Community Manager (two positions)

Title: Community Manager (two positions)

Position Type: Contract

Compensation: $6,000 USD total fee for each position, on the basis of 12 months estimated at 12 hours/month

Location: Africa, Asia (one Community Manager will be appointed in each of these regions)

The Research Software Alliance (ReSA) is looking for two Community Managers to join our team on a contract basis for the next 12 months and contribute to regional activities in support of the ReSA mission to bring research software communities together to collaborate on the advancement of the research software ecosystem.

About ReSA:

The vision of ReSA is that research software is recognised and valued as a fundamental and vital component of research worldwide. A wide range of research software organisations and programs exist internationally to address the varied challenges in software productivity, quality, reproducibility, and sustainability. As detailed in the ​​ReSA Strategic Plan, ReSA aims to coordinate across these efforts to leverage investments, to achieve the shared long-term goal of research software valued as a fundamental and vital component of research worldwide.

About the Position:

This position will focus on expanding the ReSA community in Asia and Africa. ReSA aims to create an international community of decision makers and key influencers who share ReSA’s vision that research software and those who develop and maintain it be recognised and valued as fundamental and vital to research worldwide. Each Community Manager will help grow awareness of, and engagement with, ReSA’s vision in their own region. The ReSA Engagement Plan contains more information on how community engagement is structured. These positions are supported by a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Scope of role:

The Community Manager will be responsible for community engagement to:

  • Share information on research software community news and initiatives from their region with the international ReSA community.

  • Develop awareness of ReSA in their region (i.e. Africa or Asia) to support growth of the research software community.

This will primarily be done through:

  • Identification of key stakeholders in the research software community in their region (such as RSSE Africa and the RSE Asia Association), and appropriate channels for engaging with them.

  • Contribution of regional information to ReSA social media (e.g. create and share content on ReSA’s Twitter, Mastodon, and Slack channels.

  • Dissemination of a range of ReSA outputs within their region (based on ReSA events, task forces and forums), potentially through regional social media, communities communications channels, and/or representation of ReSA at online events. This may also involve regional contextualisation of ReSA resources.

  • Facilitation of 1-2 ReSA Community Forums for their region within the 12 months.

  • Creation of materials to share regional news, programs, communities, resources, etc. (e.g. blog posts and newsletter articles, and potentially online talks).

What you will bring:

Required selection criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, and at least two years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a field related to community management.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, set priorities and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively.

  • Fluency in using social media (such as Twitter, Mastodon, Slack) to build online communities.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to support community engagement, such as experience of writing blog posts and reports; and leading webinars and facilitating online discussions with diverse audiences.

  • Experience in working with academic institutions, the research community, open science projects, and/or the open source software community.

  • Fluency in English.

Desirable selection criteria:

  • A passion for research software, open source software and/or open science, and an interest in shaping the future of the research software community.

  • Experience in developing online communities in the research, research software, open source software and/or open science sector.

  • Experience of working in geographically distributed teams.

Work Location & Environment:

We are a fully remote team and project staff work across a variety of timezones. Project leadership is based in the Australia Eastern time zone (AEST). You will work closely with the ReSA Director, Michelle Barker; and two part-time Community Managers, Paula Andrea Martinez and Kimberley Hartley. ReSA is a fiscally sponsored project of Code for Science & Society, a non-profit organisation based in the United States.

This is a grant-funded, short term contract position. The total fee for each Community Manager contract is $6,000 USD, on the basis of 12 months estimated at 12 hours/month. One of the successful applicants will be located in Africa, and the other in Asia. Please note that CS&S is unable to pay contractors located in Cuba, North Korea, Iran or Syria due to sanctions.

Applications are welcome from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. As outlined in the ReSA Code of Conduct, ReSA welcomes and encourages participation in our community by people of all backgrounds and identities. We are committed to promoting and sustaining a culture that values mutual respect, tolerance, and learning. We work together as a community to help each other live out these values.

How to Apply:

To apply please fill out this short form, which includes uploading of both your resume and a short cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the role. An online interview will be scheduled with short-listed candidates. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on 16 January, 2023, with an aim to fill the position by February 2023.

If you have any queries please contact ReSA Director, Michelle Barker (