OpenChain Program Manager

Position Specification



Twenty-five years ago, Linus Torvalds sparked an open source revolution with a short email declaring he was doing a new project “just for fun.” Today, Linux powers 98% of the world’s supercomputers, most of the servers running the Internet, the majority of financial trades worldwide, and tens of millions of Android mobile phones and consumer devices. In short, Linux is everywhere.

The Linux Foundation is here to help. By supporting the kernel development community — including employing Linus Torvalds himself — and fostering collaboration on a truly massive scale, The Linux Foundation unites thousands of curious minds in the free and open exchange of ideas. With this collective wisdom, people everywhere are using Linux to solve harder problems, innovate faster than ever and change the way the world works together. We are here to provide the crucial services and collaborative infrastructure to continue Linux’ advancement and protection.

We are also dedicated to expanding the collaborative DNA of Linux to other industries and markets. Companies, open source projects and individual developers can work with Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects to make collaborative development the de facto way of solving the world’s hardest problems.

Business Overview

The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and advances Linux by providing resources and services needed for open source software to successfully drive widespread adoption and build collaborative ecosystems that fundamentally change industries. Importantly, The Linux Foundation serves as a neutral spokesperson for Linux and advances the understanding of the Linux platform.

At the core of its mission, The Linux Foundation is the home of Linux creator and top developer Linus Torvalds, hosts and provides a variety of services to the Linux community, including web properties that reach more than two million unique visitors a month, as well as comprehensive open source legal and compliance education programs. In addition, The Linux Foundation provides a number of important services, including:

  • Membership. The Linux Foundation helps companies and individuals navigate the ever-changing landscape of Linux. From new member mentoring programs and advanced strategy consulting services to peer networking programs, The Linux Foundation is a guide through the labyrinth of open source opportunities to help companies make the most of their Linux investment.
  • Linux Foundation Projects. The Linux Foundation fosters innovation and mass collaboration by hosting open source initiatives for the technical community, industry and end users to solve pressing problems facing the world. Members and developers collaborate on key technical areas spanning a variety of industries, from networking to cloud computing to the Internet of Things.
  • Events. The Linux Foundation supports the Linux community and industry by offering conferences, summits, developer days and unconferences with the industry’s leading open source events that attract more than 14,000 attendees annually.
  • Training. The Linux Foundation offers the preeminent Linux training programs for system administrators and developers. Courses are comprehensive, vendor-neutral, technically advanced and created by leaders of the Linux community.


The Linux Foundation projects spread the collaborative DNA of Linux to new fields to enable innovation and access for all. Linux Foundation Projects bring expertise straight from the leaders of the Linux developer and IT community to bear on new or existing collaborative development efforts to drive growth, visibility and adoption of open source technologies created. Linux Foundation Projects enable members to work together on a shared technical vision within a neutral entity that has the expertise not only to manage projects but also guide, mentor and educate members on best practices and what works within the context of a project.

OpenChain Initiative

The OpenChain Initiative began in 2013 when a group of software supply chain open source practitioners observed two emerging patterns: 1) significant process similarities existed among organizations with mature open source compliance programs; and 2) there still remained a large number of organizations exchanging software with less developed programs. The latter observation resulted in a lack of trust in the consistency and quality of the compliance artifacts accompanying the software being exchanged. As a consequence, at each tier of the supply chain, downstream organizations were frequently redoing the compliance work already performed by other upstream organizations.


A study group was formed to consider whether a standard program specification could be created that would: i) facilitate greater quality and consistency of open source compliance information being shared across the industry; and ii) decrease the high transaction costs associated with open source resulting from compliance rework. The study group evolved into a work group, and in April 2016, formally organized as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.

The Vision and Mission of the OpenChain Initiative are as follows:

  • Vision: A software supply chain where free/open source software (FOSS) is delivered with trusted and consistent compliance information.
  • Mission: Establish requirements to achieve effective management of free/open source software (FOSS) for software supply chain participants, such that the requirements and associated collateral are developed collaboratively and openly by representatives from the software supply chain, open source community, and academia.



  Position Title          Program Manager
  Location                  Flexible
  Reports to               Senior Director, Project Operations
  Compensation       15-20 hours per week

Position Charter

The Linux Foundation is looking for a program manager to support the growth of the OpenChain project. He or she will be the primary point of contact within the Linux Foundation for each project’s members and potential members, and therefore must be proactive in every element of work with them and in tune with their goals for work with each project.

Specific responsibilities span member management, business development, marketing and operations. They include:

  • Supporting OpenChain’s leadership (Governing Board, Steering Committee, and Work Team Leads) by scheduling meetings, preparing agendas, running meetings and capturing minutes
  • Based on objectives identified by OpenChain’s Governing Board, measuring progress toward meeting them and making recommendations on how to improve the project’s performance
  • Recruiting new members to the project
  • Checking in with members regularly to gauge their satisfaction and report on findings
  • Identifying opportunities for collaboration between project members
  • Creating invoices and working with each member organization’s accounting teams as needed to ensure payment is received
  • Maintaining the project’s budget in collaboration with OpenChain’s Governing Board and The Linux Foundation finance team
  • Supporting OpenChain at conferences and other events by driving member involvement and, when necessary, sponsorship
  • Conformance verification as needed, inclusive of appropriate use of the OpenChain mark within the community
  • Working with The Linux Foundation’s PR, marketing, IT, web and creative services teams as needed to orchestrate service delivery
  • Engaging on behalf of OpenChain on social platforms on a regular basis
  • Keeping the project’s website content fresh by making incremental updates as necessary, as well as suggesting broader changes to the site to ensure its ongoing value; working with members as needed to create content
  • Creating monthly newsletters in order to keep community members appraised of the project’s progress
  • Identifying opportunities for collaboration with other Linux Foundation Projects
  • Updating the OpenChain community sites (WordPress knowledge a plus)

Experience Profile

The ideal candidate is:

  • Well organized and attentive to detail
  • A natural multitasker
  • A careful but confident communicator
  • Experienced with open source legal issues and compliance practices
  • A capable community organizer
  • Self-motivated and productive in a virtual workplace
  • Fluent in English
  • Willing to shift schedules as needed in order to accommodate the practical challenges presented by working with colleagues and members across several time zones
  • Able to travel, including internationally, several times a year in order to attend events and meet with community members and prospective members
  • Able and willing to leverage their existing network, and grow additional industry relationships to help carry forward the key messages of OpenChain describing the benefits of further industry adoption
  • Attentive to budget constraints
  • Comfortable working within the framework of a non-profit
  • Attuned to cultural nuances, working internationally


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with 8+ years of relevant work experience

Please submit your resume via this link.