Mapping the ecosystem of STEM community manager roles: Are you a community manager?
Community managers in STEM span a wide array of job titles. From program assistant to communications manager to engagement team lead, the variations are almost endless. While it is becoming more common for community managers in a non-research context to have a title with “community” in it, the breadth of roles can create confusion about what exactly scientific community managers do and the career paths that are possible.
Enter our newest resource, a collection of community manager case studies. We are interviewing members of our community of practice to find out what they do on a day-to-day basis, how they ended up in community management, and where they see themselves in the science and research ecosystem. The first two case studies are already out, and we’ll be releasing a new one every Tuesday throughout the spring and early summer.
We’ll be discussing the case studies, and how they fit into CSCCE’s research portfolio, on tomorrow’s community call. Whether you know you’re a community manager and want to share your experience, or you’re not quite sure but you’d like to learn more, you’re welcome to join us on Zoom on Wednesday, 16 March at 3pm UTC / 11am EDT.
Also in this month’s newsletter:
Sign up for the spring cohort of our foundational training, Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals – note the change in dates!
Meet our newest staff member, Trainer and Curriculum Assistant Alice Martinic
Learn more about supporting volunteers in your community
Read about a new training we’re providing for the eLife Ambassadors Program
Registration is open for Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals – NEW DATES!
Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals is an 8-week, all virtual experience designed with new and experienced community managers in mind. It introduces core frameworks, concepts, and vocabulary in community management tailored to the STEM ecosystem. The spring 2022 cohort will start on Thursday, 28 April 2022 and run on Mondays and Thursdays from 28 April – 16 June at 12pm Eastern / 4pm UTC. More information about the course structure and topics covered can be found on our website.
CSCCE community manager case studies provide two-page snapshots of how individual community managers came to their roles, what activities they support, and what they most enjoy about their work. The first two are already out, and we’ll be publishing a new one every Tuesday. Want to be featured? Let us know!
Join us tomorrow (16 March at 3pm UTC / 11am EDT) for an in-depth discussion about community manager roles in STEM. We’ll hear from two of our past community engagement fellows and share more about how CSCCE is characterizing the STEM community ecosystem.
Last year we released a guidebook describing a skills wheel for scientific community managers, created in collaboration with members of our community of practice. The wheel breaks down the multi-dimensional community manager role into 5 core competencies, each with 9 component skills, and can be used in a variety of ways to support community professionals.
Welcome to Alice Martinic – CSCCE’s newest Trainer and Curriculum Assistant
This month we welcomed a new full time staff member to the CSCCE team: Alice Martinic. Alice joins our growing training team, headed up by Director of Learning, Camille Santistevan, and will be involved in administering and delivering our professional development courses. She’ll work with Camille, and Founder and Director Lou Woodley, as we build out several new courses coming later this year. Read the blog post to find out more about Alice’s background in learning management and connection to the STEM ecosystem.
5 guiding questions to help you support community volunteers – a CSCCE webinar taster
On 3 March 2022, CSCCE Director Lou Woodley was invited to talk to the Code for Science & Society DIgital Infrastructure Incubator about best practices when engaging volunteer labor. Her interactive webinar included opportunities for participants to reflect on their own work with community volunteers, and how they might refine their support mechanisms in the future. With so many community managers in STEM looking to mobilize community members in a volunteer capacity, we thought we’d share an overview of Lou’s “5 guiding questions” for supporting unpaid contributions.
CSCCE team trains eLife Ambassadors: Empowering community champions to address research culture
The CSCCE training team took to the virtual road in mid-March to work with the current cohort of eLife Ambassadors. In two, 90-minute sessions tailored to the eLife Ambassadors program, Lou Woodley and Camille Santistevan are sharing best practices and actionable tactics for STEM community engagement.
rOpenSci seeks a Community Manager to support and build their vibrant and inclusive community of researchers and software engineers and help expand the scope and impact of their work in open science. rOpenSci is looking for a new community manager to help consolidate their existing efforts in reproducible research, and ensure they’re supporting an increasingly diverse membership. You will help new and experienced members collaborate with each other and contribute to communal projects such as software peer-review, R infrastructure development, and internationalization. You will also play a key role in implementing rOpenSci’s new project empowering community leaders from historically excluded groups (HEGs) in collaboration with the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE).
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