As part of the latest cycle of grants under the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)’s Essential Open Source Software for Science program, CSCCE will be working with the software nonprofit Bioconductor as they develop a new training program and community platform for their users.
Bioconductor is built on the R programming language, and is an open source platform for the statistical analysis of genomic datasets.
Our newest resource, the CSCCE Skills Wheel and guidebook, is out this week. Created by the C3 project team of the 2017 CEFP cohort, the wheel defines 45 skills used in varying degrees by scientific community managers, laying out a common language and framework for hiring, professional development, and personal fulfillment.
About the C3 project
As part of CSCCE’s Community Engagement Fellowship Program (CEFP), fellows self-organize into small groups to take on a research or resource-development project. The Catalyzing Cultural Change (C3) team, Jennifer Davison, Andreas Leidolf, Malin Sandström, Elisha Wood-Charlson, and Lou Woodley, wanted to define the skills and core competencies for scientific community engagement managers, while also understanding how these roles are positioned within different types of scientific communities or organizations.
To do this, they compared the skills listed in a range of scientific community manager job descriptions, surveyed scientific community managers within the 2017 CEFP cohort, and, along with additional literature research, created the CSCCE skills wheel.
If you’re looking to hire a community manager – perhaps for the first time – this collection of resources includes tips for doing so. It also includes information for first time community managers, or those who are starting to realize that their roles involve community management.
CSCCE skills wheel
In 2017, the CEFP2017 project team comprised of Jennifer Davison, Andy Leidolf, Malin Sandström, Elisha Wood-Charlson and Lou Woodley compared scientific community manager job descriptions to identify core skills. These were translated into a skills wheel and accompanying glossary that can be used to support conversations about hiring and training community staff – including how roles may be shared across a team.
by Lou Woodley, Katie Pratt, Malin Sandström, Elisha Wood-Charlson, Jennifer Davison, and Andreas Leidolf
January 25, 2021
This skills wheel is an output of the C3 project team from the 2017 cohort of the CSCCE Community Engagement Fellows Program (CEFP 2017). This guidebook is intended to be a brief, practical introduction to scientific community manager roles and provide a starting point for discussing common questions about them.
In 2016 we carried out a survey of over 100 scientific community professionals to determine more about their career paths to date, their skill sets and challenges.
For this survey we partnered with The Community Roundtable, who generously let us use and adapt their State of Community Management survey question bank which they use each year to look at corporate communities.
Scientific community managers bring a mix of skills to their roles – often combining scientific training with excellent communications. Resources in this section are aimed at hiring managers as well as prospective community managers – with advice to help you to make a good hire – and to succeed in your new role.
CSCCE Director, Lou Woodley has written extensively about community manager skills and characteristics on her personal blog, including rounding up and extending work from related domains such as social learning theory and netweaving. Check out:
Strategies for survival in a newly-created community manager position – CEFP2017 Fellow and first-time community manager, Josh Knackert shares what he learned in the first year of his role.
Meet a community manager Series
In 2016 we published a series of blog posts where we asked existing community managers 5 questions about their career paths, their current roles, their challenges, and how they see community engagement within science.
While many of these community managers have transitioned to other roles (often still in community-building) the series provides a useful perspective on what these emerging roles can look like.
Science Communications FellowAssociation for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Online communities allow us to link limited clusters of knowledge that scientists possess individually into an unlimited network. Communities have a potential to exponentially expand the scientific conversation, which is key to the advancement of science.
…community is the infrastructure that science runs on – very few discoveries are the work of a lone genius building on nothing, many good collaborations run for decades – and engagement is the glue that binds that community together.
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