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Project Manager Full-time

Published at 2018-07-17 - Viewed: 2695 times - Free Software Foundation Europe in Berlin, Germany

We are looking for a project manager to support our work to empower people to control technology. The person will work 35 hours per week with our team in the FSFE’s Berlin office supporting FSFE projects and managing larger FSFE events. There will be coordination with remote staff and volunteers, as well as travels to other countries.

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 this 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 legal, economic, political, and technical projects around Free Software (see our work areas and our campaigns).

In the Legal network we facilitate the discussion between legal and technical experts around Free Software legal and licensing questions. For this audience the FSFE also organises a yearly workshop for ~120 experts in this field.

In our work we build upon our volunteers in cooperation with other organisations, companies, and public administrations.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead or support existing and new projects by the FSFE (for example FOSS4SMEs, REUSE.Software, or sub projects of Public Money Public Code).
  • Manage and organise larger FSFE events in the legal, economic, social or political field, and support volunteers in being successful in events they organise.
  • Organise logistics, in particular around the Call for Paper process, and the execution of the Legal and Licensing Workshop for ~120 people, as well as community gatherings like the FSFE’s 2018 community meeting.
  • Communicate about the projects and events with our volunteers and the general public.
  • Moderate and summarise discussions on mailing lists to enable process while making sure participants keep to the FSFE’s Code of Conduct.
  • Contribute to the delivery of EU funded projects and actively monitor further opportunities (currently we are involved in FOSS4SMEs, for former EU funded projects, have a look at STACS, SELF, or AGNULA).
  • Represent the FSFE at events and meetings.


  • Experience with project management, ideally state-funded projects and projects with the involvement of volunteers, demonstrated by work experience.
  • Experience with organising larger events and meetings, demonstrated by work experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, ideally public speaking skills.
  • Experience with moderation in meetings. Experience in mailing lists and chat moderation are a plus.
  • Ability to find compromises when working within the team and with other partner organisations.
  • Good knowledge about the Free Software field and affinity with the FSFE’s values and mission.
  • Ablility to understand legal, economic, political, and slightly technical arguments about Free Software, and then being able to lead projects which involve people from those different backgrounds.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; other EU languages are considered an asset.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in understanding the non-profit sector, especially experience in working with volunteers.
  • Knowledge how to use a GNU/Linux laptop is a plus.


We are looking for a reliable team player who is passionate about driving new initiatives to make the world a better place for further generations. While patiently and discreetly making concrete mid-term improvements, you should work sustainably and keep the long-term focus on the FSFE’s mission.

How to apply

To apply, please send a maximum one-page cover letter including a salary proposal for a 35 hour week and a maximum two-page CV (only PDFs are accepted) by email to, with the subject “Project manager”. Please do not include pictures of you in the application. Your personal data will be deleted 3 months after we took a decision. Closing date for applications is 15 August 2018. Interviews with selected candidates will take place at the end of August. Start date for the job would be ~15 September or early October 2018.

Free Software is meant to serve everyone regardless of their age, ability or disability, gender identity, sex, race, 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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