U.S. seeks media guru/Cuba expert


The Office of Cuba Broadcasting is looking for a chief content officer. The position is based in Miami and pays $137,849 to $166,500 per year.
No drug test is required, but applicants must undergo a thorough background check. Federal jobs are given risk and sensitivity factors depending on the position’s potential to cause harm. USAJobs.gov describes the chief content officer job as being “critical sensitive” and “high risk.”
That means employees in the position have “the potential to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security” and may “produce a substantial or even inestimable amount of harm or serious damage to the public’s trust.”
The application deadline is Dec. 30.
The position requires specialized knowledge of Cuba. The job announcement states:
“Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.”
Additional job details are below:

This position is located in the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) and provides expert direction to the Director; other agency officials & executives on OCB radio and TV programming, digital programming & distribution transformation, online news services, and social media, and leads strategic planning efforts relating to Cuba programming by analyzing audience trends, new technologies, creating strategies for enhancing existing programming, developing new programming and generating audience growth.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning, organizing, and managing programming to Cuba, including complete oversight for all matters related to programming, format, quality control and production.
  • Ensuring the overall quality and content of OCB’s programming.
  • Recommending changes or improvements to broadcast policies and plans designed to enhance programming and increase listenership.
  • Ensuring adherence to the VOA Charter, Journalistic Code and Best Practices Guide relevance to the target region.
  • Overseeing of resource management controls and financial execution of the programming budget.
  • Developing standards, systems, and best practices for content creation, distribution, maintenance, content retrieval, and content repurposing, including the real-time implementation of content strategies.
  • Providing direction, advice, and guidance to subordinate personnel on policy implementation and program strategy for the most effective utilization of human and financial resources.
  • The ideal candidate understands the process of establishing and managing a digital newsroom, and demonstrates the capacity to envision a new, “digital first,” environment for a major international broadcaster, including generating and pushing content across a dynamic multi-media environment.

Applicants MUST meet all of the following to qualify for the position:

  • At least one (1) year of specialized experience (as defined below) equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14), in a field which is directly related to this line of work, AND,
  • MUST be fluent in the Spanish language, sufficient to apply journalism principles, principles, practices and methods, AND,
  • MUST have a comprehensive knowledge of Cuba, its people, history, politics, culture and institutions, including a knowledge of Cuba’s National and regional media usage patterns.
  • Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

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