The Islandora Foundation could not be more pleased to announce that it will be hiring a Technical Lead to start in August, 2016. The Islandora Technical Lead is responsible for providing leadership, technical guidance, coordination, and support to the open source community in the interests of releasing ongoing enhancements and maintenance to Islandora. Together with the Project & Community Manager and Islandora's governing committees, the Technical Lead ensures that Islandora software fulfills the mission of the project and the needs of community members.
The Technical Lead creates an inclusive, welcoming, open team environment based on a meritocracy of committers, contributors, documentation specialists, technical trainers, and other volunteer resources. They strive to recruit new members to the team from the larger community of volunteers.
Hiring a Technical Lead has been a long-term goal of the Islandora Foundation since its launch in 2013, and we could not have gotten here without the support of our wonderful members, both institutions and individuals. While you may note that our membership funding has not quite reached the $160,000 minimum that we set as a goal, we have the opportunity to top up that funding with support from a grant for 2016/2017. We trust in our community to bring our membership funding up to close that gap over the next year so that the Islandora Foundation will remain sustainable going forward.
This is a huge step forward for the Islandora Foundation and the community that it serves. As we enter our fourth year as an independent non-profit, we look to that community for direction on where the project will go next. Adding a Technical Lead to our team will provide an invaluable resource to help achieve our goals, but the role of the Islandora community and the many wonderful volunteers within it will remain paramount. Islandora is for the community, by the community - just now with a Technical Lead for that community to work with.