[Foundation-l] Fwd: WMF Job Posting - Research Analyst

Sue Gardner sgardner at wikimedia.org
Sat May 2 09:05:28 UTC 2009

FYI -- please feel free to share this posting widely. It went up
yesterday on the Wikimedia Foundation website.

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From: Daniel Phelps <dphelps at wikimedia.org>
Date: 2009/5/1
Subject: WMF Job Posting - Research Analyst
To: Sue Gardner <sgardner at wikimedia.org>


Job Title

Research Analyst

Employment Duration

July 2009 to July 2010.

This is a one year contract position with the possibility of extension.

Reports To

Project Manager (Strategic Plan)

About the Collaborative Strategy Development Process

In July 2009, the Wikimedia Foundation will kick off a completely
open, collaborative and transparent strategy development process aimed
at maximizing the social impact of the Wikimedia movement world-wide
over the coming years. The project will run from July 2009 until July
2010, and will draw upon the experiences and knowledge of a wide range
of contributors including Wikimedia volunteers, specialists providing
pro bono support, Wikimedia staff and board members, and an external
strategy consulting firm. The strategy will be primarily developed
through wikis and other online tools, and all planning outputs will be
publicly available for review and free re-use.

The Wikimedia Foundation is hiring three positions to support this
process: a Project Manager, a Facilitator, and a Research Analyst.

Job description

The Research Analyst acts as a first point of contact for other
parties involved in the strategic planning process to provide reports
and analysis helping to answer specific questions, such as: Which
geographic regions that are currently performing poorly present real
opportunities for growth in reach and participation in the next five
years? Based on surveys, what are the major drivers of, and barriers
to, people becoming active contributors to Wikipedia and our other
projects? Which measures of content quality currently exist or could
be developed?

The Research Analyst will commission and/or create reports, charts,
graphs, maps and tables, designed to concisely, clearly and
meaningfully convey information for a lay audience. They will support
the strategic planning process by helping to navigate a jungle of
available data, providing a clear focus on useful information.

The Research Analyst will work closely with the Wikimedia Foundation's
part-time Data Analyst, and with the strategic planning project team.


    * Develop a database of appropriate primary and secondary
information sources (e.g., comScore, Pew);
    * Collect, categorize and prioritize information requests from
working groups;
    * Respond to requests as appropriate, by providing links or a
synthesis of existing research, or by creating custom reports;
    * Assist in survey/questionnaire design as requested by the Project Manager;
    * Where data does not yet exist, facilitate the process of
obtaining it, by working with technical staff, hiring contractor
support if needed, and/or reaching out to and working with external
research organizations.


    * 5+ years experience as an analyst or researcher, preferably in a
company that analyzes media/Internet usage data;
    * Strong ability to analyze and synthesize quantitative and
qualitative research data from primary and secondary sources, and
proven ability to create simple, meaningful reports;
    * Experience working with statistical analysis software such as
SPSS is a major plus;
    * Must be willing to solicit ideas and discuss methodology and
conclusions beyond direct contacts, notably the Wikimedia community;
    * Experience designing questionnaires and surveys is a plus;
    * Ability to work in a collaborative, consensus-oriented environment;
    * International experience or ability to speak multiple languages is a plus;
    * Must be able to set priorities and work independently;
    * Must be comfortable using a wide variety of
communications/collaboration tools including wikis, mailing lists and
    * Experience with the Wikimedia projects is a plus.


The salary is in the range of $70,000 to $85,000, commensurate with experience.

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.

To Apply

Please send a CV and cover letter to jobs(at)wikimedia.org, before May
31, 2009. Please put the position title (Research Analyst-Strategic
Plan) in your subject line.

Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be
considered. Due to the volume of responses that we anticipate we will
not reply to all applications, so please do not interpret our silence
as a lack of interest.

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 headquarters. If you are
not currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area, please make that
clear in your cover letter.

Sue Gardner
Executive Director
Wikimedia Foundation

415 839 6885 office

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