*Deadline for first round of submissions: 9:00 PDT (17:00 GMT), August 2.*
(Another round will begin immediately with a new deadline.)
Go to the Job openings
<http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Job_openings>page for positions
in other departments.
The Wikimedia Foundation's Community Department collaborates with and serves
the broad Wikimedia community -- including readers, donors and
editors/contributors -- to encourage the health and growth of Wikimedia
communities and the projects they create and manage.
This year, the Community Department will be hiring for a series of important
senior and entry level positions. All positions will involve collaborating
and communicating with Wikimedia project contributors and users intensively
and publicly, grappling with many problems that no one has ever solved
before, navigating technological and social challenges and opportunities,
and dealing with a high level of complexity and uncertainty. Candidates
should have extremely high levels of skill and comfort in communication
(especially writing), qualitative and quantitative analysis, management and
self-management. Candidates who are not already deeply immersed in online
collaborative communities will have to show an aptitude for quickly gaining
a deep understanding of our communities' technologies, practices, traditions
and culture -- and to become trusted and productive members of the Wikimedia
community and movement.
We are looking for candidates from all over the world. Wikimedia Foundation
has a policy of hiring without regard to locale. If eventually accepted for
a position, Wikimedia Foundation will assist with work visas and relocation
Read more about what we're looking for below. If you think you'd be a good
match for the Community Department, use the form below to tell us about
yourself. This is not a formal application, it is the first step in an
outreach process designed to identify some great candidates for Wikimedia
Your information will be kept completely confidential and will only be
viewed by hiring managers, human resources staff and possibly assisting
consultants who are covered by confidentiality agreements. Because we have
such a small staff, we cannot guarantee a response. Submitted data will not
be retained for longer than a year. Besides the data below, we are also
recording the timestamp and your IP address at the time of submission.
*Who we're looking for*
We are especially looking for:
- Current Wikimedia community contributors and leaders,
- Insightful observers of Wikimedia and other collaborative communities,
- People with specialty skill sets (e.g. statistics, ethnography, and
probably a lot other things we've never thought of),
- People belonging to language communities of new and growing Wikipedias
and other Wikimedia projects,
- People with insight into reaching groups currently underrepresented in
Wikimedia contributor communities.
Ideal candidates for positions at Wikimedia Foundation's Community
- Have a passion for online communities, self-organizing systems, open
and collaborative enterprises, democratic and consensus based societies, and
emergent and participatory governance structures -- and desperately want to
see them succeed and prove the cynics wrong.
- Have thought enough about this stuff to have their own opinions and
theories on various problems and opportunities facing Wikimedia and other
- Are equally strong dealing with qualitative and quantitative knowledge
- Are self-directed, self-motivated, efficient, upbeat, optimistic, and
extremely good with people. Wikimedia Foundation staff face intense
pressures in highly-demanding roles. While the Wikimedia Foundation team
strives to be mutually supportive, it only works when each individual is
self-driven to overcome the challenges they face.
- Are knowledgeable about software development processes and with
database and web technologies.
- Are creative non-linear thinkers who will sometimes fight for seemingly
crazy ideas by backing them up with logical argument and data.
- Are systems-thinkers who love to think about workflow and technology
systems inside organizations.
- Are multilingual, especially in major world languages and languages
with large or growing Wikipedias.
- Have insights and experience reaching groups currently underrepresented
in Wikimedia communities.