Open edX Community Lead

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Open edX Community Lead

Help edX build a collaborative, innovative, and productive community based around the Open edX platform. Founded by Harvard University and MIT, edX is focused on transforming online and classroom learning and providing quality education for everyone, everywhere. Open edX is the free and open platform that powers edX courses as well as hundreds of sites in over 20 languages. With Open edX, educators and technologists are building learning tools and creating innovative solutions to benefit learners across a broad range of needs, skills and abilities.

As the technical manager of our Open Source team, you will be responsible for enabling our community of developers and operators to be productive and successful. Your contributions will be both technical and community oriented. You will influence edX’s technical strategy and how it relates to the community. You will facilitate and participate in technical design and code reviews. You know how to build, foster and maintain vibrant communities. You will act as a vocal advocate for community priorities within the edX engineering and product organization. You will manage our team of engineers focused on the Open edX community

We know this is an unusual role. If you think you can do this -- however you came by your unique combination of skills -- we want to hear from you!

Responsibilities:

  • Manage a small team of community focused engineers
  • Communicate the mission of the organization and vision of the product to the community, and communicate the community’s priorities internally
  • Oversee the contribution process, providing guidance and feedback to the community and shepherding contributions through review by engineering, product, UX and accessibility teams
  • Enable the community to be self-sustaining by defining and promoting opportunities for contribution and participation in the Open edX project including and beyond code, such as: documentation, product definition and feedback, working group participation and sharing learnings at conferences and meetups
  • Drive the community working group process from definition to contribution by identifying opportunities for collaboration between community members and edX that are aligned with the product vision
  • Lead the communication between edX and the Open edX solutions providers, ensuring edX is enabling them to succeed and grow their business
  • Organize and lead community-building events such as local and remote meetups, as well as the annual Open edX community conference

Required:

  • Passion for enabling a community of educators and engineers
  • A strong technical background, ideally working on an open source project
  • Experience organizing and driving groups with varied interests towards a common goal and delivering tangible results
  • Community experience, one or more of:
    • Active participation in an open source or other highly collaborative community
    • Record of commitment to open source projects

Pluses:

  • Experience contributing to educational technology projects
  • Experience working on a project with significant international scale
  • Confident with public speaking, with experience presenting to small to medium-sized groups such as local meetups or conferences
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EdX is located right off the MIT campus in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA
141 Portland Street , Cambridge, MA 02139