Executive Director

Scion Executive Search has been retained to conduct a search for the incoming Executive Director on behalf of Free Speech TV (FSTV), a nonprofit media network committed to building a just, equitable world. Available in 35 million US television households, FSTV offers an alternative to media owned by billionaires, governments, and corporations: Its programming amplifies This full-time on-site opportunity is for immediate hire and will operate from the organization’s headquarters in sunny, vibrant Denver, Colorado.


FSTV is the only national, independent news network dedicated to advancing racial, economic, and environmental justice. Inspired by the belief that a just, kind, and sustainable world is built by diverse voices, fearless truth-telling, and engaged communities, FSTV lifts up the stories of those historically excluded in media and political power, including people of color, LGBTQ folks, poor people, folks with disabilities, women, elders, and youth.

A 24-hour television and multi-platform digital network, FSTV offers a wide spectrum of daily and weekly news programs, including Democracy Now!, The Thom Hartmann Program, and The Stephanie Miller Show. It also broadcasts independent documentaries, timely calls to action, and coverage of events like the Poor People's Campaign, Netroots Nation, and Bioneers. Launched in 1995, FSTV is distributed principally by DISH (9415) and DIRECTV (348), Roku, mobileapps, social media, and via live stream on freespeech.org. Its audience includes often overlooked rural viewers in Red States. It is owned and operated by Public Communicators, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and is funded primarily by its viewers, with additional support from philanthropic foundations.

FSTV is in the process of launching a Multiracial Democracy Initiative to help dismantle the structures and practices that perpetuate inequality and injustice. FSTV has established a majority- of-color board and management team, grounded staff in antiracist praxis, and engaged racial justice movement leaders in preparation for a re-visioning of the network. Broadly, FSTV aims first to consolidate its base of loyal viewers and movement allies and then, in order to “reconstruct democracy,” reach beyond “the choir” by speaking in new ways to audiences that are more racially, generationally, and ideologically diverse.


FSTV is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization at this transformational juncture.The right individual is an ambitious, resourceful, and visionary leader and strategic thinker. They understand the challenges facing the country and the planet, and the role that media can play as part of the solution. They inspire others with their hope, creativity, and passion for building out a media enterprise in service of social justice and multiracial democracy. The Executive Director serves as an exemplary chief executive, responsible for overseeing the direction and daily operations of the network. Both change agents and steady hands, they are dynamic and entrepreneurial, adept in building teams, coalitions, and partnerships. They possess impeccable integrity and empathy. This individual is a confident builder who can inspire others—including funders—to transform the FSTV of today into the FSTV of tomorrow.

Reporting to a supportive and collaborative Board of Directors, this position oversees a strong leadership team, including the General Manager, Senior Director of Finance, Development Director, and other senior staff with the responsibility of developing, implementing, and evaluating programs to ensure they are in alignment with FSTV’s mission, organizational values, and business objectives. FSTV currently operates with a staff of 18 and a $4M annual budget.

  • Provide leadership by refining the network’s vision and modeling/upholding its core values.
  • Develop strategies for financial growth, operational expansion, and increased mission impact.
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts from individuals, foundations, and other sources that align with established organizational mission and values.
  • Build strategic partnerships with progressive organizations and social justice leaders, independent media peers, donors, and other allies.
  • Act as the chief liaison to the Board of Directors.
  • Develop and meet annual financial plans, while overseeing the organization’s fiscal management.
  • Support the management team in cultivating partnerships, developing new programs, expanding distribution, piloting new technologies, and building audiences.
  • Establish and track clear institutional goals and timelines.
  • Serve as an advocate and mentor for staff, promoting innovation, excellence, and accountability at all levels.
  • Represent the organization publicly and respond to inquiries, recommendations, and complaints.
  • 5+ years of director-level experience acting as a visionary and resourceful leader.
  • Demonstrated a history of creating compelling programs within a complex organization and engaging meaningfully with team members and constituents.
  • Record of leading fundraising efforts of at least $1M, including making large direct fundraising pitches to potential donors.
  • Demonstrated fiscal management abilities.
  • Stellar communication and networking skills, with experience cultivating relationships with social justice movements and philanthropic leaders.
  • Experience leading a committed team and fostering a positive work environment of ambitious goals, collaboration, accountability, healthy relationships, and inclusivity.
  • Genuine commitment to social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.
  • Media experience (broadcast, print, and/or digital) is highly desirable.
  • An understanding of strategic communications and movement organizing is highly desirable.


This full-time, on-site opportunity offers an exciting chance to significantly impact social justice and racial equity on a national level working with a strong, committed, and experienced team in a dynamic media environment. In addition to a competitive base salary of $175,000–$195,000, FSTV also provides a strong benefits package that includes subsidized health and dental insurance, free vision coverage, life insurance, employer-paid long- and short-term disability insurance, and relocation assistance. FSTV also offers 9 paid holidays, plus the week between Dec 26 and Dec 31; 10–20 paid days off for employees (based on years served); paid sick leave; personal days; parental leave; sabbatical leave; and a 401(k) plan.

APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS:  Free Speech TV has retained the services of Scion Executive Search, a national executive search firm specializing in mission-driven organization recruitment, to assist in conducting this search. For immediate consideration please apply with your resume and cover letter, formatted in Microsoft Word, via: https://www.scionstaffing.com/job/9952.  Please address applications to:  Joanne MacGregor, Executive Search Principal  Scion Executive Search  (888) 487-8850 ext 134  Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made.  Free Speech TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values, celebrates, and encourages diversity and equity in all facets of the organization’s work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. 


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