Director of Technical Services
Vancouver Co-operative Radio, CFRO, 102.7 FM is a non-profit, listener-supported, multi-lingual community station that has provided Vancouver with alternative public affairs, music and arts programming since 1975. Co-op Radio provides a space for under-represented voices and perspectives. The Director of Technical Services is responsible for broadcast and audio production-related equipment in the station as well as for co-ordinating technical trainings and overseeing the production of Media Arts. This is a permanent part-time position in a staff collective responsible to, and under the limited direction of, the Board of Directors.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Ensure a high quality consistent broadcast signal, by:
- Doing basic maintenance of broadcast-related equipment at the station
- Responding to and managing technical emergencies
- Maintaining online broadcasting, including streaming and archives
- Liaising with transmitter maintenance contractor, as required
- Co-ordinating major repairs and upgrades of broadcast-related equipment, as required
- Overseeing the long-term planning of station’s technical needs including budgeting and inventory
Ensure effective functioning and use of station’s IT resources, by:
- Doing basic maintenance of station computer systems
- Maintaining website and archiving capabilities including CRTC programming logs
- Co-ordinating major computer repairs and upgrades, as required
- Maintaining other office equipment
IT resources include: LAN; office and public access computers; printers and peripherals; servers.
Ensure effective training and technical support to programmers, by:
- Co-ordinating technical trainings including content and manuals
- Supporting programmers’ technical needs
- Co-ordinating access to required equipment for off-site use
- Maintaining production-related equipment
- Co-ordinating major repairs and upgrades of production-related equipment, as required
Technical trainings include: control room operator trainings; portable recorders; remote broadcasting; production room; podcasting and archiving.
Coordinate the production of Media Arts, by,
- Co-ordinating the Media Arts Committee (MAC) including Artist In Residence program, CD production and commissioned works
- Co-ordinating workshops, training and support for work in production studio
- Conducting technical trainings in production studio
- Preparing grants and ensuring that that all media arts grant requirements are met
- Managing other media arts related initiatives, as required
Staff members work as a collective and meet regularly to exchange information and prioritize the below shared tasks:
- Facilitate communications within the station; maintain station premises and records
- Support the participation of programmers and volunteers within the station
- Support the Board of Directors by: assisting with Board meetings, Board development and recruitment; working with the Board on organizational development; sitting on organizational committees
- Support the financial capacity of the organization by: implementing the station’s fundraising plan and supporting the development of project grants
- Represent the organization to the membership by: co-ordinating the AGM and the production of annual reports
- Participate in the staff collective and manage the staff by: managing personnel issues; supporting the development of the staff collective; attending regular staff meetings
- High level of proficiency with technology, including excellent computer and technical skills
- Excellent technical problem solving skills, using logic and process of elimination
- Familiarity with professional recording studio environments
- Knowledge of setting up audio systems and of basic recording & playback chains
- Computer repair and networking
- Experience with Mac and PC operating systems including OS X and Windows XP
- Experience with Ubuntu/Linux and FreeBSD an asset
- Experience with creating and maintaining websites using CMS (e.g. Drupal, Wordpress)
- High level functionality with Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) editing systems such as Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live and Audacity
- Interest in sound art and/or electronic music
- Experience with, and interest in, community broadcast media, preferably radio
- Interest and experience working in a supportive/training capacity with a diverse population
- Experience and interest in working in a collective setting, able to work effectively as a team member
- Community-based organizational development experience: planning, co-ordinating, working with volunteers, ability to translate vision into action, understand budget/finances, prioritize and delegate tasks
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills: clear written and verbal communication, conflict resolution, ability to openly give and accept feedback, ability to dialogue with diverse parties
- Excellent time-management skills; ability to be self-directed and efficient, with minimal supervision
Send a cover letter, resume and a paragraph describing the pros and cons of working in a collective/ co-operative structure to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your cover letter, resume and collective structure paragraph in one PDF document labelled yourfirstname_yourlastname.pdf and attach it to your email.
Application Deadline: Wed Aug 10th, 2011 at 10am.
No phone calls please.
Vancouver Co-operative Radio is an affirmative action employer.
We thank all applicants. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
HOURS: 15- 20 hours/week (depending on skills), scheduling of hours is flexible
DEADLINE: Wed Aug 10th, 2011 at 10am.
WAGE: $20.36/hr with generous medical and vacation benefits. Unionized with CAW 3000.
START DATE: Week of Sept 6th, 2011.