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FinOps is hiring an Operations Director to scale our programs

J.R. Storment
J.R. Storment in FinOps Foundation
16th September 2020

What a month it has been: we crossed the 2000 practitioner member mark, became part of the Linux Foundation, welcomed VMWare, Apptio and Google to our Technical Advisory Council, launched our Vendor Member programs at KubeCon, and last week our Governing Board approved our budget to begin hiring! 

What does that mean? The FinOps Foundation, a program of the Linux Foundation, is looking for an operator to run its business. We are hiring employee #1 to help scale our organization and programs.

We have an active and growing community who is keen to contribute but needs support on many fronts. The ideal candidate is a systems thinker who will initially roll up their sleeves to get things done and over time help design processes to scale the organization. This role will play right-hand person to the Executive Director and Governing Board ensuring that we can execute our vision and efficiently serve the vibrant community that the Foundation has developed. 

You should be the type of person who doesn’t let things fall through the cracks, but at the same time is maniacal about prioritizing what truly matters, in an environment where there are more opportunities than we have the time to actually pursue. 

Member enthusiasm, ideas and business models are abundant; time and resources are not. You will keep the trains running on time and be the catalyst for our community’s outputs like the open source FinOps capabilities, curriculums, and future certifications.

Bonus points if you are already a part of the cloud community, double bonus points if you are already a part of the cloud financial management community. We are looking for someone who can also speak intelligently to our community of practitioners.

You’ll be employed by The Linux Foundation (LF). It is a non-profit consortium that is supported by over 1,500 corporate members (including 10/10 of the top cloud providers) and thousands of developers spanning all areas of technology and industries. More than a million people have taken their certifications. The Linux Foundation assists communities with open source strategy, building talent pools through training and certification, technical events, and builds and supports developer ecosystems around open source technologies. It offers its employees great benefits and an amazing team around the world.

FinOps has its own governing board and funding structure inside a much larger parent organization. We have to drive our own fundraising, and that enables us to choose our own path. We have a community of a thousand true fans already, and we intend to 10x that. 

You should act like a startup person (move fast, be bold, break things) but with an eye to scale the organization over time. It’s a fine balance of doing things that don’t scale initially and then building a functional machine that can. 

Our mission is to advance the people who do Cloud Financial Management. It’s a new career, a new set of people/processes/technology and you will endeavor to create a system to nourish those doing that job. You will be at the center of enabling them. We hope you’ll consider joining us.

Interested? Apply for the job at the Linux Foundation’s website! Or read on below…

Job Description

Responsible to the Executive Director and the FinOps Foundation Governing Board for overall operation of FinOps-related programs. Responsible for creating, curating and managing FinOps programs within the Foundation.

Through member education, success, marketing, project management and community development, we take an integrated approach to promoting engagement across our projects to help our members and community make the most productive use of cloud financial management methodologies.


– Design and implement programs, plans and procedures

– Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth

– Oversee daily operations of the fund and the work of teams

– Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics

– Submit reports to the executive director and governing board in all matters of importance

– Participate in expansion activities (investments, acquisitions, corporate alliances etc.)

– Manage relationships with partners/vendors

FinOps programs include, but are not limited to:

– Training/Classes related to FinOps

– Certification testing and readiness

– FinOps Methodology and process documentation libraries

– FinOps Working Groups and SIGs

– FinOps Geographic or community of interest meetups

– Vendor and Cloud Provider outreach and knowledge sharing

– Benchmarking and Data Analysis and Sharing programs

– FinOps Certified Service Provider and FinOps Training Partner programs

– Ambassador Programs

The Director will be responsible to achieve the following results:

– Year over year growth in Foundation membership

– Year over year growth in active Foundation membership

– Year over year growth of revenue to the Foundation

– Development of programs, content, engagement opportunities

– Curation of existing programs, content for relevance and currency

– Maintain at least two certifications at the Practitioner level or above for cloud providers

Activities and Responsibilities:

You will keep the Foundation running daily and ensure we have the right systems in place to serve our community of practitioner members and our vendor partners.

– Develop and deliver content for Foundation monthly meetings, meetups, marketing events, speeches and presentations at events, etc.

– Develop and maintain a library of best practices, presentation materials, notes, process documentation, etc. culled from presentations by Foundation members, by working groups within the Foundation, and through aggregation of information collected and developed by the Foundation

– Evolve Foundation training material and exam material for FinOps

– Partner with the Linux Foundation team to create net new Foundation training material

– Create Foundation training material for FinOps asychronous learning programs leading to certification at the Practitioner and Associate level

– Schedule, manage and maintain the FinOps Practitioner learning tracks including in-person, on-line synchronous, public and private offerings.

– Contribute to Foundation development and marketing activities

– Contribute to Foundation policy, procedures, goals, vision, and strategy as appropriate

– Maintain a working knowledge of cloud providers offerings, vendors and tools in the industry, relationships with practitioners

– Manage practitioner member approvals and funnel

– Manage jobs board and related website posting

– Coordinate marketing efforts and outreach to the community

Linux Foundation Overview

The Linux Foundation is creating the greatest shared technology investment in history by enabling open source collaboration across companies, developers and users. We are the organization of choice to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. 

The Linux Foundation is an all-remote workforce that hires world class talent. We are as passionate about providing a flexible and supportive work culture as we are about open source software. Collaboration is in our DNA, and we pride ourselves on being able to work closely together while not being tied to an office. 


In addition to the mission-driven culture focused on the organization’s technological impact on society, The Linux Foundation has a strong culture of supporting its employees. Key benefits include 100% paid health care for families and individuals, an unlimited paid time off policy, 12 fully paid weeks of parental care for primary and secondary caregivers, and a full 401(k) match up to the government maximum.

Interested? Apply for the job at the Linux Foundation’s website!