Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£32,500 - £37,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

eLife is an unprecedented collaboration between the funders and practitioners of research to change the way important results are selected, presented, and shared. Backed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, Wellcome and the Wallenberg Foundation, eLife publishes an open-access journal for outstanding new research in the life and biomedical sciences and is creating open-source technology platforms to drive innovation in research communication more broadly. We are now looking for a Community Manager to join our Communities team.

Brief description of role 

Reporting to the Head of Communities, you will use your organisational and facilitation skills, to enrich the experience of the eLife Ambassadors and early-career peer reviewers, and add value to community-led initiatives we support. You will work as part of a small, dedicated team, within a vibrant and progressive organisation, helping us drive behaviour and culture change towards greater openness, inclusivity and integrity in life sciences and biomedicine.

eLife is serious about diversity and inclusion. We’re building a team whose diversity of perspective and experience, and whose respect for one another, make us stronger.

Experience and attributes

With five or more years’ experience in a community- or stakeholder-facing role, you will be independently motivated, committed to diversity and inclusion, responsive and willing to take on a variety of tasks. In addition the ideal candidate should have:

  • At least five years experience coordinating volunteers or partner organisations, or managing distributed teams

  • Demonstrable track record in managing simultaneous community projects, including delivering high-quality results on time

  • Experience in delivering engaging online meetings/events

  • Resilience and openness to change

  • Excellent communication skills, spoken and written

  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills 

Any of the following will be advantageous but not essential: 

  • Broad cultural awareness and a collaborative, constructive attitude

  • Familiarity with online collaboration tools and platforms

  • Understanding of the academic culture

  • Analytical skills and curiosity

  • Creative problem solving

Specific responsibilities

  • Delivering and monitoring eLife community engagement programmes, especially those aimed at early-career researchers

  • Engaging early-career scientists in peer review, especially those from communities underrepresented in eLife’s review process

  • Overseeing outreach and the execution of community-building programs such as webinars and small grants

  • Offering insights related to community needs and perceptions of eLife practice and policies

Terms and conditions

The post is a permanent position, 37.5 hours per week, and offers a competitive basic annual salary in the range of £32,500-£37,000 (depending on experience) and benefits. The eLife office is based in Cambridge but we may consider candidates wishing to work on a remote basis. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the UK to be considered for the vacancy.

Our offer

We are a well-supported, not-for-profit, mission-driven organisation. We have a deeply open and inclusive culture, and ideas are welcome from across the company, so you’ll get the chance to really make a difference. The size of the team means you’ll be able to get involved in many aspects of driving behaviour change, innovation and scholarly publishing.

We also offer:

  • Great opportunities for your personal and professional development

  • Competitive salary and benefits

  • 25 days’ holiday, plus bank holidays

  • An open, communicative and inspiring working experience

  • The option of working in an employee designed modern office near the centre of Cambridge

  • Covered cycle parking, shower facilities, informal working or relaxation areas, free fresh fruit, a fancy coffee machine and snacks in the kitchen

  • A sociable and friendly team with interesting social events

  • A flexible approach to working hours and remote working

  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay

  • Company pension scheme

  • Death in Service benefit

To apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining your enthusiasm for this position and why you are a great person for this role. If you get stuck on what to write then here are some suggestions:

  • Why you would like to join eLife.

  • Examples demonstrating you’ve got the experience and attributes we’re looking for.

  • Any blogs and email groups you read or would recommend.

  • Any communities and events you attend or are involved with.

  • Any books you’ve read that stood out.

  • ​Links to Twitter/LinkedIn/personal websites/blogs that you’d like us to read.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 4th June 2021 at 5pm (BST). Interviews will be arranged remotely via GoogleMeet or Zoom video-call.

Reference ID: CM/2021-05/CJ

No agencies please.

Posted on: 06 May 2021
Closed date: 04 June 2021
Job ref: CM/2021-05/CJ
Tags: Management, Volunteer Management

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