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The FSFE is hiring a Project Manager

by Matt Lavallee Contributions Published on Feb 10, 2021 02:39 PM
The FSFE is hiring a "Project Manager" with focus on communications and sustainability. We are looking for a person with a communications background to support us in our running and upcoming projects, including our upcoming digital sustainability campaign. The person will work full-time in our Berlin office.

About the FSFE

Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to control technology. Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives and it is important that technology empowers rather than restricts us. Free Software gives everybody the rights to use, understand, adapt and share software. These rights help support other fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press and privacy.

The FSFE helps individuals and organisations to understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination. It enhances users' rights by abolishing barriers to Free Software adoption, encourages people to use and develop Free Software, and provides resources to enable everyone to further promote Free Software in Europe.

We are involved in many activities in the legal, economic, political and technical areas around Free Software. Our work is made possible by a community of volunteers, supporters, donors, and staff.

Main responsibilities

  • Working closely with other staff and volunteers to support them writing news items, press releases, mailings, the newsletter, website pages, leaflets and other communications, about our work for software freedom.
  • Work together with our team behind our campaign about Free Software and sustainability in the smartphone sector on the communication strategy and the implementation of it.
  • Coordinate communication for upcoming project focusing on teenagers.
  • Find, create and improve visual material for our communications.
  • Help to draw general project concepts and implement them with continuous updates.
  • Coordinate small communication projects on your own.
  • Communicate with our contributors on different campaigns, boosting engagement and channel feedback and replies.


  • Good written communication skills with the ability to quickly come up with inducing or encouraging writings and to address different target audiences.
  • Experience in basic video, graphic and image editing (e.g. for news, share pics, memes, ...) and willingness to do so with Free Software tools.
  • Ability to create and run short term communication projects within different communication channels on your own, evaluate and reflect outcome afterwards.
  • You can sharpen a message in written form or with graphics, and you can engage with the reactions on different communication channels.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; other EU languages are considered an asset.
  • Ability to get acquainted to new topics within a short time.
  • Knowledge how to use a GNU/Linux laptop is a plus.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and Git or willingness to learn it.
  • Knowledge about digital sustainability, work experience in a non-profit or with children and teenagers are considered an asset.


We are looking for a reliable, well-organised team player who wants to learn new things fast and contributes their creative communication skills to our volunteers and staff to make the world a better place for future generations.

You care about social and political change for they next generations. Want to help our staff and volunteers to explain a younger audiences why it is important to have the freedom to use, study, share, and improve software. And you are interested to discover and promote the opportunities Free Software offers to tackle the climate crisis.

While raising awareness about the FSFE's work for software freedom on fast moving communications you want to work sustainable and keep the long-term focus on the FSFE’s mission.

Working time

The position is full time, 35 hours per week at the moment limited for 2 years. You will work with our team in the Berlin office, unless official regulations do not allow coming or recommend staying home.

How to apply

To apply, please send a maximum one-page cover letter and a maximum two-page CV (only PDFs are accepted) by email to, with the subject "Project Manager - Communication". Please do not include pictures of yourself in the application.

Your personal data will be deleted 3 months after we have made our decision. The closing date for applications is Sunday 14 March 2021.

Free Software is meant to serve everyone regardless of their age, ability or disability, gender identity, sex, race, nationality, religion or sexual orientation. Hence, we encourage applications from all backgrounds and promise to judge all applications on merit, without reference to any of the characteristics listed. To promote diversity and equality in the Free Software community, we shall give preference to applicants who identify as part of a traditionally marginalised demographic in technology for applications of equal strength.

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