The FSF is hiring: Seeking a full-time outreach and communication coordinator
NOTE: The application period for this job ended on May 21st, 2013. Keep an eye on fsf.org/jobs for future postings.
This newly created position, reporting to the executive director, will work closely with our campaigns, licensing, and technical staff, as well as our board of directors, to edit, publish, and promote high-quality, effective materials both digital and printed.
These materials are a critical part of advancing the FSF's work to support the GNU Project, free software adoption, free media formats, and freedom on the Internet; and to oppose DRM, software patents, and proprietary software.
Some of the position's more important responsibilities include:
stewarding the online publication and editing process for all outreach staff; including copyediting, formatting, posting, and maintaining material on our Web sites; and sending out e-mail messages to our lists;
producing and improving our monthly e-mail newsletter the Free Software Supporter;
improving the effectiveness of our audio and video materials use;
editing and building our biannual printed Bulletin;
promoting our work and the work of others in the area of computing freedom on social networking sites;
helping to produce fundraising materials and assisting with our fundraising drives;
cultivating the community around the LibrePlanet wiki and network, including the annual conference;
working with and encouraging volunteers; and
being an approachable, humble, and friendly representative of the FSF to our worldwide community of existing supporters and the broader public, both in person and online.
A successful candidate will have strong editing skills, especially in the area of copyediting, and will take pride in working with a team to create consistently polished and effective materials.
Because the FSF works globally and seeks to have our materials distributed in as many languages as possible, multilingual candidates will have an advantage. English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Mandarin, Czech, and Malagasy, are represented among current FSF staff.
With our small staff of thirteen, each person makes a clear contribution. We work hard, but offer a humane and fun work environment.
The FSF is a mature but growing organization that provides great potential for advancement; existing staff get the first chance at any new job openings. If you're hired and don't like your job title, we might be able to change it. We're flexible like that.
Benefits and salary
The job must be worked on-site at FSF's downtown Boston offices. An on-site interview will be required with the executive director.
This job is a union position. The salary is fixed at $49k and is non-negotiable. Other benefits include:
- full family health coverage through Blue Cross/Blue Shield's HMO Blue program,
- subsidized dental plan,
- four weeks of paid vacation annually,
- seventeen paid holidays annually,
- public transit commuting cost reimbursement,
- 403(b) program through TIAA-CREF,
- yearly cost-of-living pay increases, and
- potential for an annual performance bonus.
Applications must be submitted via email to email@example.com. The email must contain the subject line, "Outreach and Communications Coordinator". A complete application should include:
- cover letter,
- writing sample (1000 words or less),
- links to published work online, and
- three edits you would suggest to this job posting.
All materials must be in a free format (such as plain text, PDF, or OpenDocument, and not Microsoft Word). Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will probably be overlooked. No phone calls, please.
Applications must be received by 10:00am EDT on Monday, May 20th.
The FSF is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law. We value diversity in our workplace.
About the Free Software Foundation
The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at http://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.