Community management is increasing in importance as organizations realize that a new management discipline is required to effectively participate in and get value out of online social environments. As interest in the field has expanded, The Community Roundtable has grown – more members, more products, and more partnerships. It’s an exciting time for us and filled with opportunities to help shape the market.
At the same time, it is challenging for our clients to find people with the right background to fill critical community management roles and challenging for people with interest but without direct experience to find community management positions.
We see the opportunity to fill the needs of the market and our needs in a unique way: TheCR Community Management Fellowship. This fellowship is intended to last 6-12 months and give individuals a strong background and network with which to find a permanent community management position.
The Community Management Fellowship will provide:
• Formal community management training
• Hands-on community management experience
• Access to leading community management practitioners
• Direct access to potential employers
• The opportunity to work with a variety of organizations and brands
• Community management and business mentorship
• A stipend of $2,500/month
The Community Management Fellow’s responsibilities would be the following:
• Commitment of 30 hours a week for at least 6 months and no more than 12 months
• Day-to-day community management tasks
• Content development
• Program planning
• Analysis and reporting
• Special projects which, depending on the person’s skill set and interests, could be research, content, business development, marketing, or events projects.
Skills and attributes we are looking for:
- Communication skills, in particular strong writing and conversational expertise
- Program management and strong organizational abilities
- Knowledge of and experience with social tools including blogs, Facebook, and Twitter
- Understanding of general business principals and organizations
- An engaging personality
- A sense of humor
Why the fellowship and not a permanent hire? As a small organization there are risks for someone in deciding to work with us and there are risks for us in making a permanent hire. By providing training, access to market leaders, and a stipend to a fellow, we can ensure that she or he is very well positioned to find a great community management gig with a larger organization at the end of the fellowship. To us, this creates a win-win-win for potential community managers, employers, and for us. It also serves our mission by enabling us to develop trained, experienced professionals for the market.
While right now, we are only looking for one fellow over time we are hoping to expand this program if there is interest – potentially to community managers with full-time positions for whom regular outside experience, training, and mentoring would allow them to ramp up more quickly or to take on additional responsibilities.
Are you a recent graduate looking to get into community management or a mid-career professional looking to transition to the field? This fellowship is ideal for you.
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The Community Roundtable is committed to advancing the business of community. We offer a monthly subscription report, a membership based peer network, a community management training program and advisory services for corporations and individuals.