Technologist, Open Technology Institute
New America Foundation - Washington, DC

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The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute seeks enthusiastic, tech savvy individuals to join our team in Washington, D.C. Our Staff Technologists should have a flexible approach to problem solving, broad technical expertise, and the ability to learn and teach new information rapidly and effectively. Our ideal candidate will also need a strong understanding of team dynamics, taking the lead or supporting other technologists as appropriate.

A technologist at OTI is responsible for skill driven contributions to technology projects in traditional, open source software development areas such as design, programming, testing and documentation. A technologist should demonstrate a high degree of familiarity and comfort with all aspects of software development work, including possessing fluency in more than one programming language— complementary languages are preferred such as a low level one suitable for embedded development and a high level scripting language. They should possess some working knowledge of any of the technical areas of interest to OTI's work—wireless networking, security, application development, etc.– and be able to effectively communicate that knowledge to a variety of audiences.

  • Build open-source wireless mesh networking technologies.
  • Assist OTI's developers in building and refining open-source software tools.
  • Facilitate the creation of online communities around open-source projects.
  • Continually learn new skills and share knowledge to help improve team practices.
  • Determine project requirements and envision creative solutions.
  • Present and demonstrate technologies and technology-related topics to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Candidates must have the following qualifications:
  • Familiarity with at least one scripting or markup language.
  • Ability to work in UNIX-like environments, such as Linux.
  • Working knowledge of security and privacy issues.
  • Working knowledge of mesh routing technologies.
  • Thorough awareness of open source projects and policy issues.
  • 3 years of work experience in a technical field or equivalent.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
  • Public speaking, outreach, and advocacy experience.
  • Experience working with independent consultants on technical projects.
  • Experience engaging communities in on-the-ground organizing efforts.
  • Second language.
Submit a cover letter, resume, and work sample (e.g., code samples, wireframes, training curricula, etc.) We strongly encourage applications from candidates who are people of color, low-income, women, persons with disabilities, over 55 or LGBTQ.

Generous salary package commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.

The New America Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.