In the UK, we’ve built useful, high impact, democratic open source tools like FixMyStreet.com, WhatDoTheyKnow.com and TheyWorkForYou.com. As we enter our second decade of existence, our focus is becoming more international - we actively support individuals and organisations around the globe to run their own sites and apps based on our tools.
We’re hiring open-source-savvy web developers to join our Alaveteli (Freedom of Information) and Political Tracking teams, working closely with international activists, journalists and reformers, to help them make their projects a success.
No recruiters or agencies, please.
Why you should work with us
There are plenty of reasons!
We are a friendly, user-focused software development team, and we get to work on stuff that matters. Our projects help people to get important things done: holding politicians to account, extracting information from governments, and getting common problems in streets fixed. As well as our UK sites we’ve got strong working relationships with groups in Kenya, Chile, Uruguay, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia and many other places.
We’re widely geographically dispersed, and a lot of people work from home or from co-working spaces. There is a high expectation of self-direction and self-discipline; our project management style aims to minimize pain and distraction, and leave people to get on with doing great work, normally in small groups. You will get to see your colleagues face to face at least every few weeks though.
Being part of mySociety means being in the kind of organisation that is so motivated that the management’s job is often to tell people to take it easy. We welcome people who, deep down, burn to make a difference, but we take work life balance very seriously and we celebrate the idea of quality, not quantity of working hours.
Here’s the minimum skills we need you to have:
As a person, we hope you will be:
What mySociety is
mySociety’s mission is to invent and popularise digital tools that enable citizens to exert power over institutions and decision makers. We are 27 staff in total, plus volunteers, and the culture is developer-led.
We’re a UK registered charity and social enterprise. Our main goal over the next few years is to help a relatively small number of organisations around the world to grow citizen empowerment websites and apps that are big and impactful. About a quarter of our employees work on commercial projects, both to generate income and to deliver further positive social impacts.
The majority of our staff work from home. We have small clusters of people around Oxford, Bristol and London and would particularly like to hear from people based near those cities, but will accept applicants from anywhere in the United Kingdom. We only ask that you are willing to travel to other parts of the country to see your colleagues perhaps a dozen times a year.
If you're not in the UK, please don't apply unless you have a clearly documented right to work in the UK, and are willing to relocate here.
Salary & Benefits
£28,000-42,000 plus pension (3% employer contribution, 5% employee). You will be a full PAYE employee.
This is a 12 month contract in the first instance, with the possibility of extension. We’re happy to consider part time working.
Deadlines and Dates
The application deadline is 10am on Friday 16th January and interviews will be on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th February in London. We will aim to notify applicants of whether or not they will be invited to interview on Friday 6th February.