empress-blog does not, and will never have the concept of user roles!
This is because it is entirely a static system. You can assign authors to posts and generate new ones using
ember generate author but if you need full user permissions (outside of something like Github) and collaboration features I highly recommend that you sign up for a hosted Ghost instance.
It's a good idea to fill out the metadata on authors, including bio and social links. These will populate rich structured data for posts and generally create more opportunities for themes to fully populate their design.