FSFE seeking legal department coordinator and staff members
FSFE was established in 2001 as a multi-cultural distributed organisation with volunteers and staff distributed across various European countries. Its approach is that of a result driven NGO with emphasis on constructive dialogue for lasting political and legal change. As an environment FSFE has grown out of the Free Software community and is ideally suited to motivated individuals capable of driving projects and initiatives forward.
FSFE is seeking applicants for coordinator and staff positions in our legal department, the Freedom Task Force. The FTF coordinator and staff work in cooperation with a mixed team of volunteers and employees to support FSFE's mission.
- Organising FSFE's legal activities, primarily through providing FSFE with strategic and tactical guidance regarding legal situations in Europe;
- Answering questions submitted to the FTF through email and the online tracker;
- Delivering training courses on Free Software licensing and related topics;
- Delivering consultancy on Free Software licensing and related topics;
- Facilitating and expanding the European Legal Network maintained by FSFE;
- Driving documentation and communication initiatives through the European Legal Network to create generic knowledge for the Free Software community as a whole;
- Facilitating meetings and conferences for European Free Software stakeholders;
- Delivering speeches and engaging with panels at conferences to spread the word about FTF activities and services.
- Coordinative abilities
- Negotiation abilities
- Business experience
- Knowledge of the Free Software Community
- Personal and professional reliability
- The ability to speak confidently in public
- An understanding of computing technology
- Proficiency in Free Software (GNU/Linux, OpenOffice.org)
- Fluent English
Useful experience would include:
- Experience with team work
- Experience in dealing with deadlines
- Experience in small team management
- Two years practical work experience in coordination or technology
- An understanding of German
It would be beneficial to have:
- An interest in understanding how licences work and why
- An interest in understanding how law works (but not specific items)
- An interest in understanding how Free Software projects work
- An interest in understanding how businesses work
- An understanding of French and/or Spanish
- The FTF coordinator and staff usually work from an office environment, but the mission of the organization may sometimes take them to non standard workplaces. Work from the home office is possible.
- The FTF coordinator and staff usually work a standard work week, but additionally will regularly have work on evenings, weekends, and overtime hours to accommodate activities such as meetings of the General Assembly and representing the organisation at public events.
- FTF roles provide many opportunities to work in a stimulating environment with people from different cultures on relevant issues that will continue to affect our societies for the decades to come.
- FSFE is unique in its structure and work as a decentralised international organisation with different activities and a mix of enthusiastic volunteers and staff in various countries.
- FSFE offers the opportunity to meet people from different areas of competency, and the chance to learn much about a variety of areas, such as technology, politics, and law.
- FSFE provides a high-responsibility and high-opportunity environment for people who like to work self-motivated and enjoy to shape their own working environment and projects to a high degree.
- FSFE's financial development over the past years is available at https://fsfe.org/about/funds/funds.html
How to apply
If you are interested in the position, please direct your application to the FSFE Executive Council at council -- AT -- fsfeurope.org, including a current CV and a letter of motivation. Please provide all information in Open Standards and do not send Microsoft Word documents.
We will review all applications and seek personal interviews with the most promising applicants.