Vacancy: Academy FM Folkestone Station Manager
Academy FM Folkestone is a registered charity and FM community radio station broadcasting to the Folkestone area, with education being a primary aspect of its work. The station is based in the Folkestone Academy School, where it occupies an office and two small studios. There is a satellite studio in central Folkestone. Academy FM has a small team of staff and an active group of adult volunteers, plus a number of Folkestone Academy students (Yrs. 5-13) who are trained to broadcast; the station has won numerous Young Audio Awards and Community Radio Awards. In addition to some core work of training Academy students and running the radio station, the charity runs funded educational projects which often reach over 800 children a year. Academy FM Folkestone is supported by a mixture of core grants, project grants, and commercial income, and is overseen by a board of Trustees who ensure that its charitable aims are met.
David Sharp, the Station Manager, who set up the radio station 11 years ago has decided to move on. We are looking for one or more individuals who can take over his role, as a single person or job-share that undertakes the responsibilities outlined in the Job Description:
Job Title: Station Manager
Reporting to: Chair of Board of Trustees
Based at: Folkestone Academy, Academy Lane, Folkestone CT19 5FP
Salary: £27,000 - £31,000 per year (pro-rata if offered as a job-share)
Hours: 37.5 per week full-time
Annual leave: 25 days per year plus public holidays
Start date: Ideally 1st July 2022, but negotiable for the right candidate(s)
Creating ideas, researching and writing project proposals for funding bids, and creating associated budgets. Project amounts have been between £500-£35,000, commonly £3,000-£12,000. Academy FM has often raised £45,000-60,000 a year in project grants.
Maintaining relations with regular funders who support Academy FM’s core operation. This includes regular reporting to funders, and liaising with them. These relationships currently earn £42,000 a year.
Overseeing the commercial sales process and the Account Manager (salesperson). This has typically earned around £25,000 a year.
Liaising with events organisers, business supporters and staff for sponsored Outside Broadcasts.
Note: For Academy FM to continue to deliver the work it does, and pay the people it employs, it needs continual and effective fundraising. You will need to be able to raise money.
Managing funded projects (often several at once), including recruiting, training and overseeing project staff. Liaising with schools where these projects are delivered.
Delivering projects. This often involves work in classrooms in a number of schools (Secondary and Primary), working directly with KS2-5, with the majority of project work being KS2-3.
Managing project staffing.
Reporting, and financial management of projects, including purchasing of items, paying staff and suppliers, record-keeping, and liaising with the part-time Accounts Clerk.
Work with Folkestone Academy
Training pupils to present radio shows, ranging from Yr5-13. This includes working with pupils with SEN, disabilities and other needs, working around the school timetable.
Liaising with teaching departments on work agreed with the Academy; this has previously involved recording radio drama, work on literacy projects, employability initiatives, offering Internships to 6th Formers, producing audio for events such as Book Day or Science Week, and training minimum numbers of pupils of set ages to broadcast.
Ensuring Academy FM operates as required in a Safeguarding environment, with regards to DBS checks, record-keeping, and related procedures
Liaising with Facilities staff to ensure Academy FM’s continued operation
Oversee the finances of the whole operation, working with the Accounts Clerk
Allocate spend on salaries and items to correct project budgets. Authorising payroll and other payments.
Managing the targets and commission for sales staff
Liaising with Accountants to assist in the production of annual accounts.
Radio station management
Ultimate responsibility for what is broadcast, and that Academy FM complies with its Ofcom License.
Training new volunteers alongside other broadcast staff (currently there is an Apprentice Broadcast Assistant, who also presents the Breakfast Show).
Assessing what needs to improve, and making that happen.
Working alongside other staff to manage the broadcast schedule.
Manage relations with adult volunteers
All aspects of technical audio production, including programme-making, commercial production, audio branding.
Organising, producing and presenting Outside Broadcasts, including operating PA systems and commentating on events.
On-site management and operation of specialist software for radio playout and editing. Currently we use a fairly old version of RCS Selector & Master Control (i.e. pre-Zetta) - we would benefit from upgrading
Overseeing the operation and maintenance of the studios in association with the retained radio engineer, including fault-finding and repair of equipment.
Technical support for presenters and staff
Website editing (on Wix, which isn't the easiest platform...)
Overseeing social media, and producing content for it, including some image creation and editing.
Presenting radio programmes
Interviewing, and leading discussions, mainly on local topics.
Organising events, or being part of the organisation of them. These have previously involved live music fundraising nights, business receptions, and school events.
Standing in for all other staff when they are sick or on Leave.
Reporting to Trustees (operational, regulatory and financial).
Maintaining payment and re-application for Licenses (Ofcom, PRS/PPL) and application for new licenses where necessary (eg SSDAB).
Overseeing staff. This has previously included: Recruitment; employment; issuing contracts; payroll; appraisal; disciplinary action; settlement; redundancy.
Overseeing the training of Apprentices, and liaising with Training Provider. Sourcing apprenticeship funding.
Probably educated to degree-level.
Experience of teaching / delivering educational projects and other work
In-depth knowledge and experience in radio broadcasting, and the management of it
Extensive experience of project management, incorporating applications for funding, project design and delivery, on time and on budget
Experience of management of staff and volunteers
Excellent communication skills with funders, colleagues, young people and the general public
Excellent grasp of finance and ability to control budgets and report on financial matters
Technical knowledge of radio and broadcasting, including audio production
How to apply
If you think you are suitable for this post, either in a part-time (as part of a job-share) or full-time capacity, please send us your CV, together with a letter which clearly states how your skills and experience match the requirements of the Job Description and Person Specification. Please also give the names and email addresses of two referees, one of whom should be your most recent employer.
Please email your application to email@example.com : to reach us by 9th May
Job-share candidates: please indicate which areas of the role you could undertake
For more information: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews for short-listed applicants will be held by the end of May