Manylabs Community Manager and Partnership Lead

Location: San Francisco, CA

Compensation: $80k/year plus benefits

Duration: 14 months (possibly longer with additional funding)

About Manylabs

Manylabs is a diverse community space focused on accessible open science projects. Our residents are educators, scientists, makers, artists, and engineers. Manylabs is located in a three-story repurposed industrial space in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. The first floor is an exhibit and event space, the second floor is a workshop, and the top floor houses our open office. Individuals or teams can apply for a 6-month residency. Each resident receives 24/7 access to the building, including use of tools and materials, a $200 budget for additional tools and materials, a desk in the building, use of our public exhibition space for showing their work and hosting meetups, and help with applying for funding. Residents also organize meetups, workshops, hackathons, and open houses that are open to the broader public.

Manylabs is looking for a full-time community manager to support its residents, to develop new partnerships, to identify potential funders, and to lead outreach to other organizations and individuals. The ideal community manager is a natural leader and self-starter, is passionate about open science and the Maker Movement, and is excited about working with individuals from a broad set of disciplines and backgrounds. Because Manylabs is a relatively new space, the Community Manager will play an important leadership role in shaping the culture and community of Manylabs moving forward.


  • Cultivate a warm, welcoming and collaborative environment at Manylabs; serve as a liaison and point of continuity for residents and outside partners
  • Lead the development of strategic partnerships between Manylabs and outside organizations including non-profit, private sector, and philanthropic organizations
  • Identify key needs and challenges that residents face in working on their projects and facilitate connections to resources and individuals to help them surmount these issues, including identifying opportunities for grants and other sources of funding for their projects
  • Promote Manylabs through speaking engagements, attending relevant events such as meetups and conferences and through various communication channels, including social media
  • Oversee the enhancement and maintenance of the Manylabs website (could be in collaboration with a web designer) and help keep the site fresh with project updates
  • Lead development of policies and procedures for shared tool and equipment use in collaboration with residents and ensure that these procedures are effective
  • Scout out new residents and manage the application, acceptance, and onboarding process for new residents
  • Empower residents to develop monthly programming and events that help them make progress on their projects and engage the broader public in participating in Manylabs activities
  • Host weekly check-in meetings with residents to facilitate participation, engagement and collaboration
  • Further develop an online system for residents to document important information about their projects and their progress that can be shared amongst residents


  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Education, Business, Entrepreneurship, or a related field required. A Master’s degree or Ph.D. in a related field is a plus.
  • 4+ years of experience in community building or a related field.
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to take initiative and manage projects
  • Background in strategic development or similar work developing long term goals and strategy for an organization
  • Experience in managing high-value partnerships
  • A passion for open science and/or the Maker Movement
  • Ability to enthusiastically communicate the goals, messages, and needs surrounding Manylabs to diverse audience
  • Knowledge of the open science and/or Maker ecosystem, particularly in the Bay Area
  • Great organizational skills, with attention to detail
  • Ability to creatively solve problems and disagreements, multi-task, and work towards deadlines
  • Experience working in a maker space, DIYbio space, or similar environment with tools and technologies for scientific experimentation, prototyping, digital fabrication
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience is a plus

If you'd like to apply, send a resume to by January 8.