Public Affairs/Spoken Word Coordinator

Organization Name: 
CJSF 90.1 FM Radio
Burnaby, BC

CJSF is a campus/community radio station located at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC.
CJSF is volunteer-run, grassroots station that provides music, public affairs, informational and
cultural programming on issues and viewpoints which are underrepresented in mainstream
CJSF works in the interests of people, not profit and serves both the SFU campus and the
surrounding off-campus community. The station broadcast at 90.1FM at 450 watts allowing it to
reach most of the Greater Vancouver region. It also live streams it broadcast via the internet at Most programming is also available as podcasts.
The Spoken Word Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of Public Affairs/Spoken Word
programming. Spoken word programming includes public affairs, news, arts coverage,
multicultural and related programming. S/He works closely with other staff and volunteers,
including the Programming Coordinator and Programming Committee to fulfill this objective.
The Coordinator facilitates the goals of Spoken Word volunteers and ensures access to the
necessary tools to accomplish these goals. The Coordinator acts as a resource for volunteers by
offering training and support in producing Spoken Word content and related departmental
The Spoken word coordinator is one of 4 paid staff, and is a member of the executive committee,
which meets bi-weekly to coordinate the day to day operations of the station.
Spoken word programming at CJSF covers various underrepresented issues and communities,
including but not limited to; independent arts and culture, environmental, Queer, First Nations,
local and global human rights and social justice, ethnic and third language programming. The
format includes news, interviews, panels, documentaries, readings, live performances and other
creative means.
 Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers interested/involved in spoken word
programming. Mentor and support volunteers to initiate and support their participation in
spoken word programming
 Support and facilitate the creation of relevant, high quality public affairs and spoken
word programming.
 Identify and recruit (both on and off campus) to fill needed gaps in spoken word
 Supervise, track, and give support and feedback to work-studies, interns, and volunteers
 Ensure CJSF has programming that is responsive to interests of the university community
and its students as well as under-served communities in our signal area
 Participate in the programming committee, which includes reviewing new program
proposals and allocation of timeslots, current program reviews, long term programming
 In conjunction with the programming committee, ensure CJSF's Spoken Word
programming adheres to CJSF's mandate and CRTC regulations
 Coordinate filling of departmentally managed time slots and syndicated programs, e.g.
SFU Ideas & Issues
 Provide spoken word specific training and skill-sharing workshops, including: technical,
interview techniques, research, producing a show, how to write for radio etc.
 Contribute to accessible resources for programmers, including CJSF wiki, mailing lists,
informational handouts, etc.
 Maintain connections to other on- and off-campus organizations
 Coordinate and recruit for Special projects that energize volunteers such as Groundwire
and Special Days of Programming
 Share responsibility for the smooth running of the station on a daily basis. Coordinate
other station activities and events in conjunction with the executive committee


commitment to non-commercial, independent media
 excellent interpersonal, communication and motivational skills
 well organized with a collaborative working style
 ability to work well in a busy, volunteer atmosphere
 self motivated, flexible
 knowledge of interview skills and techniques, and production of spoken word radio
 listening skills, tact, conflict resolution skills,
 computer and basic radio/audio production skills
 experience with community organizations and independent media
 proven ability to share acquired knowledge and skills to a diverse range of people
 experience coordinating volunteers


Hours: 21 hours/week
Wage: $1742/month plus health and dental benefits

How to Apply: 
Please send resume with cover letter to: Hiring Committee CJSF Radio, TC 216, Simon Fraser University Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 Email: – please put CJSF Spoken Word Application in the subject line
Closing Date: 
Tue, 2016-09-06