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YOU ARE ...
.. a passionate, brilliant, deep thinker who wants to make the world a better place. You are aware and excited by the social potential Wikimedia's projects represent and the nearly limitless possibilities for research. You are comfortable context-switching between an online conversation with volunteers, a research deep dive, a presentation to colleagues and roll-up your sleeves, management, reporting and recruiting work.
You wish to work with cross-functional teams to tackle really complex questions and help translate them into insights that support the Wikimedia movement. You are collaborative, but action-oriented; you are mission-driven and pragmatic; you're open, honest, and you are driven by the relentless pursuit of the social impact that your work contributes to.
You love people — especially people who are brilliant, quirky, young, old, awkward, self-assured, arrogant, self-effacing, shy, expert, passionate, ecstatic and sometimes deeply depressed.
The Head of Community Fellowship Program will coordinate the recruitment and support of Wikimedia Foundation community department fellows. Most Community Fellows work independently on self-chosen and self-directed projects. Community Fellows work remotely all over the world and in the Foundation's San Francisco headquarters. The Program Head can be located anywhere in the world, but will spend time regularly in San Francisco.
The Program Head's role is to support Fellows by:
connecting them with resources (e.g. data, software developers, collaborators, professional researchers)
helping them set benchmarks and track their progress
helping them report their results back to the community on a regular basis
The Program Head will also streamline and communicate Fellow work by:
recruiting new Fellows by scouring Wikimedia projects, gatherings and conferences for candidates — as well as academia and other worlds
encouraging independent community processes for identifying qualified candidates
consistently reporting to the Wikimedia community and wider world about Fellows' accomplishments and challenges
supporting Fellows in reporting on their individual projects
High energy for, drive and commitment to the mission: Deeply believes in the value of Wikimedia, exudes enthusiasm for the mission and can powerfully embody and communicate the mission
Intellectual curiosity and flexibility: Enjoy tackling difficult, ambiguous problems and able to incorporate new knowledge into how one approaches situations and generates solutions; loves learning from others and expanding intellectual horizons
Open and transparent: Comfortable working in a highly transparent fashion, open to input and feedback, proactive candid communicator who wants people to know what she/he is doing and isn't afraid to bring others in when things are off-track or when you need help
Community oriented: Essential that the candidate see her/himself as a part of the Wikimedia community and as a colleague working alongside our thousands of volunteer contributors
Strong cultural competency: Ability to bridge cultures and geographic differences; Able to navigate in a truly global movement
Willing to travel: Periodic travel to attend global Wikimedia events and engage with the Wikimedia and other communities in person
The Wikimedia Foundation got its start in 2003 and is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia. Based in San Francisco, California, we currently employ over 150 staff and contractors globally. The Wikimedia Foundation is committed to creating a world in which every single human being can freely and easily share in the sum of all knowledge. Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive nearly 500 million unique visitors per month, making them the 5th most popular web property worldwide. Wikipedia is available in more than 280 languages, containing more than 34 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of over 100,000 people. In an effort to continue our mission, we are hiring talented and creative individuals to join the team.
§About the Community Department at the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation consists of three operating departments advancing the organization's mission: to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop free educational content, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.
The Global Development department expands Wikimedia's presence and programmatic activities world-wide, with special focus on disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. This includes support for Wikimedia's chapter organizations such as grantmaking, on-the-ground programs in key regions, and development of partnerships to expand mobile and offline access.
The Community Department collaborates with and serves the broad Wikimedia community — including readers, donors and editors/contributors — to encourage the health and growth of Wikimedia communities and the projects they create and manage.
All Community Department positions involve collaborating and communicating with community stakeholders intensively and publicly, grappling with problems that no one has ever solved before, navigating technological and social challenges and opportunities, and dealing with a high level of complexity and uncertainty. Candidates should have extremely high levels of skill and comfort in communication (especially writing), qualitative and quantitative analysis, management and self-management. Candidates who are not already deeply immersed online collaborative communities will have to show an aptitude for quickly gaining deep understanding of our communities' technologies, practices, traditions and culture — and to become trusted and productive members of the Wikimedia community and movement.