Two very important trends to impact businesses, particularly startups, are the proliferation of social media marketing and the rise of coworking spaces. The former is now a rapidly maturing industry, with social media being adopted not just by the most innovative tech companies but even by your local kebab shop. The latter is a more recent phenomenon that is quickly gaining traction, with behemoth companies like WeWork and Huckletree leading the charge. Enter the community manager.
Community managers function either in a digital space (typically social media) or in a physical space (such as coworking offices), so ultimately one phrase is used to refer to two significantly different but equally challenging and exciting jobs. Sound a bit confusing? In this post, we’ll delve into the two distinct types of community managers and how you can land the job that is suitable for you.
Sprout Social defines a (Social Media) Community Manager as, someone who is responsible for “advocating the brand on social networks, connecting with the online community, and boosting awareness for the company”.
Community Manager – Primo Toys
As a Community Manager with Primo Toys, you’ll be expected to develop and implement the global social media strategy for the brand. Your time will be spent engaging and helping their community, writing and curating social content, strategizing, planning and analysing past performance. In short, this role won’t let you get bored!
Social Media Community Manager – AntixApp
This is an opportunity for you to work at the most exciting startup in extreme sports. AntixApp are on the hunt for a social media hustler to join their team in Shoreditch. If you are ready to take on a responsibility, this is a crucial role in expanding their exciting brand. Perks include Friday drinks, team outings and social events, as well as wakeboarding sessions.
While the Community Manager roles detailed above focus very specifically on fostering online social communities, there are Community Managers that work on developing communities offline as well, particularly in coworking spaces. These roles typically involve events organisation and office administration.
Community Manager Intern – Huckletree
Just recently, another excellent space for startups and entrepreneurs was launched in London. Huckletree is located in Shoreditch and is looking to add two energetic individuals to the team. To become part of the crew you will have a combined interest in startups, entrepreneurship and events, seeking to develop skills in coworking community management, and events coordination. Sounds like you? Click the apply button!
Community Manager – Runway East
Runway East opened a new space in November and has since welcomed numerous members and hosted various events for London’s tech community. They are looking for a new Community Manager to foster their thriving community spirit, to ensure the happiness of the community, and to drive new membership. If you’re ready to hit the ground running, this could be the ideal opportunity for you.
Assistant Community Manager – Streetbees
This role does not fit neatly into the divide above. As an Assistant community Manager at Streebees, you will be responsible not for an office community but instead will work towards developing relationships with Ambassadors. You will build systems to make them aware when there is a Streetbees task available in their area, as well as train new Ambassadors as Streetbees continue to grow their community footprint in 87 countries.