After reading this and if you are ready to apply, fill out the Application for Appointment to the Board of Directors. If you have questions please direct them to Executive Director Autumn Labbe-Renault, who will share with the current board chair.
Davis Media Access (DMA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, membership-based media center offering community members the tools and training to develop and distribute their own media. DMA helps document important moments and traditions in community life, preserving them for the future. We partner with and provide support for a wide range of other nonprofits, public sector entities and community-based groups. DMA was incorporated as Davis Community Television in 1988. In 2004, we launched KDRT, a low-power community radio station. In 2007, we changed our name to Davis Media Access to better reflect the growing range of media options we make available. Though based in Davis, we work without partners throughout Yolo County.
DMA’s core services include access to television production equipment, training and channel time on local public access channel 15 on the Comcast cable system. DCTV programming is also carried on AT&T's U-verse system. DMA holds the license and provides organizational support for KDRT-LP, a low-power radio station located at 95.7 FM in Davis. Through our partnership with the City and the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD), DMA manages educational access services and staff for cable Channel 17. DMA manages the following sites: davismedia.org; dctv.davismedia.org; kdrt.org; and DJUSD.tv.
We also support a growing range of media distribution options, including social media, and community archives. Our services and facilities are available to all who live, work, study or volunteer in the Davis community on a non-discriminatory, first-come, first-served basis.
About Our Board
DMA’s nine-member board is appointed to govern the organization, and to provide guidance and strategic advice. Members are appointed for two-year terms, with each member eligible to serve a maximum of two (2) terms. One board member serves as a liaison to the KDRT Steering Committee; another serves as a representative of the Davis Joint Unified School District. Other members come from the community at large and are recruited to represent various facets of community life, or because they possess specific skill sets or knowledge. DMA’s Executive Director reports to the board, and selects a staff liaison to attend staff meetings.
The Board’s standing committees include Executive/Finance and Nominations. Other committees are formed as needed, and currently nclude a Fund Development Committee and a KDRT Operations Committee.
DMA’s board typically meets monthly, with committee meetings scheduled separately. Board meetings are generally held by Zoom or at DMA and last 90 minutes. In addition, board members are asked to attend annual retreats and other strategic planning meetings as required.
Responsibilities & Commitments
Responsibilities of DMA Board Members fall into two categories:
1. The Board is responsible for the long-term viability of the organization. It provides continuity for DMA by advancing DMA’s mission through the development of services, and advocacy for them.
2. The Board has fiduciary responsibility for DMA, including oversight of accounts and contracts, and regular review of DMA’s financial standing. The Board acts to protect and preserve DMA’s status as a 501-c3 entity.
3. The Board selects, appoints and oversees an Executive Director (E.D.) to whom responsibility for the administration of the organization is delegated. In addition, the Board is charged with regular evaluation of the E.D. on the basis of her/his job description, leadership in the organization, in program planning and implementation, and in management of the organization and its personnel. It is DMA’s practice that the relationship between the Board and the Executive Director be professional, respectful of the ED’s strengths, collegial, and advisory in nature. It is also within the Board’s purview to offer administrative guidance and determine whether to retain or dismiss the E.D.
4. The Board governs the organization through broad policies and objectives, formulated and agreed upon by the Executive Director. Such governance includes the assignment of priorities that ensure the organization’s capacity to carry out programs, and continual review of its work. The Board is expected to assess its own performance as part of an annual retreat process.
5. The Board is charged with acquiring resources sufficient for DMA’s operations, and to finance its programs and services adequately. Implicit in this is the responsibility for assisting with DMA’s related contract negotiations.
6. The Board is accountable to the public for the services of the organization. The Board accepts responsibility for all conditions and policies attached to DMA’s programs and services, and for its oversight of key personnel.
7. The Board is charged with ensuring that DMA’s policies and services meet or exceed legal requirements. In addition, the Board serves as an arbiter as needed in any internal disputes.
• Believe in DMA’s mission and champion its services and programs
• Attend board meetings regularly
• Respond promptly and regularly to board-related communications
• Serve on at least one DMA committee
• Represent DMA at community functions, and promote DMA’s mission and services
• DMA does not have a "give or get" policy in terns of financial contributions, but board members are expected to participate in and support fund raising efforts, including sharing our appeals via social media or other personal networks.
• Participate in annual retreats and other strategic planning meetings
• Meet these commitments for a full two-year term