichever is applicable along with the respective months and years' experience gained for all experience listed.


Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.

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.
  • Status applicants who wish to be considered under merit promotion procedures, including those eligible to apply under Interchange Agreements with other Merit Systems and Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998, should apply under announcement # .
  • 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.



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