We are seeking a new Executive Director to take our team into its next stage of growth and community impact. To read about our founding ED’s experiences with the organization and learn more about what we do, please see this blog post.

Our prefered candidates are located in the United States or Europe (especially Berlin), although we encourage exceptional candidates based in other locales to apply. We value diversity and welcome people of all genders and backgrounds; up until this point our staff has been exclusively female or non-binary.

The role:

The Executive Director is the organization’s strategic leader. They work closely with the core team, the board, and the extended community to effect change in line with our mission. This includes overseeing all dimensions of programmatic work, fundraising, communication, and operations.

A successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Defining and refining a strategic vision for the organization, its mission, and its path for sustainable success.
  • Understanding the diverse communities in which the organization operates, and promoting our work to relevant partners and beneficiaries.
  • Building relationships with partners and funders; managing the formulation of open research proposals and consulting projects, as well as the submission of grant proposals.
  • Overseeing daily operations, including supervision of employees/contractors, HR and legal processes, budgeting, and financial management.
  • Engaging in human-centered design and design-research projects and professional education activities with a diverse group of community members.
  • Building and maintaining a deep understanding of the design challenges relating to privacy, security, transparency, and other issues of ethical technology.

Our ideal candidate has demonstrated experience in:

  • Leading teams or organizations, especially distributed and/or international ones.
  • Managing day-to-day operations, including human resources.
  • Crafting team or project budgets, reviewing financial statements, and making basic financial projections.
  • Negotiating nonprofit ecosystem and/or consulting relationships, in the United States and/or in Europe.
  • Navigating diverse communities, including those distributed across geographies, cultures, and professional orientations (including technologists, designers, advocates, and/or funders).
  • Engaging in research projects, especially qualitative and/or human-centered ones.
  • Overseeing successful delivery of complex projects.
  • Communicating effectively, including speaking publicly about their work and writing persuasively and accessibly.
  • Training or a formal background in human-centered design, computer science, or software engineering is desirable but not required.

How we work:

  • Flexible working hours and location, given a high-bandwidth internet connection.
  • Significant travel required for engagements and meetings.
  • Paid parental leave.
  • Cooperative, engaged, and open team culture.
  • Competitive salary based on experience, fit and location.
  • Tech and office costs covered.

The team

We are a small team of designers, researchers, and community advocates. We are committed to building progressive technology that supports people and communities.

We are a distributed organization with an office in Berlin, Germany. We are an equal opportunity employer.

How to apply

Please email a CV and cover letter to contact@simplysecure.org. If you have a portfolio, project website, or other supporting materials that you believe are relevant to the position, please reference them in your cover letter.

This is a rolling application process and we will be reviewing submissions as they come in. We will review the first batch of applications by June 15th and may invite candidates for introductory calls at that time. We may continue to receive and consider applications submitted after this date.


If you have questions about the position or the organization, please contact scout@simplysecure.org.