Name of Company: 
Wikimedia Foundation
Location of Job: 
149 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco , CA
United States
Type of Work: 
Marketing & Communications
Project Management
Telecommute ok?: 
Time commitment: 
Full Time
How to apply:


The Wikimedia Foundation has recently been awarded a generous grant by the Sloan Foundation to populate structured data in Wikimedia Commons and we need a talented program manager to make it happen. This position will be responsible for facilitating progress towards the program’s goals across multiple teams and organizations in the Wikimedia movement.

As the program manager,  you will be responsible for creating program goals in collaboration with stakeholders and ensuring that progress is made towards those goals. You will work closely with members from the Wikimedia Foundation product and technology team, community engagement as well as product and technology teams from our sister organization, Wikimedia Deutschland on these objectives. You will also be responsible for ensuring that communications about the project status is sent to the Funder and the community in a timely manner.

This is an amazing opportunity involving co-ordinating cutting edge technology and collaborative communities around the globe and will require both hard and soft skills to pull off. It will be very challenging, demanding and rewarding!

To be clear, while the grant extends over three years, this position is full time and will extend to other programs after the grant is successfully completed.

We’d like you to do these things:   

  • Strategic:

    • Work with key stakeholders across the Foundation, Wikimedia movement partners, and other external partners to create and execute strategies for the Structured Data on Commons project
    • Blend nonprofit, design, and software management frameworks to drive effective decision making and planning
  • Execution:

    • Create and track progress towards milestones across teams and organizations.
    • Communicate goals, status, and learnings throughout program development process to internal and community stakeholders and funders.
    • Identify blockers and other issues to senior management and participate in remediation strategies.

We’d like you to have these skills:

  • 3+ years nonprofit experience
  • Strong collaboration, leadership and project management skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability  to solicit ideas and discuss methodology and conclusions beyond direct contacts
  • Ability  to operate effectively with a variety of stakeholders in multiple cultural and technical contexts
  • Ability to work independently where needed, and work as part of a globally distributed team
  • Adaptive problem solving skills and appetite for continued learning

And it would be even more awesome if you have this:

  • Understanding and/or experience with free culture/open source movements
  • Experience with online communities, especially the Wikimedia Commons community or other Wikimedia communities
  • Familiarity with the use and applications of linked structured, open data
  • Nonprofit management experience

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and hosts Wikipedia and several other Wikimedia free knowledge sites. Wikipedia consists of more than 40 million articles across hundreds of languages. Every month, more than 70,000 volunteer editors contribute to Wikipedia. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) non-profit that is funded primarily through donations and grants. It currently employs over 240 staff members.

At the Foundation, we build technology to help people everywhere access Wikipedia, across devices and in nearly 300 languages. We engineer privacy for our readers and editors so they can safely and securely explore Wikipedia. We create programs and initiatives to make Wikipedia freely available to more people in more parts of the world. We build new tools for the community of editors so they can continue to improve and grow Wikipedia. Roughly a quarter of our budget goes to supporting the community that make the site possible, including through grantmaking programs that enable volunteers and enrich the information on the sites.

The Wikimedia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.

Benefits & Perks *

  •  Fully paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their eligible families (yes, fully paid premiums!)
  • The Wellness Program provides reimbursement for mind, body and soul activities such as fitness memberships, massages, cooking classes and much more
  • The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary
  • Flexible and generous time off - vacation, sick and volunteer days, plus 19 paid holidays - including the last week of the year.
  • Family friendly! 100% paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, flexible options to phase back in after leave, fully equipped lactation room.
  • For those emergency moments - long and short term disability, life insurance (2x salary) and an employee assistance program
  • Pre-tax savings plans for health care, child care, elder care, public transportation and parking expenses
  • Telecommuting and flexible work schedules available
  • Appropriate fuel for thinking and coding (aka, a pantry full of treats) and monthly massages to help staff relax
  • Great colleagues - diverse staff and contractors speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people

* for benefits eligible staff, benefits may vary by location

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