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Open Positions:


Director of Development

Creative Commons is seeking a Director of Development to lead development on behalf of the organization. You will be responsible for securing the resources and relationships necessary to fulfill our vision to realize the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture — to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity. Our reach is global and our ambitions are far-reaching — you’re going to have your work cut out for you.

The Job
Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director of Development will work closely with the CC board of directors, program leads, and finance staff to develop and execute strategies to fund ongoing projects and operations and build the organization’s long-term sustainability. You will be responsible for building and executing a comprehensive fundraising strategy, focusing mainly on individual and corporate donations, and provide a supporting role in seeking grant partnerships.

As Director of Development, you will work in all three areas of individual, corporate, and grant funding. Responsibilities will include:

Individual donations

  • Creating and executing a strategy for a large sustained base of individual donors, solicited online and offline, including list-building, driving conversions, donor acquisition and retention, and events
  • Developing and meeting annual targets and metrics; tracking progress and providing analysis on fundraising initiatives
  • Developing and executing CC’s annual fundraising plan and in-year campaigns

Corporate gifts and partnerships

  • Developing and securing a fundraising pipeline with quarterly and annual targets
  • Building and maintaining relationships with donors, funders, partners, and other key stakeholders
  • Managing and supporting the CEO, program staff, and Board’s relationships with key foundation, corporate, and individual donors and prospects
  • Proactively monitoring the funding landscape, seeking out potential donors suited to our current projects, and supporting project managers in identifying and pursuing these opportunities
  • Providing support to team members working to secure major gifts and partnerships


  • Assisting the CEO in his efforts to steward and solicit foundation grants
  • Leading the planning, research, writing, coordination, reporting, and stewardship of foundation, corporate, and institutional grants


  • Managing the CiviCRM fundraising database and overseeing staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Developing and tracking reports on all aspects of fundraising
  • Working with Creative Commons’ staff and global community of affiliates and supporters to identify local fundraising opportunities, and to build support and engagement for global fundraising programs. You will embed fundraising as part of our culture
  • Managing the CC online store

Goals and Targets
Sustainability and diversification of revenue are our immediate goals in development, followed by growth and exploration of areas of opportunity and interest to fulfill our mission. For individuals, we are starting with a small, dedicated base, and will need to aggressively drive list growth and professional fundraising. With hundreds of millions of CC licensed works, and strong corporate platform partners, raising at a minimum $1M in new individual small-dollar donations is an attainable goal in the first 2 years. The successful candidate will outline a plan for how they will use their skills and experience to realize this goal, and set targets for corporate and grant revenues to meet the organization’s needs.

We are seeking an accomplished and organized senior professional with a creative entrepreneurial spirit to attract, cultivate and manage support for this leading organization that works with communities and partners across the globe. As the successful candidate, you are someone with:

  • A passion for fundraising, campaigns, a/b testing, leads, and making deals. This is your profession.
  • 5+ years of nonprofit development experience
  • A proven track record of institutional, corporate, and individual fundraising. You can close, and you have the numbers to back it up — dollars raised, conversion, retention, etc.
  • A gift for strategic writing. You can write letters, e-mails, tweets, and subject lines that deliver results and make people act.
  • Skills in both online and offline fundraising best practices, and new approaches
  • The ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders
  • A strong network in the government and nonprofit sectors
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively with program leads and other staff to drive proposals and projects to successful conclusion
  • An ability to respond flexibly to unanticipated requests and assignments and short timelines
  • A familiarity with fundraising technology. CiviCRM experience a plus
  • A passion for open knowledge, copyright, innovation and creativity on the Web.
  • Knowledge of technical and legal challenges associated with copyright and IP

Work Environment
Creative Commons is a globally distributed organization. We support remote working employees in order to hire the best talent wherever they are. Laptop/desktop computer and necessary resources are supplied. May require some travel.

How to Apply
Please email your cover letter and resume to “jobs@creativecommons.org” with the subject heading of “Director of Development Application.” No phone calls, please.


Job Title: Developer

  • Supervisor: CEO
  • Department: IT
  • Works closely with: Education, Technology Lead, Communications, Policy
  • FLSA Status: Full Time

Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization focused on enabling the open commons of knowledge to grow and flourish. Our work crosses multiple sectors of creativity and knowledge — from photography, to music, to open educational resources, copyright reform, and open data. Today the commons includes over 880 million CC-licensed works, and we expect to pass 1 billion works in 2015.

We’re looking for a full-time Developer to lead the development of technologies/tools that facilitate the discovery, curation, use and re-use of freely available online content, and to help measure and demonstrate the size and impact of open licensing resulting from open policies. This position reports to the CEO and will work closely with the Technology Lead, as well as the Education, Communications, and Policy departments. Duties include:

  • The creation of a catalog and index of CC-licensed works, along with analytics tools/ dashboards to track use/re-use of CC-licensed and public domain content. This would be core to CC’s ability to provide enhanced search, discovery, curation, and analytics, along with other tools for creators and re-users.
  • Development of technologies/tools to streamline CC licensing workflows for more efficient, large-scale open licensing required by institutional and government open policies
  • Lead overhaul of CC’s OER Policy Registry and combine it with other catalogs to create a one-stop, global Open Policy Registry hosted under the umbrella of the Open Policy Network
  • Handle hosting/maintenance of OPN website, Open Policy Registry, other technical aspects as needed
  • Assistance in analyzing (likely quantitative) the outputs of open licensing policies
  • Provide ongoing technical support for open policy outreach activities as needed (with policy, education, legal staff)

Essential Duties

  • Analyze specifications and requirements
  • Implement, test, debug and document web applications and apps
  • Revise and update programs and documentation as required
  • Support partners and platforms in the use of Creative Commons technologies. Work to bridge across cultural and institutional and legal borders to find ways to collaborate and build community
  • Development, testing, and documentation of websites and web services based at co-location facilities
  • User testing, analysis and reporting of CC tools and products
  • Support, tune, maintain, and document our operating processes including builds, code deployment, patch management, and troubleshooting of issues
  • Monitoring services and writing automation tools to enable robust, scalable services
  • Supporting deployment and maintenance of legal tools that enable and promote the commons and provide the infrastructure for products such as the OER Policy Registry
  • Handle problems from communication to implementing solutions, to post-mortems and process changes to prevent recurrence
  • Engage CC’s community of developers, share plans and work-in-progress openly, respond to feedback, and encourage contribution and leadership among volunteers
  • Help coordinate on-site and remote desktop support occasionally, as needed

Skill Requirements

  • Demonstrated proficiency in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP
  • Comfortable with developing on and for a GNU/Linux stack
  • Comfortable supporting/maintaining common PHP/MySQL apps (WordPress, MediaWiki, etc)
  • Experience & passion supporting a production infrastructure
  • Extensive command-line experience
  • Experience working in a product environment and participating in or leading user-focused design processes
  • Familiarity with at least one free software text editor
  • Solid scripting knowledge (Python, Bash)
  • Passion to automate and document everything
  • Ability to troubleshoot complex issues
  • Knowledge of network services and protocols (mail, DNS, HTTP, SSH, TLS)
  • Track record of participation in free software communities
  • Knowledge of version control systems: Git and Subversion

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with Jekyll, CAS, Request Tracker, Phabricator
  • Config management and orchestration experience (Salt)

Work Environment

Creative Commons is global organization with employees working remotely throughout the U.S. and Canada — a virtual office. We seek employees who can work effectively across time zones and in various digital workplaces — communication, personal time management and goal-setting, and collaboration are key to success in this role. This position requires some travel within the U.S and abroad to connect with employees and CC’s international affiliates regularly.

How to Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to “jobs@creativecommons.org” with the subject heading: “Developer Application”