This position, reporting to the executive director, works closely with
our sysadmin team to maintain and improve the FSF's Web presence.
It's an especially exciting time to join the FSF team, because we will
be celebrating our 30th anniversary this October.
The FSF uses several different free software web platforms in the
course of its work, both internally and externally. These platforms
are critical to work supporting the GNU Project, free software
adoption, free media formats, and freedom on the Internet; and to
opposing bulk surveillance, Digital Restrictions Management, software
patents, and proprietary software.
We are looking for someone who is primarily interested in keeping
these systems up-to-date and working, as well as customizing them when
necessary. While the main duties will relate to the backend systems,
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 audio-video.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
You'll primarily work with:
- Plone / Zope
- Request Tracker
- Django / Satchmo
- GNU social
- 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
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. This position is a great starting point for anyone
who might be interested in other roles on our technical team in the
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 $51,646.40 annually. Other
- conference travel opportunities,
- 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.
Applications must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The
email must contain the subject line "Web Developer". A complete
application should include:
- 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. To guarantee consideration, submit your application by
Wednesday, May 27th, 10:00AM EDT.
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
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
https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.
More information about the FSF, as well as important information for
journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.