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Director of Finance and Operations
Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables knowledge sharing and creativity through its legal and technical tools. We’re looking for a Director of Finance and Operations who has strong financial management credentials, experience in operations, and engaging interpersonal skills to help our organization to achieve its mission.
The Director of Finance and Operations is an exempt full-time position reporting to the CEO and will be responsible for the organization’s financial matters, supervision of human resources, and general administration of the organization. S/he will work independently, oversee staff, and function as a key member of the senior leadership team and advisor to the CEO with respect to the organization’s financial and operational issues.
- Manage CC’s accounting, financial and reporting requirements, including day-to-day accounting transactions, periodic financial and management reporting, and all other financial, treasury, tax, and audit requirements.
- Maintain a structure of compliant and robust financial policies and internal controls over financial accounting and reporting, which are effective in producing sound, accurate financial data as well as appropriate levels of disclosure for external reporting.
- Direct financial and business planning, human resources, purchasing, facilities, and other operational areas.
- Coordinate cross-functional components of the audit, budgeting, forecasting, and accounting for operating activities.
- Generate financial reports, budgets, and forecasts for management and the Board of Directors.
- Provide input and support as needed for the activities of the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee.
- Oversee all human resources activities including staffing, benefits, payroll, recordkeeping & compliance, performance management, and employee relations.
- Ensure that annual benefit plan negotiations, insurance coverage procurement, performance and compensation reviews, and ongoing payroll and contracting activities are fiscally sound, timely, and compliant.
- Support daily operational structure; oversee facility, organization of files, and record storage.
- Coordinate review of contract, confidentiality, and consulting agreements with the Legal department.
Desired Skills & Technical Proficiencies
- In depth understanding of accounting processes, from basic transactions to financial and management reporting.
- Experience with and a strong understanding of non-profit financial obligations; public support test rules, 990 filings, and similar processes unique to 501(c)(3) organizations.
- Ability to perform basic transactions of all cash & banking, account payables, grants and other receivables, fixed and other assets, accruals, payroll, expense and incomes.
- Knowledge should include appropriate monthly and periodic close techniques and methodologies.
- Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles preferably with an emphasis in nonprofit revenue recognition.
- Knowledge of accounting for foreign operations, including FX accounting.
- Experience managing and coordinating non-profit audits with domestic and foreign operations and multiple income streams.
- Understanding of A-133 audit issues and government grants.
- Experience managing banking and treasury relationships.
- In-depth working knowledge of QuickBooks. Must be able to exhibit the ability to use, process, and manage the software application (nonprofit version).
- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel including pivot tables, Vlookups, and macros.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills and presentation effectiveness.
- Excellent leadership and management skills required along with a demonstrated ability to collaborate across multiple functions.
- Demonstrated excellence in independent management of complex projects.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic environment with a high degree of flexibility.
Required Education and Experience
- CPA certification and/or 4 year undergraduate degree in Finance/Accounting.
- 5+ years experience in nonprofit accounting, including grant accounting, job costing, compliance, and reporting.
- 2+ years experience leading non-profit audits including IRS Form 990 preparations, and managing relationships with external auditors.
- 2+ years managing people and functions and a successful track record in human resources and staff management.
Collaborative, community-building atmosphere grounded in an environment of mutual respect and trust. The facility is an open pod setting in downtown Mountain View, California, easily accessible via car and public transportation. Amenities include a communal kitchen, free parking, laptop/desktop computer, and ergonomically conscious office supplies and space provided.
How to Apply
Please email your cover letter and resume to “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the subject heading of “Director of Finance and Operations Application.”
LRMI Project Manager
We are looking for a Project Manager to lead the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), a project co-led by Creative Commons and the Association of Educational Publishers to build a common metadata vocabulary for educational resources.
The LRMI Project Manager is a full time position reporting to CC’s Director of Global Learning and works closely with the Education and Technology teams, as well as with policy and legal staff.
Purpose of Job
The LRMI Project Manager will provide general oversight of the internal project staff and subcontractors, and ensure LRMI work plans are clearly articulated and timelines adhered to. This position:
- project manages all CC LRMI grants and deliverables;
- serves as the primary contact for all LRMI subcontractors and external stakeholders;
- leads the LRMI technical working group listserv and meetings;
- liaises with open communities, OER repositories / referatories, institutions, standards bodies, and vendors that are integrating LRMI and/or increasing the value of CC’s legal and technology tools;
- is the key player in CC’s outreach to open education organizations and broadening awareness about LRMI and CC among states and school districts;
- represents LRMI and CC at private meetings and selected conferences and events;
- reports progress on the project to CC, the open community and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and
- serves as an education expert on technology aspects of CC internally and externally.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage the day-to-day operations and activities of the LRMI project.
- Develop LRMI project schedules and processes to ensure community satisfaction, project continuity and timely delivery of project outcomes.
- Work with schema.org (Google, Bing and Yahoo) to formally adopt LRMI and integrate LRMI into their search engine interfaces.
- Work with the Director of Global learning to get states and school districts to understand the value of requiring LRMI marked content in their RFPs and other procurement processes.
- Sort out the long-term plan for the technical working group and overall governance of the LRMI specification and advocacy.
- Partner with AEP to ensure the educational assets we deliver for LRMI are top notch and make sense to lay and technical types alike.
- Provide ongoing liaising and expertise to organizations implementing or considering CC tools (especially LRMI), including educational, government and gallery, library, archive and museum institutions.
- Develop (via meetings, other communications, and preparation of materials) key potential LRMI adopters and supporters as requested.
- Represent CC at / liaise with strategically high impact conferences and other events.
- Assist the Director of Global Learning with other duties as assigned, including the Department of Labor “OPEN” project, the School of Open and the Open Policy Network.
- Expertise and interest in connecting Creative Commons issues intelligently, coherently, and in scope with our mission with regard to copyright and related technology policy issues (including LRMI).
- Thorough understanding of open licensing, open education and the importance of meta-data.
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including listening, public speaking, research, writing and editing skills.
- Excellent analytical and project planning capabilities.
- Direct experience with project management tools.
- Expertise in supporting software engineering and integration processes, including issue management, debugging, scripting.
- Understanding of software and data integration technologies, including HTML, metadata, RDF, and XML, and ability to interface between domain experts, policy makers, and engineers regarding such technologies.
- Independent and self-motivated worker, able to work with limited day-to-day oversight and supervision.
- Ability to attend to detail, master technical information, establish priorities, manage multiple projects, and drive extended projects to successful completion.
- Highest level of ethics and integrity in professional matters.
- Demonstrated ability to generate respect and trust from staff and internal / external partners.
- High proficiency in online content publication, including wikis.
- Fluent in English; second language competency a plus.
Education and Experience Requirements
- Bachelors in relevant field, e.g. education / computer / information science. Masters preferred.
- Experience in technology and technology policy coordination, community outreach, open evangelism, business development.
- Experience in writing and research for policy, institutional, and other professional audiences.
- Experience contributing to open source, open education, open licensing, open standards, and / or other open content projects.
- An established history of writing and presenting in higher education forums on issues relevant to open projects.
Collaborative, community-building atmosphere grounded in an environment of mutual respect and trust. The facility is an open pod setting in downtown Mountain View, California, easily accessible via car and public transportation. Amenities include a communal kitchen, free parking, laptop/desktop computer, and ergonomically conscious office supplies and space provided. Travel, as needed (including possible international). This position may work out of CC’s Mountain View office and/or in another location with the permission of the Supervisor.
How to Apply
Please email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the subject heading of “Project Manager LRMI Application” no later than May 15, 2013. No phone calls please.
Senior Software Engineer
We’re looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join us in creating next generation products and services that enable sharing, curating, remixing, and collaborating on open content.
The Senior Software Engineer is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Product Strategy, and works closely with the rest of the Products & Technology team, including other developers and user experience designers, as well as Creative Commons staff and community volunteers.
This is a rare opportunity to join a brand new team at the ground level. Bring a start-up mentality and lots of energy to build delightful product experiences and help shape the commons to the benefit of everyone.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Architect, design, and implement software products
- Work in a small team, start-up environment
- Work in the open, using public channels and methods to engage the wider community
- Attract, recruit, mentor, and collaborate with volunteers/community
- Collaborate closely with the team and UX lead to build the best possible products
- Collaborate with Director of Product Strategy to ensure that design and implementation meet product and market requirements
- Ensure we are able to ship often and with the highest quality by leading bug triage, release trains, and hacking sprints
- Represent Creative Commons at developer meetups, hackathons, and other forums
- Mastery of Web programming, client and server side
- Experience brainstorming, designing, and quick prototyping of products and features
- Experience scaling complex systems
- Experience designing widely-used public APIs
- Solid understanding of databases
- Track record of implementing team and release processes to estimate work and release on time
- Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
- Experience with node.js
- Experience with and knowing when to use C/C++ or other tools
- Experience building software for mobile platforms
- Track record of building communities around open source projects
Collaborative, community-building atmosphere. Office is an open pod setting in Mountain View, California, easily accessible via car and public transportation. Travel required (including international).
How to apply
Please email any inquiries, your cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading of “Senior Software Engineer”. No phone calls, please.
Regional Coordinator, Europe
Supervisor: Jessica Coates, Global Network Manager
Works closely with: other Regional Coordinators
FLSA Status: Part-time Contract
Purpose of job
Assist Creative Commons and the CC Global Network team with organizational planning, strategic communications, community building, and fundraising in Europe in support of the organization’s mission, goals and objectives.
Primary focuses of the position in 2013 include affiliate support, community development and coordinating collaborative projects, particularly in the fields of policy and education.
Essential duties and responsibilities
- Support and encourage Creative Common’s European affiliate teams, including facilitating the accomplishment of objectives expressed in the Affiliate Memorandums of Understanding
- Cultivate and support sustainable regional initiatives that advance the organization’s mission
- Advise CC and affiliates on regional resource needs
- Identify and assist with regional fundraising opportunities
- Foster relationships with region’s professional organizations, advocacy groups, and other individuals and community organizations to promote use of Creative Commons legal and technical tools
- Identify and foster new potential affiliate teams, particularly in priority areas and countries
- Represent Creative Commons in regional and international fora, particularly in relation to European policy developments
- Promote consistent messaging; publicize CC-related activities
- Encourage coordinated and harmonized translation of CC materials, where appropriate
- Facilitate planning and implementation of regional web presence
- Field requests for information and interviews with key stakeholders and commentators
- Identify and coordinate opportunities for policy statements relevant to region and/or globally
- Co-organize regional meetings, when appropriate, and play a key role in planning global meetings
- Facilitate and support self-organization and the development of inter- and intra-regional governance and leadership
- Coordinate the preparation of an annual regional roadmap in collaboration with CC and affiliates in the region (the regional roadmap describes goals, objectives, and risks in the region; it includes strategic events and partnerships, fundraising opportunities, license and tool adoption, community building activities, and inter-regional activities)
- Prepare regular reports regarding objectives, successes, and challenges
Four-year college degree or equivalent experience; advanced degree preferred.
3-5 years of involvement in free/open culture movement, ideally within the CC affiliate network
Skills and qualifications
- Fluency in English, second language competency a plus
- Ideally lives or travels frequently within the region
- Familiarity with the open movement and issues relating to copyright, technology, and creativity on the internet
- Community management experience a plus
- Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and across teams
- Confidence in representing the organization in a wide range of public forums
- Exceptional management skills including time, project and staff
- Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills
- Ability to respond flexibly and graciously to unanticipated requests and assignments
Ideally located remotely, working out of Europe. Creative Commons promotes a collaborative, community-building atmosphere grounded in an environment of mutual respect and trust. Position will require travel, including international and occasional on-site visits to Creative Commons headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA. More than one person may share position.
Creative Commons promotes within; proven abilities can lead to growth in role and title.
Commensurate with experience.
How to apply
Please email any inquiries, your cover letter and CV to email@example.com with the subject heading of “Regional Coordinator Europe Application” no later than 20 February 2013. No phone calls, please.
Community Support Internship
Description of Internship
The summer intern will assist our remotely-based Regional Coordinators to facilitate collaborative projects among CC’s global volunteer network and provide general support for regional activities.
- Assisting with the production of educational toolkits and standardised materials on specific topics/domains
- Assisting with preparations for our Global Summit in Buenos Aires in August
- Coordinating group translation of identified documents
- Recruiting affiliates for working groups and coordinating activities
- General support of affiliate communications, consultation and coordination
- General office tasks as required
In addition to contributing to real-time work projects, intern/s will be invited to participate in external meetings, staff meetings, inter-organization competitions and discussions, and potential evening events. Staff will encourage the intern to also self-organize visits to local organizations, and to find ways to connect with various community members.
- Open to students enrolled across the spectrum of disciplines and at different levels of academic study including undergraduate, graduate and PhD. programs.
- Open to international students who are eligible to work abroad from an accredited university and/or through a third-party work-study program.
- Ideal applicants have experience in community organizing, management, and/or communications, and are involved in free/open culture movement.
- Applicants must be fluent in English. Having a second language is a plus.
- Applicants should also be familiar with the open movement and issues relating to copyright, technology, and creativity on the Internet.
- Ideal applicants work well independently, as part of a team and across teams with excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
Creative Commons offers a stipend of US$6,000, if not otherwise covered by grant funding, for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013 (June-August). Exact dates of the internship are flexible. If your school offers a stipend for work-study or internships, this factor is figured into the compensation. Interns are not employees of Creative Commons, and will not be entitled to any benefits provided to CC employees. Interns must make their own housing, insurance, and transportation arrangements.
The internship is based at Creative Commons offices located in downtown Mountain View, California, easily accessible via car and public transportation. The facility is an open pod setting; amenities include a communal kitchen and free parking. Intern is supervised by the Global Network Manager but will also be interacting with internationally-based staff and volunteers, so some late night and early morning work may be required.
How to Apply
If you are a college or graduate student interested in our internship program, please send us your:
- Cover Letter explaining your interest in Creative Commons, in the position, and any other relevant experience not covered in your résumé.
- Two References: Please include email and phone number.
Applications and questions can be sent to “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the subject heading of “Community Support Intern.” Submissions are due March 31, 2013. No phone calls, please.