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Open Source Community Manager



Marketing & Communications
Europe · Middle East · Asia · Remote
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

Stacklok is an innovative software supply chain security startup founded by Kubernetes co-founder, Craig McLuckie and Sigstore founder, Luke Hinds. Our mission is to make it easier to securely develop software. With our deep expertise in open-source technologies and commitment to enhancing software security, we are seeking highly skilled and motivated individuals to join our team. This is a rare opportunity to join a startup at an early stage, and to be part of a team that is committed to building something truly innovative and impactful. Learn more about Stacklok’s mission, virtues, and leadership, HERE.

This is a remote position; however, candidates must work out of one of the following locations:

Finland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States

Elevator Pitch

We are on a mission to empower developers and organizations to safeguard their software supply chains with unparalleled security and confidence. In the role of open-source Community Manager, you'll be instrumental in fostering and nurturing Stacklok’s open-source communities, ensuring robust collaboration, contribution and adoption of our security-focused projects.

As software supply chain attacks increasingly threaten our society, your efforts will directly address the pressing need for enhanced protection measures within the software supply chain. You'll have the unique opportunity to shape the direction of cutting-edge solutions while engaging with a passionate community of developers, making a tangible impact in the realm of cybersecurity.

Stacklok was founded by individuals whose DNA is grounded in open-source. Stacklok CEO Craig McLuckie was a co-founder of Kubernetes and started the CNCF, whilst Stacklok CTO Luke Hinds founded the sigstore project.

Role Success: 6-12 Month Expectations

In the first 6-12 months, your success as an Open Source Community Manager will be measured by several key milestones.

  • Initially, you'll immerse yourself in understanding our existing open-source projects and community dynamics, building strong relationships with contributors, maintainers, and users.
  • You should aim to increase community engagement metrics such as active contributors, pull requests, stars and discord discussions by implementing effective outreach strategies and fostering a welcoming environment for collaboration.
  • Additionally, you'll work closely with our engineering and product management teams to ensure alignment between community feedback and product roadmap priorities, demonstrating your ability to translate community insights into actionable improvements.
  • By the end of this period, your impact should be evident through measurable growth in project adoption of stacklok projects by other open source projects.
  • There should be evidence of increased community participation, enhanced project visibility, and strengthened relationships with key stakeholders, positioning Stacklok as a leading player in the open-source software supply chain security ecosystem.

In this Role, You will have the Opportunity to:

  • Develop and execute strategic initiatives to increase community engagement, including organizing events, webinars, and hackathons.
  • Facilitate the integration and adoption of Stacklok’s open-source projects into other relevant open-source initiatives and communities.
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration between internal development teams and the open-source community to ensure alignment with project goals and objectives.
  • Manage community discord, mailing lists, and social media channels to drive discussion, gather feedback, and provide support to community members.
  • Advocate for the adoption of best practices in open-source development, using stacklok projects such as minder, sigstore and trustyAnalyze community metrics and feedback to identify areas for improvement and drive continuous enhancement of our open-source projects.
  • Represent our Stacklok at conferences, meetups, and other industry events to promote our open-source initiatives and build partnerships with other organizations.
  • Contribute to the development of a vibrant and inclusive community culture, reinforcing our code-of-conduct and fostering a sense of belonging and mutual respect among participants.

We know from experience that not ticking every box on the skills sections stops many from applying. Please apply regardless of your self-assessment -- we want to hear from you! We have seen engineers succeed with a diverse range of skills and experiences.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Strong understanding of open-source principles and best practices, with previous experience managing open-source projects or communities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders, including developers, contributors, and end users.
  • Proven track record of organizing and executing community events, such as meetups, conferences, or webinars / live streams.Oss
  • Familiarity with software supply chain security concepts and related technologies is a plus.
  • Proficiency in project management tools and platforms commonly used in open-source development, such as GitHub, GitLab, or Jira.
  • Ability to analyze community metrics and feedback to inform decision-making and drive continuous improvement.
  • Strong advocacy skills, with the ability to promote the adoption of open-source projects and advocate for their benefits within the broader software development community.
  • Self-motivated and proactive attitude, with the ability to work independently and prioritize tasks effectively in a fast-paced startup environment.

About the Hiring Manager

  • This role reports directly to the CTO of Stacklok, Luke Hinds. Luke has a wealth of experience bootstrapping many open source communities and has held numerous community elected, open source leadership roles.

Why Join Us?

At Stacklok, you will be a part of a culture that values open communication, collaboration, and innovation. We offer a competitive salary package and flexible work hours. If you’re a self-motivated and result-driven individual with a passion for designing and building secure, scalable, distributed systems, and you want to be part of the most exciting startup in the secure supply chain space, come and join us!

Stacklok Inc, is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all people and place great value in both diversity and inclusiveness. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to their, or any other person's, perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law.