One of CSCCE’s primary goals is to advocate for, and elevate the importance of, the profession of community management within STEM, across a whole range of organizations, collaborations, and communities. This week, we took another step towards this goal by announcing that we now award graduates of our multi-week online courses digital badges.
Digital badges are a verified way for people to easily share that they completed a course of study. In CSCCE’s case, the nearly 200 graduates of our Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals (CEF) course can now add a badge to their LinkedIn profile, share their qualification on social media, and use a “digital backpack” to collect and share any and all of the Open Badges that they earn on their professional development journey. Through this collective action, we hope to increase the name recognition of “community manager” in STEM and thus the appreciation of community professionals across our ecosystem.
Sign up for CEF23W, the next cohort of Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals
Find out more about last week’s CEF reunion and two-year anniversary celebration
Catch up on our October and November community calls, which focused on expectations for community success and working with community volunteers
Add our December community potluck to your calendar
Registration now open for Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals
You can now register for the Winter 2023 cohort of our foundational community management training. 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. More information about the course structure and topics covered can be found on our website – but be quick as the course is already more than half full!
CSCCE now recognizes learners who have successfully completed one of our multi-week courses by awarding digital badges. These badges can be added to LinkedIn pages, email signatures, and social media, as well as stored with similar earned credentials in a “digital backpack.”
Last week, we hosted two virtual reunion celebration events, bringing together graduates from our foundational online training course, Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals (CEF). It’s been two years since we launched the pilot of the course, and since then almost 200 learners have participated.
October’s community call recap: STEM leaders share their definitions of successful community management
This month’s community call was part of an ongoing series focusing on the role of the community manager in STEM, inspired by the 25 Community Manager Case Studies we published earlier this year. One of the common challenges identified from the case studies is that many community managers feel that their role is poorly understood, and so people in these roles sometimes find themselves juggling disparate definitions of success. Josh Greenberg (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation), John Ohab (Hertz Foundation), and Karthik Ram (University of California at Berkeley) shared how they think about the importance and impact of communities, and the qualities they look for in a successful community.
November’s community call recap: Community managers share their strategies for engaging volunteers
For our November call, the theme was working with volunteers. Yanina Bellini Saibene (rOpenSci) moderated a discussion between Saranjeet Kaur (RSE Asia Association) and Melissa Mendonça (NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, and Pandas) with brief comments from Yared Abera Ergu (The Carpentries in Africa). The panelists addressed a range of topics including: the types of volunteer positions available in their communities; what motivates their volunteers, and; problems with common approaches to volunteer labor and potential solutions
We like to send the year off with a little bit of fun, mixed with some contemplation and so for our December community call we’ll be hosting our fourth annual end-of-year potluck. This year, we’ll be focusing on tech tools for supporting community management on a shoestring budget! Rather than everyone bringing a dish to share, as is typical at most potlucks, all participants are welcome to bring examples of tools that they’ve used to solve specific problems – or problems in search of a tool! We’ll structure the “meal” so there’s time to share and time to learn.
This position is perfect for a team-centric leader with excellent communication skills, keen attention to detail, and a process-oriented approach to getting things done. This role will involve taking the lead at multi-partner meetings, writing regular reports for different audiences, and synthesizing and integrating feedback. The new project manager will be responsible for ensuring all components of the project are delivered on time and within budget, managing partner communications and information flow, managing the grant budget, risk management, and coordinating stipends, reimbursements, and other administrative tasks.
CSCCE Lead Trainer and Curriculum Developer – Open Source Specialism
We are looking for a new training team member who has expertise and experience in the open source space. With a major focus of the grant being to create and deliver relevant training to leaders in the open source community, it’s crucial that the composition of our team in the classroom includes additional open source experience. With a track record of creating and delivering training, this experienced hire will be involved in curriculum development, materials creation, delivering virtual training, and managing the use of online learning tools.
Community Manager – US Research Software Sustainability Institute
The US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI), a fiscally sponsored Code for Science & Society project, is looking for a Community Manager (CM) who will grow a thriving community of practitioners interested in the use and sustainability of research software. In this brand new role, the CM will be responsible for designing and delivering a series of online activities including a highly curated newsletter, monthly webinars, and a new website that will include guest content to raise awareness of relevant activities around research software training and policy research. The CM will additionally act as a liaison to help to recruit students for research software training, disseminate the findings of the URSSI policy fellow, and solicit input from a volunteer advisory committee. There will also be opportunities for professional development, including participation in CSCCE courses and collaboration with CSCCE staff on the design and delivery of specific projects.
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