Executive Director

Organization Name: 
Vancouver Co-operative Radio, CFRO-FM
Vancouver, BC


Vancouver Co-operative Radio, CFRO, 100.5 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 produces creative and engaging programming for communities whose voices are underrepresented in the mainstream media. Our organization is rooted in values of participation, co-operation, social justice, independence and community. The station staff are unionized with Unifor Local 3000.

We’ve recently been through some major organizational changes including a full station move and staff changes. We are in the midst of transitioning from a collective staff model to a hierarchical model. We are looking for an Executive Director to fill this newly created position who will be responsible for the successful direction, leadership and management of the organization in accordance with our mission, vision, values, and annual goals.


…an experienced, forward-thinking, practical leader with the skills to successfully manage transitions. You will guide us through this time of change with grace, pragmatism, and positive visions for the future. You are self-motivated and make things happen.

… passionate about community media and want to develop relationships that will keep Co-op Radio around for another 40 years. Your skills in financial management and fundraising will lay the foundations for long-term sustainability for the organization.

… someone who knows how to work with people, you have excellent boundaries and are a dynamic and clear communicator. You have a collaborative style, yet are decisive and action oriented.

… a resourceful and creative problem solver with energy to face the challenges of long-term sustainability within a resource-challenged organization.



Overall strategic leadership and successful execution of change including:

Developing plan for changes to staff positions in accordance with the budget, long-term sustainability plan and mission of the organization
Conducting hiring and review of new staff and updating HR policies and procedures, in accordance with the changes
Analyzing impact of these changes and developing strategies to address challenges
Implementing financial and fundraising changes to ensure the station’s long-term sustainability
Day-to-day operational management of all aspects of the organization including:

Managing finances: budgeting, grant-writing, financial management, and reporting
Managing human resources andoverseeing staff including hiring, firing, discipline, staff reviews, managing conflicts, liaising with the staff’s union (Unifor), advancing a respectful environment that is consistent the station’s values
Managing organizational development: supporting the development of a strong Board of Directors; maintaining professional and collaborative board and committee relations; leading strategic planning and connection with Mission, Vision and Values
Managing a communications plan for all stakeholders including members, volunteer programmers, and funders


Minimum of 3 years non-profit and/or co-op leadership experience
Experience and skills leading successful change and difficult transitions
Knowledge and experience supporting Boards of Directors, developing policy and organizational development activities
Proven ability to raise funds within a non-profit environment
Successful grant writer
Technologically savvy and resourceful
Skills and/or training in conflict resolution
Experience and/or skills in non-profit/charity financial management
Passionate about the values of community radio
Community radio experience an asset

REPORTS TO: Board of Directors

DIRECT REPORTS: 4 part-time staff


FTE: 0.85 (30 hours a week)

WAGE: $40,000 – $44,000/year based on skills and experience. Plus, generous benefits and vacation.

START DATE: No later than November 1st, 2017.

Some evening and weekend hours are required to accommodate board and other meetings. Following a successful probationary period the position includes a comprehensive extended benefits package and generous vacation entitlement.

Vancouver Co-operative Radio is an affirmative action employer.We welcome applicants from underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, people of colour, trans and queer-identified people, people with disabilities and people with multilingual skills and backgrounds.

This is a management position and is not part of Unifor Local 3000.

We thank all applicants; only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

1 year with the option to renew
How to Apply: 
Please submit, in one PDF document, your cover letter and your resume. The document should be labelled yourfirstname_yourlastname.pdf and emailed to edhiring@coopradio.org.
Closing Date: 
Tue, 2017-10-10