The roles that are described in this series are an example of a team structure for a large and mature community and can be expanded on, depending on the specific needs of the company. Generally we would expect large Community teams to be structured using the following roles:

Chief Community Officer / VP of Community

Head of Community

Community Manager

Community Coordinator

For starter or smaller communities you clearly do not need this type of hierarchy in your team (of one), so we will cover a ‘stand alone’ Community Manager role description as a separate article.

See here: Community Manager (Early stage/ Small community) – Job Description

The first two roles have a strategic focus and are the business interface between the community and the company. The Community Manager and Community Coordinator roles have a more detailed view of their workload.

Please click on each of the links above to view the different Community Manager Job descriptions. On this page, we’re taking a closer look at the Head of Community role.

Head of Community – Job Description

Overall head of a single Community, with responsibility for all activities within that Community.  Champions the interests of the Community to the business and the other way around.

Reports to:

  • Chief of Communities

Responsible for / involved in:

  • Reporting to the Chief of Communities on a regular basis, on Community sentiment, Community business requests, agreed KPIs.
  • Liaising with the business on Community sentiment and acts as a ‘sounding board’ for future business decisions.
  • Overseeing the seeding of ideas and research for the business and collating feedback through the Community’s Community Managers.
  • At a strategic level, acts as the Community interface with Marketing, Social Media, R&D, Public Relations, etc.
  • Receives guidance from the Chief of Community and sets the direction of the Community for the Community Managers
  • Manages a number of Community Managers. This includes mentoring, assessment and overseeing Community Manager administration tasks.
  • Ensures on-going training and development for Community Managers and Community Coordinators
  • Regular posting on the Community boards
  • Active participation in recruitment of Community Managers and Community Coordinators
  • Point of escalation for Community Coordinators.
  • Arbitration between Community Managers
  • Act as ‘Critical Friend’ to Community Managers

So, this should give you a good start if you’re looking for a Head of Community. Feel free to comment below and we can have a chat about it. Or, you can email future@standingongiants to find out more about what we do :).

Next up, we’ll take a look at a level down – describing the Community Manager job role.

Vincent Boon

Vincent Boon


With a background building communities at Sony PlayStation, I specialise in creating and running branded online communities that bring a touch of magic to the interaction between customer and brand. The result works both ways, with happier customers that feel honestly treated, and more insightful companies that waste less time and money on stuff no one wants.