Founded by former U.S. Deputy CTOs and seasoned tech industry veterans who led federal open data policies and digital government strategy, U.S. Digital Response is a nonpartisan effort that connects expert, volunteer technology teams to public servants responding to crisis.
Governments are facing unprecedented challenges right now. COVID-19 has created not only a health crisis, but an economic one. USDR partners with local governments and nonprofits on a wide range of projects, including food security, benefits access, modernizing the court system, and supporting election operations.
We’re looking for empathetic, communicative, and organized volunteers to lead USDR projects. Great candidates bring experience from technology backgrounds such as product management, design, user research, engineering, data science, and content strategy. Above all, they take an agile, iterative approach to discovering human-centric solutions with our government partners.
Read more about volunteering at USDR on our website.
You might be a good fit for this if:
- You have great client management skills. Government workers are in a tough position: they’re facing problems at an unprecedented scale, under tight timelines. Project Leads show up on calls as authoritative and proactive, but also empathetic, flexible, and respectful. No tech saviorism!
- You have the technical background to design solutions to our partners’ needs. You should be comfortable prototyping, evaluating, and recommending common technology solutions and workflows. (This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be able to code!)
- You can zoom out to the big picture, working with the rest of the Projects Team to identify opportunities to make broader impact. For example, a solution built for one county may be reusable in others.
- Given the urgency of this need, we’re looking for volunteers with proven experience managing projects.
- You have at least 20 hours per week to volunteer with USDR for at least two months.
Our commitment to volunteers:
- Engage in real work that will affect the quality of real people’s lives. Our partners are looking to USDR volunteers for help solving tangible problems.
- Learn from experts in the field. Elected officials and longtime govtech practitioners are involved in USDR on a day-to-day basis. We regularly host talks and happy hours with experts from the wider community.
- Experience the challenge of applying what you already know to a new problem. Volunteers often find that the skills they’ve acquired are highly transferable to public sector work, and highly prized by public servants.
- Be part of a team and community that’s building something bigger to create lasting change. Today’s crises are an opportunity to make governments more responsive for future crises.