Data Lab Overview
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the US and Canada. Since its inception in 2005, ALSF has funded more than 1,000 projects at nearly 150 institutions across the United States and Canada.
The Childhood Cancer Data Lab, an initiative of ALSF, was founded in August 2017 with the mission of empowering pediatric cancer experts poised for the next big discovery with the knowledge, data, and tools to reach it. The Data Lab is currently composed of a team of software developers, data scientists, and designers who are driven to build software systems, analytical workflows, and training programs in service of this mission.
Longer term goals of the Data Lab include nucleating communities of data science practice at pediatric cancer research centers, scaling our training programs, and promoting changes in research culture with respect to open science principles.
We seek a highly motivated Scientific Community Manager to help us realize these goals, engage with the pediatric cancer research community, and manage and continue to improve our existing programs.
Position Overview, Duties and Responsibilities
The Scientific Community Manager is a public-facing member of the Data Lab team who will be responsible for working with researchers from a range of disciplines, career stages, and institutions and representing the Data Lab at training workshops, conferences, and in virtual spaces. This team member must uphold the Data Lab values of creating kind and supportive environments for pediatric cancer research and democratizing access to tools and data in all settings.
The Scientific Community Manager is expected to identify opportunities to enhance CCDL offerings and take a leadership role in execution. This team member will envision solutions that serve a community of dedicated scientists and clinicians, including those who receive grants from ALSF.
Just as the needs of the pediatric cancer research community we serve may grow dynamically and evolve, so may the priorities and offerings of the Data Lab. We expect the role of the Scientific Community Manager to grow and adapt, but here are some examples, big and small, of where this role may fit into our team:
- Improving the accessibility of our training workshops
- Envisioning, planning, and executing new events associated with national conferences
- Revising Data Lab website content to reflect current projects and how community members can get involved
- Assisting external scientists with administering training workshops adapted from Data Lab materials
- Collaborating with other ALSF teams to communicate Data Lab research findings to a broad audience
- Administering community surveys as part of strategic planning
The Scientific Community Manager will:
- Work with the Data Lab Director and Data Lab team to guide a shared vision of community
- Create excellent experiences for pediatric cancer researchers at Data Lab events or virtual spaces
- Manage Data Lab communications, including Data Lab social media accounts
- Develop and manage Data Lab content and programs (e.g., establish regular blog post programming, moderate Cancer Data Science Slack)
- Facilitate and administer Data Lab training workshops
- Assist Data Lab user researchers and Data Lab & ALSF leadership in strategic planning for Data Lab offerings
- Proactively identify opportunities for operational improvements and implement solutions
All employees of the Foundation undertake other duties as needed and special projects as assigned. All positions at ALSF require occasional non-traditional work hours including evenings and weekends.
We seek community-minded candidates with the following qualifications:
- Expertise in the collection of activities known as customer success and customer experience
- Excellent written communication skills
- An ability to prioritize work and to work independently or collaboratively as part of a team as necessary
- Experience with or the ability to learn content and social media coordination
- Some background in a STEM field–and in biomedical, cancer, or pediatric cancer in particular–preferred
- Candidates with a proven track record of outreach and/or community management preferred
- Some experience with Customer Relationship Management software (e.g., HubSpot) is a plus
The CCDL is headquartered in Philadelphia. The team has switched to fully remote work during the pandemic, with some members being permanently remote. When it is safe to return to in-person work, this position can remain remote with quarterly trips to the Philadelphia area or return to the office as desired.
If interested, please submit your resume and cover letter describing your interest and why you are the right fit for the position to [email protected]. In the interest of expediting our process, only candidates who submit cover letters with resumes will be considered.