Open Cities Project Manager

The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis, and journalism to make governments more accountable and transparent to all. Sunlight’s Open Cities team is dedicated to making government data and information accessible for community use at the local level. Access to information is a cornerstone of a thriving democracy, and we believe that now more than ever, communities and cities armed with information can be breeding grounds for positive change.  

We are a diverse team, passionate about empowering communities and centering them in Sunlight’s work advocating for open government at all levels. As the Project Manager for the Open Cities team, you could be essential in ensuring that citizens have easy access to the public information they need to take civic action and participate in local decision-making. If you’re interested in reimagining the distribution of power in cities and supporting communities’ equitable access to information, we want to hear from you.

The Open Cities team is looking for a Project Manager to help coordinate technical assistance on open data and community engagement with city governments across the U.S. Day-to-day, you’ll oversee city support calls, capture best practices and insights, delegate tasks across project staff, and contribute to our evolving strategies for local government advocacy. 

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Finding innovative ways to help cities apply open data or civic tech to solve local issues
  • Managing Open Cities team staffing and logistics on city support calls 
  • Providing input on Open Cities team’s overall strategy
  • Making sure our principles are reflected in advocacy and technical assistance efforts
  • Working closely with fellow Open Cities staff on communications and web development 
  • Coordinating with partner organizations to administer technical assistance

Required qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience related to cities, civic tech, open government, community engagement, or service design
  • Commitment to making local governments transparent and accountable
  • Demonstrated experience with agile project management 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to support a growing team
  • Interest in trends and emerging research in areas of Open Cities projects

Top candidates might also have: 

  • 5+ years of work in a relevant field
  • Ideas about how to effectively report on social impact
  • Experience navigating government bureaucracy
  • Ability to facilitate design research workshops
  • Community organizing or community development background

If you think you might be a good fit for this position but don’t meet some of these qualifications, we still want to meet you! Please apply and tell us why you’re interested in our work.

This is a full-time position based at the Sunlight Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office. This job will require occasional travel, and there is flexibility for occasional remote work. The Open Cities Project Manager will report to Sunlight’s Open Cities Director. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. 

Paid medical, prescription and dental coverage; disability and life insurance. Retirement plan with matching funds. 15 days of paid vacation plus holidays, sick leave, personal leave, and family/medical leave benefits. Metro benefits and Flexible Spending Account.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with preference for those submitted by August 2. Please email the following to with the phrase “Open Cities Project Manager” in the subject line:

  1. A brief statement of interest
  2. A PDF version of your résumé
  3. A writing sample

The Sunlight Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Sunlight is a nonpartisan organization.