Earth Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder is encouraging
applications for a Community Manager and Developer Advocate to
facilitate the creation of an inclusive pyOpenSci
community that is dedicated to
high-quality Python open source software that supports open science
workflows. pyOpenSci promotes the development of open,
peer-reviewed, standardized, well-documented, discoverable software
for working with scientific data. pyOpenSci also builds capacity to
contribute to open source software through outreach, training and
mentorship. pyOpenSci will strive to increase participation of
groups that have been traditionally underrepresented if not missing
from the open source community through both mentorship and
strategic partnerships with existing organizations such as
pyLadies, geoLatinas, and others.
We are looking for an individual who is passionate about Python
open source software, excited to drive the pyOpenSci mission, has
experience managing large online communities and facilitating
outreach activities and developing partnerships, and is committed
to increasing diversity in the scientific open source software
community. This is a full-time position with benefits and a
This position will report to the Director of the Earth Analytics
Education Initiative. Review of applications will begin on July
and applications will be accepted until the position
is filled. This position is grant funded with current funds
allocated through June 2023. Assuming project success during the
first two years, we will seek additional funding to extend the work
beyond June 2023. This position is located in Boulder, Colorado. If
you meet the qualifications listed below and are interested in the
role but cannot move to Boulder, please still apply and contact us
directly regarding your constraints.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental
Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand
the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the
planet ( https://cires.colorado.edu/
). CIRES is a
partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our
areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the
Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water
resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be
instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by
advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth
Earth Lab, funded by the University of Colorado Boulder’s “Grand
Challenge: Our Space, Our Future” and part of CIRES, seeks
post-doctoral researchers to join a dynamic team pushing the
frontiers of coupled Earth and social system science ( http://www.colorado.edu/earthlab/
Earth Lab’s mission is to harness the data revolution through
research, analytics, and education to accelerate understanding of
global environmental change to help society better manage and
The Earth Analytics Education program is a part of CU Boulder’s
Earth Lab. The education program provides 21st century,
collaborative, scientific discovery skills through open online
lessons, courses, degree options, and tools. We are also committed
to increasing diversity in STEM. Our programs focus on developing
data intensive science skills, teaching students to integrate
heterogeneous data, create efficient and reproducible scientific
workflows, collaborate on scientific projects, and perform
scientific data processing, visualization, and analysis. See the
Earth Analytics Education
education portal to learn and explore the topics that we teach in
is a community that develops
processes and standards for the creation and maintenance of Python
packages, streamlines and diversifies peer review of OSS through
mentorship and training, and builds an inclusive and diverse
community around the use of open source Python for science.
pyOpenSci is hosted by the University of Colorado,
Boulder - Earth Lab
Earth Analytics Education Initiative within
the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
- Build and manage an active, diverse, and inclusive online
pyOpenSci community by staying informed of the needs and
motivations of current and prospective members and responding with
programming that meets these needs.
- Facilitate regular communication with pyOpenSci community
- Organize, plan, and drive participation at community building
events, both virtual and in-person, that provide positive and
valuable interactions for members, consistent with pyOpenSci’s
- Lead diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts to ensure
that pyOpenSci members from all backgrounds are supported and
empowered to participate. This will include the development of a
mentorship program for underrepresented groups in open source.
- Solicit new packages for review as well as identify and
facilitate the resolution of potential hold ups in the review
- Cultivate strategic relationships with new and existing partner
organizations. Current partners include JOSS, rOpenSci, Pangeo, the
Software Sustainability Institute, the Carpentries, and 2i2c.
- Represent pyOpenSci at professional events aimed at fostering
new partnerships, increasing membership, and building awareness
surrounding organizational efforts.
What You Should Know
What We Can Offer
- This position is currently funded through June of 2023 with the
possibility of extension based on performance and the availability
- CIRES can offer a generous compensation package. Salary is
commensurate with education and experience and determined based on
our CIRES internal career track classification.
- The annual hiring salary range for this position is $60,000.00
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education
environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder
Be adaptable. Be ingenious. Be Boulder.
What We Require
What You Will Need
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as science,
mathematics, engineering, or computer science.
- 2+ years of experience working with and managing communities
that support open source projects or the data science space as an
evangelist, advocate, or organizer.
- Significant experience programming with Python and developing
or contributing to the development of open source software.
- Knowledge of social media platforms and tools (specifically
Twitter) and ability to foster online engagement.
- Strong desire to deepen your knowledge of best practices for
DEI efforts and demonstrated experience working in the DEI
- Ability to work in a distributed, collaborative team
environment - including managing ambiguity, concurrent projects,
and work taking place across multiple time zones.
- Excellent time and project management skills.
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills. These skills
will be applied to various areas including website and blog content
creation, conflict resolution, technical writing, and external
communication at conference presentations.
- Strong interpersonal skills. Ideally, you have experience
cultivating trust through active listening and responsive dialogue
to support members in feeling welcome and supported in joining and
actively participating in the community.
- Creative, motivated problem-solver, with an ability to bring
forth new ideas for engagement, create systems from scratch, and
find new partners.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Resume or CV
- Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly
describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific
interest in this position.
- List of contact information for 3 references who will be
willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified
by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an
approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the
United States, please submit a translated version as an optional
Review of application will start on July 15th. Position will remain
posted until filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs
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