Code for America is hiring a

Chief Executive Officer

San Francisco, United States

Code for America uses the principles and practices of the digital age to improve how government serves the American public, and how the public improves government. Since its launch in 2011, Code for America has worked with government to help the people who need it most using modern design and technology and agile, iterative, user-centered approaches. Code for America believes that government can work for the people, by the people, in the digital age, and that government services can and should be as good as the best consumer services: simple, accessible, and easy to use. And when they are, we all spend less, get better outcomes, and serve everyone with dignity and respect.

Code for America is part mission-driven non-profit, part tech startup, and deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in service of their mission. To learn more, please visit

Code for America seeks a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to take over for the founder as the organization looks to scale and multiply the impact of its work. Reporting to the Board of Directors, this person will manage a team of 70 and oversee its growth to a team of 90.

Strategic leadership: Lead the development of strategies and operating plans that enable Code for America to achieve its mission, inspiring staff, volunteers, and partners to make government work in the digital age.

Board governance

  • Act as primary liaison to the Board of Directors, engaging Board members in the current and future needs of the organization. 
  • Communicate effectively with the Board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

External representation

  • Serve as the external face of the organization, enhancing Code for America’s visibility, brand recognition, and credibility.
  • Act as a thought leader and advocate for making government work for the people who need it most.

Financial performance and viability

  • Drive fundraising strategies and activities that lead to organizational sustainability and growth, ensuring the engagement of Code for America’s existing donor base while cultivating new supporters among government, corporate, foundation, and individual funding communities. 
  • Manage resource spending and allocation, operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and maintaining a positive financial position. 
  • Manage and cultivate new earned income sources for the organization, including with relevant government partners.

Organization operations: Hire, retain, and mentor a high-performing, diverse team with a commitment to strong staff engagement, equity, and inclusivity.

Professional Qualifications

  • Executive leadership – A minimum of seven years of executive leadership experience, with a track record of success scaling organizations in the technology, government, and/or nonprofit sectors
  • Ambitious (but not reductive) thinking – If it were easy to change government, someone would have already done it. A leader who holds the bold and expansive vision of government that works for all Americans and can lead an organization designed to architect that change at scale. Is also humble and curious enough to learn from almost ten years of experience by the organization and its partners about what creates lasting change
  • Broad personal and professional network – Ability to activate networks towards mission goals while also integrating deeply with the network that has made Code for America successful to date
  • Strategic thinking – Demonstrated success developing a compelling strategic vision for improving outcomes, particularly for those that need it most, and leveraging technology to achieve that vision
  • Critical thinking – Ability to translate the ambitious vision for which Code for America was founded into an effective, testable, and evolving strategy 
  • Strong “TQ” (Technology Quotient) – Like IQ or EQ but refers to savvy about the digital world) – An understanding of technology/design principles, familiarity with the technology/design world, and the capacity to command the respect of a talented team, including technologists and designers across the organization (deep technical expertise is not required)
  • Values-Driven –  Alignment with organizational values and operating principles; demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the ability to serve as an exemplar for an organization’s values and foster an inclusive and respectful workplace
  • Strategic Leadership -- Ability to communicate our strategy internally and externally to partners, funders, and the public, with the ability to visibly demonstrate leadership and represent Code for America in the government and funding communities
  • Team Management – Proven experience building and managing teams 
    • Track record of leading a performance-based culture that motivates employees to excellence and promotes accountability; capable of recruiting, mentoring, and training Code for America leadership. 
    • Ability to evolve Code for America’s culture - Track record of leading a performance-based culture that motivates employees to excellence and promotes accountability
    • Collaborative approach to creating processes and standards that support the Code for America’s mission and programs

Personal Characteristics

  • Deeply mission-driven, with a strong belief in government as a potential force for good and a lever for change. 
  • Supportive, committed to mentoring others
  • Collaborative and respectful
  • Low ego
  • Community-oriented
  • Open and direct 
  • Unquestionable integrity

Compensation and Benefits

Code for America offers full health and dental benefits, a 401k plan with matching funds, and a culture that is collaborative, hardworking and fun.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Code for America values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

Code for America is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

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