Lead organizer application

We’re recruiting a cohort of 5 volunteers to become lead organizers of Open Seattle for a 1-year term.

Women of color, LGBTQIA+ folks, people of color and other underrepresented folks are encouraged to apply!

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Read more about the application process & the volunteer lead organizer position:

What we’ll ask of you

  • 1-year term commitment. February 2017 through January 2018
  • Attend monthly lead organizer meetings
  • Provide monthly update on activities at Open Seattle event
  • Attend events hosted by Open Seattle and other organizations to conduct outreach
  • Decide together which lead organizers will own specific responsibilities (tech, events, volunteer management, communications, fundraising, etc.)
  • Uphold, improve, & educate participants on Open Seattle code of conduct, contributing, and event policies.

What you’ll get to do

  • Training in community organizing
  • Lead a team on a specific aspect of Open Seattle operations
  • Support the Seattle civic tech community
  • Shape the future of Open Seattle

Application process

  • Application deadline is January 17
  • Selected applicants interview with appointment committee during last two weeks of January
  • Announcements in first week of February

Appointment process

  • A committee of local community organizers will oversee the appointment process. This may be outgoing Open Seattle lead organizers, leaders of partner community organizations, or members of the board of the non-profit that fiscally sponsors Open Seattle.
  • Applications are reviewed and applicants are interviewed in the first two weeks of December.

The application review committee includes:

  • Shelly Farnham – Executive Director & Research Scientist at Third Place Technologies
  • Sarah Schacht – Operations Manager at Identity Ecosystem Steering Group
  • Sabrina Roach – Doer at Brown Paper Tickets, specializing in public media and digital equity

FAQ about becoming a lead organizer

Do I need to have prior experience working with Open Seattle?

No, prior experience with Open Seattle is not required.

Do I need to write code?

No, most of the responsibilities of a lead organizer do not include writing code.

How many hours per month are required?

There aren’t strict requirements. You’ll need to attend monthly events, and most work can happen whenever you have time throughout each week. A rough estimate might be between 15 and 20 hours per month, though it depends on your schedule and what responsibilities you take on.

Is this a paid position?

No, Open Seattle is run completely by volunteers. Because it’s a volunteer position, there’s a lot of flexibility about when and where you complete your work.

Other questions?

Email hi@openseattle.org.


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