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About the position

The Journal Editors’ Discussion Interface (JEDI) will combine features of an online forum and a traditional e-mail listserv, encouraging and facilitating communication and learning among a broad range of editors of social science journals. JEDI will initially focus on the aspects of the editorial process that concern data and code and their management, citation, and accessibility; additional aspects of research transparency; and reproducibility, replication, and verification. The goal is to augment the readiness of the publishing community across academic disciplines to generate and adopt consensual best practices for capitalizing on developments in the socio-technical infrastructure supporting open science.

The JEDI Community Manager will contribute to a project organized by a team of researchers and technologists at several of the world’s leading data repositories and will play an active role in contributing to the promulgation and adoption of open science practices in research. This remote position is expected to begin in December 2020 and end in August 2022 with an expected commitment of 20 hours per week. Compensation will be an hourly rate between $30 and 35, depending on experience.



  • Contribute to the clear articulation and achievement of JEDI’s mission
  • Develop and maintain the project’s road map, with milestones and key activities required for the successful execution of the project
  • Work closely with developers, stakeholders, and community members to assist with documenting user stories, technical specifications, and user guides
  • Contribute to the development of listserv policies and rules, and to the design of the user interface
  • Lead outreach efforts to promote JEDI and to recruit a broad, diverse, and inclusive participant base; onboard new community members and contributors
  • Contribute to envisioning, organizing, preparing materials for, conducting, evaluating, and preparing reports from activities (e.g. focus groups) aimed at gaining input on the development of the JEDI platform
  • Assist with and coordinate the moderation of listserv discussion, engaging with contributors who wish to pose and answer questions and working actively to encourage and propel dialogue and debate
  • Assist in organizing workshops and webinars for the community, and in organizing and managing small working groups addressing specific goals and tasks




  • Bachelor of Arts or more advanced degree in related field
  • Interest in promoting, and knowledge of, open science
  • Experience building, managing, and working with online communities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and empathy, valuing diversity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working as part of a small team
  • Experience juggling multiple complex tasks simultaneously


  • Familiarity with academic publishing

Candidates who can contribute to the team’s diversity and reflect the diversity of the research communities involved are welcomed.


To apply

Interested students must e-mail Professor Colin Elman, Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry, Syracuse University at Include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. If selected, students will then be asked to submit a formal proposal.

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