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Executive Director - Alliance for Community Media

The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) seeks an Executive Director to lead this dynamic organization and take it to the next level. The ideal candidate should be committed to the mission of the organization and its success, and provide consistent support for its members through organizational management and operations, advocacy efforts, fundraising, leadership and coalition building.
The ACM is a national, non-profit membership organization that represents over 1,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access television, community media organizations, members and supporters throughout the country. Founded in 1976, the ACM is a leading advocate for localism and diversity in media and for media democracy.   Critical to the mission of the ACM is the preservation of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech, with corresponding legislation and policies to protect community channels and sustain funding for their operation. The ACM advances its mission through member development, public education, a progressive legislative and regulatory agenda, coalition building and grassroots organizing.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The executive director serves as the chief executive officer and principal spokesperson of the ACM.  Key responsibilities include:

§        Work with the Board of Directors and staff to develop and implement all policies, procedures, and long-range strategic plans. Prepare periodic reports regarding progress toward and barriers to the achievement of such policies and plans.

The individual will oversee the planning and delivery of ACM events, programs and products, including the ACM Annual Conference, the Community Media Review, books, videos, list-servs and the ACM web site. The executive director will develop written materials for the advancement of the ACM’s policy agenda and member communications. The executive director will enhance the business operations of the organization by developing and maintaining policies and procedures.
Desired Minimum Employment Standards and Requirements:
Education /Experience
§                    BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university.  [NOTE: Selected applicants will be asked to submit transcripts or other verification of their degree(s).]
§                    A minimum of five (5) years of upper management or supervisory experience in the community media field, or in related areas such as public administration, arts, etc.
§                    Must have achieved a senior level position in an organization or department.
§                    Documented experience that demonstrates a thorough understanding of the field of non-commercial Public, Educational, and Government Access, or a related field.

The successful candidate should demonstrate experience in the following areas:
§                                Legislative advocacy
§                                Leadership and management responsibility with a complex non-profit organization.
§                                Organizing and working with diverse groups of people.
§                                Fund development
§                                Strong communications skills, including effective public speaking and negotiation.
§                                Providing member services with excellence.
§                                Strategic planning, implementation and preparation for an evolving future.
§                                Work with community media.

Desired qualifications:
§                    Knowledge of the principles, practices and legal regulations of cable communications.
§                    Experience with a national or state organization structured on a geographical basis.
§                    Verbal and writing skills that reveal ability to effectively communicate complex concepts and messages
§                    Proven successful track record in fundraising

This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards for the position.  Employees will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required to fulfill all job responsibilities and the mission of the organization.

The executive director should be available to begin work in June 2010.  
The ACM national office is currently located in downtown Washington, DC.
The ACM expects to move to a virtual office in July 2010. The ACM offers a salary range of $90,000 - $100,000 per year plus a competitive benefits package.  Relocation assistance is not provided.  The ACM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information about the ACM, visit <>

Applicants must submit a detailed letter of introduction (describing how their experience, knowledge and skills match the identified duties, responsibilities, and minimum employment standards and requirements of this position), a current resume, salary history/requirements, and at least three professional references with telephone numbers.
Submit materials via e-mail (MS Word or PDF format documents as attachments) to: Jacci Duncan, Meridian Services, [log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]

Deadline for submission: Applicant materials must be received by 5:00 PM, Friday Feb. 26, 2010.