11 July 2011

Help Us Help NASA

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We’re looking to hire some Remote Engagement Assistants for a really cool gig.

With NASA.

You know you want it. Here’s the posting:

Are you looking to make a difference in the US government?

You won’t get to yell at anyone or tell them how much they suck at their job, but if you’re looking to take that same passion and push it into something meaningful for the long run, this may be a good opportunity for you.

We’re a DC based nonprofit seeking a couple of bright young sparks to learn a little about why government is the way it is, while helping us manage remote engagement for the NASA IT Summit in August in beautiful, sunny San Francisco!

How does that make government better, you may ask? Well, we do more than just remote engagement, we run transformative events. You see, a big part of what makes government seem to suck from the outside is entrenched within its culture. Instead of just whining about it, we actually work with government employees to support them in changing that culture. We help them understand the technology, realize that citizens’ expectations are changing, and figure out what it all means to them.

And we’re just gaining steam. In fact, this is the first event that we’ve needed to hire people to help us out (and we have a sneaky suspicion it won’t be the last). If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, read on.

We’re looking for…

Tech savvy, web-enabled, people-people that are excited about the opportunities that technology is opening up for government. Specifically, we’d really like you to enjoy playing with the internetz and all that social media stuff, be comfortable on the phone managing and troubleshooting problems for a large group of people, and have your own laptop (because it doesn’t make sense for us to have a bunch that would just sit around most of the time). Oh yeah – bonus points for familiarity with WordPress or BuddyPress.

“But what will I have to do?”

So look, to make this event happen, we’re integrating an impressive array of technology to create a remote engagement extravaganza for NASA. This will include live streaming video, online chat and knowledge capture, conference calls, and remote networking – all tied together within a single website running on BuddyPress. We’ll have four simultaneous remote engagement opportunities happening for most of the three day event and you’ll be there to help keep it all smooth for both the participants and the speakers.

This means you’ll be chatting online, talking on the phone, troubleshooting technical problems, running errands, training and managing speakers, and generally having a great time with some great people (did I mention we’re working with NASA?).

Time Commitments

On Tuesday, August 9 in Washington, DC we will have an in-person meeting for most of the day. We’ll get you up to speed on the technology in the morning, and do two live remote engagement events in the afternoon.

From Sunday, August 14 to Thursday, August 18, we’ll all be in San Francisco running remote engagement for NASA.

In addition, we may ask you to do some homework leading up to the main event, but we promise to keep it to a minimum.

Tangible Compensation

Besides the fact that this is a great opportunity and we’re saving the world and all the usual blah blah blah that nonprofits normally feed you in exchange for sucking your lifeblood, we’re also giving you $1,000 (just like a real job!) and covering all of your travel expenses to and from San Francisco. Specifically, this means we pay airfare, hotel, and a per diem established by the same complex rules that NASA uses: 3 full days at $56 per day plus 2 half days at $42 per day for a grand total of $252. Cool, huh?

How to Apply

We’re making this part as easy as possible. It’s not 1950 and we’re looking for people that are good at the stuff we need done, not for people who are good at writing resumes and cover letters. So here’s the deal (And do it now. Don’t overthink it.):

Send me an email or a tweet or hit me up on Google+. Include your LinkedIn account or some other source by which I can get an overview of who you are, where you’re coming from, what you’re all about, and what you’ve done in the past. If you think it’s necessary, include a short description of why you want this job and any other social media profiles that you think will help your case.

So you know, there are only two (2) slots and we’ll start interviewing the week of the 18th. As soon as we find good people, we’ll hire ‘em!

That’s it! I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

More about Open4m

If you’re interested in tech and government, we’re good people to know. We work on both the agency and the Congressional sides of government, are well-connected throughout the doers inside agencies, and are just starting to find our footing in terms of doing things that people are willing to support with money. It’s an exciting time to be in DC and we’re in the middle of it. You can learn more at http://open4m.org/.

Who am I?

I’m Wayne Moses Burke, the Executive Director. You can read about me in a number of places online. Here’s the contact info:
wayne@open4m.org
@wmburke
Google+

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