MW Community of Practice: AI Community Coordinator

MW seeks a Coordinator for our new Community of Practice on Artificial Intelligence (AI), being launched at MW19 in Boston, April 2-6, 2019.

MW’s Communities of Practice are a new way to extend and grow the value and buzz of conversations and collaborations that start at MW conferences, through online and in-person interactions year-round. Communities of Practice include providers of innovative products and services as well as cultural heritage professionals, and create a context in which for-profit and non-profit practitioners can partner to mutual benefit. Through focused conversations, shared research and pan-institutional collaborations, communities of practice formulate, promulgate, and raise best practice in the field.

The AI Community of Practice will kick off at MW’s North American conference in Boston April 2-6, 2019, and run until MW2020. The year’s activity will involve managing the group’s social media meetings and spaces (e.g. Facebook group), regular email correspondence among participants (e.g. via a listserv), online meetings and conference calls, webinars, as well as possible in-person meetings. The Community Coordinator dedicates 5 hours per week to managing these exchanges, ensuring that community members remain engaged and informed about the work of the community and wider field in online collections.

Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Email exchanges that keep community members aware and engaged in the conversation;
  2. Researching the MW archives and beyond to share relevant articles, case studies and events with the community;
  3. Blogging about the community’s topics, members’ work, and recruiting guest bloggers;
  4. Creating e-newsletters for the community and relevant news items for the entire MW community;
  5. Helping organize webinars, conference calls, and online meetings of the community;
  6. Helping run online surveys and other research initiatives with community members and throughout the sector;
  7. Helping convene in-person community meetings at MW conferences and any other special events held throughout the year.

The Community Coordinator is managed by MW staff and advised by leaders in the community. The position is therefore an excellent opportunity for an emerging cultural heritage professional to develop knowledge of online collections and a network of practitioners in the field.

Remuneration is $15/hour for 5 hours/week for 50 weeks/year from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020, in addition to a budget for airfare, registration, and hotel at the MW19 conference. This position is funded by the Community’s Convening Sponsor, Microsoft.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

In the interest of diversifying talent in the field, MW is particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates from backgrounds that are underrepresented in cultural heritage professions.