We are please to announce the upcoming launch of the recruiting process for
the Chief Communications Officer.

As part of the process, we wanted to share the job description (below). A
big thank you to the Communications team for their collaboration, support
and guidance in creating it.

We also wanted to out put a call, if you have any nominations or
recommendations, we'd love to hear from you. Just email me directly over
the next few days.


Job Title:

Chief Communications Officer


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a creative, collaborative,
forward-thinking Chief Communications Officer to join our executive team in
San Francisco, California. We’re looking for a leader who is
mission-driven, transparent by default, has a truly global worldview, and
can champion our values and voice in the world. You will lead a highly
collaborative, multidisciplinary team of eleven storytellers, media
strategists, marketers, and designers. Together, you will share our story
and vision with the world, with the purpose of raising awareness of and
increasing engagement in our work.

The Wikimedia Foundation is an open and transparent organization operating
within a decentralized global network of volunteers. We tend to speak
openly rather than aiming to control or restrict access to information
about us. We seek to inspire, engage, and bring people along in our free
knowledge vision.

As CCO, we’d like you to do these things:


   Work with the executive team to think and act in service of the future
   of our projects (e.g. How does our story and message advance our strategic
   objectives? What kind of communications, marketing, or engagement strategy
   will we need to grow our work in the world? How will we better define
   and position our brand? Which stories do we want told about us? To what

   Lead the collaborative definition of long-term strategies to increase
   awareness and relevance of our brand, meeting priorities in audience growth
   and development (including contributors, readers, and donors),
   international language growth, open culture advocacy, and media relations.

   Develop and lead messaging campaigns that achieve global impact in
   support of the Wikimedia movement’s strategic needs.

   Lead a strong, diverse communications team guided by a clear vision.

      Co-create the vision and direction for the team

      Clarify and / or delegate the planning to work toward that vision:
      the roles, the responsibilities, the tools, the budget

      Counsel and mentor the team across a broad range of disciplines
      (e.g., brand, identity, digital and social media, PR, messaging,
      audience growth and development)

      Build a sustainable system and culture for team members’ continued
      professional growth and advancement

      Create clear workflows for Foundation staff and Wikimedia volunteers
      to collaborate with the Communications team

      Develop succession planning.


   Serve the Wikimedia vision by working collaboratively with and
   empowering people to tell our story and narrate the movement.

   Support the Foundation, Executive Director, and leadership in public
   messaging, issue management, and internal communications.

   Be a compelling advocate for the Wikimedia movement and Foundation.

   Oversee and guide the work of staff and volunteers in the continued
   development of communications systems that utilize contemporary publishing
   practices and reach diverse audiences with engaging content.

We’d like you to have this experience and these skills:


   10+ years in strategic-level communications and marketing (or marcom)

   Proven track-record of leading high-impact global marketing and
   communications initiatives with measurable results

   Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams, developing talent, and
   creating systems for creative and sustainable workflows

   A clear, effective communications style, including experience guiding
   messaging for major organizations, political candidates, or movements

   Significant experience navigating complex international organizations,
   movements, or networks

   Experience and comfort in a highly collaborative, transparent environment

   A track record of building consensus among large, dispersed stakeholder
   groups. Must have informed cultural sensitivities, intellectual curiosity,
   and a deep passion for the Wikimedia mission

And it would be even more awesome if you had the following:


   Experience with the internet industry including comfort with concepts
   and vocabulary related to product development and engineering

   Familiarity with internet-related issues: laws limiting freedom of
   expression, open culture/free culture, the free and open source software
   movement, and online surveillance, privacy and security

   Significant skilled personal use of communications, creative, and social

   The ability to work in a fast-moving, highly-diverse grassroots
   environment, while effectively prioritizing and leading a variety of

   Experience working with nonprofit organizations is a plus

   Fluency or familiarity with languages in addition to English are a plus.

   Having lived or worked outside your country of origin is a plus

   Experience as a member of a volunteer community is a plus

About the Wikimedia Foundation:

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and
hosts Wikipedia and several other Wikimedia free knowledge sites. Every
month, the Wikimedia sites are accessed by more than a billion unique
devices. 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
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Zero> and initiatives to
make Wikipedia freely available to more people in more parts of the world.
We build new tools <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Content_translation> 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
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Start> 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

   The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual

   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

More Information:


http://blog.wikimedia.org <http://wikimediafoundation.org/>

Joady Lohr
Chief Talent & Culture Officer
Wikimedia Foundation
p. 415.839.6885 x6824

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