We’re hiring! Join the GNOME Foundation team and help us build a world where everyone is empowered by technology they can trust.

Administrative Support Contractor

The GNOME Foundation is seeking an Administrative Support Contractor to work with our diverse and international team. This full-time remote contractor position will work with our Director of Operations and support the general administrative functions of the Foundation including:

  • Performing a wide variety of organizing and clerical tasks.
  • Supporting bookkeeping, including bill payments and invoicing, reconciling expense reports, helping maintain our books, preparing materials for tax filing, and processing payroll. 
  • Scheduling and coordinating logistics for meetings, organizing and maintaining digital filing systems, organizing and managing data for donors and general mailing lists.
  • Processing travel reimbursements for members, board members, and staff attending GNOME events.
  • Supporting communications by handling inquiries from the community on a wide variety of topics with enthusiasm, positive attitude, and responsibility to complete the tasks.
  • Other tasks as needed and assigned.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Experience working with remote-first or distributed teams
  • Experience with standard office software, such as word processors and spreadsheets
  • Experience with financial accounting software, preferably QuickBooks Online
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Fluent English

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Prior experience and familiarity with Open Source and/or Open Culture projects and organizations
  • Experience with Open Source standard office software, such as Libre Office word processor and spreadsheets
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Availability during US West Coast working hours

Compensation and Position Details

  • Location: Remote
  • $20/hour contract position, no benefits.

How To Apply

Please apply via email with a cover letter and resume to careers+admin-support@gnome.org.
Application Deadline: March 29, 2024.

About the GNOME Foundation

The GNOME Foundation is a nonprofit organization that believes in a world where everyone is empowered by technology they can trust. We do this by building a diverse and sustainable free software personal computing ecosystem. The GNOME community is an influential social and technical contributor to the Free Software and Open Source software stack that continues to leave its mark on every piece of hardware that runs Linux across all technical market segments.

The GNOME Project was started in 1997 by two then-university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero. Their aim: to produce an open source and freely-accessible desktop environment. Since then, GNOME has grown into a hugely successful enterprise. Used by millions of people across the world, it is the most popular desktop environment for Linux operating systems. The desktop has been utilized in successful, large-scale enterprise, and public deployments, and the project’s developer technologies are utilized in a large number of popular mobile devices. The Foundation is a member-directed, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial, organizational, and legal support to the GNOME project, as well as pursuing impact-driven programs to drive our vision and mission.

We are developing impact and outreach programs in the following three areas:

  • Growing a diverse and skilled contributor base. We’d like to seek external funding to support and scale up the existing initiatives run by the community to welcome diverse newcomers into GNOME and grow our contributor base. The Open Source development and collaboration skills that candidates develop during these internship and apprenticeship schemes are valuable to employers. The GNOME community has an excellent reputation in this space we can promote, we can use it to raise funds from employers’ CSR / DE&I funds, properly compensate mentors, and create materials to support newcomers in the future.
  • Diverse and sustainable Linux app ecosystem. We are adding donations and payments to the Flathub app store to improve financial sustainability and remove barriers to participating in our community. We believe the existence of this is critically important for individual developers and contributors to unlock earning potential from our ecosystem. A healthy app ecosystem also improves the usefulness of the Linux desktop for our users. We believe that we can build a case for commercial vendors in the space to join an advisory board alongside GNOME, KDE, etc to input into the governance and contribute to the costs of growing Flathub.
  • Local-first / decentralized applications for GNOME. There are many different threats to free access to computing and information in today’s world. The GNOME desktop and apps need to give users convenient and reliable access to technology that works similarly to the tools they already use every day but keeps them and their data safe from surveillance, censorship, filtering, or just being completely cut off from the Internet. We believe that we can seek both philanthropic and grant funding for this work. It will make GNOME a more appealing and comprehensive offering for the many people who want to protect their privacy.

The GNOME Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

GNOME provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.