Cloning Jay Pipes

The MySQL Community Team is about to lose a valuable member. In a few weeks, Jay Pipes, Community Relations Manager for North America, is joining the Drizzle project, under a different organization within Sun, and he won't be much available for MySQL community matters anymore.

BoF - OSCON 2008

On one hand, I am glad for Jay. He has been craving for more technical work, and he happily jumped at the offer from the Drizzle team. On the other hand, I have now the hard task of finding a worthy replacement. It won't be easy. For several years we have taken Jay's presence for granted, and he has done incredibly remarkable things, like creating MySQL Forge (v1 and v2) and organizing two MySQL Users Conferences and two MySQL Camps.

So, here I am, shouting to the world my need for a new manager. What am I looking for? What makes a good Community Relations Manager? At the end of this post, you will find a more detailed and formal list of requirements, but here is my personal take. The ideal candidate should

  • Be a clone of Jay Pipes
or
  • live in North America (US or Canada);
  • be willing and able (valid passport) to travel domestically and abroad;
  • be a team player, a good communicator, already comfortable with some Open Source community;
  • speak and write English fluently;
  • have a deep technical knowledge about MySQL (a certification would be nice);
  • have a broad understanding of databases, open source, and community in general;
  • be a proficient blogger;
  • be able to work from home effectively;
  • have a relevant wealth of contacts in at least one social site (LinkedIn, Facebook, Xing, etc);
Nice to have:
  • author of a book on MySQL :)
  • author of articles on MySQL or databases in general;
  • experience as web developer;
  • experience of the world outside North America (time zones, foreign cultures and needs, foreign languages, exotic food)

If your fit the above description, please get in contact with me. I am leaving no address on purpose. Being able to find an unlisted email address is part of the skill set for that job!

Oh, and don't forget that you will have strong competition. Please read A glimpse and a hook before pressing the send button.

The official part starts here

Primary Responsibilities and Duties

  • Establish inroads into various MySQL and open source communities through:
    • Attending and speaking at open-source conferences
    • Blogging about MySQL and community topics
  • Initiate and maintain contacts (primarily in North America) with:
    • Developers who use or could use MySQL for projects
    • User groups and meetups in the open source ecosystem
    • Community leaders and advocates
  • Assist the program chair of the MySQL Conference and Expo in
    • Planning, reviewing, and administering the conference
  • Write articles for various MySQL web properties and other publications
  • Actively participate in mailing lists, forums, and other websites by:
    • Encouraging the growth of MySQL
    • Assisting others in MySQL technical issues
    • Vetting and reviewing open source projects which use MySQL
  • Develop and maintain in-house software such as PlanetMySQL and the MySQL Forge
  • Actively promote open source development practices internally and externally to Sun/MySQL
    • Blog and write articles about best practices in open source development models
    • Encourage openness and transparency of MySQL engineering roadmap and development practices

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience speaking at conferences, user groups and functions on technical topics
  • Experience networking with community leaders and open source advocates in building and growing the MySQL and associated ecosystems
  • Deep technical knowledge of MySQL
  • Understanding of open source development practices
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of at least 1 programming language

Preferred (Bonus) Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of Bazaar and/or other source control systems
  • Knowledge of PHP/Perl/Python/Ruby
  • Knowledge of Spanish language
Comments:

[Trackback] Well, as Giuseppe announced, I am leaving the MySQL Community Team after almost three years. I'll still be working at Sun, but as a staff engineer on the Drizzle project in the Sun CTO organization. We are looking for someone to pick up the reins i...

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