Position Title:  Community Director
Reports To:     Executive Director
FLSA Status:   Exempt (40 hours/week + benefits)
Location:          Virtual (near major airport hub)

Under the direction of the Earth Science Information Partners Executive Director (ED), the Community Director is responsible for managing the ESIP community collaboration areas, membership and online assets (website, databases, wiki, listservs, etc.) as well as other duties as assigned.  This is an outstanding opportunity to be a connector, enabling Earth science through collaboration.

Community & Membership Responsibilities  

  • Collaboration Area Management: ESIP collaboration areas are vibrant groups that work  virtually and in person to carry forward ideas and projects related to ESIP’s mission . The Collaboration Area Manager oversees all collaboration areas and provides cross-group connections through the following:
    • Provide staff support to ESIP collaboration areas (Committees, Working Groups and Clusters), including taking minutes at some telecons and providing technical assistance, as needed.
    • Work with ESIP collaboration areas to support community growth and development of targeted activities.
    • Semi-annual documentation and evaluation of all collaboration area activities in order to share with wider Earth science community
  • Community Fellow Coordination: Maintain an active and vibrant group of Community Fellows (https://esipfed.org/about/community/leadership/student-fellows)
  • Community Management Training: Provide guidance and training to Community Fellows and other ESIP leaders and staff on community management techniques
  • Membership Coordination: Cultivate ESIP membership. Onboard new member organizations, act as point of contact for membership questions and make connections between ESIP activities and relevant members as appropriate. Maintain partner and other organizational databases to reflect information updates


  • Manage social media presence to promote the biannual meetings, other ESIP activities, published work, Earth science data news, events, and opportunities of interest to ESIP audience
  • Measurably increase global social media following and reach across social media platforms
  • Communicate ESIP activities (workshops, grant opportunities, webinars, etc.) through direct email and regular website content updates
  • Coordinate with ED to increase subscriber pool
  • Draft and issue weekly newsletters
  • Manage ESIP News and Announcements page; Coordinate with ED to draft and publish 4-5 press announcements a year; liaise with media outlets, press contacts, and others
  • Work with ESIP graphic designer to create flyers and other print and digital materials to promote ESIP during conferences, meetings, and events

Web Platform Management

Most of ESIP’s work is done online. The Community Director will be responsible for supporting the online, collaborative platform implementation, as described below.

  • Work with website contractor to update and maintain ESIP web platforms
  • Develop policies for ESIP’s web resources with respect to content contribution and user roles
  • Manage and develop  ESIP's website, wiki, databases and social media, including taking steps toward integration of these resources
  • Ensure installation of regular updates to software, security and emerging features
  • Stay informed about available tools for improving ESIP online presence communication and collaboration

Requisite Qualifications

First and foremost, the Community Director must be committed to the mission of ESIP. An undergraduate or graduate degree is required in Earth/environmental sciences, communications, information or library science, or related areas and/or experience.

Additionally, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • A minimum of 3 years work experience including 1 or more years of proven community leadership, outreach and/or coordination experience.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Experience in building and managing online communities.
  • Ability to communicate across stakeholder groups
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fluid, unstructured, entrepreneurial environment
  • Flexibility and the ability to work autonomously as well as take direction when needed,  working with a geographically distributed team.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills. Experience evaluating community activities is a plus.
  • Strong community engagement and facilitation skills, including the ability to be neutral and inclusive
  • Existing relationships with, or ability to build relationships with, the diverse community members. This extends beyond ESIP’s own membership to other science, informatics, data management, standards, and yet-to-be-determined organizations where collaboration with ESIP is beneficial


The Community Director must be able to travel to support the community at two ESIP meetings a year – one in Washington DC in January and one at another US location in mid-July. Additional travel to relevant meetings like Fall AGU in December may be required. In addition, the Community Director may travel for training and other events  to acquire and maintain proficiency in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.

Work Environment

This position may be remotely based. Access to a major transportation hub and robust Internet connectivity is essential.


Compensation for the position is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Desired Start Date

August 20, 2018

Application Process:

ESIP is soliciting applications immediately. Applications should include:

  • Resume/CV. Please include links to writing examples such as blogs, papers, presentations, etc., and  also examples of successful community engagement
  • Letter of interest that describes why you want to work  in the ESIP community
  • Three reference contacts

Applications should be sent confidentially, electronically to applications@esipfed.org. Applications received before Friday, July 13, 2018 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

About the Earth Science Information Partners  
ESIP (www.esipfed.org) is a networking consortium of 120+ member organizations who share a common desire to work collaboratively to maximize the use and value of Earth science data and information. Members include major data centers, educational organizations, and commercial entities (https://esipfed.org/partners). ESIP is a 501(c)3 organization.  

ESIP does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. ESIP Employee Search & Selection Policy