[Foundation-l] Wikimedia Job: Volunteer Coordinator

Daniel Mayer maveric149 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 1 12:08:16 UTC 2007

Hm. Methinks it is rather odd that an international organization does not have its head office in
or near a world city. I mean, other than the cool wikijob and the nice weather what does St Pete /
Tampa have in terms of services (including connections to like-minded organizations; not to
mention easy access to consulates)? 

You need to sell the location along with the job if you want people to move their families there.
Wikia has already moved from St Pete to the San Francisco Bay Area. Might we want to explore why
that move was made? 
-- mav

--- Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> If you've devoted much of your life to the Wikimedia Foundation and
> its projects, and you enjoy interacting with our international
> community, this is an opportunity for you to turn your hobby into a
> profession. Effective immediately, the Wikimedia Foundation is looking
> for a Volunteer Coordinator who will lead in opening up new
> opportunities for volunteers to contribute to the mission and
> day-to-day work of the Foundation.
> Ideally, you will work in the Wikimedia Office in St. Petersburg,
> Florida. Please also specify whether you would prefer part-time or
> full-time work.
> Please send applications, including a Curriculum Vitae, to:
> <jobs at wikimedia dot org>.
> == Responsibilities ==
> As Volunteer Coordinator, your responsibilities will include:
> * maintaining a global, public list of tasks across different work
> areas, through communicating with committees/officers, which would
> indicate which areas need volunteer work the most critically at any
> given time.
> * advising the Board and ED during the setup of new volunteer groups
> and committees
> * ensuring that all volunteer groups in the WMF are operational and
> reporting their activities on a regular basis; evaluating performance
> (cat herding experience and international diplomacy skills will help ;-)
> * being a first personal point of contact for people who wish to do
> volunteer work for the organization, but don't know where to start
> * organizing and advertising regular online events and tutorials to
> educate people about different areas of volunteering
> * reporting when existing volunteer groups such as committees or
> workgroups are apparently dysfunctional, and recommending structural
> changes where needed
> * collecting and documenting best practices for volunteer management,
> partially based on communicating with other non-profits and studying
> research on the topic
> * representing Wikimedia at events where we might find useful
> volunteers from a specific background.
> In short, you will be responsible for achieving what is absolutely
> critical for the long term sustainability of the Foundation: involving
> volunteers in every part of our mission.
> == Prior experience ==
> You should have some familiarity with the Wikimedia Foundation, its
> processes, and its projects (Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikisource,
> Wikimedia Commons, and so on). Prior experience in online and real
> world volunteer organizing is a definite advantage, as is work
> experience in project management, scheduling, and communications.
> Please send applications, including a Curriculum Vitae, to:
> <jobs at wikimedia dot org>.
> If you have questions about this job description, please respond on
> the list or to me privately. Feel free to forward this message to other
> lists.
> Erik Möller
> Executive Secretary, Wikimedia Foundation
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