Software Freedom Conservancy

We're Hiring: Techie Bookkeeper

February 14, 2019

Thanks to the help of all of our donors and Supporters, Conservancy is hiring for a critical position in our organization. Please help us spread the word, and if this is a position you're interested in please apply!

Techie Bookkeeper

Software Freedom Conservancy is looking for a new employee to help us with important work that supports our basic operations. Conservancy is a nonprofit charity that promotes and improves free and open source software projects. We are home to almost 50 projects, including Git, Inkscape, Etherpad, phpMyAdmin, and Selenium (to name a few). Conservancy is the home of Outreachy, an award winning diversity intiative, and we also work hard to improve software freedom generally. We are a small but dedicated staff, handling a very large number of financial transactions per year for us and our member projects.

We seek a fifth full-time employee who will help us with our day-to-day bookkeeping needs. Our bookkeeping system is unique in that it requires technical skill to use. We hope that our new employee will help us with our bookkeeping needs today and in the future grow and develop along with the organization.

This is a full time salaried position with benefits (including health insurance and paid time off), working remotely. Ideally, this employee would be either in the Boston, MA or Portland, OR areas. Excellent fluency in English, both oral and written, is required. You must also be extremely details-oriented. This position will pay commensurate with experience, but will be a typical salary for charities in smaller US cities.

You must be comfortable using command-line tools and editing plaintext files. You don't have to be proficient with these tools, but you should have worked in them before and understand their basic concepts. Ideally, you have also worked with a version control system, and written computer scripts, but these skills are not required.

While we prefer that you already have some basic familiarity with bookkeeping and accounting, we will train you if you do not. We are especially interested in someone who likes to improve and document systems as they go along. Folks who have been the volunteer bookkeeper for a hobby or community project are especially encouraged to apply.

This position will interact with sensitive data and so you must be trustworthy, thorough and able to keep confidential information. You must be able to provide at least three references to this effect.

A laptop running Libreboot and Debian GNU/Linux will be provided.

Applications can be submitted via email to jobs@sfconservancy.org. Please include a resume or CV, cover letter, and references. All materials must be in a file format that can be easily viewed with free software, such as a PDF viewable by Evince, Text, or LibreOffice format.

We are open to candidates of a variety of backgrounds and experience levels.

We are uncompromising in our mission and values, and happy to train a high-potential but less experienced candidate.

We believe the free software movement must include everyone; women, men of color, non-binary people, LGBTQ people as well as veterans, immigrants and neuro-divergent folks. We strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of any marginalized communities.

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