Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $61,672
Maximum: $61,672




51 Franklin St
Suite 500
United States


The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) charity

with a worldwide mission to protect computer user freedom, seeks a

motivated and talented Boston-based individual to be our full-time

program manager.

Reporting to the executive director, the program manager co-leads our

campaigns team. This position develops and promotes longer-term

resources and advocacy programs related to increasing the use of free

software and expanding and advancing the free software movement. The

program manager plays a key role in external communications,

fundraising, member engagement, and special events.

Examples of job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 * Lead the planning and successful implementation of most events, such as our annual [LibrePlanet conference](;

 * Develop and maintain longer-term free software resources, such as the [High Priority Projects list](;

 * Coordinate two annual fundraising appeals, including goal setting, strategy, and working with outside contractors;

 * Implement the FSF's communications and messaging strategy, including serving as a primary point of contact with press and the external public;

 * Write and edit for FSF blogs, external periodical publications, and both digital and print resources;

 * Assist with planning and execution of issue campaigns, working in concert with the campaigns manager;

 * Occasional conference travel and speaking as an FSF representative.

Ideal candidates have at least three to five years of work experience

with project management, fundraising, events management, and nonprofit

program management. Proficiency, experience, and comfort with

professional writing and media relationships preferred. Because the

FSF works globally and seeks to have our materials distributed in as

many languages as possible, multilingual candidates will have an

advantage. With our small staff of fourteen, 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


### 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 []( and

[](, are an important source of information

about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at

<>. We are based in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for

journalists and publishers, is at <>.


This job is a union position that must be worked on-site at the FSF's

downtown Boston office. The salary is fixed at $61,672/year and is

non-negotiable. Other benefits include:

 * Fully subsidized individual or family health coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield; 

 * Partially subsidized dental plan; 

 * Four weeks of paid vacation annually;

 * Seventeen paid holidays annually;  

 * Weekly remote work allowance;  

 * Public transit commuting cost reimbursement; 

 * 403(b) program with employer match; 

 * Yearly cost-of-living pay increases based on government guidelines; 

 * Health care expense reimbursement; 

 * Ergonomic budget; 

 * Relocation (to Boston area) expense reimbursement; 

 * Conference travel and professional development opportunities; and 

 * Potential for an annual performance bonus.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted via email to <>. The

email must contain the subject line "Program Manager." A complete

application should include:

 * Cover letter

 * Resume

 * Two recent writing samples

All materials must be in a free format. Email submissions that do not

follow these instructions will probably be overlooked. No phone calls,


**Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position

is filled. To guarantee consideration, submit your application by

Thursday, November 29, 2018.**

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