Community Manager

Charlottesville, VA
Background about the Center for Open Science

The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.  The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia dedicated to improving the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices.  The COS team moves quickly, identifies problems and creates solutions, encourages risk-taking, blends science and technology, is highly collaborative, is high energy, and is dedicated to openness.   

COS has three primary activities: (1) infrastructure development to support the scientific workflow ( - documentation, archiving, sharing, and registration - and connect with other open technologies, (2) culture change via community building among stakeholders in science - particularly service providers, societies, institutions, publishers, funding organizations, and grassroots communities of researchers, and (3) metascience, research on scientific practices.   

Community Manager Position

This position is the operational lead of COS’s NSF-funded project to create a STEM Education Research Hub and is integrated with COS’s broader objectives to provide products, shape policy, and increase community capacity for open, reproducible research in all fields. The Community Manager will connect Hub objectives with the new Open Scholarship Knowledge Base and facilitate cultivation of community and content to support advancing rigor and credibility in education research. The Community Manager will also lead grassroots community development in education research specifically and in collaboration across disciplinary communities. The goal of the grant is to establish a community-sustained social and technical infrastructure to support changing the research culture toward greater rigor and reproducibility.

Community Manager Candidates

The ideal candidate has strong knowledge of research methodology, a passion for curating and synthesizing complex content and presenting that information logically and in an organized manner, a skill for empowering community members to act individually and in concert, and a community orientation of inclusion and collaboration with experts across disciplines for content generation and social activism.  The community manager will be socially engaged with many stakeholders cultivating culture change and community resources.

Responsibilities- Community Engagement:

    • Organizing, planning, and managing community building events for education researchers, specifically a yearly hosted meeting in the mold of the Society for Improving Psychological Science community meetings for education research
    • Plan and execute outreach to education research community with Communications and Outreach Coordinator
    • Attendance at STEM Education research and related meetings to build community and advance COS’s mission
    • Cultivating community leadership and participation by education researchers such that advancement of open scholarship is driven by the community itself
    • Collaboration within COS and with external partners to align incentive, policy, and training efforts in education research with broader scholarly community efforts
    • Collaborate with internal Product and Engineering teams to develop requirements for the STEM Education Research Hub, successfully launch the Hub, continually maintain and improve, and track usage and adoption

Responsibilities- Knowledge Base Manager:

    • Collaborate with consultant leading initial implementation of Knowledge Base for ensuring effective implementation of technical and social components, and smooth transition to management of the service to the Community Manager
    • Implementing an efficient and sustainable model for community leadership, editing, and contribution to the Knowledge Base
    • Manage communication, negotiation, and planning among contributing stakeholders across the scholarly community for the Knowledge Base
    • Monitor usage and uptake of Knowledge Base content by including basic analytics for views, comments, contributions, and collaborators to report out to the community and stakeholders
    • Assess gaps in Knowledge Base materials to support the variety of audiences, use cases and disciplines for sourcing development of content for robust materials
    • Consolidating knowledge and existing material for seeding the Knowledge Base
    • Ensure intuitive and easy content navigation with multiple points of entry for Knowledge Base. Facilitate transitions in knowledge acquisition from introduction to depth and into implementation
    • Project management of key objectives and milestones for project


    • Community-building, grassroots organizing
    •  Proficiency with collaboration tools
    • Experience with highly collaborative projects
    • Strong background in scientific research; Expertise in social-behavioral-educational science research desired
    • Event planning and management in unconference format
    • Demonstrated commitment to transparency, rigor, and reproducibility in research
    • Highly efficient and task-oriented
    • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently and in coordination with a team for advancing shared objectives
    • Ability to prioritize, make decisions, problem-solve, and ask for help
    • Demonstrated ability to curate and present a dense or challenging subject matter in online spaces
    • Expertise with agile practices a plus
    • Comfort and experience with technology-intensive organizations a plus
Position Detail

Salary range $60,000 to $65,000 commensurate with experience. Preferred start date in May 2020.  The duration of the position is for three years, with extension or transition to other roles contingent on future funding availability. The position is located at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA.  The Community Manager reports to the Director of Policy and also works closely with COS’s Product team. On-site and remote working circumstances will be considered. 

COS offers full time employees:

401(k) with employer match. COS offers a matching contribution of 100% up to 3% of pay and another 50% up to 5% of pay (the full match will be 4% if participants elect to defer 5%)

Health, dental, and vision insurance. COS covers 100% of employee premium and 50% of all dependent coverage costs under the base plan

15 days vacation in year one

Paid family medical leave. COS offers paid leave for up to three (3) months to all full-time, regular employees to care for their child after birth, after or during the adoption process, or to care for their spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition

Modern office space and other amenities

COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance


Please submit a resume/CV and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position. Two or more letters of recommendation can be submitted to by the recommendation author in support of the application.  Letters should provide insight on the candidate’s possession of competencies listed above and capacity to meet the described responsibilities.  Please instruct letter writers to include the candidate’s name in the subject line of the email. Questions about the position and COS are welcome, and can be directed to COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.