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July 20, 2020
Manager: $65K, Senior Manager: $80K

The Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) is hiring a manager to lead our community building strategy to reform the multi-trillion dollar colossus that is public contracting. 

We are looking for a creative, high energy, organized professional who has experience in curating communities. You will be a strategic thinker and a real doer, someone who takes initiatives to develop and implement creative ideas to connect and empower a community of diverse open contracting practitioners. You will facilitate in-person and online events and run social media campaigns in key countries and at the global level. You will be someone who listens to and acts upon feedback of our community on how we can best support them to accelerate their work and impact. 

For an exceptional candidate, we will hire at our Senior Manager level.

Background

OCP is a silo busting global collaboration between governments, businesses, civil society and technologists to open up and transform government contracting. We are a fast moving, ambitious and impact driven organization. 

The public contracting is huge. It covers one in every three dollars spent by government and is central to economic opportunity, a fair business environment and delivering quality services to citizens. It underpins the roads, schools and hospitals on which we all rely. It’s still run on paper and the needs of citizens are rarely considered. We can change all that. 

We can’t do it alone. Building a diverse, enthusiastic community of reformers who are learning and sharing what works in rethinking public contracting is central to achieving scale in our work. 

We already have a strong community across government, civil society, media, academia, technologists, the private sector and other stakeholder groups. We want to take their engagement and empowerment to the next level. Our organizational strategy has ambitious community building targets and you will be responsible for helping us to meet and exceed them. We want to foster in-country and regional communities, as well as topic specific communities so that practitioners can learn from each other and we can build on and amplify their great work. We especially want to develop new and better ways to grow and diversify our community, amplify their successes, learning and approaches and help them to further develop skills, tools and connections. 

Our last community survey showed that we can provide more support with advocacy, data use and connections. Covid 19 has put government contracting in the public spotlight and we have huge demand for more support across the globe and for regional and community learning, sharing and agenda setting. 

You will be in charge of leading this important portfolio for us. We want to be surprised by your ideas, impressed by your ability to execute and inspired by how you collaborate with community members and our team.

You will join a team of about 20 highly motivated members. We work globally and are based in many different countries. We are a very collaborative team and value working together and supporting each other. As our community manager you will support our country-managers and help them amplify the voices and work of their in-country partners. You will report to our Deputy Director who oversees our community building and learning portfolio and work closely with our open data capacity building manager, our senior communications manager and our forthcoming Head of Advocacy.

This role is open globally with a strong preference for the candidate to be in a connected global city where decisions get made. We expect that after the Covid-19 crisis ends and it is safe again, the community manager would travel internationally up to 30% of their time.

We are a fiscally sponsored organization by the Fund for the City of New York(FCNY). The Fund currently provides fiscal, administrative and human resource functions to the OCP but we are in the process of spinning out and becoming a fully-independent US501(c)(3) organisation.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

1. Strategy development and implementation: You will be responsible for making sure that as a team and organization we meet or exceed our community building targets from our strategy. You will develop ideas and execute activities to curate a diverse, engaged and skilled open contracting community in countries and at the global level. You will bring new pressing topics and new emerging actors to our community agenda. You will also proactively seek and act upon feedback from community members on how we can support them better. This will include leading our annual community feedback survey and network analysis. You will be responsible for monitoring progress towards our organizational community building targets and adapting our tactics based on progress. 

2. Community and capacity building: You will be responsible for facilitating our global community and supporting our country managers with developing and executing country specific or regional community building strategies. At the global level, you will focus on building long-term relationships with new and existing people in our network, facilitate peer connection and conversations through in person and online activities, and organize training events. You will lead our social media engagement further foster our network and profile. We are keen to build new partnerships with other organizations that work at the intersection of impact, procurement and data and explore how we can collaborate with them. 

At the country and regional level, you will actively support our country managers to deepen engagement and upskilling of country practitioners. You will help identify and organize country specific in-person and online events and campaigns. We especially see a huge demand for in-country support coming from LATAM and we want to expand our communities in Africa, Asia and the US. We also know that some topics that the community especially seeks help on are advocacy, data journalism, community monitoring, coalition building, Covid-19, inclusion and sustainable procurement. We also want to uplift profiles of community members from diverse backgrounds, especially women- and people of color, at the global and country levels. 

3. Content creation and sharing: Our community members are doing amazing work. We want to document and share their insights, tools and approaches and help them learn from each other. Frontline practitioners also face skills and knowledge gaps and we want to help fill them. One of your important tasks is therefore to create and share content that further empowers our community. You will document and disseminate learning and tools from partners, you will create and curate training content that OCP develops. You will write blog posts, newsletter and support the communications team with website content and social media. In doing so you will be user-centered, test and improve content based on feedback and help share it widely. You will pursue partnerships with other organizations and actors, when we can partner with them in developing and delivering content for our community.

Skills & Knowledge

Manager Level: You will have the following skills and knowledge: 

  • Strategic thinking and creativity in approaching community building
  • Ability to work independently, meeting tight and shifting deadlines
  • Strong execution and project management skills
  • Proactive communication internally and externally
  • Good listening skills and empathy to connect with practitioners and colleagues from diverse backgrounds
  • Fluent English speaking and writing, Spanish highly desirable 
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Knowledge of procurement and open government communities
  • Deep knowledge of tools and software for community building, including website management and analytics, CRMs, video conferencing and other online tools
  • Strong design and facilitation skills for online and in person events and trainings
  • BA in a relevant field of study

Senior Manager Level: In addition to the skills and knowledge mentioned above you will have

  • Deep understanding of open data, including knowledge of the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS)
  • Knowledge of several open contracting topics, such as contract monitoring, government advocacy, data journalism, etc
  • Experience of supporting global change through advocacy, communications and community-building
  • Preferred MA in in a relevant field of study

Experience

Manager Level: We are looking for a professional who has strong experiences with

  • Curating a global community
  • Designing and facilitating online and in-person events, keeping them interesting and engaging
  • Excellent events logistics experience
  • Tracking community engagement and moving partners up a ladder of engagement
  • Managing and delivering user-centered online and social media content

Senior Manager Level: We are looking for a professional who in addition to the experiences mentioned above has already a proven track record of 

  • Representing and speaking at high-level events
  • Designing, executing and evaluating community building strategies
  • Conceptualizing and organizing global, in-country and social media campaigns
  • Forming and managing new partnerships, including with funders
  • Managing consultants and other staff members 
  • Managing budgets
  • Raising the profile of pressing topics and positioning organizations as global thought leaders in their field

Good luck! 

The Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) is hiring a manager to lead our community building strategy to reform the multi-trillion dollar colossus that is public contracting. 

We are looking for a creative, high energy, organized professional…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

Benefits

We can offer opportunities for professional development as well as an excellent benefits package and compensation that is commensurate with reputation and experience and a generous matched pension contribution. 

We can offer opportunities for professional development as well as an excellent benefits package and compensation that is commensurate with reputation and experience and a…

How to Apply

Please follow this link to apply. We would like a short and snappy cover letter explaining your interest and suitability, a full CV and share at least two examples of the great community building work that you have done. Closing date for applications is COB Monday, July 20, 2020. Only successful candidates will be contacted. For any questions about the position you can reach out to Kathrin Frauscher at kfrauscher@open-contracting.org. 

Please note we will not accept applications via email.

Thank you!

Please follow this link to apply. We would like a short and snappy cover letter explaining your interest and suitability, a full CV and share at least two examples of the great…

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Washington, DC

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