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Job Req ID:  74376

Community Director for the Global Galaxy Project

Position Overview: Galaxy ( is an open web-based platform for data integration and analysis. Though originally intended for genomics & life science applications, it has expanded into many areas of computational research including cheminformatics, climate science, and image analysis. It enables researchers to focus on open questions, rather than on the details of the computational infrastructure needed to address those questions. A global community of tens of thousands of active users, and hundreds of developers, trainers, and computational infrastructure providers uses and supports the project.  Galaxy's community is, and always has been, vital to the project's success.


Specific duties & responsibilities:

The primary responsibilities of the Director will cover two main areas:




The primary focus of the Community director is to support and promote global integration and infrastructure efforts for Galaxy, such as usegalaxy.* and the Galaxy Training Network (GTN). Specific tasks include:


  • Communicate and lead outreach and community activities with the Project leadership, including leading workshops and webinars.
  • Promote and help organize the annual Galaxy Community Conferences including communication with hosts, hiring, and interfacing with event organizers. 
  • Help organize other large events such as the annual Galaxy Administrator Training.  
  • Organize regularly scheduled community events such as the monthly virtual Papercuts CollaborationFests.
  • Encourage new global integration and infrastructure efforts such as tool lookup services and community directories.




The central community platform for Galaxy is the Galaxy Hub ( The Community Director will oversee content and aesthetics aspects. This will include managing and promoting news releases, events, and announcing new features. The director will also work with the project engineers to collect and analyze usage metrics, publications records, and other community metrics.


The community director will also be responsible for setting up policies and actively managing social media presence for example on Twitter or LinkedIn. The director will also communicate with community members using email, gitter, and other electronic forms.


Degree of independent action performed on the job:

  • Significant.  Most work is performed independently.



Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Passionate about scientific exploration and community development
  • Excellent written, spoken, and online communication skills
  • Organization and leadership for project members and community volunteers
  • Web site management, content creation, and maintenance
  • Experienced biological researcher and/or software developer or systems administrator
  • Experienced teacher/trainer
  • Knowledge (or desire to learn) of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomic, and other related fields
  • Social media outreach experience
  • Experience with Galaxy or other data integration and analysis platforms used in scientific research
  • Experience with github or other version control systems

Classified Title: IT Manager
Working Title: Community Director for the Global Galaxy Project
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PF 
Starting Salary Range: ​​​​​​​$81,470 - $111,990 annually (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30-5:00 PM 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: ​​​​​​​Hybrid/Homewood Campus 

Department name: ​​​​​​​Biology 
Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences


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