Code for Philly is powered by volunteers just like you. If you’re looking for a high-value means of contributing towards the growth of our community, check out these open positions. Code for Philly’s greatest opportunities lie ahead of us. We need you to help shape the future and make it a reality. To apply, please submit your application at the link below.

Here are the open roles:

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About All Leadership Roles

We give particular consideration to applicants from underrepresented and marginalized groups. You do not need to be a Code for Philly regular. Other than perhaps the Projects Co-Lead roles, coding experience isn’t required. Instead, you should have a demonstrable interest in improving civic outcomes and at least some interest in technology. You should be able to think creatively about civic and strategic issues.

All Organizing Team members are volunteer positions with a common set of expectations.

  • Willing and able to provide approximately 2-4 hours of time commitment per week
  • Communicate and collaborate on work openly with leadership team
  • Commit to attending / supporting at least 1 CfP event per month
  • Commit to joining a one hour, online organizing team huddle once per week (Monday evenings)
  • Commit to participating in organizing team workshop / deep dive sessions
  • Collective support for each other on the organizing team
  • Support large scale, special Code for Philly events (eg Civic Engagement Launchpad, other hackathons, etc)
  • Passionate about civic tech, open data, gov’t efficiency / effectiveness
  • Commit to acting by and upholding CfP and CfA’s code of conduct
  • Able to support 1 year of service within role ….. with option to “renew” or take on new responsibilities
  • All new leads will have a “provisional” period of six weeks to assess skill and commitment levels

Current Open Positions

As of February 2020

Communications Lead

Role “Why” & Mission

At Code for Philly, we do a lot of cool stuff. The doing part is easy and fun. The telling part though isn’t so obvious. The Communications Lead has to understand what we do and artfully tell the story to our community.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about connecting our community to new audiences and inviting new members into our community through social media and other content. The goal is to keep the CfP community up to date and informed about events, project wins, and civic tech news by leveraging existing and new CfP social media channels.

What you’ll get to do

  • Own Code for Philly’s social outlets (twitter, facebook, instagram)
  • Create a content calendar and schedule for Code for Philly social posts
  • Research, write, video, and publish posts about active projects, recent ‘wins’, etc
  • Support & publish educational content for our community across our website, video, event presentations, etc
  • Work with a team of smart, passionate individuals committed to improving Philadelphia
  • Develop leadership skills while contributing to the Code for Philly mission
  • Help support growing the Code for Philly community
  • Create processes and infrastructure that will shape the future of Code for Philly

Events Co-Leads (2)

Role “Why” & Mission

Partner with entire Organizing Team to plan and deliver mission-aligned events that allow our community to connect, grow and volunteer

What you’ll get to do:

  • Own CfP weekly programming schedule
  • Manage locations and logistics for each event
  • Communicate with organizing team to arrange coverage
  • Coordinate with other meetup groups and organizations to produce joint-hosted events
  • Support / lead CfP’s signature Launchpad event series
  • Lead other special events that serve the brigade’s mission:
    • Project development, volunteering, and project demonstration sessions
    • Civic education programming, participating, and learning such as local gov’t building field
    • Civic education programming
    • Open data education
    • Code for Philly community building and celebrating
  • Support ad-hoc collaborations to deliver major events
  • Support hackathon / launchpad / event programming

Projects Co-Leads(2)

Role “Why” & Mission

Support Code for Philly volunteers use their tech, data, and design talents to work with community partners on impactful, thriving projects that deliver public and social good.

Growing and coaching successful projects requires a mix of soft and hard skills. One day you’re helping to recruit volunteer contributors. The next you’re offering advice on the most appropriate hosting service. The Projects Co-Leads should be a passionate problem solver that understands the product, project, and technical considerations required to implement tech.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Support the discovery, development, deployment of high-impact projects that are open source, not for profit, and civic-minded / public-benefiting
  • Support project teams in identifying needed roles and recruiting volunteer talent.
  • Welcome new community members. Help people get involved and take action.
  • Improve projects’ sustainability, efficiency, effectiveness
  • Manage new project intake submission, opportunity review and formation process
  • Collaborate with external partners (eg local government, nonprofits, volunteer groups, civic associations, etc) to evaluate and structure new Code for Philly projects
  • Coach project owners on volunteer recruitment, problem statement decomposition, product roadmapping, and team collaboration best practices.
    • Offer and connect technical solution expertise to CfP project teams
    • Identify and recommend new technology (infrastructure or software) for Code for Philly volunteer project teams
    • Promote “fork and reuse” of existing open source software
    • Partner with the Code for Philly System Ops Working Group to deliver and promote use of civic cloud infrastructure and hosting services

How to Apply

Does it look like a fit? We’re excited to hear from you! Pleae visit and submit an application.


Code for Philly is a great place to gain experience in roles that you might not otherwise have access to at different stages in your career. These roles are especially important for underrepresented voices in the tech industry because they add tangible examples to a work portfolio.

Especially as a volunteer organization, we value learning, growth, and mentorship. We work to help each other learn, so we’re interested in your potential and motivation above the color of your skin, the people you love, the gender you identify with, your physical ability, your age, or any other measure.

We’re looking for more diverse voices to provide important perspective in improving our programming to be truly representative of the diverse population of Philadelphia. Please consider applying and reach out if you have questions about the roles and/or joining the team. We would love to convince you why you’re a great fit!