Yahoo Inc. has a new job posting out at Flickr looking to hire a “Senior Community Manager.” I’m not sure if this opening is meant to replace current Flickr Community Manager Heather Champ or if they are simply looking to bring on another person in this department, but it looks like a pretty good job if you are in the social media / photography space.
Responsibilities (from the job posting):
“* Engage and communicate with the Flickr community within the Flickr Help forum and on FlickrBlog to communicate news, help solve problems and ensure that every member has the experience they desire;
* Represent the needs and desires of the Flickr community with the Flickr team;
* Developing and hosting programs and opportunities for Flickr members to meet and collaborate online and in the real world;
* Working with the Customer Care team to navigate the occasional troubled waters (ie, abuse mitigation)”
Minimum requirements include:
“* 3+ years experience working with a team developing web-based communities or social software
* 2+ years experience managing and moderating online communities
* Exemplary communication skills
* Has maintained a weblog or other online personal site
* An understanding of web development and web functionality, to be able to explain processes to user and understand bug reports
* Sound judgment”
Personally I think that it’s good news that Flickr is hiring in this area. I think Flickr’s not done the best job with community management and especially recently has been hitting the delete account / censorship button a little too much / hard. Hopefully whoever they hire for this important position will work towards building a new system that doesn’t make account deletions permanent and works a little harder to ensure that flickr remains as free from censorship as possible.