EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Berkeley Community Media

Date Opened: March 25th, 2014

Filing Deadline: April 25th, 2014

Salary: The starting salary will be determined based on the applicant’s qualifications.

Job Type: Permanent, exempt, provisional during first six months.

Employment Type:  Full-Time


Berkeley Community Media (BCM) is the non-profit public, education and government access cable television media center for Berkeley, California.  The BCM Board of Directors consists of multiple elected officials and three board- appointed officials.  BCM is funded by the City of Berkeley and the local cable television provider and is located within facilities operated by the Berkeley Unified School District.  BCM provides residents of Berkeley instruction and facilities to learn video production, create programming and share it with their community via cable television and the internet.

The mission of Berkeley Community Media (BCM) is to strengthen our community through increasing and enhancing communication among its residents. BCM exists to provide Berkeley residents and organizations with the tools and training needed to effectively communicate with one another and with our schools and governmental bodies through the use of television and other electronic media. These resources provide community members with a non-commercial forum for ideas, opinions, information and creative expression originating at the grassroots level.

BCM does not select nor censor programming. It is the local residents, organizations, schools and government bodies that determine what information is important to share with the community.

Programming on the channel includes shows provided or produced by Berkeley residents, gavel-to-gavel coverage of selected municipal meetings, and programs produced in cooperation with the City of Berkeley and the Berkeley Unified School District.  BCM programs two cable television channels which are on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Channels 28 & 33 on Comcast Cable in Berkeley, on Channel 99 via AT&T U-verse, and on the web at!

For more information Watch Berkeley Community Media’s orientation video:


Berkeley Community Media Board of Directors seeks a visionary and imaginative strategic leader who will help chart the future course of Berkeley Community Media. The Executive Director will work in partnership with the board and staff to accomplish Berkeley Community Media’s mission.


Berkeley Community Media facility is located at 2239 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, California 94704; however, there may be situations where the Executive Director will be required to work at other sites throughout the City of Berkeley.


Candidate must be willing to work 40 hours per week, including some nights and weekends as determined by the Board of Directors.


Community and Public Relations

Provide excellent customer service to BCM´s customers and funders, including the City of Berkeley.  Assure that the organization and programs, products, deliverables and services are consistently provided in a non-discriminatory and professional manner.

Human Resource Management

Oversee BCM´s staff, interns and volunteers to provide excellent customer service to BCM’s clients.  Effectively manage the staff to comply with BCM´s personnel policies and procedures and applicable laws and regulations.  Maintain complete and accurate personnel records.  Handle selection of new staff as authorized by the BCM Board.


Oversee fundraising planning and implementation, identify resource requirements, research funding sources, establish strategies to approach funding organizations, prepare and submit proposals and administer fundraising records and documentation.

Outreach and Community Relations

Represent BCM to the community and provide information to the public to increase public awareness and increase membership.  Proactively communicate with BCM members and other stakeholders to maintain customer satisfaction.

Financial, Tax, Risk, and Facilities Management

Prepare an annual budget proposal for Board of Directors approval.  Implement the approved annual budget.  Prudently manage BCM’s resources within the budget guidelines while ensuring optimal operation of the facilities and excellent customer service.

Administration and Support

Implement Board policies and directives.  Responsible for support of Board activities including staffing for all Board and Committee meetings, assist with meeting schedules, locations, agenda and support materials.  Advise and inform Board members and interface between the Board and staff.  Act as a liaison with other organizations, including the City of Berkeley and Berkeley Unified School District.  Ensure that policies and procedures comply with applicable laws and regulations.

Perform outreach, office, clerical and record keeping functions using e-mail and Microsoft Office computer applications, assembling packet materials, communicate in writing and verbally with the public and City officials and perform other related duties as required.


  • At least two years of professional managerial or supervisorial experience in the non-profit sector, media education, video production, broadcast or cable television station or comparable setting.
  • An Associate of Arts or higher degree from an accredited college or university is required.  Major course work in broadcasting, communications, theater arts, graphic communications, cinema, education, educational technology or related field is preferred.  Equivalent professional experience may be considered as a substitute for the required education level.
  • Two years of verifiable professional broadcast and/or video production experience including studio and/or field production.
  • A minimum of one year of verifiable professional hands-on experience using prosumer and/or professional quality media production equipment.
  • Possession of a current and valid Driver’s license.
  • Intermediate level PC computer skills including MS WORD, EXCEL, Windows XP/7 or similar software.
  • Eyesight and hearing must be sufficient to be able to critically judge the quality of sound and video from A/V monitoring equipment (headphones, speakers, television monitor screens, waveform monitors, vectorscopes, VU meters, etc.) in production, post production, and playback.
  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively.


BCM may require that successful candidates who become eligible for appointment go through a background investigation to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment in this classification.     Reasons for rejection based on this investigation may include, but are not limited to: applicable convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations, falsification of application materials and/or other relevant factors. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination.


To apply for this position send a cover letter, current resume and two professional references by email to

Selection Procedure:

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience.  Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

Verification of Experience/Education:

Verification of experience/education may be required at a later date. If verification is required, failure to provide it may result in disqualification from the selection process. Applicants who possess a degree that is from a foreign and/or non-accredited college or university may be required to provide an equivalency certification of the degree.

The application procedure is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you need assistance to participate in this recruitment, please include the information in your cover letter.  Notification in advance will enable the agency to evaluate arrangements to reasonably accommodate your need.


Terms of the Announcement:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.

Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

Right to Work:

All persons entering the City of Berkeley’s workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.