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Fractional/Part-Time Community Manager Roles?

David Kyle Choe
Co-Founder @ StaatLooking to develop a community of empathetic engineering leaders
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Hey y'all!

I've been speaking with quite a large number of community managers and have found that many are on a part-time/fractional basis with the companies that hire them.

This sounds very interesting/appealing.

Do any of you have experience with this?

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Osama

Hey David, I'm working on a part time contract as a CM for Emeritus for a pilot community that is linked to an 8 week course. Being part time definitely has its benefits--namely, reinforcing the notion that one doesn't need to be "on" all the time managing the community. However, in my particular case, the contract (3 months) is likely proving not long enough to demonstrate metrics that would justify my worth as a full-time CM. For this reason among others, I will probably give less credence to such opportunities in favor for full time positions.

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David Kyle Choe Author

Great perspective. Did you come on as a part-time CM as a community member or get "hired on"?

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Osama

The community is a brand-spanking new initiative so everyone is new, myself included. Considering the institutional barriers that I have to contend with (I'll just say that the program was obviously never designed with community in mind), I do not think one can launch a community past its "inception" and "establishment" phases only part time. In my case, I know I put a lot more hours than just the 20 I put on my timesheet... Having said that, I could see a PT-CM possibly working once a community has reached a point of "establishment" and maturity.