Curriculum Community Developer

The Carpentries is 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 seek an engaged and collaborative individual who shares this vision for a full-time position as the Curriculum Community Developer for The Carpentries. The Curriculum Community Developer has a broad responsibility for developing community and guidelines around open, collaborative curriculum development within the scientific open source software and research ecosystem.

As the Curriculum Community Developer, you will facilitate the development of new Carpentries-style lessons and promote the submission, sharing, and use of community-developed lessons. You will develop an editorial process for the peer-review of lesson submissions, and create documentation to guide authors in the lesson development process. You will identify and recruit peer reviewers, and coordinate the review process. The Curriculum Community Developer will establish effective communication channels for community members proposing, developing, and reviewing lessons. You will build a community of lesson developers and maintainers as part of a collaborative development ecosystem. You will work with the Lesson Infrastructure Technical Developer to guide development of the CarpentriesLab platform, advocating for curriculum developers and effectively connecting them with the technical infrastructure. You will also be involved in supporting our existing community of maintainers for core Carpentries lessons through effective communication, transparency, and collaborative leadership.

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. 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. In this role, you’ll join a diverse team of professionals working to spread data-driven research skills. Our community comprises 50,000 learners, 2,000 instructors, 80 Trainers, and 85 member organisations from research institutions around the world.

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 organisation.

Required:

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

Preferred:

  • Experience with The Carpentries
  • Experience working with a volunteer community
  • Understanding of nonprofits and their communications needs
  • Editorial experience
  • Experience teaching technical subjects
  • Demonstrated experience with social media and/or blogging
  • Project management skills
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following: R, Python, SQL

Our team values openness, honesty, fairness, and transparency as the keys to fostering trust. We believe that individuals are the most important part of our organisation and our strongest resource. We strive to make decisions that prioritize people first and empower the growth and success of all who are part of our organisation. We value a growth mindset in all that we do and strive to be always improving and evolving ourselves and our methodologies, being receptive to feedback, responsive, curious, and willing to learn.

About Us

We’re a core team of eleven staff and independent contractors, 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. All interactions in The Carpentries community and spaces, both virtual and in-person, are governed by our Code of Conduct.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a remote position and is initially funded for 18 months, with the possibility of renewal. For US-based candidates, compensation will be $77,000 - $104,500 USD annually, commensurate with experience. Outside the US, total compensation may need to be adjusted in accordance with legal and financial costs associated with international hiring and contracting for a US-based entity. All qualified applicants are highly encouraged to apply, and we will make every effort to be transparent about the impact of costs on potential compensation during the interview process.

In the US, Community Initiatives offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision
  • 401k with employer match
  • Basic life insurance, AD&D, STD & LTD
  • 4 weeks of vacation
  • 12 paid holidays
  • 4 floating holidays

Outside the US, Community Initiatives will make every effort to support the hiring or contracting of international workers, following all local laws related to employment and benefits, ensuring a competitive compensation package.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Carpentries is dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. We are an equal opportunity employer and give consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by US federal, state, or local law. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume or CV to jobs@carpentries.org. If you would like to be considered for any of our other open positions, please indicate all positions you are applying for in your cover letter. Please also clearly indicate the country in which you pay taxes.

Applications received before 11 December 2019 will receive full consideration.