Chief Operating Officer


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), with North American headquarters at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science seeks a Chief Operating Officer (COO) with primary management responsibility for its worldwide operations. The COO will be responsible for carrying out the W3C Process, under which W3C's technical specifications are developed.

The COO will be responsible for the overall management of the W3C Team, which is the group of approximately 65 people working for W3C at Host sites in the U.S., France and Japan. Many team members work from home at considerable distance from Host sites. While each site has a local manager, the COO will maintain the equilibrium and coordination between the sites, make hiring decisions, and chair management meetings.

The COO will be responsible for managing the relationship with the three W3C Hosts. This includes overall budget management and any legal issues which arise. Also included is overall responsibility for the organization of W3C major events.


Candidates must have a strong background in Information Technology with a particular emphasis in the technology of the World Wide Web. Candidates should also have a good understanding of the operation of the Web industry. Since W3C is a consensus-driven organization, candidates must demonstrate the ability to build consensus within the W3C Member organizations and the Web community at large. Candidates must have expertise in managing a strong technical team working on complex projects in a distributed environment. Due to the international nature of the Team, the Membership and the Web, candidates are required to demonstrate a solid background in managing international projects.

A degree in Computer Science or a related discipline is desired.

THE WORLD WIDE WEB CONSORTIUM: W3C was established in 1994 in response to a growing demand for a coordination body for the rapid development of Web standards. It was founded by the inventor of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, and is hosted by MIT LCS in the USA, INRIA in France, and Keio University in Japan, with offices in over ten other countries. The W3C has over the last 6 years overseen processes of issue raising, design, consensus building and testing resulting in about 20 technical standards including HTML, XML, XHTML, XML Transformations (XSL), Cascading Style Sheets, and Portable Network Graphics.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV or resume, with a detailed cover letter mentioning post 00-1455, to:

Sue Shannon <shannon@mit.edu>
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

with a copy to <job-apps@w3.org>

MIT is an equal opportunity employer. Applications for a post at MIT must be made through the proper channel as above.

Alan Kotok
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