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

Milos Rancic millosh at gmail.com
Sat May 2 12:46:49 UTC 2009

Finally :) I think that this position is more than necessary and that
it should be a permanent one.

BTW, I think that it would be good to include in job descriptions a
need for creation and active managing of a (relevant) volunteer group.
Such work is (explicitly or implicitly) a part of some positions
(Cary's explicitly, Brion's at least implicitly), but Wikimedian
community has much more profiles than "community member" and "geek"

For example, out of the process of strategic plan creation, I am
willing to be introduced in the work of the person on this position,
so I may help in some occasions.

On Sat, May 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM, Sue Gardner <sgardner at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> FYI -- please feel free to share this posting widely. It went up
> yesterday on the Wikimedia Foundation website.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Daniel Phelps <dphelps at wikimedia.org>
> Date: 2009/5/1
> Subject: WMF Job Posting - Research Analyst
> To: Sue Gardner <sgardner at wikimedia.org>
> http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Job_openings/Research_Analyst_(Strategic_Plan)
> 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.
> Responsibilities
>     * 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.
> Requirements
>     * 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
> IRC;
>     * Experience with the Wikimedia projects is a plus.
> Salary
> 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
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