In early 2015, we rolled out our first leadership team. As Code for Philly has evolved, we’re looking for fresh blood to keep us moving in the right direction.

The new leadership team will operate from January 2017 through the end of December. In that time, they will drive outcomes for their functional area.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the amazing growth of Code for Philly and the civic tech movement at large—we hope you’ll join us! Please apply by 5pm on Friday, October 21st.

The leadership team answers the critical questions “What”, “Who”, “When” and “Why” of Code for Philly.

Fill out a quick form to tell us more about yourself in relation to Code for Philly and the position.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Own a functional area of Code for Philly operations
  • Work closely with the executive director to define outcomes aligned with strategic initiatives
  • Work with a team of smart, passionate individuals committed to improving Philadelphia
  • Build and lead a team in your functional area
  • Develop leadership skills while contributing to the Code for Philly mission
  • Help support growing Code for Philly community
  • Create processes and infrastructure that will shape the future of Code for Philly

For more specific details of each position, look at the descriptions below for what you’ll get to do.

What we’ll ask from you:

  • 1-year term commitment starting January 2017 ending in December 2017
  • Participate in leadership team strategic planning meeting
  • Attend bi-weekly leadership team meetings (in-person or virtual)
  • Provide monthly update to executive director
  • Attend monthly Open House nights to recruit core team members and volunteers to your functional team
  • Ability to reliably support team members and drive outcomes

Again, thanks for your interest! We’re excited to hear from you. If you have questions or thoughts, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Projects Lead: The What

Many of our members have great ideas for projects, but often those ideas can stagnate without the right combination of skills, partnership, and organization. The Projects Lead advises maintainers on how to thoughtfully advance their project through development stages to create a truly impactful product. The person in this role needs to have a general knowledge of all active projects and communicate regularly with project maintainers. For this position, a person should be well-organized, proactive in communicating, and maintain a general knowledge of tech processes.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Defining strategy for project development standards and processes
  • Supporting teams and projects as they grow
  • Collecting problem statements from partner organizations
  • Working closely with the Volunteer Lead to pair members with appropriate projects

Community Lead: The Who

As a volunteer-based group, it’s important to provide our members with a positive, fulfilling experience. Civic innovation is driven by engaged individuals, and our role is to bring those people together to make real change happen. The Volunteer Lead focuses on creating value for brigade members and growing the community. Ideally, the person in this role works very well with all personality types, can effectively articulate the mission and Code for Philly, and holds a general knowledge of the civic tech community in the larger Philly context.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Recruiting new members and retaining current members
  • Defining strategy for onboarding process for new community members
  • Communicating with newcomers and working closely with Projects - - Lead to match skills with project needs Identify member goals at all levels and helping members achieve those goals

Events Lead: The When

Between weekly hack nights, larger thematic hackathons, collaborative programming, and conferences, we have a lot of events (often at the same time). For a seamless experience, we need an incredibly well-organized individual to work on the logistics and planning aspects. The Events Lead will primarily focus on coordinating the details of Code for Philly events including catering, location, materials and setup, participant experience, etc. This role in particular requires an outgoing, personable individual who can meet deadlines and handle time pressure well.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Arranging details of weekly hack night
  • Assisting with logistics of hackathon events; oversee schedule; secure space for community needs assessment and full hackathon event
  • Communicate with sponsors regarding food/bev; set up space with refreshments, working materials, promo materials

Communications Lead: The Why

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 our community. This means strategizing marketing/public relations, documenting member projects and efforts, soliciting and interacting with press, and establishing a metrics structure. For this position, the right match is someone strongly interested in crafting narratives, have a sense for interactive marketing practices, and confidently represents Code for Philly.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Defining communications strategy at large
  • Telling the Code for Philly story and project stories
  • Engaging the community
  • Generating original content to demonstrate impact
  • Promotion for events and projects as needed