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Delivery Manager, EveryPolitician

mySociety is looking for a versatile and experienced Delivery Manager to join our EveryPolitician team for the next few months and lead our efforts in becoming more integrated with Wikidata.

This is a unique and fascinating opportunity to work with the team and community around mySociety — a non-profit committed to building digital tools that help people better understand and exert more influence over those in power — and the community around Wikidata.

EveryPolitician.org is our two year old initiative to gather open, consistently-structured data on every national politician in the world — a platform that currently maintains almost 4 million data points on over 70,000 politicians worldwide.

The next phase of development for the project involves working closely with the Wikidata community, including the transfer of lots of our knowledge, experience, skills, and data.

Working with our small development team, you will help map out the best way forward and clear any blocks to progress, as we migrate to a primarily volunteer- and community-supported project. You will also help deepen or establish links within the Wikimedia and Wikidata communities, and with other volunteers and civic-tech organisations across an initial list of 30 to 40 countries. Existing involvement with Wikimedia or other collaborative open data projects would be a distinct advantage, but is not essential.

We are currently seeking funding from Wikimedia for this project (see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/EveryPolitician), but the Delivery Manager position is not dependent on that funding.

What does the role involve?

As Delivery Manager, you will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the delivery of the EveryPolitician Wikidata project
  • Enabling a skilled team to deliver as much value as they can over an intensive period of work
  • Working with the Product Manager to develop and continually refine the project plan
  • Working with the Community Manager to identify and liaise with suitable contacts in 30 to 40 initial countries
  • Prioritising work according to the capability of the mySociety and volunteer teams
  • Organising at least two UK-based community events for populating data on Wikidata
  • Finding and supporting organisers for similar events in other countries
  • Exploring how to ensure that Wikidata is updated with election results as quickly as possible (including local elections), and running at least one such pilot with suitable partners
  • Helping the development team schedule and synchronise their tasks with volunteer efforts

What we’re looking for from you

  • Proven experience of running digital open-source and community-led development projects
  • Proven experience of working collaboratively with software developers, designers, customers and end users, especially in remote teams or with remote colleagues
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills, in a multicultural and multilingual environment
  • Proven experience of agile project management methods
  • Proven experience balancing multiple priorities and dealing with ambiguity
  • Self-motivated and self-directed

About mySociety

Since 2003 mySociety have built and grown a series of democratic and civic websites and apps, including FixMyStreet.com, WhatDoTheyKnow.com, WriteToThem.com and TheyWorkForYou.com which are used by more than 10 million people each year.

Whilst we continue to run our sites in the UK, our primary focus is helping groups in over 40 other countries to establish and make a success of their own, similar sites.

Our charitable work is made possible by major grants from funders such as the Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and Google, who support our desire to share software, knowledge and good practice for the benefit of the global civic technology community. We work across three thematic areas, developing online services in Freedom of Information, Democracy and Better Cities.

Our growing research team aims to establish how, whether and when civic technology can make a difference, and share these learnings widely with civil society and governments. Our project management style aims to minimise pain and distraction, and leave people to get on with doing great work, normally in small teams.

Our commercial subsidiary mySociety Ltd delivers off-the-shelf services for local authority and other clients in the UK and abroad, along with commercial access to our data services and custom development work and consultancy. Its profits are reinvested into the work of the charity.

Contract Details

This is a full-time short-term fixed contract for a minimum of four (4) months, with the option to extend should we secure additional funding.

Please supply a current résumé and covering letter explaining your suitability for this role.

Your cover letter (500 words maximum) should include your standard day rate, a statement about why you're the right choice for this contract, and a full costing for the contract.

We have a preference for applicants who can be based in the UK for the duration of the contract.

mySociety is a flexible employer. We welcome people who are committed to making  a difference, but we take work life balance very seriously and we celebrate the idea of quality, not quantity of working hours.

Most of our staff work remotely whilst still seeing each other face to face as often as we can. We work from home, co-working spaces, or small offices. We have small clusters of people around Bristol and London and would particularly like to hear from people based near those cities.

Application deadlines and dates

The application deadline is 10am BST on Tuesday 2nd May and interviews will take place the week commencing Monday 8th May. We will aim to notify applicants of whether or not they will be invited to interview by Thursday 4th May.

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