OpenDP Open-Source Community Manager Full-time

Published at 2022-08-01 - Viewed: 495 times - Harvard University in Boston, United States

OpenDP is an open-source initiative for building libraries, tools, and systems to share and analyze sensitive data with the strong mathematical protections of differential privacy. It has a rapidly growing community that spans academia, industry, and government. The OpenDP community manager will assist the faculty directors, the executive committee, and the software development team in community outreach, engagement, governance, diversity, and inclusion.


This is a one year term appointment with the possibility of renewal.



1. Plan and execute strategies to grow a diverse, inclusive open-source community, measuring, improving and reporting on metrics about diversity, equity and inclusion in the OpenDP community.
2. Engage with stakeholders within and outside the OpenDP community; manage communication and outreach on a regular basis over a variety of channels, such as website, email, mailing list, Github repos, GitHub Discussions, Slack, Twitter, etc.
3. Implement and manage the onboarding process for new community members and contributors to the OpenDP project.
4. Assist with developing and communicating the processes for contribution and vetting.
5. Organize and manage OpenDP GitHub repos and issues; review and update existing GitHub issues for clarity and contributor-friendliness.
6. Review, prioritize, and track user requests and feedback via a variety of channels as mentioned above; assist with outreach to potential new users of the OpenDP software.
7. Organize and manage community working groups addressing specific goals and tasks
8. Organize virtual and in-person events for the community, such as community meetings, workshops and webinars.
9. Assist with roadmap planning by advocating for community needs.
10. Guide OpenDP developers, stakeholders, and community members in documenting user stories, technical specifications, and contributor and user guides.
11. Curate resources for community learning and training, in both differential privacy and the specifics of OpenDP.

Basic Qualifications

- Minimum of two years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

- Exposure to and interest in learning more about differential privacy.
- Experience and interest in working with open-source projects and communities.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and empathy, valuing diversity and working with communities.

Additional Information

- SEAS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.



This is a one year term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.





- The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.
- This is an in-person position based on our campus in Allston, MA. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that the work may begin with a hybrid model. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT). The remote nature of this job is only temporary. In-person on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the University and your supervisor determine that it is appropriate. Individual flexible and remote work options for this role can be discussed during the interview process.

About SEAS
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