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From: Sunil Abraham <sunil(a)mahiti.org>
Date: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 2:54 PM
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Vacancy for Programme Director - Access to
To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
This is the announcement that we have published on the jobs sections
of the CIS website for the Director of the Access to Knowledge
Programme. Please share with interested friends, colleagues and
Please send me feedback if any, I am happy to make some incremental
changes to the announcement.
Vacancy for Programme Director (Access to Knowledge)
The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is seeking applications for
the post of Programme Director (Access to Knowledge) for its New Delhi
office. The Access to Knowledge Programme Director would report to the
Executive Director, Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore.
The Programme Director will manage CIS’s Access to Knowledge programme
which is funded by the Wikimedia Foundation, to support the growth of
Wikipedia and its sister projects and to advance access to free
knowledge in India. The Programme Director will partner with the large
Wikimedia community in India to focus on Indic and English languages
and will manage a team of four staff members.
Support the growth of Indic language communities and projects by
designing community collaborations and partnerships that recruit and
cultivate new editors, tackle technical challenges and explore
innovative approaches to building the projects, e.g., donations of
state encyclopedias, education partnerships, galleries, libraries,
archives, and museums (GLAM) institution partnerships.
Support India-focused initiatives to improve the quality of
India-relevant content on English Wikimedia projects such as,
university outreach, GLAM institution partnerships, India-relevant
thematic contribution campaigns, etc.
Support expanded access to free knowledge across India by
developing technology-based solutions like Wikipedia (mobile) and
Help the Indian community share experiences and tell its story to
the wider Indian and global communities through traditional and social
Generate and document lessons from programme activities that can
inform the work of Indian communities and similar programmes in other
Manage the team and grant resources effectively; manage the
programme in an open and transparent fashion with ongoing
communications and reporting to the Wikimedia community and the
Serve as a spokesperson for the Access to Knowledge programme and
build ties with the Wikimedia India chapter and other free knowledge
communities and movements in India such as Free/Open Source Software,
Open Access, Open Data, Open Educational Resources, Indic-computing,
Characteristics of the Director
High level of commitment: The Programme Director should be
strongly committed to CIS and Wikimedia movement missions and
objectives of the programme and deeply believe in the values of CIS
and Wikimedia projects in the Indian context, exude enthusiasm for the
mission and can powerfully embody and communicate the mission.
Intellectual curiosity and flexibility: Must enjoy tackling
difficult, ambiguous problems and able to incorporate new knowledge
into how one approaches situations and generates solutions, loves
learning from others while expanding intellectual horizons.
Open and transparent: Have a high level of integrity and be
comfortable working in a highly transparent fashion, open to input and
feedback, a proactive and candid communicator who wants people to know
what she/he is doing and isn't afraid to bring others in when things
are off-track or when you need help and able to handle criticism in a
Community builder: It is essential that the leader sees himself as
a partner to and supporter of the Wikipedians who have and will
continue to be the leaders in building the Wikimedia projects. The
Programme Director must be willing and able to work with a diverse
array of people, many of whom come from non-traditional backgrounds
and have a fervent commitment to Wikipedia’s community-led nature.
Strong cultural competency: Able to navigate in a global movement
and on a global team in addition to navigating the complexity of
Proficient manager: Able to design and execute on a range of
initiatives; organize and manage a team of people and responsible in
use of resources (financial and human).
Data-driven: Should be well versed about the Indic and English
projects, subject his/her own approaches and activities as well as
those of the team to rigorous analysis and willing to stop doing
things that prove to be ineffective based on the data.
Partnership developer: Able to initiate, negotiate and operate
partnerships that advance the Wikimedia mission in Indic languages and
English (as relevant to India) with a wide range of institutions
across the public, NGO, philanthropic and private sector.
Willing to travel: The Programme Director must regularly travel
within India to engage with Wikimedia communities and conduct outreach
activities. Periodic global travel would be 4 trips per year.
Willing to flex schedule to operate within a global team: Must be
available for a limited number of conference calls or email exchange
some evenings on a weekly basis.
At least seven years of professional experience with a strong
track record of success in high performance organizations.
Experience as a manager in a collaborative community (ideally
online) or organizational setting.
Strong academic results from highly-regarded university.
Strong understanding of the Internet and the forces that underpin
the success of Wikipedia.
Active participation as a Wikimedia volunteer would be an asset,
though not a prerequisite (must be prepared to demonstrate knowledge
of how Wikipedia works in interviews).
Demonstrated experience working in a global, multi-cultural team
Strong writer in Indic languages and English and must be fluent in
at least one Indic language and English.
Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Remuneration: Commensurate with experience and aligned with senior
compensation at CIS.
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