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FSF job opportunity - Program Manager - Boston, MA Full-time

Published at 2019-01-22 - Viewed: 3349 times - Free Software Foundation in Boston, MA 02110, United States

The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Massachusetts 501©(3) charity
with a worldwide mission to protect computer user freedom, seeks a
motivated and talented Boston-based individual to be our full-time
program manager.

Reporting to the executive director, the program manager co-leads our
campaigns team. This position develops and promotes longer-term
resources and advocacy programs related to increasing the use of free
software and expanding and advancing the free software movement. The
program manager plays a key role in external communications,
fundraising, member engagement, and special events.

Examples of job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead the planning and successful implementation of most events, such as our annual [LibrePlanet conference](;
  • Develop and maintain longer-term free software resources, such as the [High Priority Projects list](;
  • Coordinate two annual fundraising appeals, including goal setting, strategy, and working with outside contractors;
  • Implement the FSF’s communications and messaging strategy, including serving as a primary point of contact with press and the external public;
  • Write and edit for FSF blogs, external periodical publications, and both digital and print resources;
  • Assist with planning and execution of issue campaigns, working in concert with the campaigns manager;
  • Occasional conference travel and speaking as an FSF representative.

Ideal candidates have at least three to five years of work experience
with project management, fundraising, events management, and nonprofit
program management. Proficiency, experience, and comfort with
professional writing and media relationships preferred. Because the
FSF works globally and seeks to have our materials distributed in as
many languages as possible, multilingual candidates will have an
advantage. With our small staff of fourteen, each person makes a clear
contribution. We work hard, but offer a humane and fun work
environment at an office located in the heart of downtown Boston. The
FSF is a mature but growing organization that provides great potential
for advancement; existing staff get the first chance at any new job

  1. Benefits and Salary

This job is a union position that must be worked on-site at the FSF’s
downtown Boston office. The salary is fixed at $61,672/year and is
non-negotiable. Other benefits include:

  • Fully subsidized individual or family health coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield;
  • Partially subsidized dental plan;
  • Four weeks of paid vacation annually;
  • Seventeen paid holidays annually;
  • Weekly remote work allowance;
  • Public transit commuting cost reimbursement;
  • 403(b) program with employer match;
  • Yearly cost-of-living pay increases based on government guidelines;
  • Health care expense reimbursement;
  • Ergonomic budget;
  • Relocation (to Boston area) expense reimbursement;
  • Conference travel and professional development opportunities; and
  • Potential for an annual performance bonus.

  1. Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted via email to The email
must contain the subject line “Program Manager.” A complete
application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two recent writing samples

All materials must be in a free format. Email submissions that do not
follow these instructions will probably be overlooked. No phone calls,

**Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position
is filled.**

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

  1. 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
[]( We are based in
Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for
journalists and publishers, is at

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