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Sunday Musings about the Chief Community Officer job title

Erik Martin

Our culture intertwines job titles with our identity, so why not sprinkle in self expression where possible? In some ideal future strain of the multiverse, perhaps collectives self-organize to a point where job titles and roles are no longer needed. In the meantime, I’m the Chief Community Officer at Teal, an online community and platform for professionals to grow their careers. I feel the Chief Community Officer job title has more meaning and importance these days, not just for me personally but for the business world overall.

The first time anyone used this job title was a little over 20 years ago, and it’s just now becoming common enough to be something more than an oddity. Recently, I’ve talked to a few business leaders who wanted to see if I knew anyone who would be a good Chief Community Officer for their startup or organization. They knew it was an important role, but in the conversation they also asked what a Chief Community Officer does. The power of “Community” for business is gaining traction, but the C-suite role is still pretty rare and its function is still nebulous. Chief Community Officer doesn’t even make the Wikipedia list of approximately 50 C-level titles. LinkedIn currently shows 0 openings in the US for a Chief Community Officer, and only a few hundred people with that job title, many of which are at nonprofits or refer to local communities in a public policy perspective...

Our culture intertwines job titles with our identity, so why not sprinkle in self expression where possible? In some ideal future strain of the multiverse, perhaps collectives self-organize to a point where job titles and roles are no longer needed. In the meantime, I’m the Chief Community Officer at Teal, an online community and platform for professionals to grow their careers. I feel the Chief Community Officer job title has more meaning and importance these days, not just for me personally but for the business world overall.

The first time anyone used this job title was a little over 20 years ago, and it’s just now becoming common enough to be something more than an oddity. Recently, I’ve talked to a few business leaders who wanted to see if I knew anyone who would be a good Chief Community Officer for their startup or organization. They knew it was an important role, but in the conversation they also asked what a Chief Community Officer does. The power of “Community” for business is gaining traction, but the C-suite role is still pretty rare and its function is still nebulous. Chief Community Officer doesn’t even make the Wikipedia list of approximately 50 C-level titles. LinkedIn currently shows 0 openings in the US for a Chief Community Officer, and only a few hundred people with that job title, many of which are at nonprofits or refer to local communities in a public policy perspective...

Our culture intertwines job titles with our identity, so why not sprinkle in self expression where possible? In some ideal future strain of the multiverse, perhaps collectives self-organize to a point where job titles and roles are no longer needed. In the meantime, I’m the Chief Community Officer at Teal, an online community and platform for professionals to grow their careers. I feel the Chief Community Officer job title has more meaning and importance these days, not just for me personally but for the business world overall.

The first time anyone used this job title was a little over 20 years ago, and it’s just now becoming common enough to be something more than an oddity. Recently, I’ve talked to a few business leaders who wanted to see if I knew anyone who would be a good Chief Community Officer for their startup or organization. They knew it was an important role, but in the conversation they also asked what a Chief Community Officer does. The power of “Community” for business is gaining traction, but the C-suite role is still pretty rare and its function is still nebulous. Chief Community Officer doesn’t even make the Wikipedia list of approximately 50 C-level titles. LinkedIn currently shows 0 openings in the US for a Chief Community Officer, and only a few hundred people with that job title, many of which are at nonprofits or refer to local communities in a public policy perspective...