Chief Operating Officer at The OpenGov Foundation


Job Title: Chief Operating Officer
Job Type: Full-time, salaried with benefits
Location: Washington, D.C.
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Application Website

About The OpenGov Foundation
The OpenGov Foundation is a small non-profit organization working to open up American laws, legislation, and the lawmaking process online so that everyone can see, understand, and shape the policies that affect their lives. We’re looking for a creative strategizer to help us establish our organizational voice and grow our operations.

About you
Are you passionate about making government more inclusive and accessible for everyone? Are you interested in how new technologies can create social change? Do you want to help build a thriving, mission-driven organization? Can you collaborate with technologists, designers, elected officials, and community members to create products that work well and meet real needs? We would love to hear from you.

This is a foundational position involving a great deal of decision-making, and, as the organization grows, supervision of an expanding team. You’ll need a strong background in communications and fundraising at a managerial level, and excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

Summary/General Nature of the Job
You would work closely with the Executive Director to develop and execute The OpenGov Foundation’s communications, partnerships, and fundraising programs in a fast-paced environment. You would oversee the day-to-day operations of The OpenGov Foundation, ensuring projects are running smoothly and timelines are met, and you would also work with the Executive Director to develop and implement strategic projects.

Key Responsibilities

You would be:
In charge of branding, outreach, and communications strategy
In charge of fundraising strategy
In charge of developing metrics and project deliverables, and managing product development
In charge of special projects, events, and legislative crowdsourcing initiatives


You should, ideally, have the following skills and experience:
3-4 years experience in political, advocacy, or non-profit communications and fundraising
1-2 years in a supervisory role
Excellent written and oral communications skills, with an emphasis on persuasive writing
Experience developing communications plans, and working with reporters and industry press in an on-the-record capacity
Creative thinker and a “people” person who is comfortable managing multiple relationships with both external and internal stakeholders.
Experience developing and executing internal accountability and compliance tools.
Ability to work with a small, tight-knit team of equals in an emerging field; ability to take initiative and execute projects with minimal oversight
Flexibility; willingness to experiment and to learn on the job
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Preferred qualifications

It would be an added bonus if you had:
Interest in local politics, open data, civic technology, and open government
Experience with web development and agile project management
Familiarity with user testing and product development
Experience in public speaking or sales

Application Materials
Along with your resume, please submit a one- to two-page cover letter introducing yourself and explaining your interest in this position and in The OpenGov Foundation, as well as two short writing samples – blog posts, op-eds, or informational articles.