ARDC is Hiring a Communications & Community Manager

ARDC seeks an experienced Communications and Community Manager to join our team. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Communications and Community Manager will serve a key role in developing and delivering a comprehensive communications strategy. This role requires a dynamic individual who is well-versed in writing press releases and blog posts, as well as engaging with people on social media and chat forums like Discord, Discourse, and Zulip. An ideal candidate will be active in technology communities – particularly those related to amateur radio, digital communications science, free/libre open source software, and DIY culture. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in doing communications work in a philanthropic environment related to technology.

Duties

  • Communications Strategy: Creating, implementing, and monitoring communications strategies and tactics (serving as communications strategist and thought partner on multidisciplinary team; providing vision, creativity and strategy, and ensuring a high level of product).
  • Media Relations: Serving as a media liaison; curating targeted press lists of relevant media outlets, trade publications, and publications reaching underrepresented groups in amateur radio, digital communications, and technology more generally.
  • Relationship Management: Serving as liaison to communications staff of grantee and partner organizations and stakeholders.
  • Digital Strategy: Collaborating as a thought partner to Executive Director on strategy of digital communications.
  • Content Development: Writing and editing digital content, newsletters, blog posts, talking points, and other public relations content and collateral.
  • External Engagement and Events: participating in opportunities to raise visibility of ARDC and finding new opportunities, projects, and communities worth funding; may include published pieces, engagement on social media and chat channels; contributing to proposals and pitching interviews; tracking relevant conferences and ensuring that ARDC participates appropriately, be it as a speaker, sponsor, or attendee.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • 3+ years’ experience in communications or public relations.
  • Familiarity with and involvement in amateur radio, ideally including the possession of an amateur radio license.
  • Familiarity with (and love for) open source software and culture, as well as technological innovation in general.
  • Familiarity with internet technology.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience executing communications campaigns.
  • A collaborative and relationship-building mindset.
  • Ability to quickly produce clear, concise, and compelling written copy.
  • Project management skills across multiple assignments with many moving parts.
  • Proficiency in using a range of technology, including LibreOffice, and willingness to learn new technologies.
  • Ability to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in a collaborative workplace.

Preferred Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, particularly in an area related to technology, management, or communications.
  • Actively up-to-date with FCC activities, particularly as they relate to amateur radio and wireless communication technology more broadly.
  • Familiarity with Git and Git workflows.
  • Experience working in startups or other new, growing organizations.
  • Experience working in international communications, including working with translators where needed.

Location

Remote, US.

At this time, we are only able to extend employment to US citizens operating within US states and territories.

Language

English proficiency required.

Salary & Benefits

$65,000 – $85,000 / year, depending on experience and selection of a 32-hour workweek

Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Medical insurance premium stipend reimbursement
  • Matched contribution retirement plan
  • Option for 32/hour workweek; some flexibility in work hours

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to contact@ampr.org, as well as three (3) writing samples and/or examples of media campaigns, social media accounts you’ve curated, etc. Please send all files (including cover letter) as a PDF attachment without spaces in the file name. For example: jane-doe-cover-letter.pdf.

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ARDC is Hiring an Administrative Coordinator

ARDC seeks an experienced Administrative Coordinator – a Jack or Jackie of all trades! – to join our team. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Administrative Coordinator will serve as a key role in maintaining the overall operations of ARDC. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in learning about the operations of a small but mighty philanthropic organization.

Duties

  • Provide administrative support to Executive Director, staff, board members, and volunteers.
  • Record notes and minutes; maintain and publish action items.
  • Receive and forward communications to appropriate staff, board members, and volunteers.
  • Organize meetings and meeting schedules.
  • Coordination of organizational events, such as company offsite and community meetings (online).
  • Perform clerical duties, such as document filing and responding to emails.
  • Work with the Treasurer to process invoices, make payments, and track receipts.
  • Update our website as needed, potentially including drafting blog posts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional administrative coordination experience, preferably in a remote environment.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, writing, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in using a range of technology, including LibreOffice, and willingness to learn new technologies.
  • Organized with high attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and duties simultaneously.
  • Ability to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in a collaborative workplace.

Preferred Knowledge & Skills

  • Familiarity with and involvement in amateur radio, including the possession of an amateur radio license.
  • Familiarity with (and love for) open source software and culture, as well as technological innovation in general
  • Familiarity with Git and Git workflows
  • Experience working in startups or other new, growing organizations.

Location

Remote, US.

At this time, we are only able to extend employment to US citizens operating within US states and territories.

Language

English proficiency required.

Salary & Benefits

$45,000 – $60,000 / year, depending on experience and selection of a 32-hour workweek

Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Medical insurance premium stipend reimbursement
  • Matched contribution retirement plan
  • Option for 32/hour workweek; some flexibility in work hours

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to contact@ampr.org. Please send all files (including cover letter) as a PDF attachment without spaces in the file name. For example: jane-doe-cover-letter.pdf.

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ARDC offering not one, but two new RFPs!

Announcing Request for Proposals for Education Projects and Amateur Radio Clubs

Calling all educators and ham clubs! Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is pleased to announce two requests for proposals (RFPs), designed to support amateur radio clubs as well as teachers who are interested in educating the next generation about amateur radio and digital communication science.

The RFP for Amateur Radio Clubs seeks to support projects happening at amateur radio clubs. For this year, such grants are restricted to clubs inside of the United States. Grants in this category will be reviewed in two grant windows – the first one is short (starts now and ends on May 1, 2021), and the second one will run throughout the summer:

SummerFall
Submissions dueMay 1, 2021August 1, 2021
Distribution targetJuly 1, 2021October 1, 2021

More information, including a Q+A about eligibility and requirements, can be found in the RFP for Amateur Radio Clubs.

The RFP for Education Projects is open to educational organizations both in the US and internationally. This granting window has one cycle, with distributions targeted for August 1, 2021 – ideally before the 2021-2022 school year starts.

  • Submissions due: June 1, 2021
  • Distribution target: August 1, 2021

As with the RFP for Amateur Radio Clubs, more information can be found in the Education Project RFP.

Please note that the timeframes listed above apply primarily to organizations that are 501(c)(3)s or part of a school or government entity based in the US. Grants to other kinds of organizations may require additional administration and thus may take a longer to process

Some Q&A about these RFPs

Thinking back on some questions that have come up at our community discussions, there are some high-level questions I imagine some folks will have. Here are answers to some of those.

Why is the Education Projects RFP open to international applicants, while the RFP for Supporting Amateur Radio Clubs is only open to applicants in the US?

In order to most effectively get funds to amateur radio clubs internationally, we are looking to partner with organizations who can help to distribute such grants to clubs in their local area. We also have an exciting announcement about this brewing, so stay tuned! In the meantime, please direct any questions to giving@ampr.org.

How much do you plan to give to each one of these categories?

ARDC is purposefully not setting a floor or limit on the number of grants that we will give in either category, or on the amounts given for each grant. The quality and quantity of applications that we get will determine the answers. With this in mind – we challenge you to tell as many people you know to help us get the word out!

If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out: giving@ampr.org

We look very forward to seeing your proposals!

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General Request for Proposals (RFP) – March 2020

Click here for PDF version

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with roots in amateur radio and the technology of internet communication. ARDC makes grants to projects and organizations that follow the practice and tradition of technical experimentation in both amateur radio and digital communication. Such experimentation has led to broad advances for the benefit of the general public – such as the mobile phone and wireless internet technology. ARDC envisions a world where enabling communications technology is ubiquitously available through open source hardware andsoftware, and where anyone has the ability to study, modify, and share it.

In an effort to bring this vision to life and to further our mission, ARDC is seeking proposals for grants. Our organization makes philanthropic grants in three broad areas:

  • Support and Growth of Amateur Radio (often referred to as “Ham Radio”)
  • Education in topics related to amateur radio and digital communications
  • Technical Innovation.

Technical Innovation grants cover four main areas of focus:

  • Amateur Radio Technology & Experimentation
  • Internet Technologies
  • Digital Communications
  • Communication Science & Technology

We encourage grant applications that reflect one or more of the following aspirational goals:

  • Broad reach
  • Social over commercial benefit
  • Inclusion of underrepresented groups
  • Empowerment of individuals, and distribution rather than centralization
  • Preservation of the right to innovate
  • Innovation on business models

We require that the results of our grants – be it hardware, software, or a paper – be made as publicly available as possible, ideally through a license specified by the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Please visit ampr.org/giving for more information about our grantmaking categories, goals, and requirements, as well as grantmaking windows, and how to apply for a grant. Our recent annual report provides a description of the grants we provided in 2020.

Grant proposals are currently accepted on a rolling basis.

Contact:
Rosy Wolfe, Executive Director
Amateur Radio Digital Communications
5663 Balboa Avenue, Suite 432
San Diego, CA 92111-2705 USA
https://www.ampr.org
contact@ampr.org

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ARDC is Hiring a Grants Manager!

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with roots in amateur radio and the technology of internet communication. Our mission is to support, promote, and enhance digital communication and broader communication science and technology, to promote Amateur Radio, scientific research, experimentation, education, development, open access, and innovation in information and communication technology.

ARDC seeks an experienced Grants Manager to join our team and grow our grantmaking efforts. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Grants Manager will serve as a lead team member in organizing the grantmaking wing of our operations.

Duties

  • Tracking all grants in our portfolio, including collecting and compiling reports from grantees.
  • Screening inbound grant applications for eligibility.
  • Engaging in Q&A and negotiations with potential grantees, including preparation of grant agreements.
  • Working with the Treasurer and Executive Director to compile required year-end reporting for 990-PF.
  • Working with the Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) to draft requests for proposals (RFPs) and other materials related to grantmaking.
  • Coordinating with Treasurer to ensure that all grant-related liabilities and expenditures are properly tracked.

Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional grant management experience.
  • Able to manage compliance for our portfolio of issued grants, including reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in using a range of technology, including LibreOffice, and willingness to learn new technologies.
  • Organized with high attention to detail.
  • Ability to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in a collaborative workplace.

Preferred Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, particularly in an area related to technology.
  • Familiarity with processes related to expenditure responsibility, equivalency determination, and other requirements related to grantmaking to international organizations, non-501(c)(3)s, and individuals.
  • Familiarity with and involvement in amateur radio, including the possession of an amateur radio license.
  • Familiarity with (and love for) open source software and culture, as well as technological innovation in general.
  • Familiarity with Git and Git workflows (it will be required to use these to do your job).
  • Experience working in startups or other new, growing organizations.

Location

Remote, US.

At this time, we are only able to extend employment to US citizens operating within US states and territories.

Language

English proficiency required.

Salary & Benefits

$60,000 – $80,000 / year, depending on experience

Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Medical insurance premium stipend reimbursement
  • Matched contribution retirement plan
  • Option for 32/hour workweek; some flexibility in work hours

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to contact@ampr.org. In your application, please:

  • Send your cover letter and resume as attachments, and
  • Format your attachments so they do not have spaces (e.g. yolanda-jones-cover-letter.pdf).

We look forward to seeing your application!

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Feb. 06 Community Meeting Recap: 2020 Annual Report, New GAC & TAC Members, and more

A couple weeks ago, ARDC got together for first quarterly meeting of the year. We did a similar meeting back in October specifically for 44net. For this one, we invited a much wider audience.
One of the first items was to introduce our new 2021 Advisory Committees. The Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) is now in its second year, and a couple of members from the first year are remaining:

  • Chair: John Hays – K7VE
  • Hank Magnuski – KA6M

We’re also excited to welcome:

  • Douglas Kingston – KD7DK
  • Steve Stroh – N8GNJ
  • Renzo Rossi – IW0SAB
  • Bob Witte – K0NR

After some time in hibernation, we’ve also revived the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), specifically to address and guide the work being done for 44net infrastructure. Two members of the inaugural GAC have moved on to this committee:

  • Chair: Jann Traschewski – DG8NGN
  • Tim Požár – KC6GNJ

And, like the GAC, it also has some new members:

  • Antonios Chariton – SV2OIY
  • Adam Lewis – KC7GDY
  • Caleb Pal – KD7KAB
  • Pierre Martel – VE2PF

Following introductions, we also took a look back at 2020 with our first ever annual report. By the end of the year, we managed to issue nearly $2.7 million in grants, which included funding for over 120 scholarships.

To learn more about our activities in 2020, read the full report here.

We also got to take a look at what 2021 has in store for us. Of course, that includes more grantmaking – ideally doubling our giving from 2020, which means we have a lot of work to do.
In service of making it easier to figure out what kinds of projects ARDC is looking to fund (and following some feedback that our 2020 goals were a bit confusing), we’ve revised our grantmaking categories and goals for 2021. At a high level, our grants now fall into three categories:

  • Support and Growth of Amateur Radio,
  • Education, and
  • Technical Innovation.

Education is, of course, specific to amateur radio and digital communications. Technical Innovation has four subcategories:

  • Amateur Radio Technology & Experimentation,
  • Internet Technologies,
  • Digital Communications, and
  • Communication Science and Technology.

For more information about these categories as well as some of our broader goals, please visit:
ampr.org/grantmaking-categories-requirements-goals/

ARDC is also planning some significant investments in 2021. Specifically, we’re looking to invest in 44net infrastructure and improvements – something that the new TAC has already begun brainstorming. Additionally, we’ll be investing in open source grant management software, which can ideally be used far beyond ARDC. We’ll share more about both of those items as they become available.

All of this work means that we’ll be hiring some folks in the coming weeks and months to support these efforts:

  • Grants Manager (Q1)
  • Web Designer and Developer (contract) (Q2)
  • Additional development support for 44net (TBD as determined by TAC)

Look for more information about these coming soon.

For those of you who are interested in watching the full video, you can see it here. Note that the meeting actually gets started at about 13:52.

If you’d like a copy of the slides from the meeting, they’re available here.

If you know of an eligible organization who would be interested in receiving a grant, please send them our way by pointing them to ampr.org/giving to get started.

Last but not least, so many thanks to everyone who showed up. And double thanks to our Board and 2020 GAC – none of this would be possible without them!

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Feb. 6 Community Meeting + New Survey

It’s 2021, and things are already getting off to a running start at ARDC. We’ve got a big year of grantmaking and 44net portal work in store for the year, with additional members being added to our Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) and a new Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) being created to support both efforts. We’ll have more to share about it soon, and we’d love to tell you about it at our next community meeting:

  • Saturday, 06 Feb 2021
  • 18:00 GMT (10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET)

Join us by signing up here.

In this meeting, we’ll cover:

  • Highlights from 2020,
  • Grantmaking goals in 2021,
  • Introductions of new Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) Members,
  • Survey results from our latest survey, discussed below, and
  • Questions from our attendees.

We held a similar meeting on 10 Oct. 2020, which was primarily for people using 44net addresses. This one is intended for a much broader audience. So – please tell your friends! We also plan to record this meeting for those who can’t make it.

New Survey

Leading up to the meeting, we’re also asking amateur radio enthusiasts to give us their thoughts in this survey.

Please share it with other hams you know. As with the last survey, the aim is to get to know the people we aim to support through our grantmaking. And like our upcoming meeting, it too is meant for a broader audience.

That’s all for now! Looking forward to sharing more with everyone soon.

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ARDC now accepting applications for Technical and Grants Advisory Committees – due Jan. 7, 2021

In addition to welcoming new board members – Keith Packard (KD7SQG) and Bob McGwier (N4HY) – ARDC is now welcoming applications for 2021 Technical and Grants Advisory Committee members.

Grants Advisory Committee (GAC)
The job of the GAC is to review and provide advice to the Board regarding inbound grant proposals and other grantmaking opportunities. In 2021, ARDC is looking to process likely hundreds of grant applications for quality projects. The job of the GAC is to review and provide feedback on eligible proposals.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) plans and executes improvements
in the 44net technology, architecture, and policy. In 2021, some of the
TAC’s primary goals will be:

  • oversee a complete rewrite of the Portal
  • improve address allocation policies and responsiveness
  • investigate and instigate next steps toward making IPv6 usable in the Amateur Radio service
  • investigate options for RPKI or other automated subnet verifications

How to Apply
If you are interested in joining either of these committees, please send a resume and brief cover letter to contact@ampr.org by Thursday, Jan. 7, with the name of the committee you’d like to join in the subject line. We’ll review all applications and seek to make a determination by Friday, Jan. 29.

  • These committees meet twice a month for at least an hour. There is also email correspondence and reviews that happen between meetings. Estimated level of effort (LOE) is about 2-3 hours/week.
  • The term for each of these is a year.

For more information about the roles and duties of these committees, you can read the Advisory Committee Policy in full here.

Please direct any questions to contact@ampr.org.

We’re looking forward to seeing your application!

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ARDC welcomes Bob McGwier (N4HY) and Keith Packard (KD7SQG) to our Board of Directors

ARDC is delighted to announce two new members of our Board of Directors:

  • Robert McGwier, N4HY, of Opelika, AL, and
  • Keith Packard, KD7SQG, of Portland, OR.

Both bring long and valuable experience in ham radio, digital communications and open source development to ARDC’s mission of managing the amateur TCP/IP network and its new grantmaking foundation.

Keith Packard, KD7SQG, was first licensed as a Novice (WB7OQI) in 1977. Keith has developed free software since 1986, working on the X Window System, Linux, amateur rocketry and educational robotics. Mr. Packard and fellow board member Bdale Garbee design rocketry electronics with GPS receivers and amateur radio digital telemetry systems in the 70cm band. Keith volunteers in local schools teaching computer programming and robotics to students from ages 10-17. He received the Usenix Lifetime Achievement award in 1999, an O’Reilly Open Source award in 2011 and sits on the X.org foundation board.

Dr. Robert McGwier, N4HY, has been licensed since 1964. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. He was an early pioneer of software defined radio (SDR) for both government and amateur applications through his position at the Institute for Defense Analyses Center for Communication Research, as a long time technical contributor to AMSAT and GNU Radio, and as an architect and software author for Flex Radio. Bob founded Federated Wireless Inc in 2012 and Hawkeye 360 Inc in 2017.  He holds major awards from the Dayton Hamvention and the Central States VHF Society.  Bob recently moved back to his home state of Alabama after retiring from Virginia Tech as a professor, Director of Research and Chief Scientist of the Hume Center.  He has most recently served as a member of the ARDC Grant Advisory Committee.

The rest of the ARDC board welcomes Bob and Keith, and we look forward
to working with them.

The ARDC Board now has the following members:

Phil Karn, KA9Q (President and Chair), San Diego, CA
Bdale Garbee, KB0G, Black Forest, CO
John Gilmore W0GNU, San Francisco, CA
kc claffy, KC6KCC, San Diego, CA
Bob McGwier, N4HY, Opelika, AL
Keith Packard, KD7SQG, Portland, OR

ARDC’s Executive Director is Rosy Wolfe, KJ7RYV, Portland, OR.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out: contact@ampr.org.

Welcome, Bob and Keith!

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Office Hours 2020-11-12

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