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Communications editor/storyteller Full-time

Published at 2021-06-01 - Viewed: 2260 times - Foundation for Public Code in Netherlands

Come help us enable public-purpose software and policy that is open and collaborative. We support open source codebases developed by public organizations to become thriving, community-driven projects that are sustainable and scalable. By doing so, we help public organizations take back control over their technology and develop more effective public services with less risk.

Part of this effort is to invite people to join us. This means:

  • telling the story of public code so that it’s exciting and compelling for both our contributors, and the broader government and technology communities
  • making sure our information and documentation is clear, approachable and accessible to anyone who wants to use our materials, work with us, or contribute to make them better

In the coming year, we want to significantly increase awareness of what public code is and the results we’re already seeing in the codebases we work with.

What the Communications editor does

As a Communications editor, you work together with the community to highlight our impact and enable others to participate. This means you will:

  • plan and create creative campaigns, blogposts, print, film, social media posts, informational content and presentations
  • help colleagues and community members share accomplishments and learnings from their work (including interviewing, editorial direction, narrative construction, and encouragement)
  • work with people across the organization and our broader member and codebase community, as well as manage external designers, animators and other creatives
  • strategically use a wide range of platforms and channels to share our work (potentially including podcasts, videos, and social media)
  • find opportunities in others’ events, podcasts or other activities for our colleagues to contribute
  • support colleagues working with press and media
  • apply a user-centered content design approach to content marketing
  • proofread international colleagues’ pull requests on Github for accessible international English, plus style, usefulness and formatting (hyperlinks and Markdown)
  • use analytics to monitor successful content

If you enjoy combining your storytelling and analytical skills to make complex content accessible and compelling, then we’d love to hear from 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, git and communities
  • want to work for the public good
  • have a collaborative working attitude and take pride in making things together
  • be able to work independently
  • have international experience

What we expect from the Communications editor

We expect our new Communications editor to:

  • be diplomatic, strategically aware and able to be a strong advocate for the organization
  • have proven ability to write about complicated things in a simple way for a wide audience
  • be able to identify good stories that will matter to our audience
  • contribute to our awareness raising strategy as the organization moves from a start up to scaling phase
  • be a strong communicator in written and spoken English

More information about this position

This is a full time role (40 hours/week) in our main offices in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we all work remotely. 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 can only hire people legally allowed to work in the EU. We are not set up to facilitate visa processes.

If you want to know more about the position, please get in touch with Elena Findley-de Regt at

To apply for this position, please email us at

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

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