The FSF is hiring: Seeking a Boston-area full-time Web Developer

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— Feb 14, 2014 07:55 PM

The Free Software Foundation, a Boston-based 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect freedoms critical to the computer-using public, seeks a Boston-based individual to be its full-time Web Developer.

This newly created position, reporting to the executive director, will work closely with our sysadmin team to maintain and improve the FSF's Web presence.

The FSF uses several different free software web platforms in the course of its work, both internally and externally. These platforms are critical to our work supporting the GNU Project, free software adoption, free media formats, and freedom on the Internet; and opposing bulk surveillance, DRM, software patents, and proprietary software.

We are looking for someone who is primarily interested in keeping these systems up-to-date and working the way we need them to, customizing when necessary. While the main duties will relate to the backend systems, frontend experience with templates, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and design tools will be a big plus.

The Web Developer will also contribute to decisions about which new platforms to use or which existing ones to retire. The infrastructure of www.fsf.org, shop.fsf.org, and gnu.org will likely be changed this year, so there will be some critically important research and work to be done right away.

We emphasize opportunities to contribute work done at the FSF to the upstream projects we use, to benefit the broader free software community.

This position will primarily work with:

  • CiviCRM
  • Drupal
  • MediaWiki
  • Plone / Zope
  • Ikiwiki
  • Request Tracker
  • Django / Satchmo
  • Etherpad
  • CAS
  • GNU social / StatusNet
  • GNU MediaGoblin

Because the FSF works globally and seeks to have our materials distributed in as many languages as possible, multilingual candidates will have an advantage. English, German, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Malagasy, and a little Japanese, are represented among current FSF staff.

With our small staff of twelve, each person makes a clear contribution. We work hard, but offer a humane and fun work environment, at an office located in the heart of downtown Boston.

The FSF is a mature but growing organization that provides great potential for advancement; existing staff get the first chance at any new job openings.

Benefits and salary

The job must be worked on-site at FSF's downtown Boston office. An on-site interview will be required with the executive director and other team members.

This job is a union position. The salary is fixed at $50,877. Other benefits include:

  • full family health coverage through Blue Cross/Blue Shield's HMO Blue program,
  • subsidized dental plan,
  • four weeks of paid vacation annually,
  • seventeen paid holidays annually,
  • public transit commuting cost reimbursement,
  • 403(b) program through TIAA-CREF,
  • yearly cost-of-living pay increases, and
  • potential for an annual performance bonus.

Application instructions

Applications must be submitted via email to hiring@fsf.org. The email must contain the subject line, "Web Developer". A complete application should include:

  • resume,
  • cover letter, and
  • links to any previous work online.

All materials must be in a free format (such as plain text, PDF, or OpenDocument, and not Microsoft Word). Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will probably be overlooked. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The FSF is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law. We value diversity in our workplace.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at

http://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

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