Community Forum Manager

1 year ago

Job Description

At Sketch, we help designers and their collaborators โ€” from solo makers, to large-scale organisations โ€” to create amazing things. Weโ€™ve been in business for over ten years and weโ€™re far from finished.

Weโ€™re looking for someone gets excited about growing online communities to join us and take our new community forum to the next level.

What youโ€™ll do

Working within our marketing team, youโ€™ll take ownership of our newly minted community forum and grow it into an amazing place to discuss all things Sketch and design. Youโ€™ll be responsible for all parts of this โ€” from hands-on moderation and content creation, to high-level strategy and reporting. Weโ€™re excited about the potential our forum has to nurture meaningful conversations that bring our community closer to what we do, and to each other. Youโ€™ll be there to make everyone involved feel valued and have a positive experience.

In a typical week you will

  • Play an active role within the forum โ€” responding to posts, joining conversations and sparking new discussions.

  • Handle day-to-day moderation, from approving first posts for new forum members, to applying our community guidelines and escalating any issues.

  • Work closely with our content and social teams to create a regular cadence of new content within the forum, based on updates to our product and trends within the design industry.

  • Work alongside our web team, who handle the forumโ€™s technical upkeep, to introduce fixes, improvements and new features.

  • Understand our latest product updates, liaising with our product teams to introduce new and experimental features to forum members, and solicit feedback.

  • Continually reviewing and updating our community guidelines, making sure they remain relevant and effective at growing a healthy forum community.

  • Measuring the growth and health of the forum, deciding on goals and objectives for the future and regularly reporting on these to the marketing team.

  • Summarising insights and conversations and sharing them with the rest of the company.

  • Reaching out to Discourse to raise and resolve any issues we might face.

  • Managing the community email inbox, fielding any requests.

  • At peak times, assisting our social media team with community management on our social channels.

  • Contribute to wider marketing team discussions with your own ideas and play your part in key initiatives and campaigns.

Who you are

Youโ€™re self-motivated, intuitive and proactive when it comes to building and nurturing online communities. Youโ€™ll have plenty of experience managing community forums like ours and youโ€™ll care about making them welcoming and positive spaces. Youโ€™re not afraid to get hands-on and make things happen, nor plan ahead or report on results.

We have a self-management philosophy at Sketch, which means youโ€™ll need to feel comfortable with setting your own goals and managing your own day-to-day work. Rather than being accountable to a single manager, youโ€™re accountable to the marketing team (as we all are to each other).

We work remotely and asynchronously, so youโ€™ll need to have an excellent grasp of written English, clear communication skills, and be comfortable working in this type of environment.


  • A proven and successful history (2+ years) of nurturing and growing online communities

  • Working knowledge of modern forum software (ideally Discourse, which we use) โ€” both as a member and moderator.

  • Experience of using Google Analytics.

  • Strong organisation and communication skills.

  • Comfortable managing your own time and projects in a remote environment.

  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with lots of other talented people.

  • Based in (or close to) European/African time zones.

Bonus points

  • A background or strong personal interest in digital design.

  • Working knowledge of Sketch and other design tools.

  • Understanding of social media management tools (we use Sprout) and experience of community management in social media.

  • A good habit of documenting your work in a shared knowledge base (we use Notion).

  • Have previously worked in an in-house marketing team or creative agency.

What we offer

  • A full-time opportunity with a flexible working schedule

  • An international environment and working culture

  • As many vacation days as you need

  • Any training you need to develop in your job

  • Private healthcare and gym reimbursements

  • The hardware you need

  • Paid family leave

  • An annual company meetup

Even if you're not able to tick all of these boxes, we would still love to hear from you.

About Sketch

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Back in 2010, there were no tools made just for UI designers. Creating apps, websites and pixel-perfect icons meant working with software that wasnโ€™t built for this kind of digital craft. And that frustration is where Sketch started.

Today, weโ€™re still building the best editor for the Mac, along with web-based tools for collaboration, feedback and handoff โ€” bringing developers, project managers and clients into the design process.

As Sketch continues to evolve, we want to make creating great designs even more intuitive. And as we grow, weโ€™ll continue to do it in the only way we know how โ€” building thoughtful features, solving real problems, and helping everyone design incredible things.

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