Open Position: Executive Director
Public Media Network (“PMN”), a thriving community media organization founded in 1983, invites applications for the position of Executive Director. Harry Haasch, who has served PMN as its Executive Director for the past 12 years, is retiring this year.
PMN manages the Public, Education, and Government access channels, resources and services for its consortium partner communities in the City of Kalamazoo, the City of Portage, Kalamazoo Township, Oshtemo Township, Comstock Township, and the City of Parchment. PMN services include media production training, equipment loan, programming distribution, and vocational instruction in radio and digital video production to local high schools. PMN also manages and operates WKDS 89.9 FM, a 100-watt FM non-commercial/educational radio station licensed to the Kalamazoo Public Schools.
Under the direction of the PMN Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies, programs and objectives for developing and utilizing the PEG access channels, resources and services. The Executive Director works with public, private and internal constituencies to design and implement strategies for a multi-faceted, community oriented organization, and inspires the participation of community volunteers and organizations in PMN activities.
The anticipated employment starting date for this position is August 1, 2017.
The Buske Group has been retained by PMN to assist in the Executive Director search.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for all PMN activities, including operations, procedures, preparation of annual budgets and financial reports, acquisition and maintenance of equipment and physical plant.
Identify, hire and supervise most staff personnel positions as needed.
Secure supplementary funding sources, oversee preparation of grant applications and initiation of fund-raising campaigns.
Monitor ongoing expenditures and receipts.
Formulate and implement PMN’s outreach, marketing and public information campaigns to promote programming and other PMN activities.
Serve as a spokesperson for PMN with governmental units and the public.
Maintain close working relationship with elected officials, non-profit organizations, schools, libraries, civic organizations and local businesses.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
Negotiate and assure compliance with all PMN contracts, and assure that PMN meets standards imposed by funding sources.
Prepare agendas for PMN Board of Directors meetings and provide all relevant information.
Advise the Board of Directors on relevant federal, state and local legislation.
With assistance of the PMN corporate attorney, assure that all operations comply with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Establish adequate personnel policies, maintain a positive working relationship among staff members, assure that staff members receive appropriate training, demonstrate fairness in dealings with staff members and people served, and employ progressive discipline as needed.
Expand, sustain and administer an active volunteer recruitment program.
Oversee all necessary logbook and program scheduling procedures.
Oversee workshops, training sessions and special projects.
Keep informed of trends, issues, events and developments within the community media field through professional peer contacts, conference attendance, etc.
Work constantly to improve and enhance the services offered by PMN, and evaluate its capacity to serve and meet the needs of Greater Kalamazoo area residents and organizations.
Minimum Employment Standards and Requirements:
BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience.
A minimum of five (5) years of management or supervisory experience in the community media field, public administration, communications or a related field, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the desired knowledge and skills.
Must have achieved a senior level position in an organization or department.
Extensive knowledge of or experience in the cable TV/community media field, including federal, state and local cable regulations, program production, operating rules, training, and related matters.
Demonstrated experience in fiscal administration, planning, nonprofit organization management, marketing/public relations, and human resource development.
An understanding of municipal budget processes, fundraising, and financial development.
Personnel management experience, including responsibility for hiring and termination.
Excellent public speaking and written communications skills, including the ability to initiate, develop and maintain good relationships with a broad range of people.
A sound business approach to identifying and solving long-range problems and issues, an understanding of financial management, and the design and implementation of control systems.
A commitment to facilitate artistic expression and the constitutional rights of free speech.
Ability to outreach to and work with diverse groups, individuals, ideas and opinions.
Demonstrated self-confidence and sound judgment sufficient to handle challenges.
Knowledge of, commitment to and a passion for the mission of PEG access.
Work experience with local government agencies, educators and community groups.
A strong commitment to helping the residents and organizations of the Greater Kalamazoo area.
Ability to empower and delegate to others without micromanaging, and to keep staff engaged through reviews and meaningful two-way dialogue.
Proven successful track record in fundraising, including short- and long-term planning, grant writing, and the ability to cultivate prosperous relationships with the funding community.
Executive level experience in leading a nonprofit organization, preferably in non-commercial community media.
Experience and comfort with the use of social media tools for marketing and recruitment purposes.
Experience in dealing with conflicts with board members, staff, municipal partners and the public in a professional manner.
Verbal and writing skills that reveal an ability to communicate with and make presentations to various business, academic, community, and government organizations.
Experience in working effectively with diverse populations.
Demonstrated ability to develop and coordinate active outreach/volunteer programs.
Anticipated Employment Starting Date: July 2017
This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards for the position. Employees will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required to fulfill all job responsibilities and the mission of the organization.
The starting salary will be appropriate for a community media center of this magnitude in this location, based upon the applicant’s qualifications and experience. A benefits package is also included.
Applicants must submit:
(1) a detailed letter of introduction (describing the degree to which their experience, knowledge and skills match the identified duties and responsibilities, minimum employment standards and requirements, and desirable qualifications of this position);
(2) a current resume;
(3) a statement regarding the applicant’s salary and benefits requirements; and
(4) at least three professional references with telephone numbers.
Submit the application materials described above — as PDF format attachments to an e-mail message — to The Buske Group, c/o Randy VanDalsen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Buske Group has been contracted by PMN to assist in the Executive Director search.
Applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, May 26, 2017.