Position: OSI Programs Manager


Programs Manager for the Open Source Initiative

Job Description and Solicitation

Application Format:

Please send a resume in an open format (e.g., ASCII, PDF,
ODF) to
search@opensource.org. Include
two references and salary preference.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted further.


Position:

OSI Programs Manager

Location:

The OSI is a globally distributed organization, with corporate
headquarters in California, USA. This position has no geographical
requirements, although a North American location is preferable.

Term:

Six Month initial contract, renewable upon mutual agreement.

Deadline for Application:

28 November 2007.

Organization:

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation formed to
provide education concerning Open Source and advocate for its
benefits, as well as to build bridges among different constituencies
in the Open Source community.

Overview:

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is seeking an Programs Manager with
the passion and dedication to provide hands-on management for the
organization’s planned expansion of activities and involvement in Open
Source. He/She should be motivated by the OSI’s potential to connect
people, technology, and social possibilities.

Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Ensure that meaningful benchmarks are established, tracked, and
    revised as appropriate
  • Implement and evaluate an action plan based on the approved
    strategic goals and opportunities.

Management/Program

  • Implement programs to fulfill the overall mission for OSI.
  • Nurture OSI’s relationships with producers, consumers, and
    funders of Open Source software.
  • Partner with appropriate organizations/people to increase
    awareness of OSI as the reference source for
    information and education about Open Source.
  • Cultivate ongoing relationships with supporters to ensure a
    reliable source of funding for OSI’s operations, as well as to expand
    OSI’s asset and donor base.

Community and Board Development

  • Ensure consistent and transparent communication with any and all
    OSI members, affiliates, and sponsors.
  • Provide avenues for full and open communication and collaboration
    with the community at large and promote an awareness of the diverse
    and changing needs of the community.
  • Collaborate with the Board in the development of Board meeting
    agendas.
  • Facilitate collaboration and cooperation between the OSI Board
    and other organizations and leaders, to build a shared vision of how
    to address and solve issues related to Open Source.

Qualifications:

Background:

  • Experienced in raising funds for non-profit organizations
  • Well-known and respected within at least one major Open Source
    community
  • Management experience in either the non-profit or technology sectors
  • Effectively organized highly-independent and self-motivated
    volunteers from different cultures

Characteristics:

  • Highly-organized self-starter with the ability to set, manage,
    and implement priorities.
  • High level of comfort with and passion for technology and Open Source
  • Able to listen well and build consensus from public discussions
  • Able and willing to travel periodically to attend major OSI
    events (mostly in North America)
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills

Education:

Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in experience is required.

Compensation:

A base salary commensurate with experience.

First Six Months Deliverables

  • Raise sufficient funds to pay for this position while increasing
    OSI’s overall bank balance
  • Ensure action items and minutes are properly tracked, and posted
  • Implement mechanism for tracking community suggestions
  • Participate in the design and eventual implementation of OSI
    Membership / Affiliate Program
  • Ensure maintenance of the main OSI Website in cooperation with
    the volunteer Webmasters
  • Ensure completion of the design and implementation of the Site
    Translations Project
  • Ensure OSI trademarks are appropriately registered (if possible)

Stretch Deliverables

  • Post at least weekly to the OSI Blog to build community awareness
    and momentum
  • Formalize alliances with the Free Software Foundation, Apache
    Software Foundation, Creative Commons, Debian Community, Drupal
    Foundation, Perl Foundation, Linux Foundation, Open Source Alliance In
    Action, and key regional organizations

About OSI

The Open Source community consists of millions of developers and users
world-wide. Since 1998, The Open Source Initiative (OSI) has served as
the steward of the Open Source Definition. The OSI seeks to connect
and represent the entire Open Source constituency. In addition, as the
basic tenets of the Open Source concept are being applied to more and
more areas, such as international standards, business practices, and
government acquisition requirements, and the Open Source Initiative
has a role in their development. The OSI needs a person of vision,
resolve, dedication, and enthusiasm to provide continuity and a
consistent driving energy for this expansion of involvement.