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Job Title: ARC Network Community Manager
Job Status: Contract Position
Release Date: November 22, 2019
Reply By: December 20, 2019

Vendor Information Request for Community Manager

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is seeking outside assistance to provide the community engagement strategy and ongoing community engagement management for a National Science Foundation grant-funded project, the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network (ARC Network). A key component of the ARC Network is engaging a robust online community to bring together gender equity researchers, practitioners, and allies to share their expertise, experiences, and research, toolkits and tips. The community manager will have the primary responsibility of fostering engagement within the community, generating value through content creation, webinars, hosted online fora, the e-news digest, and developing reports and measurements regarding the community’s performance, particularly in terms of diversity, activity, satisfaction, and growth. Currently beginning its third out of five project years and recently launching its online community platform, the ARC community is comprised of 600 members with a goal of growing to at least 4,000 members from a diversity of fields, sectors, career stages, institution types, and demographic background with meaningful engagement and high satisfaction levels by the end of the grant.

Scope of Work

  • Develop engagement strategies for the ARC Network community that incorporate a variety of online and in-person elements.
  • Build the community through outreach activities to academic STEM workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion researchers, practitioners, change makers, and organizational leaders at institutions of higher education, professional societies, government organizations, companies, non-profit and other stakeholder organizations.
  • Engage the ARC Network community through the sharing and exchange of best practices and ideas.
  • Develop and post content, including in the ARC Network Group and related resource library on Mendeley and the Equity in STEM First Look e-journal space on SSRN, that connects researchers, practitioners, and allies to facilitate networking and commitment to systemic change.
  • Drive a knowledge management culture and build relationships through communication and collaboration.
  • Streamline and automate advocacy and outreach processes.
  • Effectively track and report online/offline engagement with measurable results for continuous improvement and as part of project evaluation activities.
  • Working with the ARC Network Communications Manager, implement targeted marketing campaigns (print, online, email, and social media).

Vendor Information

Timeline

Responses are requested by December 20, 2019. The selection committee will select a final candidate by January 24, 2020 to begin work by February 3, 2020. 

Submission Information

Please provide the following, as well as any additional information you believe is directly relevant to our selection by December 20, 2019.

  • Brief overview of your experience as a community engagement manager. Please include the number of individuals in your company and the level of experience the likely main point of contact will have.
  • Your rates or billing structure.
  • Samples of similar previous work.
  • Testimonials.
  • A list of clients with whom you’ve worked.

Selection criteria includes:

  • Experience leading community engagement strategy and member relationship management.
  • Experience with online membership platforms.
  • Knowledge and understanding of STEM workplace environments at institutions of higher learning.
  • Familiarity with intersectional gender equity research and practice.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to represent the ARC Network to all potential stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with other project leaders.
  • Aptitude for providing excellent customer service.
  • Prior experience with email marketing (e.g., Informz), HTML coding or content management systems, and social media platforms.
  • Working knowledge of association management system (AMS), such as iMIS or similar, is desirable.

About AWIS

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-discipline organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) dedicated to achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. The Association for Women in Science is a global network with 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM with members, allies and supporters worldwide. Membership is open to any individual who supports the vision and mission of AWIS. Learn more at https://www.awis.org.

AWIS does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, promotion, compensation, termination, leaves of absence, training, development, and advancement. AWIS recognizes that we live and work in a diverse world and values the skills and abilities of employees from all cultural backgrounds and traditions.

About the ARC Network

The ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network, funded via a collaborative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF Award HRD-1740860), aspires to disrupt the cultural barriers and artificial boundaries that have reduced the efficacy of diverse global efforts to bring gender equity to STEM in the academic workplace. Through the ARC Network, researchers, practitioners, administrators, decision-makers, faculty, funders, editorial staff and publishers, evaluation committee members, diversity and inclusion groups, professional societies, industry stakeholders, existing and emerging communities of practice, and more will collaborate, share, and adopt equity resources, including research, data, standards for research and evaluation instrumentation, and evidence-based practices, programmatic activities, tools, training, strategies, and policies proven to effect change.

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