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At the Center for Open Science, we believe that transparent and reproducible research is better research, leading to better outcomes. Our mission is to make that a reality throughout the world of scholarly investigation. We also believe in a fantastic work environment, awesome work-life balance, killer technology, and empowering our people to grow as professionals and people.

Working at COS means that you’ll be surrounded by colleagues who are constantly striving to improve science and the tools that support it. We set high expectations for ourselves and are always trying to stay out in front of software and research trends. We are committed to quality design and architecture, an agile methodology, and contributing to the open-source community. Sound like you? Join us! 


Current Openings


Background

The Chief Operating Officer plays a key role at the Center for Open Science in helping shape and deliver on the strategic imperatives of the organization. Reporting to the Executive Director, the COO is a member of a 7-person leadership team and has primary responsibility for the organization’s financial management, business operations, software development, staff performance, and goal setting. This role works closely with the ED and leadership team to determine strategies to best fulfill the organization's mission - to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research.


This position directly manages a team of five (Financial Controller, HR Manager, Operations Manager, Director of Product, and Director of Engineering). S/he works in close partnership with the Director of Development, Director of Research, and Director of Policy. The work of the COO falls into four main categories:


Finance

  • Monitor COS’s financial performance and develop long range financial plans that align with the organization's strategic priorities

  • Develop annual, multi-year, and project/grant budgets 

  • Manage government contract revenue and restricted funds usage

  • Act as liaison with the Board Finance Committee

  • Oversee monthly and annual financial reporting, including the conduct of an annual audit and federal single audit

  • Review and approve financial transactions. Manage banking relationships and investment accounts


Business Operations

  • Develop scopes of work and manage deliverables for external partnerships

  • Oversee and ensure accuracy of payroll, employee benefits, business insurance. Ensure compliance with all labor law and employment practices

  • Oversee process for performance evaluations and compensation review. Support recruitment and talent retention strategies.

  • Handle all contracts, including grant agreements, business and vendor contracts, subcontracts, and federal agreements. Ensure compliance with federal procurement standards when applicable. Reviews all legal documents and Terms of Services.

  • Establish fee schedules and evaluate cost and effectiveness of earned revenue programs 

  • Manage physical facilities and assets

  • Identify, select, and work with consultants (e.g. legal, financial, HR) to supplement expertise when necessary

  • Serves as the Research Integrity Officer (RIO), Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) for grants, and DMCA agent


Engineering & Product

  • Manage the work of the Product and Engineering teams, ensuring that the software team works together with clear guidance on developing software solutions that support the organization's mission 

  • Monitor team performance, help to develop scopes of work, track progress on new development, and support adequate resourcing needs for the teams’ ranked project priorities list


Leadership & management

  • Help establish and track progress towards organization-wide goals 

  • Actively participate in the development of funding proposals and new initiatives

  • Engage with the Board of Directors, primary funders, and other key external stakeholders around organizational impact and plans for the future


We’re looking for some or all of the following qualities:

  • 10+ years of professional experience in operations and management

  • A strategic thinker who understands how operations and finances support the broader mission of the organization 

  • Depth of experience in managing teams, supporting cross-functional collaboration, developing staff, and setting clear goals

  • Experience in software, research, or policy/advocacy a plus 

  • Proven ability to forecast financial models, control expenses, while supporting organizational growth 

  • Experience in nonprofit financial management; experience with government contracts, a plus. Knowledge of GAAP and accrual-based accounting practices. Experience with annual audits. 

  • Experience in revenue development strategies, including earned revenue and/or fundraising strategies.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills  

Notes

About the position:  

Salary range $120,000-$130,000, commensurate with experience. COS offers full time employees:

  • 401(k) with employer match. COS offers a matching contribution of 100% up to 3% of pay and another 50% up to 5% of pay (the full match will be 4% if participants elect to defer 5%)

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance. COS covers 100% of employee premium and 50% of all dependent coverage costs under the base plan

  • 15 days vacation in year one

  • Paid family medical leave. COS offers paid leave for up to three (3) months to all full-time, regular employees to care for their child after birth, after or during the adoption process, or to care for their spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition

  • Modern office space and other amenities

  • COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance.  

About COS: 

The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.  The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia dedicated to improving the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices.  The COS team moves quickly, identifies problems and creates solutions, encourages risk-taking, blends science and technology, is highly collaborative, is high energy, and is dedicated to openness.  

 

COS has three primary activities: (1) infrastructure development to support the scientific workflow (http://osf.io/) - documentation, archiving, sharing, and registration - and connect with other open technologies, (2) culture change via community building among stakeholders in science - particularly service providers, societies, institutions, publishers, funding organizations, and grassroots communities of researchers, and (3) metascience, research on scientific practices.  Get more information about COS at its website.  Insight on the broader vision for the organization’s mission to change the culture of science and scholarship appear in two papers about scientific communication and scientific practices.   


Location

The position is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. 


Applying
Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome. COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.
Background

Background about the Center for Open Science

The Center for Open Science (COS) is dedicated to improving research practices to accelerate discovery. COS is a nonprofit technology and advocacy organization whose mission is to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research. When the products of the research process become public goods -- analysis plans, data, methods, code, and results -- we can accelerate knowledge, solutions, and cures.

Institutional Product Owner Position
COS is seeking a Product Owner to join its Product team. Reporting to the Director of Product, the Product Owner plays an essential role in COS’s product development and ability to meet its mission. The Product Owner is responsible for supporting COS’s product vision through effective and efficient management of product development activities and building and maintaining strong relationships with our institutional partners. 


Each of COS’s Product Owners are generalists on OSF.io as well as specialists in a specific product, in this case OSF Institutions. With support from the broader Product team, the Institutional Product Owner fields support and product inquiries, identifies leads, stewards customer success and renewals, and maintains a portfolio of institutional partners.
Responsibilities
  1. Represents the product vision based on organizational goals, institutional stakeholder needs and user feedback both internally with product development, policy and research teams and externally with institutional partners, stakeholders and researchers

  2. Builds strong relationships with institutional partners and is able to bring in new partners through value-based demonstration of the product

  3. Establishes strong understanding of the institutional product and the use cases the product is expected to meet. Collaborates bidirectionally with individual researchers and institutional stakeholders to understand and share future ideas for the product

  4. Manages user support inquiries for the institutional product area with good communication of responses leading to resolution of user challenges. Leveraging support inquiries to better manage the product documentation, user experience and future enhancement development

  5. Maintains and updates all user-facing product documentation for institutional product area, ensuring cohesion with established style, tone and information architecture 

  6. Able to collaborate with the product team to develop a stewardship strategy for institutional relationships through clear understanding from engagements with institutional stakeholders on needs and challenges to successful product adoption

  7. Collaborates with the Communication Coordinator on institutional partner outreach for sharing new features and improvements to user base, use cases, examples and other training materials for librarians and for offering webinars and other events to have continued relations

  8. Is knowledgeable in agile scrum product development and is able to jump right into the product management processes and ceremonies

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • Experience with institutional partnerships, such as universities, colleges, or academic societies; experience with software development or sales, a plus 

  • 3-5 years experience in a similar role

  • Experience with scrum agile development methodologies

  • Ability to travel up to 30%

Skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

    • Strong analytical, organization and documentation skills with excellent attention to detail.

    • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining strong attention to detail. 

    • Self-starter and independent worker who continually seeks new challenges and responsibilities.

    • Sound judgment, professionalism, and a positive attitude. 

    • Resourcefulness, creativity, and strong problem-solving skills. 

    • Ability to react quickly to complex situations.

    • Capacity to prioritize, make decisions, problem-solve, and ask for help

Benefits

COS offers full time employees:

  • Competitive salaries

  • 401(k) with employer match. COS offers a matching contribution of 100% up to 3% of pay and another 50% up to 5% of pay (the full match will be 4% if participants elect to defer 5%)

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance. COS covers 100% of employee premium and 50% of all dependent coverage costs under the base plan

  • 15 days vacation in year one

  • Paid family medical leave. COS offers paid leave for up to three (3) months to all full-time, regular employees to care for their child after birth, after or during the adoption process, or to care for their spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition.

  • Modern office space and other amenities

COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance.

Salary is expected to be between upper 60k to 80k depending on relevant experience and skills. 

Applying
COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries. Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome and can be directed to betsy@cos.io.
Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) is looking for an experienced senior software engineer to advance our mission of increasing the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research.  We’re looking for someone to help us build new backend data models and API endpoints to feed a user-facing SPA, and to identify bottlenecks and optimize database throughput, code speed, and infrastructure reliability.  The perfect candidate for this role has worked in the commercial software space for a while but would now like to use their engineering skill to positively impact the world. We are more interested in your communication skills, passion, and ability than we are in the specific technologies that you use. A great developer will be a great developer in any language.


Founded in 2013, COS is a non-profit organization that has pushed for meaningful change in the scientific community. We've initiated large-scale reproducibility studies, challenged the incentive models of science publication, and built the premier online framework for ensuring that science is open and available.  All of our software is free and open source, and we want to apply the same principles to science.
Responsibilities
  • LEADERSHIP: Lead a small team of developers building the backend of a Postgres-backed web application. Provide code review, mentorship, and guidance for junior- and mid- level developers

  • ARCHITECTURE and DEVELOPMENT: Make evidence- and experience- backed architecture decisions for new and existing products.  Write clean, maintainable, and well-designed code. Troubleshoot and improve legacy systems

  • COORDINATION: Triage and prioritize projects and products to meet business needs. Plan releases and organize migrations in concert with devops
Skills
  • Extensive experience with relational databases 

  • Ability to make and drive technical decisions to completion

  • Great communication, including thoughtful listening skills, the ability to express complex ideas clearly and succinctly, and the ability to communicate well in writing

  • Demonstrate expert-level understanding of one or more commonly used languages, such as Python, Ruby, Go, or JavaScript

  • Expert in software design principles

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Experience mentoring other engineers

  • Ability to work independently, and passionate about software engineering concepts

Core Technologies
  • Back-End: Python, Django, Tornado, and Flask

  • Databases & Messaging: PostgreSQL, ElasticSearch, RabbitMQ

  • Authentication: CAS (Java)

  • Front-End: EmberJS and TypeScript

  • Google Cloud, Kubernetes, Jenkins, and Travis

Notes

COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance.

Location

COS is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Benefits

COS offers full time employees:

  • Competitive salaries

  • 401(k) with employer match. COS offers a matching contribution of 100% up to 3% of pay and another 50% up to 5% of pay (the full match will be 4% if participants elect to defer 5%)

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance. COS covers 100% of employee premium and 50% of all dependent coverage costs under the base plan

  • 15 days vacation in year one

  • Paid family medical leave. COS offers paid leave for up to three (3) months to all full-time, regular employees to care for their child after birth, after or during the adoption process, or to care for their spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition.

  • Modern office space and other amenities

Applying
COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries. Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome and can be directed to jobs@cos.io. You can also see more on GitHub.


Where We Live

From hikes and rides atop the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to navigating the taps of the BrewRidge Trail, Charlottesville boasts both urban culture and rural adventure. The pedestrian mall downtown offers local shopping, a range of restaurants from French fine dining to sushi rolls to take-away crepes, weekend farmer’s markets, and a music scene to suit tastes for both jazz piano and garage rock.
Steeped with history, Charlottesville and the surrounding area offers many landmarks of its own. 

To branch out beyond the local without leaving the city, however, there are museums like the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum and the Special Collections Library at UVA. And, if you want to get out of town, DC is just two hours away and the state capital, Richmond, is a mere one-hour drive.
 See why the New York Times loves Charlottesville! Read this article in The Guardian about Charlottesville's great community. Or, check out the local events calendar.


Our Work


Research Software and Storage

COS has developed a variety of software tools and workflows based on our free Open Science Framework to help researchers manage and archive their research, privately or publicly. We work with a great technology stack and the latest tools. 


Community Development

COS helps connect and build open science communities of researchers, their affiliated institutions, their funders, and the publishers of research outcomes.


Metascience and Research

COS supports and conducts research on scientific practices. Our team members are thought leaders on open science and our tools serve as critical research platforms.


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