[Wikimediaindia-l] National Program Director, India

Barry Newstead bnewstead at wikimedia.org
Fri Aug 27 23:59:03 UTC 2010

Dear Indian Wikimedians,

I want to share with you the job description [1] we have developed for 
the Wikimedia Foundation's National Program Director for India.  This 
position is among the first steps we are taking to implement our 
five-year strategy aimed to support all of your work to strengthen and 
grow the Wikimedia projects in India.   We are very excited to make our 
first global investment in India and are optimistic about the potential 
for success of this pilot initiative.

As you will see in the position description, we envision a range of 
possible activities that the Wikimedia Foundation might undertake in 
India.  However, we will not specify the work fully until we have the 
opportunity to develop joint plans with the India chapter and with other 
community members in India.  In my coming trips to India, I will engage 
with as many of you as possible to help shape an effective role for WMF 
that complements and supplements your work.

In terms of the search for the Director, we have hired Egon Zehnder's (a 
highly regarded international search firm) with a strong Indian team to 
help us manage the search. Two of their partners in Mumbai and Delhi 
will manage the search.  We are looking for an outstanding individual 
who has a deep commitment to our mission and to community-building in 
India.  Ideally, our candidate will have the ability to work effectively 
with a wide range of Indian society and it would be great if (s)he were 
a Wikimedian. Our plan is to advertise the position widely in India and 
around the world.  For Economist subscribers, you will see the position 
advertised this weekend along with other positions we are hiring for.

Feel free to drop me a note with any suggestions or questions you might 

Best regards,



Barry Newstead
Chief Global Development Officer
Wikimedia Foundation
Tel: +1-415-839-6885 x. 634
Skype: barry.wikimedia
Twitter: @bazanews

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