We're hiring an Indigenous Collective Coordinator.



CHLY 101.7 FM is the broadcasting voice of Nanaimo and Vancouver Island University students. Beginning as a student club in 1994, and gaining not-for-profit status in 1997 as the Radio Malaspina Society, CHLY was approved for a broadcast license by the CRTC in 2001.

CHLY is currently a community based, campus-community radio station, with a small staff and over 60+ volunteers made up of Community Members and Student members from VIU’s Nanaimo Campus. CHLY offers alternative coverage of every genre and perspective, with a mandate to support niche programming, local and Canadian artists and underrepresented voices. Each week, locally produced and syndicated programs are broadcast on CHLY 101.7fm in four different languages, with live streaming and podcasts at chly.ca.

The Indigenous Collective Coordinator will work to increase the representation of Indigenous peoples in the media landscape at both VIU and in the broadcast community by supporting Indigenous and allied students through a variety of multimedia initiatives. They will also be responsible for liaising with the Navigator Newspaper to help highlight any sort of coverage of indigenous issues.


As the Indigenous Collective Coordinator you are the Senior Host and Producer, your job will be to help build this new—yet to be named—show on CHLY. You will help to recruit student volunteers to share hosting, production, and research responsibilities. This show, hosted through the Indigenous Collective with support from core staff, will organize a weekly one-hour pre-recorded show focused on amplifying indigenous voices. With the goal to empower and inform—with alternative narratives of what can be possible in this current climate of reconciliation—it will offer a mix of documentary, open discussion and more.

You will work with your team to document, create stories, conduct interviews, and assist the Music Collective Coordinator in building it’s indigenous (indcon) music collection. 

The applicant will work with a small team in a non-profit broadcasting environment to:

  • Take a leadership role in the creation of the Indigenous Collective, and act as Senior Host and Producer of it’s to be yet named student driven Indigenous Show;

  • Actively recruit Indigenous and allied VIU students and faculty to the Indigenous Collective to participate in the to be named show and other activities of the Indigenous Collective;

  • Where possible actively promote the participation of upper level Indigenous Studies students via self directed studies;

  • Help with community and campus outreach, ie: tabling at events on campus and in the community to promote the station;

  • Help support indigenous and allied students in the creation of stories for the show;

  • Help support indigenous and allied students in the creation of 3-4 written pieces for the CHLY website per semester;

  • Ensure with the Executive Director that Indigenous Collective members have filled in Volunteer Applications, signed Volunteer Agreements, and Program Agreements;

  • Work to develop an ongoing positive relationship with VIU’s Aboriginal Department and Indigenous Studies programs, with a goal to see participation in the collective be part of coursework;

  • Work with the Executive Director, and other Collective Coordinators in writing volunteer job descriptions for Student Collective members and future Collective Coordinators;

  • Delegate and schedule, when necessary, duties to Indigenous Collective members: ie: co-host, producer, researcher, social media coordination, etc;

  • Assist the Executive Director in writing guidelines and frameworks for future Student Collectives at CHLY;

  • Work with the Volunteer Music Coordinator, in keeping the CHLY music library up to date, ensuring that we have new releases featuring indigenous (indcon) content;

  • Assist the Music Collective Coordinator in promotion of indcon music;

  • Notify the Program Coordinator and Executive Director when no new show is ready for it’s time slot;

  • Assist in the training of new Indigenous Collective members;

  • Assist in CHLY’s Fall Fund Drive, and Spring Listener Un-Drive to help raise money for the station, and future funding of the Student Coordinator Positions post grant funding;

  • Assist staff with social media to promote the station’s shows, programs, and activities. EG: sharing the CHLY Song of the Day from the !earshot Top 50 Charts, promotion of your show, highlights, and other CHLY posts, etc;

  • Assist staff with social media to promote the station’s shows, programs, and activities;

  • Assist in and/or take a leadership role in the creation of show collectives for Vancouver Island University Students and volunteers. Writing guidelines, frameworks, job descriptions for volunteers and collective coordinators;

  • Assist in the creation of marketing materials to help promote the station at the VIU campus and in the broadcast range (Comox Valley to Cowichan Valley + Southern Sunshine Coast);

  • Organize their student media collective on Basecamp;

  • Other duties related to the overall Student Collective Project as required and discussed with the Executive Director.


The ideal candidate will be motivated, creative and organized. Experience and involvement with Indigenous student groups on campus or community organizations is an asset. The successful candidate will ideally have experience or interest in broadcasting, online and print journalism, conducting research, interviewing and working with volunteers. A proven ability to work with diverse communities is an asset.

The applicant ideally will:

  • Be pursuing an education in Broadcasting, Journalism, Media Studies, Indigenous Studies, a related field, or has displayed a keen interest in CHLY 101.7FM;

  • Be passionate about, have experience with campus-community or public radio;

  • Have audio production skills (hardware and software);

  • Have knowledge and broad interest in both the local music scene, the Canadian music scene, and independent music in general. Ideally you will have knowledge of the indigenous music scene of Canada. You are not the type of person who’s musical tastes haven’t changed since high school;

  • Demonstrate professional oral, written, digital, and interpersonal communication skills;

  • Have excellent organizational and time-management skills;

  • Have experience in working with and leading others. Management skills are a bonus;

  • Be a Vancouver Island University student.


  • Will report to the Executive Director and Program Coordinator of CHLY and receive mentoring and direction from them and other staff;

  • The Program Coordinator and select station volunteers will provide on-site, hands on training on station equipment;

  • Will work collaboratively with other Student Collective Coordinators.

Compensation: Rate of pay is $15.00/hr based on 10 hours/week for approximately 300 hours (8 months).

Send resume with cover letter by August 21st, 2019 to: jesse.woodward@chly.ca CC: tanis.dagert@viu.ca, Subject line: CHLY Hiring Committee—Indigenous Collective Coordinator.

Official start date: September 3rd 2019.

Official end date: April 30th 2019.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. CHLY is an equal opportunity employer that encourages applicants from underrepresented groups.