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FW: tech non-profit hoping to connect with NYCPUG

From: John C.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 8:44 AM
Forwarding this along, hoping someone finds it of interest.... 

-John Clark 

-----Original Message-----
From: Vanessa Hamer [mailto:[address removed]] 
Subject: tech non-profit hoping to connect with NYCPUG

Hi John -

I'm writing from The Open Planning Project. We're a small tech non-profit
based in the West Village, and we're building open source tools for
grassroots organizing. The toolset, Openplans(.org), includes collaborative
task tracking, wikis, blogs, mailing lists, and some theme-ing tools, and
we're using Plone, Zope, and some other things as they make sense. We'll
likely hit 1.0 this June. We're interested in bringing open source to the
masses...use technology to grease the wheels of democracy a bit.

We currently have ten developers working on this project, and we have a
couple of openings, both for developers and interaction designers. 
Wondering whether you might be able to pass along this job post (below) to
your membership. I'd appreciate any help getting the word out or pointing me
in the right direction. I realize it may not seem appropriate, but if it
does, I'd also love the opportunity to briefly
(<5min) introduce what we're doing at the next NYC PUG meeting.

Hope you'll let me know what you think.

Thanks,
Vanessa

Vanessa Hamer
The Open Planning Project
topp.openplans.org



Open Source Software Developer

Dream of a job that lets you release all your code open source? TOPP is a
tech non-profit building digital tools for real-world change. We care about
what we build, we're open source to the core, and when we talk about XP, we
don't mean Microsoft.

-- We Offer --

A job you'll love in an environment you'll want to come to. Run like a
start-up, we invest in the best people and treat them right. Our West
Village offices are home to some of the most fun and passionate people in
New York. TOPP has competitive salaries and great benefits (all the basics,
plus five weeks of vacation and lunch is on us). More importantly, we offer
a challenge: to build great software that has the potential to change the
status quo.

-- Job Requirements --

Creativity. Passion. We're looking for computer engineers who have a solid
base in algorithms, object-oriented programming, databases and design
patterns. HCI skills are a real plus. We seek people who are comfortable
switching languages, picking the right tool for the job. 
Experience with community organizing, online collaboration tools, and
volunteering are all positives.

-- To Apply --

To apply, please email your resume and a good cover letter to
[address removed]. Let us know why you're interested in working for The
Open Planning Project. We want to learn more about you than just what will
fit on a resume. Recent grads should include GPA.

To learn more, visit topp.openplans.org/c­areers

-- Job Description --

You will work on OpenPlans, a free, hosted, and integrated suite of web
tools. As Sourceforge takes the hassle out of setting up an open source
project, so OpenPlans provides the collaboration tools for the active
citizen.

OpenPlans includes tools like wikis, blogs, task trackers, and mailing
lists, and we're making it simple to integrate our tools into other sites.
We will continually innovate and adapt new features, growing organically
with user needs. Our language of choice is Python, and OpenPlans is
primarily based on Zope and Plone. We tap into the best of the wider open
source world when appropriate (our task tracker is built on Pylons, our site
integration XSLT, etc.).

As part of our team, you will improve usability and build new features.

- Design and build new online tools for community organizing
- With users and designers, ensure that *Open* Plans is a joy to use
- Contribute to wider Zope and Plone *open* *source* communities
- Write clear, commented, well-designed code with full test suites
- Be a team player who helps put out quality releases on a quick, iterative
cycle

Opportunities for specialization:
- Front end usability: customize and streamline user interaction through
AJAX improvements to static pages and discussions with active users.
- Back-end architecture and scalability: work with system administrator on
caching and performance improvements to database and web tier in order to
scale to millions of users
- New feature ideation, design, prototyping and implementation: bring new
interactive web tools to OpenPlans, incorporating and inventing the latest
technologies for community collaboration
- Testing and quality assurance: instrument testing environment to ensure
latest improvements don't break old features, and perform interaction
analysis.
- Information Architecture: contribute to the overall design and interaction
of the framework that underlies the site, making it a true platform of
collaboration.










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