Community Support Lead

Full Time
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Closing date
14 Nov 2021

Khan Academy is looking for a passionate Community Support Lead to help change education – join us on our mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

As Community Support Lead, you’ll be Khan Academy’s strongest link between our Learning Platform and Test Prep product teams and our amazing learner community. You’ll help lead and grow our current community support operations, ensure that learners around the world have the help they need to use Khan Academy effectively, and advocate for learner needs internally. This is an incredible opportunity for an experienced community support leader to have a tangible impact on global educational access, while working with what legitimately might be the most supportive community on the internet.

User-facing responsibilities:

  • One of the biggest parts of this role is being the primary point of contact for our learner support channels on the community support team. You’ll ensure our support processes are working effectively, conduct training and quality audits for our externally-based support team, handle escalated issues, and help troubleshoot new bugs as necessary. You’ll constantly look for ways we can improve our team processes and service to the community.
  • You’ll also help manage our public learner communities, and help brainstorm ways they can be expanded and improved. This includes working with our amazing volunteer programs, as well as communicating regularly with users in the community directly.
  • In addition, you’ll also be responsible for keeping relevant Help Center content up-to-date and making sure new help resources are added as necessary.

Internal responsibilities:

  • As the employee who works most closely with these learner groups, you’ll be an essential voice of these users throughout the company. You’ll work across the company with many different teams and individual leaders to ensure that we’re keeping user needs front of mind. You’ll be embedded directly on the Learning Platform and Test Prep product teams and have many opportunities to help us prioritize development resources.
  • You’ll also compile and send out periodic reports to ensure that the company at large is kept updated about relevant trends and community sentiment.
  • As you work through our community support processes, you’ll be able to see where we could be doing better. You’ll work with our existing community support team to design and implement improvements on a continual basis. This includes mentoring our existing community support team and helping them grow professionally.


  • 4+ years professional experience in customer support and/or community management, preferably in a leadership role. You keep updated on the latest industry best practices, and know how to problem-solve your way out of the thorniest online conflicts.
  • Experience working closely with product teams at a tech company.
  • Excellent written communication, which you can adapt for a variety of online audiences.
  • Comfort working both autonomously and within defined structure. You’ll be joining a small team and your role will have many opportunities for you to leave your personal mark on it. Someone excited about working on a high-performing team without a lot of restrictions will be able to have a big impact.
  • Ability to own a problem or goal, identify the path to success, and execute on it. You’re able to manage a number of simultaneous projects and responsibilities within the timeline you’ve set for yourself.
  • Excited about designing high-quality community support processes and coming up with creative solutions to tricky problems.
  • Proficiency with Zendesk, Slack, Jira, and/or other online support tools.
  • You embrace a quirky team culture and don’t take yourself too seriously.

Nice to have

  • Experience directly managing a team of (internal or external) support agents, including reporting on support metrics
  • Active Khan Academy user – we’re talking 50,000+ energy points and Earth badges galore
  • Prior experience working or volunteering in education environments, whether in the classroom, edtech, or elsewhere
  • Project or product management experience
  • Experience working with younger users and/or COPPA
  • Familiarity with current online privacy laws and trends
  • Comfort understanding and interpreting standard business analytics
  • Strong fluency in memes, internet trends, gifs, and/or dad jokes

About our benefits

We may be a non-profit, but we reward our talented team extremely well!

  • Highly competitive salaries and annual bonuses
  • Ample paid time off as needed – we are about getting things done, not face time
  • Generous parental leave
  • Flexible work and time-off schedules to encourage work-family balance and holidays
  • Great location: short walking distance to Caltrain and downtown Mountain View.
  • Awesome team events, on-sites and off-sites, company parties and BBQs, and weekly board game nights
  • A fun, high-caliber team that trusts you and gives you the freedom to be brilliant
  • The ability to improve real lives and the opportunity to work on high-impact software and programs that are already defining the future of education
  • Affinity groups where parents, black and hispanic/latino, women and gender minorities, and LGBTQIA+ identified folks come together
  • And we offer all those other typical benefits as well: 401(k) + 4% matching & comprehensive insurance including medical, dental, vision, and life
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