MetroEast Community Media Seeks CEO

Posted by Metro East on Monday, July 1, 2019






Chief Executive Officer


MetroEast Community Media is a nonprofit, public benefit organization that uses media to invigorate civic engagement, inspire diverse voices, and strengthen community life. The organization is seeking a visionary and entrepreneurial CEO who will lead transformational change—fostering innovation, community service, and civic involvement in the digital age. The new CEO will:  

  • Continue to develop a suite of digital inclusion services—in collaboration with community partners—in the new Rockwood Rising development. May include digital media access and training; support and office space for local entrepreneurs, nonprofits and businesses; workforce development; community gathering spaces; and access to high-­end video technology including a studio.
  • Expand and deepen partnerships with nonprofits, education institutions, and others serving ethnically and culturally diverse communities.
  • Expand the educational reach of MetroEast with new and relevant classes offered in the community.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to transition from sole reliance on cable franchise resources to a broadened base of financial support including continuing the expansion of the fee-­for-­service revenue, grants, and cable-­broadband franchise resources. 
  • Develop a plan for short and long-term planning for funding. Including: grants, giving campaigns, online support, foundations, corporations and individuals.

The responsibilities of the Executive Director include: planning, partnerships, and resource development; program development and evaluation; fostering a productive and collaborate organizational culture; community relations and advocacy; staff leadership and board of directors’ support; and financial management.


Located east of Portland, Oregon, the organization has an annual combined operating and capital budget of approximately $1.9 million with primary funding provided through a multi-year grant agreement with the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. MetroEast is governed by a community-­based board of directors, with a staff of 18 and more than 200 active volunteers.

Through MetroEast, local individuals and organizations are empowered with access to the latest technology including opportunities to learn, create, and share content on local cable channels and the web. MetroEast operates a community media facility and makes a wide array of community programming available to the public – including coverage of events and performances, productions that give voice to youth and diverse cultural communities, and coverage of local government meetings and elections.

The primary focus of MetroEast’s work in Rockwood is digital equity and inclusion for all East Multnomah County residents. Our Rockwood DIY incubator serves under-represented populations by sharing access to the digital technology that is required to succeed in our rapidly evolving, high-tech world. MetroEast is working closely with the City of Gresham and its priority urban renewal project, Rockwood Rising, to open a permanent digital inclusion and youth (DIY) facility.

The communities served by MetroEast (Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, and Multnomah County) are changing and becoming increasingly diverse based on ethnicity, race, and income. With a history of collaborating with local government, education, businesses, and community organizations, MetroEast is becoming a leader in digital inclusion—bringing the benefits of broadband Internet more fully to those who have been underserved in the past, and using digital tools to spark collaboration and innovation broadly within East County.


The salary range for the MetroEast CEO position is $80,000 to $85,000 depending on experience, plus benefits. This is a full-­time, exempt position.  


The MetroEast CEO position requires the following experience, education, capabilities and knowledge.


  • A track record of leading transformational change including developing and sustaining partnerships and programs.
  • Experience working in partnership with a community-­based board of directors.
  • Experience with developing and managing resources including fee-­based services, contracts, and grants.
  • Demonstrated commitment to engaging communities of color and other underserved groups.


  • Visionary Business Development: Envisions and actualizes transformational change–making MetroEast a leader in community media and digital inclusion. Pursues opportunities for programmatic and revenue growth in partnership with the Board, staff, and partners.  
  • Political and Business Acumen: Navigates effectively with business, government, and community leaders. Keeps an ear to the ground to anticipate developments in the East Multnomah County political, economic, and cultural landscape.
  • Financial Management: Understands nonprofit financial management and can prudently manage financial resources.
  • Community Building: Leads the internal team–Board, staff and volunteers—to engage in a future focused vision with a spirit of openness, innovation, and collaboration. Develops and sustains productive relationships with community, business, and governmental partners.  
  • Tech Savvy: Conversant with technology tools and platforms. Understands how these tools can be used effectively to strengthen the capabilities and opportunities for individuals, organizations, and communities.   
  • Communications: Communicates effectively with internal and external stakeholders including excellent interpersonal, writing, and presentation skills. Leads an organizational culture that embraces change and is characterized by creativity, collaboration, experimentation, learning, adaptation, and service. Effectively communicates across cultural differences.

Other helpful knowledge and capabilities include:       

  • Knowledge of local, state, and national communications policy issues and trends.  
  • Knowledge of community media and cable and telecommunications franchising.  
  • Familiarity with regional and national funders of digital inclusion, citizen journalism, and related areas.


Please submit the following: (1) a cover letter that reflects how your previous experience qualifies you to become the CEO of MetroEast Community Media, and (2) a complete chronological resume. Send via email as a PDF to Board Chair Shannon Chisom at:  Please put “MetroEast  CEO” in the subject line.

Apply by July 30, 2019. All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

MetroEast Community Media is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse staff. We believe that diversity contributes to a richer and more rewarding experience for all. We seek candidates whose life, work and experience will contribute significantly to a staff able to serve people from a variety of economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

For a complete position description and to learn more about MetroEast Community Media visit


A Snapshot of MetroEast Community Media Programs and Services    

  • Video Production Workshops: With affordable workshops and access to video production gear, MetroEast volunteers conceive and create a wide array of content for local cable channels and the web.
  • Youth Media: MetroEast’s youth media program, brings media skills and equipment to young people in partnership with schools and nonprofit organizations. It also offers equipment to advanced users and independent filmmakers. 
  • Video Production Services: MetroEast is a vital partner to many organizations in East Multnomah County, enabling them to communicate their messages through video – from gavel-­to-­gavel meeting coverage to short documentaries and coverage of community cultural events.
  • Access to Facilities and Equipment: MetroEast makes cutting-edge technology (television studios, video production gear, laptops, cameras, etc.) available to individuals and community groups to generate and share diverse content that reflects local issues and interests.
  • Distribution: MetroEast cablecasts diverse community content on 8 channels on the Comcast Cable and Frontier Fios Cable systems, as well as the web.  
  • Spanish Language Services: MetroEast provides workshops and other support in Spanish for community groups and individuals who want to learn media production and amplify their voices on local community cable channels and the web.


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