NumFOCUS Projects Director

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NumFOCUS is seeking to hire a full-time Projects Director to develop and
run a sustainability incubator program for NumFOCUS fiscally sponsored open
source projects. This is the first program of its kind, with opportunity
for enormous impact on the open source ecosystem. The Projects Director
will work with NumFOCUS fiscally sponsored Open Source projects to develop
appropriate business development strategies and opportunities to engage
with industry. The learnings from this program will be public, meaning it
has the potential to change how all open source projects are managed.

NumFOCUS is 501(c)3 whose mission is to promote sustainable high-level
programming languages, open code development, and reproducible scientific
research. They accomplish this mission through their educational programs
and events as well as through fiscal sponsorship of open source data
science projects. They aim to increase collaboration and communication
within the scientific computing community.

The Projects Director position is initially funded for 2 years through a
grant from the Sloan Foundation. The incumbent will be hired as an employee
of NumFOCUS. Review of applications will begin October 10th, and the
position will remain open until filled.

Job description

The Projects Director will lead efforts to identify skills and perspectives
that Open Source Project leads need to establish sustainability models and
seek opportunities for funding and will consult with NumFOCUS projects and
disseminate outcomes.

Responsibilities Include:
- Organize a ?business bootcamp? workshop, coach project leads and lead an
Advisory Board for these business development efforts
- Develop business and financial plans, improve communication, build
industry relationships, and broadly develop strategies for fostering these
- Lead efforts to identify skills and perspectives that Open Source Project
leads need to establish sustainability models and seek opportunities for
- Using materials from workshops and other resources, develop and
disseminate an Open Source Nurturing and Actionable Practices Kit (OSNAP
Kit) to provide guidance to open source projects outside of NumFOCUS
- Establish assessment strategies to measure impact and help NumFOCUS
open-source projects develop industry relationships


As this role provides a business, operations and marketing perspective to
Open Source project leads, the candidate should have:
- Preferred: 4 years experience in business development, operations and/or
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Teaching experience of some capacity, e.g. teaching at universities or
creating and running workshops
- Demonstrated ability to interact with a broad range of people from
technical leads to industry leaders
- Experience working with open communities, e.g. open source software,
hardware or makers,
- A rich network of experts in business and technology to draw ideas and
collaboration from.


NumFOCUS offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a
comprehensive benefits package.


To apply, please submit your resume/CV and cover letter (up to two pages)
to NumFOCUS at: projects_director at

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