Communications Committee Leadership Opportunities – apply by May 8, 2022

The ACM-W Communications Committee is recruiting for several roles and at various levels of responsibility. Nominations are being sought for volunteer and student intern positions.  Initial terms for the positions will begin July 1st, 2022 and extend until June 30th, 2024. 

Position descriptions are available via the links below. Please read them carefully to evaluate whether you, or someone you know would be a good fit.

Qualifications for leadership positions in ACM-W include:

  • Membership in ACM and ACM-W
  • Familiarity with ACM-W program
  • Previous leadership experience in volunteer organizations
  • Self-motivated, reliable and skilled

To (self-)nominate for any of these positions, please complete this form before May 8, 2022. https://forms.gle/KfaTywm1f2nX8BFY6

Newsletter Editor / Volunteer

ACM-W is currently recruiting for a part-time Newsletter Editor. The successful candidate will work directly with the ACM-W Communications Chair to edit and publish solicitations and content to our website/blog for later collation and distribution as a HTML formatted newsletter to our 70,000+ subscribers.. 

This is a volunteer, remote, part-time position, requiring 5-10 hours a month, for a two year term. 

If interested, see below for details and instructions for applying.

Organization

ACM-W: ACM’s Women in Computing

ACM-W is a global community whose mission is to support, celebrate, and advocate for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field. We provide a wide range of programs and services to members and work in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

Position 

Newsletter Editor

Part-time Volunteer Assignment

Job Description  

The ACM-W Communications Committee is recruiting for a volunteer to edit and update articles for our newsletter, blog, and social media channels

We are looking for a passionate website editor/publisher who can solicit and edit content in accordance with standard layouts and messaging guidelines. 

The newsletter editor’s primary task for the term of the assignment is to solicit content from contributors as scheduled, format it for use on our WordPress blog and prepare it for collection and distribution via our emailed newsletter and social media channels. 

Compensation, Hours and Benefits

It is expected that the newsletter editor will spend approximately 5-10 hours a month during a two year term. ACM-W is a non-profit organization, administered entirely by volunteers. This is a volunteer position, but it directly impacts the ACM-W global community of 70,000+ members. The newsletter editor’s name will be shown as a byline on published articles and the newsletter. They will also receive a special badge for their email signature card, and social media accounts.

Qualifications

The successful applicant will have experience with research and professional writing in the practice of similar assignments. Minimum technical expertise should include familiarity with web technologies, for example: WordPress, markup,  wikitext, visual editors, HTML and CSS. Tell us what you know, and what you want to learn.

How to apply

Please complete this form before May 8, 2022. https://forms.gle/KfaTywm1f2nX8BFY6

Website Manager / Volunteer

ACM-W is currently recruiting for a part-time Website Manager. The successful candidate will work directly with the ACM-W Communications Chair to edit, update and maintain content on our website. The website editor will also be responsible for maintaining wordpress plug-ins, custom html, css and javascripts.

This is a volunteer, remote, part-time position, requiring 5-10 hours a month, for a two year term. 

If interested, see below for details and instructions for applying.

Organization

ACM-W: ACM’s Women in Computing

ACM-W is a global community whose mission is to support, celebrate, and advocate for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field. We provide a wide range of programs and services to members and work in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

Position 

Website Manager

Part-time Volunteer Assignment

Job Description  

The ACM-W Communications Committee is recruiting for a volunteer to edit and maintain our website content, wordpress plug-ins, html, css and javascript.

We are looking for a passionate and experienced website manager who can respond to technical issues as they arise to ensure the ACM-W community’s continued secure access to news, events, activities and other items of interest.  

The website editor’s primary task for the term of the assignment is to work with the ACM-W executive team and project leaders to coordinate updates to page content as necessary. The website editor will also be responsible for fixing dead links, identifying necessary updates, and ensuring that new software is implemented as appropriate.

Compensation, Hours and Benefits

It is expected that the website manager  will spend approximately 5-10 hours a month during a two year term. ACM-W is a non-profit organization, administered entirely by volunteers. This is a volunteer position, but it directly impacts the ACM-W global community of 70,000+ members. The website editor’s name will be shown as a part of the footer on each page of the website. They will also receive a special badge for their email signature card, and social media accounts.

Qualifications

The successful applicant will have experience with website maintenance in the practice of similar assignments. Minimum technical expertise should include familiarity with web technologies, for example: WordPress, markup,  wikitext, visual editors, HTML, CSS and javascript. Tell us what you know, and what you want to learn.

How to apply

Please complete this form before May 8, 2022. https://forms.gle/KfaTywm1f2nX8BFY6

Communications Committee Co-Chair

ACM-W is seeking applicants for the next Co-Communications Chair. Come be the voice of an organization supporting, celebrating, and advocating for women in computing around the world.

Responsibilities will be running and cultivating our social media channels and building out programs of your design to continue to grow ACM-W collaboration with chapters, regions, and broader ACM.

This is a volunteer, remote, part-time position, requiring 10-30 hours a month, and two 2-day face-to-face meetings a year. The assignment is for a two year term. 

If interested, see below for details and instructions for applying.

Organization

ACM-W: ACM’s Women in Computing

ACM-W is a global community whose mission is to support, celebrate, and advocate for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field. We provide a wide range of programs and services to members and work in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

Position 

Communications Co-Chair

Part-time Volunteer Assignment

Job Description  

The ACM-W Executive Committee is recruiting for a volunteer to co-lead the Communications Committee to run and cultivate our social media channels. This is a relatively new focus area, so the successful candidate will be empowered to imagine and build out programs of their own design to continue to grow ACM-W collaboration with chapters, regions, and broader ACM.

The mission of the  ACM-W Communications Committee is to amplify and bring attention to the activities, programs, chapters, and members of the ACM-W international community. Communications channels include our website/blog, newsletter, event booths, marketing materials, swag, advertising, email listserv, social media, wikipedia, etc. The Communications committee is also responsible for the development, maintenance and dissemination of the ACM-W Communication & Social Media Policy.

Compensation, Hours and Benefits

It is expected that the Communications Co-Chair will spend 10-30 hours a month, and attend two 2-day face-to-face meetings a year. Travel expenses for the face-to-face meetings will be reimbursed. The assignment is for a two year term. 

ACM-W is a non-profit organization, administered entirely by volunteers. This is a volunteer position, but it directly impacts the ACM-W global community of 70,000+ members. The Communications co-chair’s names, photos and contact info are included on the website. They will also receive a special ACM-W Leadership badge for their email signature card, and social media accounts.

Qualifications

The successful applicant will have experience with leading large program development projects, managing volunteers, social media campaigns and channel management. Experience with social media policy and ethics issues is a plus. 

How to apply

Please complete this form before May 8, 2022. https://forms.gle/KfaTywm1f2nX8BFY6

Website Developer / Student Intern

ACM-W is currently recruiting for a part-time website developer. The successful candidate will work directly with the ACM-W Communications Chair to add new functionality to the website, including automatic content capture with generated html for use in emails and social media campaigns. 

This is a paid, remote, part-time internship position for the summer of 2022. 

If interested, see below for details and instructions for applying.

Organization

ACM-W: ACM’s Women in Computing

ACM-W is a global community whose mission is to support, celebrate, and advocate for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field. We provide a wide range of programs and services to members and work in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

Position 

Website Developer / Student Intern / Mentee

Temporary Part-time Assignment

Job Description  

The ACM-W Communications Committee is recruiting for a student intern to update and add functionality to our website.

We are looking for a passionate web developer to edit and create scripts and web applications in accordance with standard layouts and messaging guidelines. 

The website developer’s primary task for the period of employment is to build a toolkit to support timely capture of content, format it for use on our WordPress blog, emailed newsletter and social media channels. The successful completion of this toolkit may involve existing off-the-shelf plug-ins as well as the development of some custom scripts.

Compensation, Hours and Benefits

It is expected that the employee  will spend approximately 100-120 hours over the summer 2022 term on the project.  The rate of pay will be $8-$10/hour, depending on experience. As this is remote work, the employee will be responsible for communicating regularly with their supervisor via email, and presenting weekly progress reports via Zoom (or similar video meeting application).  At the end of the project, the intern will prepare a formal paper and presentation documenting their work and providing guidance for the ongoing maintenance of the toolkit. 

This project will directly impact the ACM-W global community of 70,000+ members. 

The project supervisor is a retired CSE instructor with 40+ years experience in software engineering, programming and management. 

Qualifications

The successful applicant will have experience with research and professional writing in the practice of similar assignments. Minimum technical expertise should include familiarity with web technologies, for example: WordPress, markup,  wikitext, visual editors, HTML and CSS..  Experience with javascript, social media APIs and plug-ins is a plus. Tell us what you know, and what you want to learn.

Support of learning goals

Successful applicant will gain experience with website technologies, and standard practices for software development and project management

How to apply

Please complete this form before May 8, 2022. https://forms.gle/KfaTywm1f2nX8BFY6

Ruth Lennon selected as the next ACM-W Chair

Ruth Lennon

Ruth Lennon, current chair of ACM-W Europe, has been selected as the next Global Chair of ACM-W. Ruth is the director of Craobh Technology Consulting, an organization that provides personalized solutions to industry problems.

Ruth is also a Lecturer with 20 years of experience in the Department of Computing in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland. Ruth’s research interests focus on enterprise scale systems with a particular focus on DevOps and Cloud technologies. She has been a member of many technical panels and committees including chairing the NSAI/TC 2/SC 11 on cloud and distributed systems, and working on the IEEE 2675 DevOps standard. Ruth’s goal in DevOps is to ensure that security and performance are seen as core to development projects just as it is in configuration projects.

Ruth has been a member of the ACM for over 20 years and is the Chair of the ACM-W Europe. She has worked on projects to support and encourage women in computing and engineering career pathways for as long as she has been in the ACM. Highlighting the vital role that women can play in any technical team is core to her voluntary work.

When asked about her vision for ACM-W Ruth states, “I look forward to working with the team to define a strategic approach to build stronger international links in our global community of skilled, collaborative and enthusiastic researchers and practitioners. Over the next two years we will explore new ways to provide greater value to our members locally, regionally and globally.”

How does remote work affect early-career women in computing?

Jessica Hair, Jaelle Scheuerman, Gürkan Solmaz, Pam Wisniewski

A recent survey of early-career computing professionals found that although many people benefit from the flexibility of remote work, many groups, particularly women and minorities, face challenges while working remotely. A volunteer team from the ACM Future of Computing Academy (FCA) explored the impacts of the new era of remote work after COVID-19 on early-career computing professionals. They conducted a survey to understand how remote work affects many aspects of early-career computing professionals’ personal and work lives, including their productivity, mental health, and well-being. The survey also asked how working remotely is impacting the usability, accessibility, privacy, security, diversity, and inclusion of work environments. The survey was completed in July 2020 with 253 respondents, 39.3% of which identify as women. Some questions asked people to rank how positively, or negatively, they felt about various aspects of remote work. Other questions were open-ended, asking respondents to highlight the most significant impacts of remote work.

Survey responses indicated that remote work affects people in a variety of different ways. When asked to rank how positively remote work impacted diversity and inclusion efforts, 36% of women reported seeing a positive effect on diversity and inclusion compared to men, of whom only 12% reported positive effects on diversity and inclusion. Respondents mentioned benefits, such as how flexible work hours and reduced commutes have allowed them to spend more time with family. Others noted the benefits of virtual conferences and meetings for diversity and inclusion efforts. Participants also mentioned many drawbacks faced by women in remote work. Video calls and chat rooms made some women feel isolated and unheard. Mothers faced many challenges juggling child-care with work. For example, some noted that some decision-making meetings were scheduled during times they were unavailable due to child care. 

Overall, the survey highlighted that while many people benefited from remote work, many experienced drawbacks as well. As many organizations begin implementing long-term remote work, it is vital that they carefully design their remote work policies and environments to address the unique challenges faced by early-career professionals and women. 

A blog series describing the insights gathered from the survey, including the benefits and drawbacks of remote work and recommendations for coping with the major challenges, can be found on Medium at: https://medium.com/p/5d7ed50c923/.

CSTA Expands Focus on CS Equity

Following the success of the inaugural cohort, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has expanded their CSTA Equity Fellowship program to include 15 fellows who have demonstrated success in disrupting inequities in K-12 computer science and want to improve equitable access and achievement at a broader scale. These 15 fellows, selected from 131 applicants, have a combined 150 years of K-12 teaching experience, including 80 years teaching computer science, and represent 11 states and provinces. 

This year-long program will provide leadership development opportunities to fellows and identify opportunities for the group to develop ongoing, peer-to-peer professional learning experience focused on addressing issues of equity in the computer science classrooms for CSTA members.

To compliment the flash talks, projects and CSTA Voice articles developed by the inaugural cohort, this year’s Fellows will be: 

  • Collaboratively authoring a book on equity-based practices in K-12 CS education
  • Developing three online workshops, focused on Anti-racist/CR PD, Curriculum Development PD and Supporting School- and District-Wide Solutions 
  • Creating a multimedia website and podcast, and 
  • Planning CSTA’s first Equity in Action Summit 

The Equity in Action Summit, set for March 6, is a one-day virtual event that brings together K-12 CS teachers to call out inequities of access and achievement in marginalized groups and to share strategies and resources to empower and equip teachers in addressing the digital divide. Registration is now open! Please join us and share with K-12 teachers that may be interested in attending.

Greetings from the ACMW Communications Co-Chairs: Bettina Bair and Sarah McRoberts

The goal of the Communications Committee is to empower the communications of all chapters and levels of leadership with tools, frameworks, and our global platforms. We are growing our organizational communication to bring in the experiences from our chapters and celebrations and share our knowledge and support from our leadership. Especially during these challenging times, we want to help the ACM-W stay connected and informed.

We amplify ACM-W action.

We’re channeling this mission into two main efforts: reliable communication resources and rich social media presence.

Reliable Communication Resources.

Bettina Bair, Senior Lecturer, Ohio State University

Bettina Bair, ACM-W
Communications Co-Chair

I’m making core improvements to the way that  information is curated and archived for the community: website, Wikipedia, newsletter, printed matter and so on. Some of the things I have been working on lately include:

Volunteer recognition badges – these are little graphics that your members and volunteers can add to their professional web pages and emails. Check with your ACMW Chapter or Regional leader for more information.

New Website User Experience – We’re working with a small team of undergrad interns to collect user requirements and design a new website user experience that will empower you to focus on the ACMW content that is important to you.

Printable Graphics – these are logos, postcards, posters, stickers and other graphics that you can download and print for your chapter or celebration.

Booth Decorations – we’ve been investing in booth decorations, like reusable posters and swag, that will distinguish ACMW at GHC and regional celebrations.

Newsletter Process and Format. You’ve probably noticed that the format of our monthly newsletter has changed. We’ve also modified our editorial processes so that we give you a few really interesting stories each month, instead of dozens of briefs.

Sarah McRoberts, ACM-W
Communications Co-Chair

Rich Social Media Presence

Sarah McRoberts, User Experience Researcher, Google

My vision for ACM-W is making it easier for us to share our stories and stay up to date about ACM-W/ACM news and opportunities. Here is some work I’m starting up on behalf of ACM-W.

Growing our ACM-W community across the social media landscape – It’s important to us to be able to meet ACM-W members  on the platforms where they’re already sharing and collecting information about their work in computing. Perhaps you’re already following our Facebook page, but are you following us on Twitter @OfficialACMW? Or what about our LinkedIn Group? Soon, we’ll also be launching our official Instagram account. Make sure to tag us when you have local ACM-W events, we love to share what ACM-W chapters are doing around the world!

Recruiting social media champs for Communication Committee volunteers – Do you love learning about news and history in the world of women in computing? Do you need more excuses to practice photoshop? Do you feel like there’s still something missing from ACM-W’s social media pages? We might be missing you! We are currently recruiting student and professional ACM-W members as volunteers to join an experimental Communications Committee.

This commitment would be for 6 months and consist of 2 or 3 initial video calls, a group chat with fellow Communications Committee members, and about an hour a week of content editing/development/collection (but very flexible). The goal of this group would be to help develop our social media platforms to connect with our members. Communications Committee members would also participate in setting our expectations and practices. If you’re interested in joining or learning more about the group, please fill out this brief questionnaire by August 1st.

Challenges focusing our social media #brand – A question that I often wrestle with is, what are the obligations of the ACM-W platforms? We occasionally are forwarded job listings, scholarship opportunities, and events from outside of the ACM umbrella. While we would never want to withhold an opportunity from our members, we also want to make sure that we are not implicitly endorsing organizations that we don’t know very well. I’m currently developing policies for sharing/resharing to help us maintain transparency and trust on our platforms.