OSI Seeks to Hire General Manager

Page created on June 14, 2013 | Last modified on June 14, 2013

The Open Source Initiative seeks to hire a General Manager. This is a full time, permanent position, reporting to the Board of Directors. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Member recruitment
  • Fundraising
  • Coordination of public communications
  • Creating and managing a communications plan
  • Facilitating community involvement and activity (events, conferences, etc)
  • Managing the OSI Working Group process
  • Providing admin support for Board committees (especially the Trademarks Committee and License Review Committee)

All of these responsibilities, but especially member recruitment and fundraising, will receive support and involvement from the Board and volunteers. Expectations for the General Manager in the first six months include:

  • Recruit at least 1000 new Individual Members in the first 6 months
  • Regularly publish the OSI Member Newsletter
  • Produce a proposal for an improved web site (revision schedule upon approval)
  • Raise $40k USD in corporate fundraising
  • Contact and communicate with each Affiliate Member
  • Ensure an active Working Group process
  • Create an annual budget and submit it for Board approval
  • Manage contractors (e.g., infrastructure contractors)
  • Organize Board meetings and generally support the Board’s activities
  • Manage logistics of face-to-face events.

We are therefore especially looking for prior experience managing contractors, budget management, fundraising in non-profit sectors, and working on membership programs. Applicants must be fluent in English and and proficient in written communications; fluency in other languages would be considered positively.

Applicants need not be technically proficient in software development, but should fundamentally understand what open source software is and have some prior knowledge of the field, both technically and culturally.

Compensation will be based on experience and skills.

The OSI has been an all-volunteer organization for over a decade. You should come into this job expecting to have a major impact on the OSI and its mission. We want to expand our membership base and our financial resources, with the ultimate goal of carrying out our mission more effectively: to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.

To apply for this position, please send an email to gm-apply {_AT_} this top level domain. Your email should include a plain text paragraph or two summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position, with your CV, résumé, or other supporting documents as attachments as needed. All attachments should be in formats commonly used by open source software (e.g., please don’t send something in a proprietary word-processor format; PDF is fine, though).

To help us avoid spam, and thus be able to see all incoming applications promptly, please do not post the above email address in email-address form (with an @-sign) anywhere on the Internet. Just point people to this page instead. Anyone applying to the position of General Manager at the Open Source Initiative can figure out the actual email address from seeing the above! Thanks.