[Foundation-l] Fwd: WMF Job Posting - Facilitator

Sue Gardner sgardner at wikimedia.org
Sat May 2 09:06:42 UTC 2009

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


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


Job Title


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 purpose of the Facilitator role is to support project participants
during the process of creating actionable strategy recommendations.
The Facilitator will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a
tone of openness and transparency throughout the strategy project
process, for orienting new participants and helping existing
participants contribute to the project's goals. Part of this job will
include actively moderating wiki and mailing list discussions to help
them be focused and productive.


    * Set up and moderate project mailing lists and wiki pages;
    * Develop and maintain FAQs, Glossary pages, Guiding Principles,
and other communications/transparency materials documenting and
explaining the project process;
    * Coordinate community translation of key documents and surveys;
    * Welcome new strategy project participants and assist them in
getting oriented;
    * Help working groups and sub-groups articulate their goals, and
support them in working through specific activities (e.g., developing
timelines, staging meetings, developing documents, etc.);
    * Respond to questions from strategy project participants;
    * Seek clarity from project team as required by participants;
    * Actively facilitate key discussions (e.g., paraphrasing,
summarizing, reflecting back, keeping on task, keeping on time);
    * Promote constructive dialogue, mediate conflict and encourage
creativity and participation;
    * Carry information (particularly best practices) among working
groups and sub-groups;
    * Track down and recruit "experts" upon the request of working
group and sub-group members.
    * 3+ years of online community facilitation or leadership
experience is a requirement;
    * Experience with Wikimedia goals, policies and social norms is a
major plus;
    * Experience in professional development, coaching, facilitation
and/or working with volunteers is a plus;
    * Friendly, diplomatic and helpful;
    * Comfortable working with a diverse array of people including
Wikimedians, academics, consultants, and professionals offering pro
bono support;
    * Excellent English-language writing and communications skills;
    * International experience or ability to speak multiple languages is a plus;
    * Must be able to set priorities and work independently;
    * Must be highly skilled using a wide variety of
communications/collaboration tools including wikis, mailing lists and

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 (Facilitator-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 can telecommute from anywhere in the world.

Sue Gardner
Executive Director
Wikimedia Foundation

415 839 6885 office

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