The Santa Barbara Channels seeks an Executive Director who can achieve its vision and guide the organization for long-term success.
The Santa Barbara Channels is a nonprofit organization that manages operations for the community media cable TV station, Public Access Channel 17, and Culture, Arts, and Education Channel 21 for the cites of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Goleta, California. The Santa Barbara Channels has an annual operating budget of $600,000 and a FT and PT staff of seven with several as-needed employees, and has recently moved into a brand new facility located at 329 S. Salinas Street, Santa Barbara, California. Potential viewership is approximately 170,000.
Santa Barbara, CA is widely known as the “American Riviera” with a temperate, year round Mediterranean climate, breathtaking scenery, premiere music, art, and educational institutions, and the world renowned Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Many of the city’s 90,000 residents generously support local nonprofit groups and activities. Though Santa Barbara Channels’ became a nonprofit in 2001, Santa Barbara has had a rich history of public, education, and government community television for 30 years.
The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer and principal spokesperson for the organization and works with the Board of Directors to give direction and leadership to the achievement of the Santa Barbara Channel’s mission, goals and objectives, and develops long-range strategic plans to respond to the challenges of Community Media. The Executive Director reports to and holds office at the pleasure of the Board of Directors.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties:
Key responsibilities include working with the Board and staff to develop and implement all policies, procedures, and long-range strategic plans and compliance with the agreements with the Cities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Goleta, and the County of Santa Barbara, and supervision of such areas as personnel matters, outreach, training, production, programming, promotion, grant writing, and fundraising. This person must be technologically cognizant of both new and social media, be familiar with video production and digital editing equipment, and encourage the growth of diverse and quality programming while increasing the organization’s membership and ensuring that members are provided services on a timely and consistent basis.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
• Prepare periodic reports regarding progress toward and barriers to the achievement of such policies and plans
• Oversee an effective outreach effort, with an emphasis on reaching out to local underserved communitie
• Listen and communicate effectively in welcoming a diversity of opinions, needs, and cultures
• Maintain a close working relationship with representatives of the community organizations, government agencies andeducational institutions located in the area
• Establish and oversee media training curriculum that benefits community producers and volunteers
• 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 the Santa Barbara Channels
• Represent the Santa Barbara Channels in dealings with other public interest organizations and maintain an active role in the community
This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards for the position. The Executive Director 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.
• Proven visionary leadership and partnership with Board of Directors in achieving organizational vision and mission
• Proven success at pursuing and incorporating new revenue sources through a variety of fundraising and entrepreneurial activities, consistent with the mission of the organization
• Demonstrated management responsibility with a complex non-profit organization
• Documented experience that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of Community Access or a closely related field
• Strong communications skills, including effective public speaking and negotiation skills
• Demonstrated ability to develop and coordinate active outreach/volunteer programs
• Dedication to First Amendment rights and enhancing citizen participation through access to communications media
Minimum Employment Standards and Requirements:
• Education/Experience: BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience
• A minimum of five (5) years of upper management or supervisory experience in the community media field, or in related areassuch as public administration, arts, etc.
The starting salary will be appropriate for a community media center of this magnitude in this location, commensurate withapplicant’s qualifications. A benefits package will also be included.
APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT VIA EMAIL:
1. A DETAILED LETTER OF INTRODUCTION (DESCRIBING HOW APPLICANT'S EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS MATCH THE IDENTIFIED DUTIES,RESPONSIBILITIES, AND MINIMUM EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS, AND REQUIREMENTS OF THIS POSITION);
2. CURRENT RESUME;
3. SALARY REQUIREMENTS;
4. AT LEAST THREE PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES WITH TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Send your Word or PDF format documents as attachments to an e-mailmessage to [email protected] Please include “Executive Director Job Application” in the subject line of your email submission.
Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis. No phone calls, please.
POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED