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Grants Manager at Web 3 Foundation

Zug | Operations | Full-time | Updated: April 30, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

Job Description

Seeking enthusiastic decentralized technologies developers with project management skills to help us distribute funds to great projects in the Web3 community.


The Web3 Foundation nurtures and stewards technologies and applications for the decentralized web. We collaborate with cutting-edge developer teams, researchers and community leaders to strengthen and extend the uses of decentralized technologies; building the future of identity, privacy, financial markets, commerce, and more.

Our core project at the moment is Polkadot, a protocol designed to connect blockchains and allow them to interoperate, share security and more. In addition, we are supporting the development of a number of technologies that form the Web 3.0 tech stack - such as decentralized messaging, distributed storage or secret management.

The Web3 Foundation is committed to distribute a significant amount of funding for development of open source software that will contribute to the creation of the Web3 technologies stack. In order to distribute this funding we need to make it easy for teams to apply for it and then make sure to identify the best projects to fund.

Once we have selected the projects it is important to make sure that they progress well along their milestones so that the rest of the community can make use of the new things they build.

Please see grants.web3.foundation for more background on the process you will be driving.

We hire at various levels of experience so feel free to apply even if you don’t fulfil all the requirements yet. We are a lean team with a very flat organisation. This position is based in Zug, Switzerland or Berlin, Germany.


Make decisions on grant giving together with Grants Committee

Answer any questions from the applying teams

Maintain the grants application process, including its documentation

Maintain a clear description of the grants programme scope

Inform relevant teams (legal, finance, collaborations, community building) at agreed points of the application process

Prepare the decisions for the Grants Committee

Direct the evaluation of grant milestone delivery

Experience with systematic evaluation of technology projects

Knowledge and understanding of blockchain technologies and applications

Project or process management experience

Technical ability to evaluate software implementations: running tests and checking functionality

Approachable and clear communication style


Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with many external parties

Experience and proficiency in programming, e.g., in Rust, JavaScript, C, C++

Several years of work experience as a developer or a QA professional

Experience with negotiation of commercial contract terms

To apply to this position, we ask you to answer a few questions in the application form, and to submit your CV and a cover letter, telling us a bit about yourself and your motivation to join us.

For more information about us, visit us on

Web3 Foundation website: https://web3.foundation/

Polkadot website: https://polkadot.network/

Polkadot links: https://github.com/w3f/Web3-wiki/wiki/Polkadot

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