The Open Internet Tools Project (OpenITP) seeks a tech-savvy, well-organized, experienced community strategist to join us as an outreach manager. This position includes managing all of OpenITP's outward-facing activity, from our digital presence to press relations to conference planning and participation. Additional responsibilities include assisting with events and various administrative tasks as needed. The ideal candidate will have significant experience growing communities, proven communications skills, and be a flexible, self-motivated and enthusiastic team player who works well without daily management.
Although OpenITP is located in Washington, D.C. and we greatly appreciate the value of face-to-face collaboration, this position does not require frequent physical presence there.
OpenITP supports and incubates a collection of free and open source projects that enable anonymous, secure, reliable, and unrestricted communication on the Internet. Its goal is to enable people to talk directly to each other without being censored, surveilled or restricted. OpenITP works to make its projects more accessible to both users and developers, building collaborative, sustainable tools that enhance whole categories of communication technology.
- Finding and contacting potential partner projects.
- Public communication and press contact.
- Curating OpenITP's social media and web presence.
- Documenting and reporting on OpenITP events.
- Logistical assistance during events.
- Manage public interaction with OpenITP's grant-making application process.
- Copy writing and editing.
The ideal candidate will meet at least some of the following qualifications, though it is not necessary to meet all of them and we expect the Outreach Manager to learn new skills and grow while in the position:
- A strong understanding of the value of privacy and free communication, as well as the threats to each.
- A demonstrated interest in the values, mission and technologies supported by OpenITP.
- Understanding of the circumvention technology community.
- Experience with public communication in the hacker activist space.
- Strong copy writing and editing skills.
- Experience creating and handling media.
- Experience shooting photos or video to document events.
- A willingness to travel occasionally.
- Experience collaborating with wikis, IRC and distributed version control tools.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- An ability to adapt to new tools, environments and tasks.
- Familiarity with free and open source software communities.
- Experience with GNU/Linux environment (especially Debian), and distributed systems.
- Experience with private communication software, especially GPG or PGP.
- Facility with commonly-used open source productivity tools, e.g., Emacs.
- Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
- Have a meticulous, self-motivated, and friendly nature.
- Excellent leadership, communication and teamwork skills.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. No phone calls please.
Employment is on a contract basis and compensation is commensurate with experience. The New America Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.