We’re looking for the next generation of Miami civic tech leaders

You can actively build the civic tech community in Miami; no tech experience is necessary. Here’s how!

Attendees at Code for Miami’s 2016 National Day of Civic Hacking Event

Code for Miami began in 2013 as a group of weekly volunteers, trying to build technology for Miamians, by Miamians.

Since then, a lot of amazing things have happened; we recently received a $100,000 grant as part of the Knight Cities Challenge for our work on the Miami Civic User Testing Group. As a result, our Code for Miami “civic hacking brigade” has been slowly transforming from a bunch of volunteers ordering a pizza, to a non-profit organization making sure we can champion the idea of developing technology making the places around us better, as well as having a leadership team to making sure we can make impact that can scale.

But with all this change, we need new ideas and new people to volunteer their time to keep us moving in the right direction. And we need your help.

Saved by the Brigade: The New Class

We are looking for people to make a one year commitment to become part of Code for Miami’s leadership team. You can apply as one of our five leads: Project/Technical, Volunteer/Community, Events, Communications or Growth. Or if you feel you don’t have the resources, you can apply in a support role, which assist the leads out in their functional area.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Develop valuable leadership and management skills, building and leading a team in your functional area
  • Own a functional area of Code for Miami operations
  • Work closely with the executive director to define outcomes aligned with strategic initiatives
  • Work with a team of smart, passionate individuals committed to improving Miami-Dade County
  • Improve both technology and community building Miami-Dade County
  • Help support the growing Miami tech community
  • Create processes and infrastructure that will shape the future of Code for Miami

For more specific details of each position, look at the descriptions below for what you’ll get to do. Please apply by 5pm on Friday, November 18th, 2016.

What we’ll ask from you:

  • 1-year term commitment starting January to December 2017
  • Participate in leadership team strategic planning meetings
  • Attend bi-weekly leadership team meetings (in-person or virtual)
  • Provide monthly update to the Executive Director
  • Attend monthly Open House nights to recruit core team members and volunteers to your functional team
  • Ability to reliably support team members and drive outcomes

Again, thanks for your interest! We’re excited to hear from you. If you have questions or thoughts, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Code for Miami Lead Roles

Projects/Technical Lead: The What

Many of our members have great ideas for projects, but often those ideas can stagnate without the right combination of skills, partnership, and organization. The Projects/Technical Lead advises maintainers on how to thoughtfully advance their project through development stages to create a truly impactful product. The person in this role needs to have a general knowledge of all active projects and communicate regularly with project maintainers. For this position, a person should be well-organized, proactive in communicating, and maintain a general knowledge of tech processes.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Defining strategy for project development standards and processes
  • Supporting teams and projects as they grow
  • Collecting problem statements from partner organizations
  • Working closely with the Volunteer/Community Lead to pair members with appropriate projects

Volunteer/Community Lead: The Who

As a volunteer-based group, it’s important to provide our members with a positive, fulfilling experience. Civic innovation is driven by engaged individuals, and our role is to bring those people together to make real change happen. The Volunteer Lead focuses on creating value for brigade members and growing the community. Ideally, the person in this role works very well with all personality types, can effectively articulate the mission of Code for Miami, and holds a general knowledge of the civic tech community in the larger Miami context.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Recruiting new members and retaining current members
  • Defining strategy for on-boarding process for new community members
  • Communicating with newcomers and working closely with the Projects/Technical Lead to match skills with project needs
  • Identify member goals at all levels and helping members achieve those goals

Events Lead: The When

Miami’s first DiscoTech (“Discovering Technology”) Fair with Eco Tech Visions, February 2016.

Between weekly hack nights, larger thematic hackathons, collaborative programming, and conferences, we have a lot of events (often at the same time). For a seamless experience, we need an incredibly well-organized individual to work on the logistics and planning aspects. The Events Lead will primarily focus on coordinating the details of Code for Miami events including catering, location, materials and setup, participant experience, etc. This role in particular requires an outgoing, personable individual who can meet deadlines and handle time pressure well.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Arranging details of weekly hack night
  • Assisting with logistics of hackathon events; oversee schedule; secure space for community needs assessment and full hackathon event
  • Communicate with sponsors regarding food/drinks; set up space with refreshments, working materials, promo materials

Communications Lead: The Why

At Code for Miami, we do a lot of cool stuff. The doing part is easy and fun, but the telling part though isn’t so obvious. The Communications Lead has to understand what we do and artfully tell the story our community. This means strategizing marketing/public relations, documenting member projects and efforts, soliciting and interacting with press, and establishing a metrics structure. For this position, the right match is someone strongly interested in crafting narratives, have a sense for interactive marketing practices, and confidently represents Code for Miami.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Defining communications strategy at large
  • Telling the Code for Miami story and project stories
  • Engaging the community
  • Generating original content to demonstrate impact
  • Promotion for events and projects as needed

Growth Lead: The How

Some of the projects we do our successful, but let’s be honest: others aren’t. How successful and impactful we are in the things we do is important. The Growth Lead assists the team with understanding what metrics define success or failure for past projects; a data-driven approach to how we operate in the community and on projects.

The Growth Lead supports the Communications lead and the overall team to use data to illustrate the story and define the key performance indicators (KPIs) of successful projects. This is an analytical role that takes data from all internal channels to deliver reports on how effectively we are moving as an organization. The main job of this role is to help the team understand if we are moving in a positive direction to meet our overall goal and identify ways for optimizing our performance as a brigade.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Creating spreadsheets to record events, meeting, and activity data
  • Pulling data from projects and problems affecting citizens to suggest impact projects
  • Telling the story of what made projects successful and what made them fail.
  • Defining OKRS, KPIs, and metrics that help us define organizational growth.

About Code for Miami

Code for Miami is a volunteer-driven Code for America Brigade, a group of civic hackers (designers, developers, data scientists, urbanists and community organizers) who contribute our talents toward improving the way our community interacts with local government by advocating for open data and using it to create apps and shared resources.

Our flagship Open Hack Night has also been host for other community based tech groups looking for a communal programming environment, including the Miami Ruby Brigade, Hacks/Hackers Miami, and Maptime Miami. We meet every Monday nights at CIC Miami.

As of August 2016, we filed for Incorporation in the state of Florida and have filed our 501c3 status with the Internal Revenue Service.