Django Weblog: DSF calls for applicants for a Django Fellow

DSF calls for applicants for a Django Fellow

Posted by Tim Graham on November 16, 2017

After three years of full-time work as the Django Fellow, I’d like to scale back my involvement to part-time. That means it’s time to hire another Fellow who would like to work on Django 20-40 hours per week. The position is ongoing – the successful applicant will have the position until they choose to step down.

The position of Fellow is primarily focused on housekeeping and community support – you’ll be expected to do the work that would benefit from constant, guaranteed attention rather than volunteer-only efforts. In particular, your duties will include:

  • monitoring the security@djangoproject.com email alias and ensuring security issues are acknowledged and responded to promptly
  • fixing release blockers and helping to ensure timely releases
  • fixing severe bugs and helping to backport fixes to these and security issues
  • reviewing and merging pull requests
  • triaging tickets on Trac
  • answering user questions on IRC and the django-developers mailing list
  • helping new Django contributors land patches and learn our philosophy

Being a committer isn’t a prerequisite for this position; we’ll consider applications from anyone with a proven history of working with either the Django community or another similar open-source community.

Your geographical location isn’t important either – we have several methods of remote communication and coordination that we can use depending on the timezone difference to the supervising members of Django.

You’ll be expected to post a weekly report of your work to the django-developers mailing list.

If you don’t perform the duties to a satisfactory level, we may end your contract. We may also terminate the contract if we’re unable to raise sufficient funds to support the Fellowship on an ongoing basis (unlikely, given the current fundraising levels).

Compensation isn’t competitive with full-time salaries in big cities like San Francisco or London. The Fellow will be selected to make best use of available funds.

If you’re interested in applying for the position, please email us with details of your experience with Django and open-source contribution and community support in general, the amount of time each week you’d like to dedicate to the position (a minimum of 20 hours a week), your hourly rate, and when you’d like to start working. The start date is flexible and will be on or after January 1, 2018.

Applications will be open until 1200 UTC, December 18, 2017, with the expectation that the successful candidate will be announced around December 22.

Successful applicants will not be an employee of the Django Project or the Django Software Foundation. Fellows will be contractors and expected to ensure that they meet all of their resident country’s criteria for self-employment or having a shell consulting company, invoicing the DSF on a monthly basis and ensuring they pay all relevant taxes.

If you or your company is interested in helping fund this program and future DSF activities, please consider becoming a corporate member to learn about corporate membership, or you can make a donation to the Django Software Foundation.

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