We’re Hiring: Managing Director

FBi Radio Managing Director Candidate Slide Deck

Do you want to shape the next chapter of FBi Radio? 2023 marked a big 20th birthday for the station, and we’re now blossoming into adulthood. At this pivotal time, we’re seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to join us on this exciting journey as our Managing Director.

As Managing Director, you will steer our station towards new horizons, working closely alongside our dedicated Management Committee to uphold our mission and values while exploring bold new initiatives.

We’re thinking deeply about what the next 20 years will look like. With a new strategic plan and brand in development, we grapple with changes to technology, audience listening habits, evolving demographics and revenue streams. We’re looking for a leader to help embolden FBi to leverage these opportunities for our communities.

This is a unique opportunity to lead an iconic institution that has become synonymous with cutting-edge cultural programming and community engagement. We are looking for someone who not only possesses strong leadership skills and strategic and business acumen but also has the ability to inspire the next generation of radio broadcasters, producers, and creatives.

We understand the right candidate may not tick every box on a checklist. That’s why we encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience to apply, even if they don’t meet all the selection criteria. We value passion, innovation, and a commitment to amplifying underrepresented voices above all else. If you have a vision for the future of FBi and the drive to make it a reality, we want to hear from you.

About FBi Radio

FBi Radio is an independent youth broadcaster that discovers, celebrates, and propels Sydney music, arts and culture. With young people at the core of its target audience, its programming will always shift and reflect the community it serves. On air 24/7 since 2003, FBi Radio recently celebrated 20 years of broadcast. As long as the community continues to hold a passion for emerging arts and culture, FBi Radio will continue, committed to nurturing and promoting local and boundary-pushing talent.

The Role

The Managing Director reports directly to the Management Committee and, in collaboration, sets and delivers the strategy for FBi’s future. The ideal candidate has exceptional communication skills and is experienced at generating revenue and managing multiple stakeholders with competing expectations. They will be a pragmatic and optimistic leader, motivated by opportunity. The Managing Director will have deep experience in music, radio and/or building communities with a focus on youth and culture.


The Managing Director grows FBi’s impact and reach in line with the organisation’s strategic plan, with tasks including:

  • Liaising with the Management Committee and staff to communicate, establish and manage objectives to meet FBi Radio’s mission while developing and implementing policies and procedures in line with these objectives
  • Assessing FBi’s content distribution ecosystem, driving bold and innovative thinking that will see the organisation thrive for years to come
  • Staying abreast of industry resources which analyse the industry and support the success of community broadcasting into the future
  • Acting as a representative for the station to the public and overseeing and inspiring public promotion and growth of FBi Radio, including a strong understanding of and communicative ability to work across various external and internal stakeholders
  • In the immediate future, overseeing the project management of the Strategic Action Plan alongside the Management Committee

The Managing Director is responsible for the effective strategic financial management of FBi Radio, including:

  • Overseeing all existing and new revenue streams, including sponsorship, grants, philanthropy, fundraising events and supporter drives
  • Achieving revenue targets across all revenue streams
  • Managing operational expenditure according to the budget approved by the Management Committee
  • Approving all expenditure according to the delegated authority matrix
  • Participating in the finance subcommittee and working with the Treasurer and other Management Committee members to manage financial risks and opportunities
  • Providing accurate financial data as agreed with the Management Committee
  • Maintaining regular reporting schedule to multiple stakeholders including the Committee and relevant regulatory bodies

The Managing Director empowers and supports all staff and contractors in their roles and responsibilities, through:

  • Conducting performance appraisal and staff development, ensuring staff are supported and receiving regular feedback, reviews and development opportunities
  • Managing negotiations and conflict resolution including liaising where relevant with external HR consultants
  • Overseeing staffing levels and responsibilities and managing all recruitment and onboarding as well as staff, agencies or contractors employed on special projects
  • Working directly with relevant staff to support the implementation of positive and responsive programming, administration and training decisions
  • Oversee technical staff and priorities and regularly review and future proof technical and equipment requirements
  • Manage station meetings with support from appropriate staff where needed
The Station

The Managing Director oversees the management of the station, including:

  • Evolving operational resources, systems and processes
  • Ensuring that all the station’s policies and processes are followed and regularly reviewed, including planning, evaluation, complaints, grievance procedures and maintenance of station files
  • Applying Equal Opportunity and Occupational Health and Safety principles and practices
  • Liaising with regulators including the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and sector organisations including Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA), etc. and with other strategic partners
  • Managing all legal matters affecting the station, including insurances, with the support of the Management Committee where needed
  • Working with the Management Committee including by attending regular meetings and providing clear and suitable reporting, and providing strategic advice on necessary matters e.g. policy development

Selection Criteria

Demonstrable experience in the following areas:

  • Heading a team or organisation at a senior leadership level
  • Expertise in generating revenue, budgeting and financial management
  • Successfully leading organisational strategic transformation
  • Expert people and stakeholder management skills
  • Deep understanding of, and networks within, the music, arts and culture sector

To Apply

Please send your application to jobs@fbiradio.com.

Please include:

  • Cover letter (two pages maximum)
  • CV outlining relevant experience and achievements
  • Names and contact details of two referees (advanced notice will be given before reaching out)

Applications are due before 5pm Friday 10 May. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed mid-May.

FBi Radio is based on Gadigal land in Redfern – an area of cultural significance, and a site of strength and resistance for many First Nations communities. FBi Radio acknowledges its position as a beneficiary of the ongoing settler-colonial project, and is firmly committed to pursuing anti-racism in policy and practice. We strive for station leadership to mirror the diversity found within the communities that define FBi.

FBi strongly encourages applications from First Nations people, people with disability and people of all ethnicities, genders and orientations.

Remuneration will be negotiated according to experience of final candidate.

Flexibility available, with the role primarily based in Redfern, NSW.

Any questions can be sent to jobs@fbiradio.com.