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Codebase steward for support Full-time

Published at 2019-10-12 - Viewed: 2594 times - Foundation for Public Code in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Job description

Come help producers of open source software for public use – such as in cities and other public organizations – develop and maintain software and policy together. The Foundation for Public Code provides review of codebases that are in our stewardship to help developers build trusted and reliable software that can be widely reused and foster a strong community around it.

We test against the Standard for Public Code to make codebases understandable, reusable and community based. Our standards are high, as well as opinionated, to ensure codebases can be trusted as the infrastructure of society and improve continually, and policy makers can keep technology and architectural choices open.

Part of this effort is to make reuse as easy as possible – for the public organizations that would benefit from using or contributing to these codebases, it’s not always easy to get started, know how to use or procure a solution like this, or even to trust the codebase.

What the codebase steward for support does

As a codebase steward for support, you help remove technical obstacles to help potential reusers adopt and use a codebase.

This means you help:

  • potential users find out how to use codebases
  • provide assistance in procuring solutions based on codebases
  • resolve issues in sales of solutions based on codebases
  • connect potential users to potential (trusted) vendors of solutions
  • provide a contact point for issues surrounding a codebase
  • provide support for the community around a codebase to answer these questions themselves
  • partake in the community

If you enjoy applying your expertise and network to solve gnarly technical and procurement problems, connecting problems with solutions, this role might be for you.

What we expect from all of our team members

You should:

  • share our core values: openness, quality, trust, community, helpfulness
  • understand the value of and be experienced with open source products and communities
  • want to work for the public good
  • have a collaborative work attitude and take pride in making things together
  • be able to work independently
  • be a strong communicator in English
  • have international experience
  • be an active participant in the codebase community you support

What we expect from the codebase steward for support

We expect our new codebase steward for support to:

  • be a strong community connector who brings together vendors, government procurement experts, developers, designers, managers and other stakeholders around the open source codebases the Foundation for Public Code has in its stewardship
  • have experience with supporting open source or government technology communities
  • have experience with technology-focused consulting or sales engineering
  • be excited to help us develop our codebase support process
  • be diplomatic, strategically aware and able to be a strong advocate for the organization

More information about this position

This is a full time role (40 hours/week) in our main offices in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Assistance in relocation is possible.

This is a one year contract, with an option to extend. Compensation is competitive as well as in line with the public mission of the organization.

More about the application process

We enthusiastically encourage people underrepresented in the worlds of technology and government to apply.

We are looking to fill this position in the very near future and will review applications on a rolling basis.

About Foundation for Public Code

We aim to build international public sector communities working together to share open source software and policy in a radically collaborative and open way. Public organizations are building more open software than ever before, but collaborating at the scale needed to co-develop and maintain a codebase is still hard – it’s not the core responsibility of any single public organization.

The Foundation for Public Code was set up to plug this infrastructure gap so that people already working for the public good can more easily:

  • find transformative codebases to reuse
  • design their code in a way that encourages international reuse
  • build thriving open source communities around their codebases
  • get institutional support in navigating the risk and procurement hurdles to using open source for public services and infrastructure
  • We do this through active codebase stewardship and publishing the Standard for Public Code.

How we work

All of us fundamentally believe that our public organizations using FOSS will result in better public services for everyone and be a better use of taxpayer money. We do impactful work as part of a mission we believe in.

We’re small, open, flexible and non-hierarchical. We act with integrity and compassion towards each other and the broader communities we’re a part of. We make decisions by rough consensus, and value the diversity of perspectives on our team.

We hire the best people we can, trust their expertise, and give them near infinite autonomy. We also support each other, and do lots of pair working.

Because nobody has ever done this before for government and we’ve just started, everything we’re doing is greenfield – everyone here comes to work every day knowing that what they’ll do that day will meaningfully shape the Foundation’s future.

We’re ambitious but humble – we sincerely want this to succeed, but there’s no guarantee. Because we believe that failure is the best teacher, we encourage curiosity, experimentation and learning.

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