The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking a term-limited (one year) full-time
Project Manager for its new "Bookshelf" Project (text below). Feel free
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Job Title: Project Manager
Employment Duration: August 2009 to September 2010.
Reports to: Head of Public Outreach
About the “Bookshelf Project”
In 2009–2010, the Wikimedia Foundation will be developing a slate of
basic educational materials –print, online and video– to attract new
authors and editors to Wikipedia. The collective set of these resources
is internally being called “The Bookshelf.”
As a collaborative project, Wikipedia's success is based on the steady
contributions of a global volunteer community of active contributors.
The more people share their knowledge with others, the better and more
diverse Wikipedia's content gets. We believe that raising and broadening
participation is one of the keys to improve Wikipedia's overall quality
and to eliminate cultural perspective gaps.
Currently, there are limited resources to attract new contributors and
to teach them how to get involved. Most of them lack consistency and are
often out of date. There are therefore still many basic educational
resources that need to be developed. These materials will teach people
about Wikipedia and how to edit Wikipedia; provide teachers with lesson
plans (to use Wikipedia in the classroom); provide volunteers and local
Wikimedia chapters with training resources to do their own outreach; and
to enable people to be skillful and responsible creators and producers
of encyclopedic content.
The Project Manager is responsible for successfully executing the
Bookshelf project: for ensuring high quality outputs are developed on
time and inside the project budget. The Project Manager will need a
prior demonstrated experience in managing a complex print and media
project, excellent communications skills, and a passion for doing
high-quality work. Part of this job will include actively moderating
volunteer and external expert discussions to help them be focused and
* Create and get sign-off for the project plan, including
* Recruit and manage the dedicated project team and identify
suitable outside contractors for video production
* Plan and execute internal project communication (encompassing the
project team, senior management, other departments, external expert
groups, outside contractors and community stakeholders)
* Keep the project on track: on time and on budget
* Ensure all deliverables are of appropriate quality level, and
success measures are met or exceeded
* 5+ years of project management experience
* Ability to work in a highly collaborative, consensus-oriented,
* Ability to work effectively within Wikimedia's values and
mission. Must be emotionally committed to free knowledge and willing to
attune oneself to the larger Wikimedia community's norms and expectations
* Passion for doing high-quality work
* Ability to work effectively with graphic designers, writers, and
outside contractors to ensure deadlines are met
* Experience prioritizing and creating accountability towards
critical milestones and deadlines
* Ability to assess and report project status, and escalating risks
to senior management
* Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability
to interpret and translate information to teams and individuals and to
report effectively to senior management
* Experience in education
* Experience with non-profit
* Prior demonstrated experience working in print and media production
* Experience working with translations and/or international clientele
The salary is in the range of $74,000 to $85,000, commensurate with
experience. Generous benefits are included.
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a US-registered 501(c)(3)
tax-deductible non-profit charity dedicated to encouraging the growth,
development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to
providing the full content of wiki-based projects to the public free of
charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest
collaboratively-edited reference projects in the world, including
Wikipedia, one of the world's 10 most visited websites, Wiktionary,
Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikinews and the Wikimedia Commons
media repository. The organization has received numerous honors for its
work, among them the Webby Award, the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica,
the Japan Advertisers Association's Web Creation Award and the World
Technology Award in Communications Technology.
The Wikimedia Foundation was created in 2003 to manage the operation of
Wikipedia and its sister projects and is based in San Francisco,
California. It currently employs 27 staff members. Wikimedia is
supported by local chapter organizations in 21 countries or regions.
Please send a CV and cover letter to jobs(at)wikimedia.org
, before July
20, 2009. Please put the position title (Project Manager "Bookshelf") in
your subject line.
Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered.
This position will be filled in June 2009. In your cover letter, please
* Why the Wikimedia Foundation would benefit from your skills at
* What factors have been important to project success in your
Please copy and paste the text of your CV into the e-mail, in addition
to attaching the file.
Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that only those
selected for an interview will be contacted.
This position is based in our San Francisco, CA. office.