OpenGovernment seeks front-end Web developer / designer

Update Jan. 2013: We’re pleased to be working with Steven & Logan of Dobot, LLC, a design & development firm based in Cambridge MA who came highly recommended. So we’re set on this now, working on the layouts and user experience even as I type. Shouts @strevat & @loganfaerber. Thanks to everyone who applied; we’ll keep all resumes for later reference. Look forward to sharing our open-source code & design for the public benefit & city-level civic engagement. – David

We’ve started back up on development of our free & open-source web app, – for local civic engagement and government transparency.

Our non-profit organization, PPF, seeks a front-end generalist Web developer to work on OpenGovernment with our collaborative-as-can-be team (me as product manager & James McKinney of Open North as technical lead).

This is a part-time, contract position over approximately four months – maybe the equivalent of half-time over that period, if that works for you. We’re pretty flexible, be in touch. Here’s more about where we’re headed with OG at the city-level, with support from the Knight Foundation community.

More specifically, we seek a Web developer to re-design our HTML/CSS with a clear, contemporary look. We’re aiming for a high-quality user interaction in finding & contacting city government officials & tracking local legislative issues – with intuitive prompts, clear buttons, building off and improving our existing UI. We’re looking for somebody who can bottom-line the creation of an innovative new neighborhood discussion forum here on OG, but who is also always using his or her full brain, putting him or herself in a user’s shoes.

Towards local civic engagement, there’s more ::

  • This is a telecommute position – we’re all in different cities, 100% remote.
  • Ideally we seek someone to start on this month, December, and work into April 2013. 25-40 hours a week is a good ballpark. Probably not less or more than that. We’re flexible on which hours & days.
  • Don’t worry if you’re not an excellent graphic designer – we can bring in a dedicated design contractor for some of the final elements. It’s more important for you to be able to make good UI/UX decisions on the fly.
  • Bonus points: knowledge of Ruby on Rails web apps (e.g., OG), #opengov APIs (e.g., those wrapped in our GovKit gem), civic engagement UX (e.g., commercial apps in CfA commons).
  • Bonus areas pt. II: ability to use analytics and A/B testing to optimize UIs; awareness of common cross-browser problems; JavaScript expertise.

To apply: email david at with a brief resume, links to your HTML/CSS work. Feel free to include any Web design you’ve done of which you’re proud – and any public repos you may have (e.g. GitHub profile). Please use subject line: “OpenGovernment developer”. We’re looking to hire right away, so it’s fine to just dash us some links, no need to prepare anything special to apply. We won’t stop you if you want to add a few thoughts about why you’re interested in our local #opengov mission. Questions, or more info? Add me on AIM / Skype, I’m davidmooreppf, and we’ll find a time to connect voice, or email david at

Last, here’s more background about OG. We’re excited about where we’re heading with this new version, for local engagement – help us build an innovative & popular site. (Shouts to our friend Morgan Knutson, PPF’s former web developer & designer, who did the OG public beta that’s up now – get at us, Dribbble folks!)


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