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

As part of the process, we wanted to share the job description (below). A
big thank you to the Audiences & Technology teams 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 Product Officer


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a creative, collaborative,
forward-thinking Chief Product Officer to join our executive team. We’re
looking for a leader who is driven by our mission, animated by results,
informed by data, and passionate about superb user experiences. This may be
you, if you have have a truly global worldview, uncompromising commitment
to our values, and embrace transparency in your work and communications.

As Chief Product Officer, you will lead a nearly hundred person department
that builds and supports products, features, and services used by more than
one billion users per month from every part of the globe. As a member of
the Foundation’s executive team you will be a critical voice representing
our contributors, readers, and new users. Our vision is for “every human
being to share in the sum of human knowledge”, and our product experience
is essential to that vision.

As Chief Product Officer, we’d like you to do these things:



   Work with the Foundation’s executive team to think and act in service of
   the future of the Wikimedia vision, projects, contributors, and readers

   Serve as a compelling advocate for the Wikimedia movement, Foundation,
   and values to users, contributors, donors, and partners

   Develop and lead product strategy to support the Wikimedia projects,
   communities, and partners



   Deliver measurable user impact at global scale by working
   collaboratively and effectively across internal departments and external

   Develop, advance and deliver an effective product vision, including
   expanding product usership, contributor health and retention, brand
   awareness, and revenue growth

   Build products to grow and sustain our content-building communities
   while acquiring, delighting, and engaging readers

   Foster a well-defined theory of change with qualitative and quantitative
   metrics to track and communicate impact



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

   Manage, mentor, and recruit exceptional and diverse talent

   Build strong and effective teams, developing departmental succession
   planning across a broad range of disciplines (e.g., product management,
   design, engineering, data analysis)

   Manage competing priorities, complex stakeholder relationships, and
   finite resources in order to deliver measurable user impact at scale



   Build and strengthen relationships with the Wikimedia community to
   advance the mission of the Foundation


   Identify and grow product partnerships that support our movement’s

   Work with our communities to understand their needs and motivations

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


   10+ years in strategic-level product development roles


   Proven record of leading high-impact global software product initiatives
   for millions of users with measurable success, across multilingual
   audiences, on time and budget

   Experience leading multidisciplinary product development teams,
   developing diverse talent pipelines, and creating systems for creative and
   sustainable internal workflows

   Proven skills with modern forms of adaptive product planning, customer
   discovery, product discovery, and product development processes to deliver
   software features that meet users’ needs

   Experience collaborating on the development of product roadmaps which
   feed into company strategy, including detailed technological implementations

   Significant experience navigating complex international organizations,
   movements, or networks

   A track record of building consensus among large, dispersed stakeholder
   groups in a highly collaborative, transparent environment

   Informed cultural sensitivities, intellectual curiosity, and a deep
   passion for the Wikimedia mission

   Experience with internet culture and policy issues, including: freedom
   of expression, open culture/free culture, the free and open source software
   movement, online surveillance, privacy and security

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


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

   Significant skilled personal use of creative, collaborative, and social

   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

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

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