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Why work for us?

The Open Knowledge Foundation is a multi-award winning international not-for-profit organisation. We build tools and communities to create, use and share open knowledge – content and data that everyone can use, share and build on. We believe that by creating an open knowledge commons and developing tools and communities around this we can make a significant contribution to improving governance, research and the economy.

We’re changing the world by promoting a global shift towards more open ways of working in government, arts, sciences and much more. We don’t just talk about ideas, we deliver extraordinary software, events and publications.

Our community stretches around the world. The Open Knowledge Foundation’s operations are distributed internationally with clusters in London, Cambridge and Berlin. We have formally established chapters in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland and more and affiliated local groups in many more countries. We have an experienced and professional board of directors, an advisory council of world-class experts, and a great team. Everything and more is explained in our FAQ.

As part of the Open Knowledge Foundation you’ll meet incredible people, work on cutting edge projects and learn new things every day. Read on for open positions.

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Front end UX & UI developer

The Open Knowledge Foundation is recruiting an experienced UX & UI developer, primarily to work on CKAN, our flagship open source, open data platform. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in an innovative technological space for a dynamic and flexible organisation that strives to drive transparency and empower citizens. This is a remote role, ideally full time role with opportunities to get involved in a variety of work while crafting and improving our existing tools that are used all over the world!

You’d be responsible for:

  • owning the front end and user experience of CKAN
  • customizing CKAN & Open Spending for different governments and organisations
  • driving and improving the usability of CKAN & Open Spending tools
  • working on visualizations, modeling, prototyping

Key Skills

  • Substantial front end development experience
  • Javascript (& frameworks, e.g. JQuery), HTML, CSS, Git
  • Solid understanding of responsive design
  • User-centric, cross-platform, design and implementation experience
  • Use stats, research and knowledge to understand users
  • Ability to prototype, share, and respond to feedback
  • Self-motivated & able to prioritize and meet deadlines

Bonus points for any of these:

  • Experience of Jinja2 like templating systems
  • Passion for open data / open source / open knowledge
  • Experience balancing users’ case against business needs
  • Experience with Agile style methods (scrum, kanban, lean)
  • Knowledge of the CKAN codebase and extensions (Python)
  • Geo-spatial & cartographical interests/understanding

How to apply

Email jobs@okfn.org, with the subject line “Front End Developer — CKAN/Services”. Please include:

  • Your CV
  • A link to your online website, portfolio, GitHub account or similar
  • [optional] Cover letter

More details on the role

We generally work remotely (with strong contingents in London and Berlin), using asynchronous communication (email, IRC, GitHub) but with standups, developer meetings and demos most days (Skype, Google Hangout) and real-world gatherings more than twice a year including at the Open Knowledge Festival. We also try and ensure our developers can attend at least one open source conference a year.

At each level of our software stack we use best-in-class open source software, including Python, Nose, Travis CI and Coveralls, Sphinx and Read the Docs, Flask, Jinja2, Solr, PostgreSQL and SQLAlchemy, JavaScript and jQuery, Bootstrap, Git and Github, and Transifex.

We iterate quickly, and publish working, open-source code early and often.

All of our code is on github – it is open to public scrutiny, and we encourage contributions from third-party developers. This means that we have to write exceptionally clear, readable, well-tested code with excellent documentation.

All code contributions, whether from internal or external developers, are made with GitHub pull requests and we do code reviews in the open on GitHub.

We are engaged with a large and active community of users, developers and translators of our open source software, via our mailing lists, GitHub issues and pull requests, public developer meetings, Stack Overflow, and Transifex. We support users in getting started with our software, encourage and mentor new developers, and take on feedback and suggestions for the next releases.

 

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Senior Python Web Developer, CKAN

Working in the fast-growing area of open data, we build open source tools to drive transparency, accountability and re-use. Our flagship product CKAN runs the official national data portals from the UK to Brazil, US to Australia and many others. We also build data tools and OpenSpending browsers.

We’re looking for someone passionate about the technical challenges of building software that is used as the infrastructure for open data around the world, so come and join our growing team to shape the future of the open data ecosystem!

Key Skills:

  • Python, JavaScript, HTML, CSS
  • Python web frameworks (we use Pylons and Flask)
  • PostgreSQL and SQLAlchemy
  • Self motivated, self-starter, able to manage your own time

Extra bonus points for :

  • Open source projects/contributions
  • Front end skills, particularly in data-vis
  • You’ve written an app using open data before
  • Experience working in a distributed team

How to apply

Email jobs@okfn.org, with the subject line “Python Developer — CKAN/Commercial”. Please include:

  • Your CV
  • A link to your GitHub (or similar) profile
  • [optional] Cover letter

More about the Job

You will be working as part of a small, dynamic team in a modern, open-source development environment. This role is full-time and we are very happy with remote-working.

We generally work remotely (with strong contingents in London and Berlin), using asynchronous communication (email, IRC, GitHub) but with standups, developer meetings and demos most days (Skype, Google Hangout) and real-world gatherings more than twice a year including at the Open Knowledge Festival. We also try and ensure our developers can attend at least one open source conference a year.

At each level of our software stack we use best-in-class open source software, including Python, Nose, Travis CI and Coveralls, Sphinx and Read the Docs, Flask, Jinja2, Solr, PostgreSQL and SQLAlchemy, JavaScript and jQuery, Bootstrap, Git and Github, and Transifex.

We iterate quickly, and publish working, open-source code early and often.

All of our code is on github – it is open to public scrutiny, and we encourage contributions from third-party developers. This means that we have to write exceptionally clear, readable, well-tested code with excellent documentation.

All code contributions, whether from internal or external developers, are made with GitHub pull requests and we do code reviews in the open on GitHub.

We are engaged with a large and active community of users, developers and translators of our open source software, via our mailing lists, GitHub issues and pull requests, public developer meetings, Stack Overflow and Transifex. We support users in getting started with our software, encourage and mentor new developers, and take on feedback and suggestions for the next releases.

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Speculative Applications

Vacancies are continually arising and we will happily accept speculative applications on a rolling basis. Examples of the type of roles we often hire for and how to apply can be found on our wiki. Please note that we may not always acknowledge speculative applications. If you would be interested in working with us, please get in touch! Email jobs@okfn.org with “Speculative” and the type of job you would like in the subject line (eg. “Speculative – data wrangler”). We’re always keen to hear from great people but are especially keen to meet data wranglers, developers, and project managers who have experience in agile, fast-growing organisations. We’ll keep your applications on file and get in touch with you when we next have a role which matches you, so we might not reply to your email for a while.