About the Ethereum Foundation
The Ethereum Foundation (EF) is a global non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Ethereum. Our mission is to do what is best for Ethereum’s long-term success. We do this by allocating resources to critical projects, being a positive voice within the Ethereum ecosystem, and advocating for Ethereum to the outside world.
The EF Ecosystem Support Program (ESP) is a grants program with an unusually broad scope. We receive support applications from both inside and outside the Ethereum community and allocate EF resources to promote the success and growth of the ecosystem. Most of our support goes to open source development projects, with a particular focus on universal tools, infrastructure, research, and public goods.
Your mission is to level up the advice and financial support the Ethereum Foundation delivers to the ecosystem, in collaboration with the EF's other support programs. As team lead of the Ecosystem Support Program, you will help your team identify and execute on opportunities to connect with communities in new geographies and technical domains, strengthen relationships with existing support recipients, and take smart risks to fast-track important new developments in Ethereum's open-source public goods. You and your team will work with other members of the community to supercharge Ethereum's future.
Passionate and capable new contributors are looking to build on Ethereum every day. They face common obstacles - the technology is complex and the landscape is changing constantly. ESP works to lower barriers to entry, to draw new contributors into the community by helping them find success, and to magnify the impact of their work. That can mean giving advice, making connections, validating ideas, or providing financial support. Your team will identify what's needed to help community members succeed.
Facilitate the success of your team. ESP is small and you should be ready to roll up your sleeves and get involved from time to time. Nevertheless, as team leads the quality of your work will be shown in the performance of your team. Their wins are your wins, and you will find success together.
Align your team with EF strategy and drive team progress towards it. You will be responsible for setting direction and priorities in consultation with your team, and you will be accountable for ensuring that your team fulfills its role in the EF's overall strategy. You will be entrusted to make changes to the process and team composition in order to meet your objectives.
You know how to drive a team to success. You've led a team before and know how to set accountabilities and to inspire people to go the extra mile. You know the value of team culture, you communicate appreciation for hard work, and you help your team members develop professionally.
You're a strong relationship manager. You've handled complicated collaborative relationships before. You know how to communicate proactively and know how to set expectations. You can figure out where the other side is coming from, what their motivations are, and you can navigate conversations to common ground where all parties feel like they're winning.
You know Ethereum. You've been around the community and are familiar with many active projects, what they're working on, and with whom. You understand the technology in broad strokes and can identify opportunities to unlock potential in the ecosystem.
You are entrepreneurial. You’re independent, resourceful, and comfortable with ambiguity and minimal structure. You're excited about new ideas and new ways of solving problems. You're open to running experiments, even if they don't always work out.
You're organized and have an ownership mentality. You have strong habits for tracking multiple accountabilities simultaneously. When you take on a task, you get it done. You proactively troubleshoot problems blocking your path, and the problems blocking the paths of others.
You understand that Ethereum is more than the tech. You're passionate about open source collaboration, decentralization, playing positive-sum games, and truly want to see Ethereum succeed - not just for your professional or financial benefit, but because you believe it's good for the world.
To apply to this position, please email a brief (less than one page) cover letter explaining your qualifications, along with a resume or CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.