JOB DESCRIPTION: COMMUNITY MANAGER, THE PEOPLE’S SUPPER
About The People’s Supper:
Launched in the wake of the 2016 election in collaboration with the Faith Matters Network and Hollaback!, The People’s Supper is working to repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity differences, leading to more civil civic discourse. Since January 20, we’ve hosted hundreds of meals in more than 50 cities across the country, as a chance to go beneath the headlines, and to see each other as real people with real struggles, real fears, real hopes, and real dreams.
The Community Manager will lead The People’s Supper’s efforts to build a vibrant community of hosts and participants. The Community Manager will oversee efforts to find, select, and onboard hosts, connect would-be participants and hosts to one another, and create low-barrier opportunities to deepen community and engagement beyond one-time encounters.
Our interest is not solely in the what, but in the how. The People’s Supper Community Manager is thus expected to model the core values and principles behind The Dinner Party:
A belief and commitment to collaborative leadership, and to creating an environment in which each and every team member can fully capitalize on his or her own expertise;
A promise to abstain from bullshit in favor of honest, open, and transparent communication, and a demonstrated commitment to listen thoughtfully and openly to every stakeholder, be they a team member, participant, client, or advisor;
Create and oversee a high-functioning Help Desk, with the goal of supporting 750 suppers and growing the community to 4,000 participants by March 1, 2018:
Manage the submission form for www.thepeoplessupper.org, answering inquiries in a thoughtful and timely fashion;
Oversee host screening and onboarding process, and, where possible, connect would-be participants looking for a seat to nearby hosts;
Offer a sounding board and regular troubleshooting assistance to hosts and potential partners, in order to design and execute high-impact suppers.
Build a vibrant peer learning community among new and existing hosts to share learnings and deepen engagement:
Surface and share insights and best practices from active People’s Supper host community and outside partners, through a combination of online trainings, peer learning calls, and story-sharing
Curate a robust resource hub for those looking to build community through better conversation, with guidebooks, templates, and video tutorials.
Create engagement ladder for on-going participation, with the goal of engaging 25% participants in more than one activity:
Develop resources and action flow to encourage attendees to host their own dinner after attending one;
Create and share timely follow-up opportunities with hosts and participants, ranging from trainings in nonviolent communication and bystander intervention, to group volunteer opportunities, to guidelines and conversation-starters designed to facilitate hard conversations among groups that wish to keep convening.
Work with partners at Hollaback! and the Faith Matters Network to team to support ongoing network-building and story-sharing, ensuring that The People’s Supper is inclusive communities that are safe for all, regardless of race, religion, economic status, gender, sexuality, gender identity, or political affiliation:
Elevate stories and themes emerging from The People’s Supper community to share publicly, in concert with Hollaback!’s Communications team;
Ensure that would-be hosts have the resources they need to be successful, adapted to their particular needs.
Ensure a diversity of voices and experiences are represented in the design and implementation of all core People’s Supper undertakings.
Skills-based Requirements (you must have at least 80% of the following):
A bachelor’s degree;
Exceptional written and verbal communications skills;
3-5 years professional experience in program design and management;
1-3 years of voluntary and professional experience in nonviolent communications and/or group facilitation;
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Gmail, Google Docs, etc.
Motivation to contribute to a fast-paced environment with aggressive growth plans;
Highly organized, detail-oriented, and results-driven;
Demonstrated problem-solving capacity and ability to translate user feedback into systems design and improvements;
High level of empathy and relationship-building acumen;
Ability to think strategically and creatively;
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others; and
Genuine passion The Dinner Party mission.
The Dinner Party team is based in Los Angeles. However, this position can be done remotely.
$30/hr or $50-60K annual salary, commensurate with experience.
To apply, email your resume and cover letter by Friday September 29 to Lennon Flowers at [email protected] Please start your subject line with “TPS Community Manager Application: Your Name.”
About The Dinner Party
Through, intimate, peer-driven dinner parties, we work to turn our most isolating experiences into sources of rich community, empathy, and meaningful conversation. What began with a small group of friends on a back deck in Los Angeles talking about the death of our parents has since grown into a community of more than 5,000 people, active at 250+ tables in 145 cities and seven countries worldwide. We've been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, CNN, O Magazine, the New York Times, BuzzFeed, and more than a dozen other publications, and as a case study in three books: The Upside of Stress by Stanford psychologist and TED speaker Kelly McGonigal, The New Better Off by author and columnist Courtney Martin, and most recently, The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith of the Wall Street Journal.
We foresee a day in which people find amidst their deepest struggle the source of their deepest strength, by connecting with others who’ve been there too; a day in which grief is free of stigma and silence, and where finding friends who’ve shared your experience is as easy as finding an AA meeting or a yoga class. We foresee a day in which those who have experienced loss are recognized not as objects of pity, but as better listeners and better leaders, characterized by profound empathy, resilience, agency and a commitment to living a life of meaning.