Program Director - Joy 94.9 FM (Melbourne, VIC)

Nic Baskerville, 7th December 2018

Position Program Director

Team Programming Reports to: CEO Status Full Time – 37.5 hrs per week Term: 2 years Location Level 9, 225 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 
Organisational overview JOY 94·9 is a volunteer-powered community radio station, committed to providing a voice for the diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, intersex and queer communities, enabling freedom of expression, the breaking down of isolation and the celebration of our culture, achievements and pride. Due to the dedication of its many volunteers, JOY 94.9 stands as a beacon in the community; bright, visible and unmistakably proud. 
JOY is an intimate, available and immediate way for people to link instantly to the diverse LGBTI communities. Australia’s largest LGBTI community organisation, JOY is a pre-eminent player in Australia’s media landscape. 

Position overview 

The Program Director role is a key management and leadership position. This role oversees all programming on the JOY 94.9 grid. The Program Director is responsible for all aspects of broadcasting and programming to ensure a high standard of programming and development of the JOY 94.9 sound. This involves managing and supporting approximately 80 volunteer broadcast teams, strategic development, liaising with a broad range of stakeholder organisations, training & development, studio management, resource allocation, co-ordination of special programming projects, outside broadcasts and events, policy & protocols, communication, mentoring, and identifying new media trends for integration into the station.   


Key responsibilities

Leadership and Management

 Managing and overseeing all programs on the JOY 94.9 grid
 Leading the volunteer broadcasters including program makers, presenters and news team
 Overseeing program reviews / air checks, feedback and presenter support
 Identifying training opportunities (in consultation with Operations Manager)
 Overseeing outside broadcasts (with support technical team)
 Developing content and ideas for podcasting opportunities
 Planning content for digital radio development (in consultation with CEO)
 Coordinating on-air branding
 Fulfilling strategic plan objectives related to creating and curating content that achieves social
impact for the LGBTI communities of Australia. 


 Contributing to development and review of broadcasting policy
 Maintaining reviews of program schedule and individual programs, and managing grid
 Coordination of presenter communications and liaison, including rosters and email updates
 Recruitment, training, mentoring and development of broadcasters
 Planning budget funds for programming and participate in strategic decision making (in
consultation with CEO)
 Maintaining regulatory and licensing compliance 
 Implementing member and audience engagement strategies
 Consulting on broadcast engineering issues (in consultation with the technical team)

Shared responsibilities

 Participation in weekly operations meetings
 Achieving goals as outlined in the JOY 94.9 annual business plan
 Attending to correspondence; administration tasks; filing and ad-hoc tasks allocated by general
 Contribute to achieving fundraising goals and assist the responsible team in planning and
executing these goals, with an emphasis on
 All position holders at JOY are required to perform their duties in accordance with current
organisational policy and procedures and relevant ACMA and CBAA requirements; to
minimum performance standards, and:
 ensure adherence to the JOY Melbourne Inc rules of association
 comply with health and safety guidelines and instructions to ensure a healthy, safe and
environmentally responsible workplace.

Key selection criteria

Required skills / knowledge - contribute to the success of JOY 94.9 through:
 strong and diverse radio industry knowledge and experience
 a strong understanding of community broadcasting, regulatory requirements and a
demonstrated affinity for JOY specialist programming
 demonstrated ability and desire to manage, lead, support, nurture and work effectively with a
diverse group of people
 ability to effectively communicate with sensitivity, diplomacy and tact
 demonstrated success in working with volunteers
 demonstrated ability in dealing with complaints / grievances with volunteers or in a not for profit
environment (examples required)
 demonstrated success in working with volunteers and managing events including outside
broadcasts or similar
 empathy, sensitivity and understanding of the LGBTIQ community and the values of JOY 94.9
 experience in training
 understanding or awareness of broadcast engineering
 financial and budgeting skills in community broadcasting or in not for profit organisations would
be an advantage.


Academic qualifications / technical skills

 vocational training or tertiary qualification in radio broadcasting or a related discipline; or
relevant employment experience (minimum 2 years)


 2 references required, full contact details to be supplied with resume.

Application process

To apply for this position, email a cover letter outlining your suitability and interest in the position and
your resume to the JOY 94.9 CEO at


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