Diversity Statement & Plan
Diversity at Southern Oregon Public Television
Southern Oregon Public Television (SOPTV) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment is based on personal capacities and qualifications without discrimination as established by law. SOPTV takes extra efforts to recruit and employ members of ethnic minority groups, women, veterans and disabled individuals for all open positions. Copies of our employment profile and recruitment activities for open positions are listed on our website in our Public Inspection Files.
SOPTV recognizes a talented and diverse workforce is a strategic and key competition advantage for our organizational success.
Diversity encompasses differences in ethnicity, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, socio-economic status, religious beliefs, political beliefs and other ideologies. We believe that a wide array of perspectives allows us to fulfill our mission to serve our community.
To accomplish this goal, SOPTV has established these goals:
- Continue to build our mailing list and offer outreach when possible to attract and hire diverse individuals;
- Seek candidates for the Board of Directors and Community Advisory Board that represent the geographical and demographical diversity of southern Oregon and northern California with a special effort to increase diversity on the Board and CAB;
- Continue to work with students at Southern Oregon University and Southern Oregon Film and Media to discover new talent and increase participation of independent filmmakers.
During FY 2017 (July – June) SOPTV’s workforce consisted of five females (36%) and nine males (64%). The staff is 93% Caucasian. SOPTV is headquartered in Medford, the largest city in Jackson County, which is 89% Caucasian with a population that is 51.2% female and 48.8% male.
SOPTV’s governing board consists of seven members — 28% are female and 72% are male. The Board is multigenerational and is representative of Jackson County and southern Oregon. One Board member is Native American.
The Community Advisory Board has eight members of which 25% are female and 75% are male. The Advisory Board is also multigenerational and representative of the region. One Board member is African-American.
Approved by the SOPTV Board of Directors November 6, 2017