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Youth Media Coordinator [part time, fixed term – 10 hours per week, 12 month initial contract] beginning early 2023

Reports to: General Manager

Other Key Relationships: Community Media Coordinator, Programme Director, Technician

About the station: Free FM is a community access media station broadcasting across the Waikato and podcasting everywhere. We prioritise the voices of youth, women, people with disabilities and migrant communities. Each week we host more than 80 unique Community Access radio shows and podcasts by, for and about real people.
Free FM shows broadcast weekly on 89.0 FM and are podcast on accessmedia.nz and all other podcast platforms.
Free FM is one of twelve independent Access radio stations operating around New Zealand, and a member of the Community Access Media Alliance (CAMA). With support from NZ On Air, Access radio stations provide broadcasting facilities for individuals or groups not otherwise heard in mainstream media.

About the role: The Youth Media Coordinator is responsible for supporting young people in the Waikato to use the station. This role is focused on building relationships with young people and organisations and institutions which work with them to help them get their radio shows to air and podcast ideas fulfilled. This will mean supporting them to use the studios, or to create content off-site using a variety of tools Free FM offers.
The Youth Media Coordinator is also responsible for music programming and branding in the Free FM Youth zone (3-4pm weekdays).

The hours are flexible, however this role is working with children in education, so needs to be available after school hours and potentially occasional evenings.

Position Purpose: Work with the Community Media Coordinator, Māori Media Coordinator and Programme director to develop new, sustainable Free FM radio shows and podcasts by people aged 12-20.
Develop networks and relationships across the youth sector, including with schools, Community Learning Centres and Youth Agencies to promote youth involvement with the station.
Recruit and then support youth content makers through programme development, and continual support to ensure programme retention.
Work with young broadcasters to promote their Youth Zone shows/podcasts to potential on air and online audiences
Monitor each programme and be prepared to offer encouragement and advice on improvements and programme development.
Ensure all young broadcasters have an understanding of the Station Rules and Broadcasting Standards as it applies to their programmes
Develop and maintain playlists of youth-focused music and other content for use in programme slots where no original content has been provided
Advancing Free FM’s goals and ethos, and Access Media principles, by supporting all objectives outlined in Free FM’s strategic plan.
Assist with development of youth-focused related social media content, including promoting listenership to youth content.

Personal Requirements: The ability to network with a wide variety of people within the community.
Knowledge of Te Tiriti and its application in community sector organisations such as Free FM
Knowledge of relevant social media channels and promotional tools.
Self-motivated with initiative and exceptional organisational skills.
Technical abilities with knowledge of audio editing and broadcast/podcast delivery platforms is useful.
Ability to handle pressures including deadlines, conflicting time pressures, varying workloads, unforeseen emergencies etc. through organisation, communication and prioritisation.
The role would best suit applicants who are ‘youth adjacent’ or immersed in youth culture.
Applicant requirements: NZ drivers licence [minimum restricted], own transport, permission to work in New Zealand.

Please ensure your application directly addresses the skills and requirements we have included here.

Applications are due by 5pm Wednesday 14 December, emailed to Free FM’s General Manager – Phil Grey phil.grey@freefm.org.nz with a covering letter and CV.

Shortlisted applicants will be expected to provide evidence of Covid vaccination status, and be subject to checks as per the Vulnerable Childrens Act 2014.

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   Hamilton 3204

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