POSITION: Development Manager, Canberra (ACT)

Danny Chifley, 24th September 2019
CMS FM91.1 Radio seek a Development Manager responsible for the business, finance and strategic development of the station.

CMS FM91.1 Radio is a community broadcasting station operating within the terms of a licence granted by ACMA to the Ethnic Broadcasters' Council of the ACT and Surrounding Districts Inc, a not-for-profit community association, to serve the Multicultural Community of Canberra.  It is volunteer-focused, but also employs key professional staff.  CMS funding is derived from the community it serves, from individual supporters, organisations, grants and sponsors relevant to the CMS community.  


The Development Manager is responsible for the business, finance and strategic development of the station. Their focus is on improving operations by developing business and increasing revenue through grants, bequests, fundraising events, and campaigns and mutual collaborations with like-minded businesses and organisations. In addition to this, the Development Officer, will maintain the organisations operational budget and liaise with the Board, Operations & Administration Manager, plus the Technical Consultants on budgetary needs and overall budget tracking.

The Development Manager will oversee policy development in consultation with the Board, in addition to any development projects current and future.

Specific duties:

The Development Manager will assist the CMS Board, staff, program coordinators and volunteers by undertaking duties such as the following in terms of priorities and time available;

  • Develop, implement and monitor strategies, projects, business plans, and financial budgets;
  • Ensure station infrastructure is managed and resources, developed and sustained;
  • Facilitate and mobilise resources to strengthen linkages with the community and government, multicultural organisations and to promote advocacy, activities, and funding where applicable;
  • Promote greater community awareness of partner organisations and community ethnic groups;
  • Provide timely and adequate referrals and information on available program grants, and assist language groups with content grant applications;
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach to seeking and applying for grants;
  • Establish positive working relationships with staff, volunteers, peak bodies, community organisations, funding bodies, sponsors and other relevant organisations;
  • Develop successful submissions and partnerships for projects in collaboration with the Operations and Administration Manager, Broadcaster & Communications Assistant, Technical Consultant and volunteers;
  • Provide regular input to the Board’s deliberations;
  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement;
  • Other duties as required and by agreement.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrate experience of working effectively in a volunteer-based community organisation;
  • Demonstrate project management skills in a small team and the engagement of staff and volunteers;
  • Strong networking and people skills, including partner, sponsor and funding organisations;
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing and fundraising;
  • Sound written, oral and personal communication skills and computer literacy, attention to detail ability to meet deadlines and work effectively with volunteers with diverse cultural backgrounds;
  • Tertiary Education in related fields is a significant advantage;
  • Self-motivated and ability to work with minimal supervision in a small team.

Flexible attendance hours aimed at complementing other staff, specifically the Operations and Administration Manager.

Fixed Term part-time (about 15 hours per week), rate $28 per hour, plus super.      

Please email your CV and  Summary addressing Selection Criteria to info@cmsradio.org.au

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