Open Position: Community Engagement Lead

Posting date: 1 October 2018

The Carpentries is an open global community teaching the skills and perspectives to turn data into knowledge. We build capacity in essential data and computational skills for conducting efficient, open, and reproducible research. Through our mission, we are committed to “training and fostering an active, inclusive, diverse community of learners and instructors who promote and model the importance of software and data in research.” We believe in a world where more people have the computational skills and perspectives to work with data to address their questions in science, scholarship and society. We aim to build that world by scaling evidence-based teaching, creating inclusive environments, and building communities of practice based on open principles.

We seek an engaged and collaborative individual who shares this vision for a full-time position as the Community Engagement Lead of The Carpentries. You will be part of a diverse team of professionals working to spread data-driven research skills. Our community comprises 35,000 learners, 1,500 instructors, 70 Trainers, and 75 member organizations from research institutions around the world. The Community Engagement Lead has a broad responsibility for developing and supporting global and local Carpentry communities and creating pathways for participation and increased communication.

As Community Engagement Lead, you will model and promote our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. You will engage and influence our volunteer community through effective communication, transparency, and collaborative leadership. The Community Engagement Lead will be key in developing and evaluating strategies and support for local community leaders and Carpentries Champions, supporting ongoing global communities and promoting effective communication strategies. You will disseminate updates about our projects and activities to diverse communities via blog posts, Twitter, and related outlets and engage with the community on discussion forums and through meetings. Additionally you will facilitate connections between The Carpentries and the broader open-science / open-source community. You will work with researchers, learners, instructors, and member organizations around the world to advance our mission.

Your qualifications:

This posting is intentionally broad. We are not expecting experience with all components of the position. We are looking for someone with skills and perspectives that complement our existing team and an enthusiasm for the role and the goals and approaches of our organization.


  • Demonstrated leadership experience in professional or volunteer settings
  • Some evidence of community building efforts
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Customer-service orientation
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Able to work virtually with a distributed team
  • Demonstrated experience with social media and/or blogging
  • Familiarity with the open-science, open-source community
  • Passion for sharing digital research skills


  • Experience with The Carpentries
  • Understanding of non-profits and their communications needs
  • Experience working with a volunteer community
  • Experience teaching technical workshops
  • Project management skills
  • Knowledge of web analytics for evaluating communication approaches
  • Experience or knowledge of human-centered design and accessibility
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following: Git, GitHub, R, Python, SQL

This is a remote position and will be paid by our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, Community Initiatives. This position is open for a junior or more senior role. Salary will be USD $60-90K, commensurate with experience.

The Carpentries is dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship, nationality, ethnic or social origin, pregnancy, familial status, veteran status, religion or belief, age, education, or socio-economic status. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

About Us

We’re a staff team of ten, with a nine person Executive Council. We’re a fiscally sponsored project of the 501(c)3 Community Initiatives. We have a large community of instructors and contributors, and a much larger community of users. We use evidence based teaching practices to teach the core skills for effective computational and data work, and we promote reproducible research and open science/open source widely.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume or CV to

Application review will begin October 18 UTC 06:00. This position will remain open until filled.

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