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Two job openings on the FSF campaigns team

by John Sullivan Contributions Published on Jun 30, 2012 12:04 AM
The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect freedoms critical to the computer-using public, seeks *two* motivated and organized tech-friendly Boston-based individuals to be its full-time campaigns managers.

Together, these positions form a team working closely with the executive director and members of the FSF's board of directors to plan, carry out, evaluate, and improve FSF's advocacy and education campaigns.

The team will start by taking up responsibility for our existing campaigns in support of the GNU Project, free software adoption, free media formats, and freedom on the network; and against DRM, software patents, and proprietary software.

Such responsibility includes:

  • planning both online and physical actions to achieve our campaign goals,

  • setting specific goals for each action and then measuring our success in achieving them,

  • doing the writing and messaging work needed to effectively explain our campaigns and motivate people to support them,

  • overseeing or doing the graphic design work to make our campaigns and their Web sites attractive,

  • working with our systems administrators on the technology choices and deployments -- especially of web publication systems like Drupal and Plone -- for our campaign sites, 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.

The campaigns team is also empowered and encouraged to develop new campaigns to advance the FSF's charitable mission. If you can look at and come up with proposals to improve both the quality and appearance of the work described there, along with ways to measure the success of your proposals if implemented, you should apply.

In your cover letter, please tell us a story of a time you motivated and organized others to take action on an issue important to you.

With our small staff of twelve, 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.

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 $56,920/year 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, and
  • yearly cost-of-living pay increases.

Application instructions

Resumes and cover letters must be submitted via email to The email must contain the subject line, "Campaigns Manager." Resumes and cover letters should be attached in a free format. Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will be ignored.

Applications must be received by Monday, July 23rd, 2012.

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.

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 and, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

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