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Community Events Manager



Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

Open source is our beating heart and it’s something that fuels our work and our culture. It’s where we began. It’s where we’ll always be. Our vision is to become the trusted open source data platform for everyone. We are a Cast of over 400 individuals (‘Crabs’) located across the globe. Why Crabs? Because we believe in thinking sideways. And right now, we’re looking for sideways-thinking Community Events Manager

We want to be the trusted data source data platform for everyone. But there are plenty of people out there who have not yet heard of us. And many of those who don’t yet know what we offer or what we stand for.

We therefore take marketing extremely seriously, and we are always on the lookout for those who have the creative, research, analytical and strategic skills to succeed. Currently, we are looking for a Community Events Manager.

At Aiven our unwavering commitment to our customers drives every facet of our marketing strategy. We believe that a truly customer-centric approach is the key to our success. Whether we're crafting compelling digital campaigns, creating engaging content, orchestrating impactful field events, or nurturing brand awareness – our customers are always at the heart of our efforts. We work seamlessly with regional sales teams and local partners to ensure that our integrated approach revolves around delivering exceptional value and experiences to our customers.

Who we are

So, how do we become the trusted open source data platform for everyone? By listening closely to our customers and taking action to ensure they achieve their business goals. You see, the software we create is merely a means of delivering value. Our thinking is customer-first. That’s why our customers are at the front and center of all we do. And in the spirit of sideways thinking, we’re by their side as well. Actively helping them solve their challenges. Collaborating. Sharing. And innovating. In other words, it really isn’t just about who we are. It’s about who our customers are – and where they want to be.

Our values

We want individuals who can embody our values of ownership, courage, and openness.

What does that mean in practice?

We take ownership of the problems we solve. What we do is about improving life for our customers, enabling them to meet their goals. So we own our decisions and mistakes. Sometimes that takes courage. But we don’t falter – we take on challenges with confidence. And right at our heart is openness. We’re always open to new ideas – from wherever and whoever they come.

The Role:

As a Community Events Manager (CEM), you will play a crucial role in managing community events and engagement programs that align with Aiven's goals and values. You will be responsible for the logistical planning, promotion, and delivery of various types of events and programs that support the Aiven User Community, including OSDI (Open Source Data Infrastructure) meetups, user groups, first and third party digital community channels and more. You will also build and maintain a roster of external speakers to ensure Aiven has a cross-functional bureau of trained speakers representing an array of topics. Additional growth opportunities include support of third-party conferences as needed.

If you are passionate about building communities, delivering engaging and impactful events, and are a strong facilitator with a proven track record in event & program management, you may be a great fit.

What You'll Do:

OSDI Meetup Program Management:

  • Refine and execute a comprehensive strategy for our meetup program, ensuring regular and engaging events that align with the interests and needs of our community.
  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders to determine event topics, speakers, and formats.
  • Manage all aspects of event logistics, including venue selection, scheduling, budgeting, and on-site coordination.
  • Continuously evaluate and improve the meetup program based on attendee feedback and evolving community trends.

Community Conference Management:

  • Research and identify relevant industry conferences, summits, and events where our developer advocates and other team members can contribute as speakers or participants.
  • Establish relationships with conference organizers and negotiate speaking opportunities and sponsorship packages.
  • Collaborate with Developer Relations team on which community/developer conferences to take part in, and align planning
  • Track and report on the impact of conference participation, including metrics such as audience reach, engagement, and lead generation.

Internal Speaker Management:

  • Update and streamline the Speakers Corner program (internal program to support public speaking through rehearsals and distribution of list of speaking opportunities) for efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Work with People team and other stakeholders to create on-demand presentation skill enablement content in Workramp/Flow
  • Create a “Speakers Bureau” program inside Aiven to provide a list of all available speakers and their content, in conjunction with the Communications team.

Global Event Support:

  • Help evaluate and manage local vendors as needed to support EMEA events and track all budget items.
  • Plan, promote, and host marketing events (trade shows, conferences, meetups, breakfast briefings, digital events) across the region that capture prospects and nurture them into customers as well as cross sell into the existing customer base.

Our Offer

If you ask us what’s the best thing about working for Aiven, many will probably say it’s the high concentration of talent from around the world that we have here. Enjoy the agile environment of a hyperscale scale-up where you can truly make an impact and have fun while at it.

We invest in you

  • Participate in Aiven’s equity plan
  • With Aiven locations spanning the globe, we want all of our crabs to find the right balance with our hybrid work policy
  • Get the needed equipment to set yourself up for success
  • Step up your career game with real employer support (use one of our learning platforms, annual learning budget, and more)
  • Get holistic wellbeing support through our global Employee Assistance Program

Make a difference at Aiven

  • Contribute to open source projects that you find meaningful outside of work - and get paid for it! Our Plankton program recognizes extra work to the open source ecosystem for developers and non-developers alike
  • Use up to 5 days per year to volunteer for a good cause of your choice
  • Join one of our team member resource groups - empower yourself and others in missions that resonate with you

What else

  • Need insurance: We’ve got you covered - benefit from our: Comprehensive health insurance options including dental and vision benefits and Life and AD&D insurance
  • Your wellbeing matters: we provide you with a health savings account with Aiven contributions, as well as short and long term disability plans that protect you if you’re unable to work
  • Looking after your future: you’re covered by 401(k) and roth 401(k) retirement plans

Amazing, What’s next

If you think Aiven is the place for you, send us your CV and we’ll get in touch.

Visa Sponsorship

Aiven is able to sponsor visas for this position. However, possible recruitment and employment is subject to having and maintaining an adequate authorisation to work.


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Equal Opportunities

Aiven provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, marital and family status or without regard to any other similar personal attributes. Aiven complies with applicable local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, training and any other terms and conditions related to employment.

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