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Chief of Community Engagement

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Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s what we’re doing. The Wikimedia Foundation is excited to announce the search for a Chief of Community Engagement. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief of Community Engagement will lead the organization’s efforts to empower and expand the global Wikimedia movement.

What is Wikimedia?

Wikimedia is the world’s fifth most popular digital platform, used in everything from secondary education to advanced computational research. Each month, around a billion people visit the Wikimedia sites, to learn about topics ranging from classical music to Bollywood stars to quantum mechanics. While Wikipedia is the largest and best-known of the Wikimedia projects, it is only one part of our work. Other widely-used projects include Wikimedia Commons, which contains more than 40 million free media files, and Wikidata, an open structured and linked data repository with nearly 50 million items. We are also the primary developer of MediaWiki, a free and open source collaborative software platform. Wikimedia is: 

Who is the Wikimedia community?

The Wikimedia community are volunteers who advance the Wikimedia vision of a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. Their efforts include:

Every month, more than 200,000 people contribute to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, joining the millions of people who have contributed over our 17-year history. In 2017, Wikimedia volunteers organized more than 1,000 outreach events, volunteer activities, and conferences, in more than 50 countries, and worked with partners from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to the National Chengchi University in Taiwan. They do this work in nearly 300 languages, from every corner of the globe.

What does community engagement do?

Wikimedia is a global movement of people who passionately care for the creation and dissemination of knowledge. The Wikimedia Foundation supports these creators, curators, and communities in a variety of ways:

About the role

The Chief of Community Engagement is a high-profile strategic role: a diplomat, ambassador, and servant leader who understands the global, multicultural nature of Wikimedia. They are responsible for mobilizing communities and partners, evangelizing participation in the Wikimedia vision, and growing the numbers and types of participants and institutions within the Wikimedia movement.

They will utilize the Wikimedia 2030 strategic direction to build a strategy for Wikimedia community engagement, with clear metrics for community growth, health, diversity, values, and program outcomes.

This will include:

Key responsibilities

Strategic leadership

Operational management and team leadership

External engagement and advocacy


Required competencies and experience

Preferred attributes

The Wikimedia Foundation is…

…the nonprofit organization that owns and operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge, free of interference. We host the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive financial support from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

Benefits & Perks *

* for benefits eligible staff, benefits may vary by location

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

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