Yes, and yes. That was literally me in my first job. Well, to be fair, I did sort of build a community of volunteers that I worked with, without really knowing that community management is an actual industry in itself.
My first month, all I did was talk to every single person who was active on our platform during the month that I had joined. I also took notes about every single thing in the community and also tried to map out the company’s relationship with certain individuals.
I also sat with one new person every week from the team(it was easy because we had only 8 people) to get to know then and the role they see the community playing. Although this might not be possible for everyone, perhaps interacting with every team that interacts with the community in some form, might be helpful.