Earlier this week Amy Elder -- our head of recruiting -- has shared a
preview of the CTO role with the staff and I would like to share it with
you early as well, before the job description is posted and the process
starts. I am very grateful to our technical staff and leaders here at the
WMF for collaborating on both the description and the process.
If you have any nominations or recommendations, which I hope you will
please email Amy directly.
Thank you all for engaging.
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From: Amy Elder <aelder(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 3:53 PM
Subject: [Wmfall] CTO Search | Status
To: Staff All <wmfall(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
We are excited to announce the launch of our search for a Chief Technology
Officer, and proud to confirm this search is being handled internally by
our very own WMF Recruiting Department.
As we greatly value and respect your opinion, we are contacting you for
your candidate nominations/referrals. We are also open to hearing any
related suggestions or comments in general on the job description as minor
changes can still happen (this is not a call for mass edits).
Please see the below link for a preview of the job description. The entire
technical team has been deeply focused on collaborating and contributing to
this (nearly finished) draft.
If you have nominations please let me over the next few days.
Director of Recruiting
Join Us: WorkWithUs <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Work_with_us>
Connect with me on LinkedIn <https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyelder>
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- Oversee development of key performance metrics such as site
availability and responsiveness, bug response time, code review response
time, etc., and ensure consistent improvement along these metrics.
- Lead, transform, and grow complex technology infrastructure and high
performance cross-functional technology teams. Foster projects and future
product ideas that will lead to innovations in the years to come. Broker
and drive to resolution, key architectural and technology implementation
decisions. Foster an energetic culture and an ownership of, and commitment
to, shared product development goals.
- Develop, inspire, and coach the technology leadership team across
software engineering, technical operations, research, and product
development. Support technical managers and directors in operationalizing
technical vision into specific objectives, products, and services, to
deliver high quality software in support of our global mission. Regularly
review and update organizational goals, formalize budgets, and balance
priorities. Work cross-functionally with the rest of the executive team and
the ED, to develop and communicate top-level goals.
- Enable Wikimedia engineering efforts to expand its technical community
to be comparable to the Wikimedia editing community, growing its reach and
influence far beyond paid Wikimedia Foundation staff.
- Design and implement an effective organizational structure, that
supports maximum communications and effective execution of technology
initiatives. Work closely with project management to transform priorities
and requirements, into plans that optimize resources and set appropriate
- Own and drive technical organization integrity: achieve status as a
recognized technology leader by using proven and scalable execution
processes (e.g. agile) in development, technical operations, and
architecture. Work closely with product management to transform
requirements into technical specifications and software designs.
- In collaboration with the ED and the Technology group, own and advance
the overall architectural roadmap, setting the vision and long-term
strategy for technology at the Foundation.
- Contribute to that strategy by qualifying and prioritizing
- Grow and build highly complex technology infrastructure. Anticipate
technology scale and capability challenges, and communicate clear proactive
plans to address these challenges. Work closely with tech leads and
operations to resource key technology initiatives, and drive them to
completion for existing and future technology expansion.
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- Experience stepping into established technical organizations, and
quickly gaining respect, and methodically implementing, a robust and
effective development practice. Ability to build teams quickly. An
effective coach and guide for technical and product talent.
- Experience with large-scale, global internet technologies.
- Understanding of the open source ecosystem product lifecycle, with an
ability to source and seed innovation and to produce quick results.
- Proven ability to set the vision and strategy for technology and
operations, and to produce an effective roadmap. Comfortable with
technology scale and associated architectural challenges, and experience
proactively addressing them.
- Familiarity with a broad range of open source technologies and how
they interrelate to solve big data, mobility, and collaboration problems
(e.g. Varnish, Apache, Memcached, MySQL, PHP, Node.js, Python, Hadoop,
Elasticsearch and a broad range of open source components).
- A proven track record in leading teams to build APIs and analytics
into platforms, as well as development and integration of Mobile.
*“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”*
Dear Wikimedia friends,
**Call for Nominations - Affiliate Selected Board Seats**
This year the Wikimedia chapters and Thematic Organisations will select two
members of the Wikimedia Foundation Board.
We would like to invite nominations for candidates to be elected to the WMF
board in this process. Please help us by distributing this call for
candidates as widely as possible through such forums as mailing lists,
village pumps, and blogs.
*Role of WMF Board members*
The Wikimedia Foundation board provide governance and strategic oversight
of the WMF. The role of Wikimedia Foundation board members is set out in
detail here: https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_member
Successful candidates will bring expertise and understanding to help the
Board further its goals and ability to work effectively at a strategic and
governance level. The work of the Board is conducted in English (though
fluency in additional languages is an advantage) and the role involves a
significant commitment, including travel to several in-person meetings in
California or worldwide.
*Nominations and selection process*
Nominations should be posted using this form on Meta-Wiki:
If you need assistance completing the wiki-template, please contact one of
the election facilitators who will be happy to assist.
Nominations are open until the end of 8 March 2016 (midnight UTC). To be
entered into the ballot, a candidate's nomination must be accompanied by a
statement of support from a Chapter or Thematic Organisation, which may
accompany the nomination or be received no later than 22 March 2016.
The timeline for the selection process can be seen here:
There is also a selection FAQ here:
- Election Facilitators