The Beeck Center’s Intergovernmental Software Collaborative advocates for and helps governments — be they state, local, territorial, or tribal — to come together to build, adapt, and collaboratively maintain shared software, rather than working independently to solve identical or highly similar problems. In doing so, we aim to streamline procurement processes, alleviate the cost burdens and redundancies on agencies delivering public services, and improve the success of the critical government software systems that underpin public policy.
Since 2020, we’ve activated a network of intergovernmental collaboratives that all use shareable, interoperable, open source, and/or common-core software. We are now recruiting a Fellow to bring their vision and point of view to guide that growing community toward new opportunities for software sharing, while researching, publishing, and advocating about this growing trend. This fellowship will be right for you if you believe the public sector can better leverage shared or open source software for better outcomes and cost savings, if you have a technical understanding of software development, if you have been part of teams that have shipped software products at scale, and if you care about contributing to the growing community of others who are working on these issues.
The Beeck Center brings in leading experts to drive our projects and initiatives. For the Intergovernmental Software Collaborative (ISC), the Fellow will lead a team that includes another Fellow (who spends 50% of their time on the ISC project), a Community Manager, and Student Analysts. This project team will largely be entrusted to push forward and continue coordination with interested federal agencies on collaboratives and on sharing software across governments. The Fellow will represent the Beeck Center and Georgetown University when speaking publicly about the benefits of shared software, software collaboratives, improved policy, and advancing best practices.
The Fellow and ISC project team work under Katya Abazajian, Director of Programs. All project teams receive support from Beeck Center staff to ensure strategic goals are being met, including operational, communications, and student engagement support.
The Fellow and project are supported by outside funding, with some clear deliverables and deadlines. Responsibilities will primarily fall within the below categories. The allocations of time listed below are approximate and flexible, and will naturally vary according to the Fellow’s vision, plans, and areas of emphasis:
- Research, Publishing, and Advocacy – 30%
- Engage in public speaking opportunities such as education and advocacy direct to policy makers and stakeholders, as well as speaking at conferences and events to promote and advance shared software, intergovernmental software collaboratives, and other recommendations
- In coordination with part-time fellow, discover, research, interview and document interagency software collaboratives
- Publish reports, blogs, or guides about trends, key observations, best practices, histories, and possibilities
- Identify recommendations for shared software development products or processes for the network
- Pilot Projects – 30%
- Facilitate collaborations across network members and organizational partners to design and launch pilot projects that reflect shared software values
- Liaise with external researchers as needed to synthesize findings around pilot project outcomes and communicate findings to cross-organizational partners
- Advise pilot project leads on design, data, and technology issues as a subject matter expert in shared software projects
- Network Cultivation – 30%
- Guide the growing network of software collaboratives that serve governments, including maintaining and leveraging individual relationships with government leaders, professional associations, and public interest organizations
- Identify and share best practices and opportunities for collaboration and shared activity among the network
- Coordinate with interested federal agencies on ways to promote intergovernmental collaboratives and shared software among state, local, territorial and tribal governments
- Facilitate open dialogue with the software vendor community
- Help identify opportunities for financial support of software collaboratives
- In coordination with the community manager, co-host monthly meetings of intergovernmental software collaborative members and researchers
- Supervision and Mentorship – 10%
- Supervise and work closely with the Community Manager
- Supervise and work closely with Student Analysts on a semester basis.
- Fellows participate in supervision training and orientation to the Student Analyst program, preparing them for mentoring future social impact leaders
- Fellows dedicate consistent time to the supervision and mentorship of student analyst(s) on the project team
Candidates for this position must have:
- Senior or executive experience in software development, public service delivery, technical service design, or related fields
- Demonstrated commitment to shared software, open source code, and cooperative software models
- Knowledge of software and/or technical systems used in federal, state, and/or local government
- Familiarity with the landscape of government service delivery, administration, procurement, budgeting, and/or related policy
- Advanced writing skills and demonstrated ability to develop materials tailored to multiple audiences, including policy makers
- Understanding of reporting, metrics, and analytics with a finely-tuned sense for demonstrating value and providing actionable insights
- Proven facilitation and group synthesis skills to lead network activities and potentially deliver trainings and other facilitated events
- Experience developing positive, trusted relationships with partner organizations and government agencies, including adherence to privacy and confidentiality standards
- Experience managing, working with, and/or mentoring students and/or other staff
- Commitment to centering equity, serving the public, and building trust
- Flexible, adaptable workstyle, with a willingness to collaborate with the team and co-create what’s never been done before
- Extensive public speaking, publishing, and advocacy experience
- Extensive professional network of policymakers and stakeholders in federal, state, and local government as well as stakeholders in the private and civil society sectors
- Familiarity with general project management tools (we use Asana)
- Ability to quickly digest information about the existing project and the ability to bring your own vision to add to the existing project design and deliverables
- Closely tracks the policy landscape, leadership, decision makers, and involved parties
- Iterative, collaborative work style
- Background in human-centered design and/or user experience
- Post-graduate studies in relevant field
Salary, Benefits, and Employment Term
The Intergovernmental Software Collaborative Fellow is a full-time, 12-month term position. The annual salary band for this position is $130,000 – $170,000, prorated for the appointment term, commensurate with experience, and includes full benefits.
Fellowships at the Beeck Center
Fellowships at the Beeck Center offer a unique experience for expert practitioners in data, design and technology to work on projects that solve societal challenges. Working along with students, staff, extended networks and other practitioners, Fellows contribute to the Beeck Center’s key offerings:
Fellows serve in three main capacities:
As a Fellow, this position will represent Georgetown University and the Beeck Center. As such, we want applicants to be aware of the Faculty Handbook, Rights and Responsibilities, and Faculty Responsibilities Code that a successful candidate will be held to in this position.
This position has been designated as remote. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources website: https://hr.georgetown.edu/mode-of-work-designation.
The Beeck Center operates as a distributed team, with some team members working remotely and others working in-person in our Washington, D.C. offices. A distributed team means there will be heavy reliance on asynchronous communication channels such as Slack, Asana, and email while also having many meetings fully virtual or hybrid to include remote employees, using Zoom.
Beeck Center team members based outside the Washington, D.C. area are expected to travel to Washington, D.C. at least 2-3 times per year for retreats, work weeks, and other team activities. Non-local team members also often travel at their discretion for internal and external work-related events.
Application + Interview Process:
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