I've been working as the first (and the only) full-time Community Manager for a startup for the last ~18 months.
And I have been immensely enjoying the experience!
There are times when I do feel a lack of mentorship. But I wouldn't trade that for the autonomy and purpose that comes with being the person in-charge of making community the competitive advantage of the business.
And anyway, with the community-led revolution going on, an increasing number of great education resources are available on the Internet.
On my best days, I feel like I'm the CEO of the community at our company. 😛
So, reflecting on this experience, I have concluded that the best community jobs might be at companies that don't have a full-time community person yet.
What do you think?