Homelessness Marathon Coordinator

Organization Name: 
Halifax, NS

CKDU-FM is a non-profit campus and community radio station based at Dalhousie University serving listeners throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality. Our mandate is to provide an alternative to private and public broadcasters and serve as a forum for diverse and under-represented voices and artists. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is run by roughly 150 volunteers, a volunteer board of directors, and 5 permanent part-time staff.

Nature of the job:
The Homelessness Marathon Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the *Homelessness Marathon* event, taking place in Halifax on February 22nd 2012, from 6 pm until February 23rd, 8 am, in coordination with the CKDU Spoken Word Department, and the national Homelessness Marathon Coordinator in Montreal.

This includes regular meetings, task completion and delegation, volunteer coordination, and ensuring an error-free, smooth flow at the event. Working with various audio technologies is a strong asset, including experience with live remote radio broadcasts, live panel discussions and community presentations, musical acts and performances, and on-air radio broadcasting. Experience with grassroots initiatives addressing homelessness will also be considered an asset, including working with populations affected by homelessness, poverty, or differing abilities.


Duties & responsibilities:

In cooperation with CKDU's Spoken Word Department, including staff and volunteers, assist in the following:

  • Ensure coordination and adequate volunteer power for the following task areas: remote broadcasting, on-air studio monitoring, sound technician for live musical performance and panel discussion, food and beverage preparation and serving, greeting guests at the front door, and all-night shifts.
  • Assist MC's in coordinating on-air content: panelists from various sectors (including directly affected people, activists, experts, government, etc), live musical guests, and open mic performances.
  • Assist in developing theme for panel discussion, focus topics, questions, and how to engage audience.
  • Coordinate solicitation of food and grocery donations from local businesses
  • Ensure adequate promotions: postering, on-air promo.
  • Field media calls, finding appropriate spokespeople when necessary. Send press release early and follow-up.
  • Maintain excellent communication with local service providers, including calls, questionnaires, and visits to make announcements at local services.
  • Plan menu.
  • Find transportation for equipment and food.
  • Clean up the morning after, return all equipment to CKDU / rental location. Tidy kitchen.
  • Capture audio from live event, edit and post online for distribution to campus/community radio.

 Required qualifications:
-volunteer management, team building, or leadership skills.
-experience interacting with people affected by poverty and/or homelessness.
-knowledge and understanding of the campus/community radio sector, CKDU mandate, and spoken word content.
-knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding homelessness, poverty, and anti-poverty organizing.
-ability to multi-task, including various technical tasks, food and accommodating people of various backgrounds, and ensuring a smooth, successful event.
-experience in promotion and event coordination.

Desired qualifications:

-experience working or volunteering in community radio
-radio production, live remote broadcasting, internet audio streaming, and concert sound teching.


Accountability, Hours, and Remuneration:

The Homelessness Marathon Coordinator is a member of CKDU's non-hierarchical staff structure, the CKDU Spoken Word Department, and is accountable to the CKDU Board of Directors.

The Homelessness Marathon Coordinator is a one-month contract position, with a flat rate of $1000. This works to 63 hours worked over four weeks, at $15.75 an hour.
Week 1: 8 hours
Week 2: 13 hours
Week 3: 18 hours
Week 4: 25 hours

The dates of the contract run from January 29th, to February 25th. Work will be done during the weekdays, and some weeknights.

The Coordinator will be responsible for wakeful maintenance of the Marathon from 6 pm until 8 am, but is not required to work the entire 14 hours, provided CKDU members can be found to take shifts through the night.

Submit a resume with cover letter in person, by mail or by email (we do not accept applications via fax) to:
Homelessness Marathon Coordinator Hiring Committee
6136 University Ave.
Halifax, NS
B3H 4J2
or hiringcommittee@ckdu.ca

Application deadline:
5:00PM AST, Sunday January 15, 2012

CKDU is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from minority and under-represented groups.

Closing Date: 
Sun, 2012-01-15