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Consultant - Science Community Manager, ISR

DEPARTMENT: International Science Reserve (ISR)

LOCATION: This is a remote position

COMMITMENT & DURATION: This is a 3-month engagement, beginning on or about February 1, 2023. Consultant must be able to commit an average of 20 hours per week to the project, and be available mainly during Academy business hours, 9am-5pm Eastern Time

RATE: $85-$150 per hour, based on qualifications. This is a short-term consultant position that does not provide benefits.



Established in 2022, the International Science Reserve (an initiative of the New York Academy of Sciences) mobilizes the global scientific community to prepare for and respond to complex, cross-border crises–such as the next global pandemic, a major cyber-attack, or climate-related disasters. The ISR network includes a growing international community of 1,200+ scientists who have come together across the physical sciences, life sciences, earth sciences, and behavioral sciences, from 90+ countries. In 2023, the ISR will grow and further engage the community using digital tools, including its online platform.

For more information about the International Science Reserve (ISR), please visit:


The Consultant will act as a Science Community Manager for the International Science Reserve at the New York Academy of Sciences. They will support the engagement of this online community and the online platform, which will allow scientists to connect and share resources, ideas, and expertise and to role-play and learn from research and response actions to different crisis scenarios. The Consultant will be a creative self-starter and experienced digital specialist, with a demonstrated understanding of science and an interest in online education, who can help the ISR team foster deeper connections with our growing online community.

In this consultancy, they will provide materials and techniques for the community to: connect; share resources, ideas, and expertise; participate in preparedness (including through activities developed by the ISR Program team); and stay engaged with the ISR. Their work will help scientists and science policy experts prepare for and respond to some of the most pressing global issues of the day.


  • Facilitates community connections, as well as moderated and unmoderated discussions around issues pertaining to global crisis and the ISR’s ongoing activities
  • Helps design and test short role-playing and learning activities on the ISR's online platform (that is, readiness exercises) that help scientists prepare research and response actions to different crisis scenarios
  • Supports community member participation in, and engagement with, the ISR's readiness exercises and related activities
  • Fosters an inclusive and welcoming digital environment for all ISR community members from around the world
  • Proactively, and with great attention to detail, manages administrative tasks for the online community platform and other community engagement channels
  • Keeps membership databases and lists up to date, and tracks segments for further engagement by Program staff
  • Communicates effectively and actively with stakeholders (internal and external) and user groups to build digital engagement, celebrating the extraordinary work of the community
  • Recommends improvements for user engagement and management
  • Monitors analytics and reports on key performance indicators (KPIs)


  • At least 2 years' work experience in a digital community manager, community coordinator or equivalent role; or combined equivalent experience
  • At least 2 years' work experience in science or in a science-related role; or demonstrated strong scientific interest (through university studies or otherwise)
  • Experience with online education, course design, educational gaming, or related skills a plus
  • Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong copywriting, editing and proofreading skills
  • Detail-oriented working style, with a facility for data management
  • Experience with online tools and platforms, especially those that might help connect and support the ISR science community
  • Mission-aligned, with a strong interest in crisis response and/or science communications
  • Language skills beyond English a plus
  • Experience living and working outside the United States a plus