Role: GOSH Community Coordinator
Full time, fixed term contract (~12 months with potential for extension) starting in late January 2021
Deadline for applications: 3 Jan 2021
Reports to: GOSH Board members
The Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH) community supports open hardware for scientific research and education by convening meetings such as global and regional GOSH events and providing online forums that democratize research, influence policy and take action to make open science hardware (OScH) ubiquitous by 2025. We support our community, many of whom are outside of formal institutions, to scale our collective impact. Examples of our activities include mapping useful tools, resources and people in OScH to maximise the visibility and use of existing initiatives; reaching out to new communities and individuals; increasing connections between scientific and local communities that are already engaged in using science to address issues such as environmental pollution.
The GOSH Community Coordinator will work with the GOSH community governance groups, the wider community and the board of the GOSH 501c3 nonprofit to support them in organising activities such as global GOSH meetings, writing sprints, collaborative development projects and more. The community is currently undergoing a transition to a new governance structure and they will also support the new governance group in implementing and communicating that structure.
They will play a key role in supporting the GOSH Community to reach new audiences, provide an enriching and dynamic environment for existing projects and community members, share open and impactful technologies and make OScH ubiquitous by 2025.
To meet the deliverables of this position we anticipate 35-40 hours/week, with an understanding that some weeks might require more hours than other weeks especially during community events.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Support the GOSH community governance groups to make use of community tools and platforms, implement and communicate the new GOSH community governance structure.
- Organize and help monitor and implement actions arising from GOSH Community meetings.
- Foster relationships and partnerships with other organisations and stakeholders in OScH who may join or collaborate with the GOSH community.
- Implement metrics and mechanisms to measure the health of the GOSH community and collate impact stories.
- Coordinate and develop and document a handbook, templates and other resources for running a GOSH event including our facilitation model.
- Manage calls for funding for regional events, writing workshops and collaborative development projects.
- Support the Global GOSH organising committee with administrative tasks and coordination.
- Work with web developers and the GOSH community to develop and improve the GOSH website and forum.
- Amplify news and projects from the community to raise the profile of OScH and ensure diverse voices and projects are visible and used.
- Monitor and manage GOSH social media channels, support community members who wish to contribute to those channels.
- Create engaging GOSH newsletters compiled to keep members up to date with activity on the forum, events, funding opportunities, highlighted community successes and requests for help.
- Consider new ways of communicating and tools for increasing connections in the community at a time when travel is reduced.
- Collate reports from activities funded by GOSH such as global gatherings, regional gatherings, writing sprints etc.
- Support the 501c3 board in gathering material for funder reports and grant applications.
- Support funding applications arising from the GOSH community, where applicable.
- Education: a background in a STEAM-related subject or another subject relevant to the role and to the OScH community is desirable.
- Experience: +2 years experience of community coordination and/or project management in a paid or voluntary context is essential, involvement in the OScH community is desirable as is a track record in open source or open hardware projects and communities.
- Specific skills: facilitation, social media, content creation, project management, event organisation, community management
- Personal characteristics: team player, adaptable, organised, strong communication skills, empathetic, willingness to listen to the community, strong alignment with the values of the GOSH Manifesto and a commitment to equity, passionate about OScH and its potential to improve science and society.
- Certifications: None necessary
Send a resume and cover letter in a single document to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 Jan 2021.
Please note, this position is time zone flexible and community-facing which means that some weekend and evening work will be required regardless of location. The Community Coordinator is expected to attend GOSH community calls, which typically happen mid-morning U.S. Eastern Time. Some travel will potentially be required, particularly for community events.
Contract rates will be commensurate with experience and geographic location, GOSH is committed to providing fair and equitable compensation.
The Gathering for Open Science Hardware is committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. We encourage people with different ability sets, people of color, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities to apply.