Roles for the service#

There are a few major roles that we define for the Managed JupyterHub Service. These are outlined below.

Community Representative#

The job of a Community Representative is to ensure that the interests of the Hub Community are represented in the infrastructure, and that the hub serves their needs. There must be one or two community representatives for a given community. This role is usually filled by someone that is a member of the hub’s community of practice.


  • The main point of contact between the hub engineer and the Hub Community.

  • Collect feedback and questions from users on a hub.

  • Surface questions and requests to Hub Engineers via support tickets.

  • Oversee the Hub Administrators

Hub Administrator#

The job of hub administrators is to support users and to perform common administrative operations on a hub that do not require intervention from a Hub Engineer. Community Representatives are the first Hub Administrators, and they may add new Hub Administrators via the JupyterHub interface. They are able to add users, start/stop servers, and generally have more control over operations on the hub.

See also

See the Community Hub Administrator documentation for helpful information for Hub Administrators.


While there may be any number of Hub Administrators on a hub (any administrator can add other administrators), make sure to give this role to people you trust, as they can perform disruptive actions for other users.


  • Provide support to users of a hub for common problems that don’t require a Hub Engineer to resolve.

  • Add new users to a hub, including administrative users.

  • Surface major issues or requests to the Community Representative(s).

Hub Engineer#

The job of a Hub Engineer is to develop and operate deployment infrastructure for a hub, and to perform major upgrades or improvements to resolve issues that cannot be solved by a Hub Administrator. Hub engineers regularly work on the JupyterHub infrastructure and provide open source development for the technology that powers each hub. People in these roles are generally affiliated with 2i2c.


  • Respond to support requests from the Community Representative(s)

  • Perform major upgrades on hub infrastructure

  • Debug and resolve major issues with a hub that require intervention from a Hub Engineer

  • Perform open source development on technologies that are in use by the hubs

Support Stewards#

Support Stewards are the first point of contact for all support-related issues. See Support team process for more information.

Project Manager#

We are piloting the use of a dedicated Project Manager to help our team plan and coordinate with one another. See this GitHub issue for our plans and experience with this pilot thus far.

Diagram of roles#

Below is a diagram that summarizes the major roles described here, and their relationship to one another.