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Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
That’s our commitment.
— Wikimedia Foundation vision statement
Over half a billion people use Wikipedia and its sister projects every month. As a top five web property and the only donor-supported site in the top 100, the Wikimedia Foundation enables a global community of volunteers to collect, develop and make freely available the sum of humanity’s knowledge. This is truly one of the treasures of our time and a monument to the capacity of people who contribute to and learn from others. We have all benefited from the community’s work on Wikipedia, and so we ask you take a few moments to think of who in your circle might guide this unique organization through its next phase of innovation and growth.
Reporting to the Board of Trustees and acting in partnership with the global volunteer community, the Executive Director will provide the leadership and set the strategy for the Wikimedia Foundation while managing its day-to-day operations and activities. The Executive Director’s priority is to modernize Wikimedia’s user experience and nurture, grow and diversify the community of Wikimedia contributors. The Executive Director will also ensure that the Wikimedia Foundation’s grantmaking program supports innovation across the movement, and enables contributor growth in underrepresented demographics and geographic areas.
Key to the Executive Director’s success is a commitment to Wikimedia’s core values, along with the technology management and product development skills to effectively lead a high traffic website. The Executive Director must possess exceptional communication skills, the drive to achieve transformative results, and a deep respect for collaborative processes.
The Wikimedia Foundation Search Committee wishes to consider the broadest possible range of ideas and leaders for this position. There are few pre-conceptions about who the new Executive Director might be – it might be an experienced nonprofit leader, a person on a board who understands high-traffic websites, or someone who has led a technology company but who has little nonprofit staff management experience.
Some of the values and experiences of the Wikimedia Community are best described directly by those who have been intimately involved in the organization’s dramatic expansion. The following interviews are available for viewing though mOppenheim.TV:
- 2013 Interview with Wikimedia Board Chair Kat Walsh
- 2013 Interview with Wikimedia Executive Director Sue Gardner
- 2009 Interview with Wikimedia Executive Director Sue Gardner
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