Chief Architect, OpenSSF

  • Full-time

Company Description

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world's top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history.

Today, the Linux Foundation has over 2,000 corporate members from over 41 countries, including every single one the Fortune 100. The Linux Foundation has proudly created over $54B in shared technology value since inception.

The mission of the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), hosted within the Linux Foundation, is to advance open source security for all by working collaboratively with upstream and existing communities. Our projects and initiatives are focused on securing the open source supply chain and promoting secure development best practices for everyone. We use our Technical Vision and our Values to guide discussion, decision making, and delivery for all our programs. This job is specific to the OpenSSF, but your employer will be the Linux Foundation.

Job Description

We are seeking a Chief Architect to help us develop our technical vision into a suite of best-in-class open source tools, specifications and best practices that significantly improve the security of the open source supply chain. This role will work alongside the OpenSSF TAC, technical leaders from our member organizations, working groups and community participants, and end user representatives to develop solutions that work for everyone. You’ll work side-by-side with these stakeholders to meaningfully and measurably execute on the technical product vision and TAC goals, and work closely with the General Manager, to whom you will report.

Job Role And Responsibilities

As part of the OpenSSF leadership team, you’ll work with staff, governing board members, and the larger OpenSSF community to map the priorities and goals of the foundation to an effective deployment of the financial and talent contributions. Your work will drive improved communication and efficiency across the organization’s many working groups, projects, member organizations, and strategic partnerships.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with the General Manager, Governing Board members, and other stakeholders to determine, document, and prioritize technical strategies
  • Collect project and working group reports, and facilitate ongoing cooperation and technical collaboration on projects between the working groups and TAC.
  • Develop shared execution road maps
  • Develop shared dev-rel and advocacy strategies
  • Develop partnerships and collaborations between OpenSSF and key organizations and projects
  • Advocate for OpenSSF projects and solutions by making public presentations on the goals, activities, and impact of the projects.


Required Skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills: you write down action items, follow up with meeting notes, and have a penchant for documenting process and goals
  • Strong cooperative leadership skills: you understand the nuances required when working with volunteers, and that our mandate is to serve
  • Strong problem solving skills: you aren’t afraid of a little ambiguity, a hard problem, or a sticky situation and work productively to resolve issues
  • Demonstrated ability to understand, operate, and clearly communicate in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Experience working with open source communities: you understand the open source ecosystem and the challenges and opportunities it faces
  • Comfort with frequent travel (~2x per month) including travel to Asia and/or Europe 4-6 times a year.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

The Linux Foundation is creating the greatest shared technology investment in history by enabling open source collaboration across companies, developers, and users. We are the organization of choice to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption.

The Linux Foundation is an all-remote workforce that hires world-class talent.  We are as passionate about providing a flexible and supportive work culture as we are about open-source software. Collaboration is in our DNA, and we pride ourselves on being able to work closely together while not being tied to an office. We offer exceptional benefits - e.g., top of the line healthcare plans, unlimited PTO, and 100% 401k match up to the IRS-defined limit per year.

The Linux Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.