[Foundation-l] The Wikipedia Usability Initiative is still hiring.

Naoko Komura nkomura at wikimedia.org
Wed May 13 01:12:32 UTC 2009

The Wikipedia Usability Initiative has extended the application deadline 
for the Software Developer position till May 30th.  We are recruiting 
two candidates for this position.  Both local applicants to the San 
Francisco Bay Area and remote applicants are encouraged to apply.  
Please help spread the word. 


Naoko Komura

Program Manager
Wikipedia Usability Initiative
Wikimedia Foundation


Job Title

Software Developer

Employment Duration

June 1, 2009 to April 16, 2010

About the Wikipedia Usability Initiative

The Wikipedia Usability Initiative was realized by a grant from the 
U.S.-based Stanton Foundation. The goal of this initiative is to 
measurably increase the usability of Wikipedia for new contributors by 
improving the underlying software on the basis of user behavioral 
studies, thereby reducing barriers to public participation. This 
position is part of the program team for the initiative.

For more information, please see the press release.


Job Purpose

The core responsibility of this position is to design, develop, test and 
deploy new features and improvements of the MediaWiki software for the 
the Wikipedia usability initiative by working closely with the 
interaction designer and peer developers of MediaWiki.

Reports to

Program Manager

Job Summary

*Propose software design solutions and obtain consensus from senior and 
peer tech teams

*Create implementation prototypes based on design concepts

*Develop, test, and deploy new features and improvements to the 
MediaWiki core and to MediaWiki extensions

*Collaborate in designing and implementing QA processes including 
multi-lingual and performance tests

*Work closely with operations staff to ensure proper integration with 
testing and production systems

Required Qualifications

*Computer Science degree or equivalent work experience

*5+ years experience as a software developer is required

*Experience with PHP development is required

*Extensive experience with AJAX/HTML/CSS is required

*Experience with cross-browser compatibility testing is required

*Experience with security implications of JavaScript/PHP software is 

*Experience with LAMP is a major plus

*Experience with testing and analyzing usability and accessibility is a 
major plus

*Experience with MediaWiki is a major plus

*An understanding of internationalizing and localizing software products 
a major plus

*Any other free/open software development experience highly welcome

*Comfortable in a highly collaborative, consensus-oriented environment

*Experience with wikis and participatory production environments is a plus

*Understanding of the free culture movement is a plus

*The ideal candidate will be creative, highly motivated, and able to 
operate effectively in multiple cultural and language contexts


The salary is in the range of $75,000 to $85,000 plus benefits, 
commensurate with experience.

This position will be filled in June 2009. 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.

Based in San Francisco, CA., but remote candidates will be considered.

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