Director, FNX (First Nations Experience)

  • San Bernardino Community College District
  • San Bernardino, CA, USA
  • Jan 02, 2019
Full time Digital Media

Job Description

Director, FNX (First Nations Experience)


San Bernardino Community College District


Director, FNX (First Nations Experience)


Job Description


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job: however, any additional duties will be reasonably related to this class. This is a full-time categorically funded position and is contingent upon the availability of funds.




This is a career-defining opportunity for an inspired creative leader to manage a rapidly expanding public television channel airing in 13 states currently, with a vision to grow nationwide. Headquartered in the Greater Los Angeles region, FNX, "First Nations Experience" ( is the only nationally distributed television channel in the U.S. featuring Native American and Indigenous culture, entertainment, sports, education, lifestyles and history. The channel is distributed across the nation as a free public television digital sub-channel by the PBS interconnection system and is currently available on 21 stations in 13 states. An OTT/digital platform application for FNX will be available shortly, providing the channel with global reach.


The Director, FNX will drive the creative process on television programming, production and acquisitions for the channel. As a sub-channel of KVCR/PBS, FNX has an increasingly prominent role in the public television ecosystem and the role will have an immediate opportunity to grow into new markets and digital distribution methods. This role will provide operational management, grant strategy, tribal communications, educational media development and financial administration related to FNX content creation and non-program production activities.


Under the administrative direction of the General Manager of Broadcast Media Systems, the Director, First Nations Experience (FNX) Channel manages the operations of the FNX channel including the management of television, development and production slates, supervision of assigned staff, budget administration, planning and programming, coordinates engineering, external fund raising, and compliance with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), as well as communicates and coordinates, through the General Manager and Vice Chancellor, operations with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the founding partner of the channel.


The Director creates and executes the long-range plans for the channel, legal compliance, growth and development, staffing, programming, technical needs, equipment, signal expansion, fundraising and academic support, with the goal of improving the station's service to the District and the community. The incumbent functions as the administrator of the channel's broadcast, online, digital operations, and content. In this capacity, the incumbent is charged with the responsibility of planning, organizing and administering the public service television channel's operations and related activities, and preparation of all required reports.


Representative Duties


The following duties are typical for this classification.


1. Works with the General Manager to plan and direct the activities related to the production of programming for public broadcast on Television and Radio as well as related marketing efforts.


2. Works to support and define the vision, planning and policies of the General Manager in developing collaborative strategies with district and college administration, faculty and staff to ensure the KVCR television, radio and digital media operations are an extension of the student learning experience through internship, production, and other career-building opportunities.


3. Manages and participates in the hiring, evaluation, promotion, and termination of full-time and part-time employees.


4. Monitors the public broadcast activities and makes necessary improvements to enhance programming format and operations to meet the needs of the viewers and the community.


5. Analyzes the programming needs of the public and creates the appropriate content programming; assigns producers to develop and implement programs.


6. Confers and participates with the promotions and development departments regarding special programs, events and fund raising activities.


7. Develops, monitors, maintains, and administers the budget.


8. Establishes policies, procedures and goals for the channels by estimating needs for current and future content and technology.


9. Establishes department goals, objectives and strategies; develop and implement programs and activities to accomplish goals, foster FNX's position in the market and improve the operations at FNX.


10. Ensures program content complies with all necessary state and Federal laws, regulations, and requirements as well as FNX programming policies and requirements.


11. Ensures completion of and compliance with necessary public file reports, annual CPB Station Activity Surveys, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) mandates, charity registration with state Attorney General, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, or other necessary local, state and Federal filings.


12. Collaborates with the Development Director to design and implement strategies and long-range plans for organizational sustainability.


13. Develop and implement, in collaboration with KVCR-related development functions, a strategy and long-range plan for organizational sustainability.


14. Develop and implement, in collaboration with KVCR-related development functions, a strategy and long-range plan for organizational sustainability.


15. Identifies, cultivates, supports and oversees FNX's development efforts in coordination with the General Manager, Vice Chancellor, and the FNX Operating Committee.


16. Develops, plans, and coordinates community service programming and operations of the television channels resulting in high-quality broadcasting services to the nation and the world.


17. Prepares, submits, and administers grants for the public television channel.


18. Prepares, maintains, and submits reports, licenses and applications to relevant state and federal agencies.


19. Meets, coordinates, and consults with operational board and stakeholder groups.


20. Represents the television channel at professional meetings.


21. Develops and maintains community engagements.


22. Anticipates, prevents, and resolves difficult and sensitive inquiries, conflicts and complaints.


23. Performs related duties as required.


QUALIFICATIONS - The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.


Knowledge of:


• Operational characteristics, services, and activities of public broadcast programming, operations, equipment and systems.


• Principles and practices of satellite broadcasting procedures and protocols.


• On-Air methods, techniques, principles, procedures and processes.


• Principles and practices of program development and administration.


• Principles and practices of budget, purchasing and fiscal preparation and administration.


• Principles and practices of contract and grant preparation and administration.


• Public television organizational structures, workflows, systems and operating procedures and processes.


• Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations pertaining to station operations.


• Methods and techniques in fundraising preparation and administration.


• Concepts, methods, techniques and practices in underwriting.


• Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.


• Developing trends in public media, including digital, multi-channel and emerging technologies.


Ability to:


• Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive public broadcast program.


• Manage broadcast program schedules.


• Develop interpersonal relationships with a diverse audience.


• Make decisions using independent judgment and discretion.


• Organize, prioritize and schedule project and other work assignments.


• Develop and manage budget and fiscal operations.


• Plan and organize the operation of the television channel in accordance with FCC rules and regulations and KVCR/SBCCD policies.


• Establish and maintain high broadcasting standards.


• Supervise assigned programming, production, development, operations and engineering staff.


• Promote an organizational culture that values creativity, open communications, diversity and tolerance.


• Develop and evaluate comprehensive plans and programs to satisfy present and future broadcasting and public media needs.


• Oversee, direct, lead, coordinate and motivate volunteers, staff and students.


• Participate in the selection and recommendation, supervision, training, and evaluation of staff. Participate in the development and administration of goals, objectives, and procedures for assigned area.


• Gather and analyze data and situations and make appropriate decisions.


• Prepare and present comprehensive, concise, clear oral and written reports.


• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.


• Interpret and apply California Education Code, Title 5, federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations as it relates to the position.


• Demonstrate a sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and personnel, including those with physical or learning disabilities.


• Demonstrate professionalism, fairness and honesty in all aspects of the performance of duties.


• Provide leadership based on ethics and principles as they relate to public broadcast functions and operations.


• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Physical Demands and Working Environment:


Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting. Occasional exposure to work in confined areas and exposure to electrical hazards.


Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.


Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; and to operate assigned equipment.


Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


Posting Closing Date Jan 7, 2019


Work Schedule Hours vary dependent upon business needs




Education and Experience Guidelines:




• A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work preferably in communications, marketing, business management, broadcast or journalism.


Required Experience:


• Five (5) years of increasingly responsible media experience including two (2) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.


License and Certification:


• Current and valid California driver's license.


Desired Qualifications:


• A Master's Degree.


• At least 3 years of understanding of production and post production processes and budgeting for Unscripted and Scripted Television, News Production and Documentary Filmmaking


• Expertise with OTT and Digital Platform technologies and administration.


Previous experience working for or within the Public Television system helpful but not essential.


• Track record of TV/Film production, ideally incorporating content from indigenous communities and cultures


• Strong familiarity with Television Production Management, Business Affairs, Finance, Marketing, Digital, Social and Digital Media, Publicity, Station Relations, Content Packaging, Creative Services, Administration , IT and Public Media guidelines


• Background in developing and executing grant-funded projects


• Familiarity with Journalism principles and production


• Experience in Academic affairs or a background working in higher education in some capacity






Salary and Benefit Information


Salary range of $117,159.63 - $153,694.84 annually plus family medical, dental, and vision coverage and employee life insurance coverage (employee contribution variable depending on plan selected). CalPERS retirement (employee contribution dependent on current membership status).


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The San Bernardino Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. The District encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and the disabled.


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