Contribute to An Innovative Civic Media Hub

CIMA Board of Directors
CHUO – part of the Centre for Independent and Media Arts (CIMA) – is seeking new board members

CIMA–a social enterprise–comprises an independent radio station, a civic media lab, and a creative agency.

Here is where you can make a difference as a volunteer board member.

Time commitment: 5-8 hours a month

Why join the Board of Directors of the Centre for Independent Media & Arts?

You will be part of a team providing governance and leadership to an award-winning social enterprise that runs an independent radio station that uncovers the best of Ottawa-Gatineau’s arts and culture, and creates some of the most creative, engaging and relevant radio in town. We are in the midst of a shift to increase financial stability and better serve our community. 

Benefits include:

  • Contributing to the sustainability and growth of a burgeoning arts hub that serves a diverse community. 
  • Meeting and collaborating with others who are interested in local arts and culture.
  • Shaping the work of our organization toward a full-service civic media training hub.
  • Networking within the community and across industries.

What is the role of the board?

Board members provide strategic leadership and direction and support to CIMA’s activities. They approve the strategic plan, oversee and evaluate the plan’s success, ensure the financial viability of the organization, provide fundraising leadership, and enhance the organization’s public image. Members will serve as ambassadors, creating opportunities and nurturing relationships in support of strategic objectives.

What are the responsibilities of board members?

  • Active participation in and preparation for and at board meetings.
  • Organizing and facilitating the AGM.
  • Listening to the station and participating in events.
  • Attending governance training and keeping apprised of ongoing practices. 
  • Fundraising and relationship-building. 
  • Staying informed about the center and relevant issues. 
  • Fiduciary responsibilities including reviewing the organization’s annual financial statements, approving the annual budget, and reading monthly financial reports.
  • Representing the organization at events and in the community as approved by the board.

What is the time commitment?

This is a two-year position with an average time commitment of 5-8 hours per month. Board members attend bi-monthly meetings, which last on average 1.5 hours. Other time is spent staying informed via staff and committee reports as well as through relevant policy and social updates.

What skills and experience are we looking for?

  • Connection to Black, Indigenous, and POC Communities.
  • HR Expertise.
  • Organizational change experience.
  • Fundraising.

Being part of the Francophone community is an asset. 

The following would also be beneficial in a board candidate:

  • Prior experience on a non-profit board.
  • Familiarity with the Ottawa-Gatineau local arts community.
  • Readiness to support fundraising with ideas, contacts, opportunities, and experience.
  • Ability to read and understand financial statements and budget forecasts.
  • Strong communication and networking skills.
  • Success working with a diverse team.
  • Effective e-communication.  
  • Readiness to analyze and respond to a fast-paced social and political environment.

We encourage a diverse range of applicants. Our goal is to ensure representation of a variety of communities. Minimum age for board members is 18.

How can you apply?

Please send a CV and cover letter outlining your interest in contributing to the board to CIMA Change Lead and Acting Station Manager, Grant Stein [email protected]

Selected candidates will be contacted by the board. Thank you for your interest.