GF classifieds (April, May, and June 2015)

This is another round of Geek feminism classifieds. If you’re looking to hire women, find some people to participate in your study, find female speakers, or just want some like-minded folk to join your open source project, this is the thread for you!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Geeky subjects only. We take a wide view of geekdom, but if your thing isn’t related to an obviously geeky topic, you’ll probably want to give a bit of background on why the readers of Geek Feminism would be interested.
  2. Explain what your project/event/thing is, or link to a webpage that provides clear, informative information about it. Ideally you’ll also explain why geek women might find it particularly awesome.
  3. Explain what you’re looking for. Even if it’s not a job ad, think of it like one: what is the activity/role in question, and what would it involve? What is the profile of people you’re looking for?
  4. GF has international readership, so please be sure to indicate the location if you’re advertising a job position, conference, or other thing where the location matters. Remember that city acronyms aren’t always known world-wide and lots of cities share names, so be as clear as possible! (That is, don’t say “SF[O]” or “NYC” or “Melb”, say “San Francisco, USA”, “New York City, USA” or “Melbourne, Australia”.) And if you can provide travel/relocation assistance, we’d love to know about it.
  5. Keep it legal. Most jurisdictions do not allow you to (eg.) advertise jobs for only people of a given gender. So don’t do that. If you are advertising for something that falls into this category, think of this as an opportunity to boost the signal to women who might be interested.
  6. If you’re asking for participants in a study, please note Mary’s helpful guide to soliciting research participation on the ‘net, especially the “bare minimum” section.
  7. Provide a way for people to contact you, such as your email address or a link to apply in the case of job advertisements. (The email addresses entered in the comment form here are not public, so readers won’t see them.)
  8. Keep an eye on comments here, in case people ask for clarification or more details. (You can subscribe to comments via email or RSS.)

If you’d like some more background/tips on how to reach out to women for your project/event/whatever, take a look at Recruiting women on the Geek Feminism Wiki.)

Good luck!

10 thoughts on “GF classifieds (April, May, and June 2015)

  1. Tim Chevalier

    Heroku, a business unit of that is changing how web applications are deployed, has many job openings in engineering, design, product management, marketing, sales, and support:

    Most engineering positions that are currently open are senior-level. If you have experience with databases, distributed systems, devops, cloud computing, security, or front-end Web design, I encourage you to apply.

    We also have a summer internship open to applicants currently pursuing a computer science degree:

    Geek Feminism contributors Leigh Honeywell and myself work for Heroku, and former Geek Feminism contributor Matt Zimmerman is VP of Engineering there.

    If you’re interested in any of the positions, please both apply on the Web site and email me at tjc at

  2. Derek

    My employer, Simple, has great jobs ranging from developers to customer service reps to design. You want to do meaningful work for a company making a difference in tech diversity, here’s my pitch:
    * Simple _does_ things, like dev training for women interested in learning to program
    * They pay for transgender coverage on top of the usual health care coverage because it’s the right thing to do
    * You’d join the most diverse company I’ve seen in my tech career (I know, I know) — I believe engineering is 30% women (and they’re not satisfied and are investing in increasing that further)
    * They’re trying to succeed in banking by caring about their customers and building products that help people find financial security, in an industry that desperately needs that
    * You’ll have a degree of freedom of action — it’s a place where the customer service is in house and the reps don’t have scripts they work off (just look at the @simple twitter feed to see their sense of humor at work)
    * You get to work in Portland, OR, which is a great, diverse town
    * Many positions support remote work

    Check us out at and our career page is

    I’d be happy to talk more if you’re interested, or to help connect you to the right people — I’m derek@simple or @milhous on Twitter

    1. Tim Chevalier

      This sounds like a great job otherwise, but characterizing Portland as “diverse” just does readers a disservice. Portland is 72.2% non-Hispanic white individuals as of the 2010 census, whereas the US as a whole is 63.7% white non-Hispanic. Portland is 6.3% Black, whereas the US as a whole is 12.6% Black. Portland (along with Oregon as a whole) has a lengthy history of racial segregation that is not over.

    2. Emily St.

      Hi, Derek, I’m Emily. I work for the backend team. I’d hate for someone to get into our process with some misconceptions, so I wanted to clear up a couple of facts.

      > I believe engineering is 30% women

      My experience is contrary to this percentage. The data team has the best figures by far, but the other teams have one or two women at most. I’d put it around 10%. We are definitely looking to improve this situation.

      > They pay for transgender coverage on top of the usual health care coverage because it’s the right thing to do

      This is unfortunately not the case. We cover what’s mandated by law in Oregon (parity with cis coverage for procedures they’d get), and through our HRA, we reimburse $7,500 toward a surgical procedure per year. I believe we’re attempting to address improving this coverage with our brokers, and we fully acknowledge this is inadequate.

      > Simple _does_ things, like dev training for women interested in learning to program

      I’d consider this aspirational, and the data team has definitely set an amazing example in this respect, but other teams are still trying to get to a place where we can support engineers in need of training. Speaking for the backend team, we’re struggling to get to a place where we can support and mentor less experienced engineers.

      Find me on Twitter (@emilyst) if you’d like to ask any questions.

  3. Julia Evans

    My employer Stripe, a payments company in San Francisco, California,
    US, is hiring for *tons* of positions. Developer and support jobs can
    be done remote in US timezones, and occasionally in other places. I
    work remote from Canada, for instance, and half my team is remote.

    Here are just a few positions: (complete with a lot of exclamation
    marks). I’ve said the most about software engineering jobs, because
    that’s my job and what I know the most about.

    – Software developers (
    – frontend! (building dashboards that are easy to use +
    – infrastructure! Choose infrastructure that will scale with
    Stripe (how should we do service discovery? should we migrate to a
    different database for this system?)! Make infrastructure reliable!
    – Security! Evaluate and respond to possible threats! Work with
    other engineers to help us make good security choices!
    – Developer tools — make other developers’ lives better. Right
    now someone is working on making tests go way faster, which will be
    – building Stripe’s payments API — help the developers who use
    Stripe have a great experience, make the API reliable
    – payments! Have you ever wanted to know how banks *really* work?
    There’s a team that only thinks about how to communicate with banks
    and move money around and do it reliably. They’re pretty amazing.
    – Internal tools! There’s a team that’s working on building tools
    for people internally. This is pretty fun because you get to work
    directly with the people using your software, and make things to make
    their jobs easier + to delight them.

    If you’re applying to a developer job but don’t have a specific team
    preference it’s totally okay to just talk about your experience and
    interests in your application letter, and we’ll figure it out as we go
    along =)

    Many other jobs:
    – Risk analysts ( review accounts and build processes to manage payments fraud. They’re pretty awesome investigators.
    – Recruiting (see also: Stripe is hiring a lot :)).
    – Support, including developer support which it’s possible to work part-time (at least 20 hours a week) and remote (!!).
    – A writer:
    – a PR/comms intern:
    – Sales:
    – … and more.

    I can’t promise that I’ll answer questions if you email me (though I’ll try, and you should feel free to! I’m Here’s what you should do if you’re interested:

    1) find the job you’re interested in at
    2) Follow the application directions on that page
    3) In your application email, cc, the
    email address you see on the jobs page (for instance, and

    I talked to the recruiting team, and they enthusiastically agreed to
    make sure to read and respond to applications from Geek Feminism
    applicants. So your application will definitely not end up in a black hole :)

  4. The Ruby Spellbook

    The Ruby Spellbook is a new online literary journal devoted to writing inspired by all things geeky, including comics, anime, manga, cosplay, sci-fi, fantasy, and more. We’re accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction now! Please visit to read the guidelines and more.

  5. Ellen Spertus (@ellenspertus)

    Mills College in Oakland, California, is looking for someone to teach an undergraduate course in computer architecture during the fall 2015 semester. Teaching experience at the college level (including community college) is required. We do not have the budget to fly in non-local candidates. If interested, please email your CV and a cover letter describing your teaching experience to Prof. Barbara Li Santi ( Mills is a transgender-friendly women’s college.

  6. Georgia Young, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, FSF

    The Free Software Foundation, a Boston-based 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect freedoms critical to the computer-using public, is hiring for two Boston-based roles:

    Web Developer – apply by May 27th, 10:00 EST
    This position, reporting to the executive director, works closely with our sysadmin team to maintain and improve the FSF’s Web presence. It’s an especially exciting time to join the FSF team, because we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this October.

    The FSF uses several different free software web platforms in the course of its work, both internally and externally. These platforms are critical to work supporting the GNU Project, free software adoption, free media formats, and freedom on the Internet; and to opposing bulk surveillance, Digital Restrictions Management, software patents, and proprietary software.

    We are looking for someone who is primarily interested in keeping these systems up-to-date and working, as well as customizing them when necessary. While the main duties will relate to the backend systems, frontend experience with templates, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and design tools will be a big plus.

    The web developer will also contribute to decisions about which new platforms to use or which existing ones to retire. The infrastructure of,, and will likely be changed this year, so there will be some critically important research and work to be done right away.

    We emphasize opportunities to contribute work done at the FSF to the upstream projects we use, to benefit the broader free software community.

    We’re a union non-profit. The salary for this position is fixed at $51,646.40 annually.
    The full job posting, including benefits and how to apply, is here:

    Deputy Director – applications considered on a rolling basis
    FSF is also adding a new management position to our staff of 12.

    This new position would work closely in support of the executive director to coordinate and amplify the work of an expanding, 12-person staff; represent the FSF to conference, supporter, and donor audiences internationally; and play a key role in improving the FSF’s overall effectiveness by driving initiative prioritization, fundraising, resource allocation, hiring, and internal process development.

    Now is an especially exciting time to join the FSF team, since this year is our 30th anniversary. We are taking the opportunity to both reflect on the past and plan ahead for the next 30 years.

    In addition to being a talented general manager and project coordinator, the right candidate will bring significant expertise to at least one of the FSF’s major work areas — technology infrastructure and software development, licensing and compliance, public advocacy and engagement, fundraising, or operations.

    This role is for someone who:

    is a dedicated free software user;
    cares deeply about the impact of control over technology on the exercise of individual freedoms;
    stays highly organized, even during high-stress situations,
    inspires and motivates others;
    is a reliably rational, diplomatic, and productive voice in discussions, both online and offline;
    loves puzzles and problem-solving; and
    enjoys the challenges of working in the public eye, including fielding and responding to criticisms.

    Because of financial control duties, the position must be worked from the FSF’s headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. Relocation assistance is available. Candidates currently located outside the US may apply; we have sponsored visas in the past.

    Again, the full job posting, including how to apply, is here

    Please share these postings widely, especially if you know folks who are in to free software, located in (or willing to move to) Boston, and excited about non-profit work. We’re a small team of 12, with 9 people in out Boston office, and there are currently 5 women on staff.

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