[Foundation-l] Wikimedia Job: Volunteer Coordinator

Carolyn Doran cdoran at wikimedia.org
Thu Mar 1 12:33:16 UTC 2007

Might it be that we are incorporated as a 5013C non-profit HERE in the 
state of Florida ~ there is much to offer here in St. Pete INCLUDING the 
nice weather and many like minded non-profit organizations locally. What 
reason would we have to be near a consulate?
~ C

Daniel Mayer wrote:
> 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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