For much of this year, KBOO has operated without a Station Manager. In keeping with KBOO’s tradition of trying innovative ideas to address challenges, the board accepted a proposal by the staff to give collective management a trial run.
Initially, we started out by apportioning the essential responsibilities inherent in the Station Manager’s job description, to the remaining staff. The goal was to make sure that all essential duties were being filled, and to utilize the skills of the staff to cover them. As we met obligations, dealt with challenges, and looked at alternate staff management structures, the staff decided to make a formal proposal to institutionally change KBOO’s staffing to a worker-collective. We think that this structure is culturally the best fit for the station, and recognizes and utilizes the interdependency of departments.
The staff are meeting several times per month to finish this proposal. We are currently looking at ways to hold accountability amongst the staff, and to conduct evaluations of staff members.
As always, your feedback is important! We invite anyone with ideas or with experience with collective staffing to give us your thoughts and ideas. Please contact me with any ideas, information, concerns or questions you have about this process, or leave your comments here. You can reach me at this link
, or at 503-231-8032 ext. 213. You can reach the staff as a whole through this link