Director of Technical Services

Application Deadline: 
Aug 10th, 2011

Job Information

Organization Name: 
Vancouver Co-operative Radio

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.



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


Collective Duties

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

How to Apply: 


Send a cover letter, resume and a paragraph describing the pros and cons of working in a collective/ co-operative structure to 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.
$20.36/hr with generous medical and vacation benefits. Unionized with CAW 3000.

START DATE:  Week of Sept 6th, 2011.

Contact Information

Hiring Committee
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