PACS news / March 31, 2023

New Position: Community Manager, Digital Civil Society Lab

The Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS seeks a creative and resourceful professional to provide consulting support to an ongoing collaborative initiative, The Upgrade Initiative. The Community Manager is a part-time consulting role that will report to the lab’s Research Director and provide lead facilitation and coordination of the Initiative.

The Upgrade Initiative is a collaborative effort to integrate digital skills and policy concerns into the core of nonprofit capacity building and encourage nonprofit engagement in digital public policy issues. The Community Manager will play a key role in the next phase of the project. In this role, they will work on amplifying and sharing existing resources produced by the Upgrade Initiative with non-profit organizations and the communities they serve. This will entail community outreach and engagement, in particular with the Lab’s existing practitioner fellowship. Working with the DCSL team and the fellows, the Community Manager will be in charge of maintaining existing relationships and forging new ones as we expand the reach of the Upgrade workshop materials and train more non-profit leaders to start these critical conversations within their communities. Key activities will include:

  • Grow the network of fellows through communication, convenings and social media activity
  • Facilitating ongoing workshops and training with the Upgrade Learning modules
  • Website content maintenance
  • Share work of the Upgrade Initiative at key digital rights and philanthropic or nonprofit conferences.

The expected pay range for this position is $75 per hour with an estimate of 10-16 hours per week.

About the Digital Civil Society Lab

For nearly a decade, the Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) has been observing, foreseeing, and preparing for civil society’s ever-growing reliance on digital technologies. Through research, fellowships, teaching, and events, the Lab nurtures emerging scholars, community advocates, technologists, and policymakers shaping the future of digital civil society. Our cross-sectoral and collaborative approach helped us create a unique sandbox in the heart of Silicon Valley. Here, practitioners and scholars from across sectors and disciplines come together to identify challenges and invent solutions.

The Lab is directed by Lucy Bernholz (Director) and Toussaint Nothias (Associate Director of Research). More information is available at For any questions about the position, please contact Rebecca Abella, Program Manager at DCSL.


  1. Oversee and perform duties associated with scheduling, organizing, and operating collaborative workshops, meeting, and events, including arranging with vendors for services, overseeing the production and distribution of materials, administering logistics, and managing event within budget.
  2. Plan and facilitate design sessions and workshops with partners and public.
  3. Compose and draft documents – prototype worksheets, checklists, design templates – gather and incorporate feedback. Manage third-party layout and design vendors.
  4. Track participation, manage correspondence with the community, and handle follow up.
  5. Lead development and/or revision of training materials.
  6. Maintain active project files and briefs team members on project status.
  7. Provide regular updates to Lab Director and team to inform funding and public reports 
  8. Communication to the community: Frequent communication about events, resources and

reminders to disseminate the Upgrade training modules will be made to the Fellows community.

  1. Facilitate ongoing workshops and training with the Upgrade learning modules.
  2. Create and edit videos that promote our fellows and community building efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a business, social services, non-profit, or technology related field, or 5 years of related experience and/or training combined
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience at a manager level and/or project management experience
  • Prior experience engaging with communities in the tech ethics, digital advocacy, nonprofit and/or digital policy sectors.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines in a collaborative environment, strong attention to details
  • Ability to work under pressure and demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience and comfort facilitating discussions, leading workshops, and public speaking
  • Demonstrate initiative and good judgment, creativity and a positive attitude
  • Ability to routinely and independently exercise sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Familiarity with graphic design tools and WordPress preferred
  • High degree of ethics and integrity
  • Bilingual preferred


Please send resume and cover letter to Rebecca Abella, Program Manager at DCSL.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.