Director of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

San Francisco, CA or Remote Talent and Culture


The WMF vision is to “imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.” We want to cultivate an environment that is equitable and inclusive for our staff, and one that reflects the diversity of who we serve: all human beings. 

The Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DEI”) Director is a vital role for evolving the WMF culture. The position requires both big-picture, strategic thinking as well as operational skills to set targets and mobilize action in all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Director is a critical thought partner with internal leadership and a key voice for DEI both within the Foundation, as well as externally, via speaking at public events, program facilitation, and participation in career fairs.

This position is critical in managing and evolving current programs, as well as creating meaningful Foundation DEI policies, overseeing the steady implementation of these policies against set goals, advising Foundation leadership on strategic and emerging DEI issues, and disseminating best practices across the organization, all while championing and reflecting the Foundation’s values and culture. The role will also create and manage programs, provide practical advisory services and assessments to Foundation staff looking to encourage DEI within their teams, analyze and report on staff diversity data to Foundation leadership and staff, lead DEI communication strategies to be shared with stakeholders and staff, shepherd and advise our employee resource groups (“ERGs”) and recommend future DEI related projects and programs. This role reports to the Chief of Talent & Culture. 

The Wikimedia Foundation is just one part of the broader Wikimedia movement. Just as the Foundation is experiencing rapid growth, culture shift and a crucial focus on expanding its DEI commitment, the entire movement is also growing and evolving around the world, bringing a wealth of new cultures and communities into our world. The DEI Director will have a primary focus on DEI efforts within the Foundation, while providing thought leadership and support to ensure that Wikipedia is a thriving community of editors, readers and collaborators, which means, cultivating a welcoming, diverse, sustainable, inclusive, respectful and safe movement of leaders, contributors, readers, advocates, developers, allies and partners. This role will also require aligning with the Chief of Community Engagement and the Community Engagement team in support of the global community.

You are responsible for:

  • Leading and developing programs in support of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Foundation  
  • Using quantitative and qualitative data to inform Foundation DEI efforts 
  • Implementing a DEI plan and also training programs to support and encourage staff to prioritize DEI elements in their respective work areas
  • Being a critical thought partner regarding formal policies, responsibilities/expectations, performance management, goals, and our core values. 
  • Having a solution-minded approach with strong big picture project management ability.  
  • Identifying collaborators, leading across teams while offering well thought out proposals that have a clearly defined scope. 
  • Strategically evaluating policies within the organization and partnering with stakeholders to make recommendations, build out new policies  and improve existing ones
  • Advising staff on best DEI practices, and linking staff to good practice programs outside the Foundation
  • Working collaboratively with others from around the world, conveying multicultural competence 
  • Advising senior leadership on DEI trends, and setting, monitoring and reporting to senior leadership on DEI accountabilities
  • Providing coaching on DEI matters to all levels of the Foundation in a variety of formats, individual, group and team
  • Managing related Talent & Culture (human resources) projects, and collaborating in cross team projects
  • Advising  on building DEI considerations into recruiting and retention strategies at scale.  
  • Being highly accountable in representing the Foundation internally and externally on DEI, in presentations and written communications
  • Mediating staff issues with compassion, active listening, and understanding, while maintaining confidentiality 
  • Working cross-functionally to support our vision for diversity equity and inclusion.
  • Supporting the direction of the Talent and Culture department in collaboration with other leaders in the department
  • Leading a passionate DEI team and providing them with best practices, insights, and a strong direction
  • Managing performance of the DEI team
  • Developing staff of DEI team
  • Managing a budget to support growing programs and initiatives 
  • Liaising with internal legal counsel as needed

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8+yrs diversity & inclusion experience, or equivalent experience/education
  • Demonstrated experience managing global DEI programs
  • Passion for and experience with training and inspiring great people
  • Experience using data analytics platforms (excel, google sheets) to inform storytelling and presentations
  • Discretion in managing complex situations and handling sensitive information
  • Strong written and verbal communications, and demonstrated expertise in intercultural communications
  • Proven ability to create presentations and facilitate them to large groups
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and adjust quickly to new circumstances to overcome obstacles
  • Strong listening, reasoning and strategic skills with proven ability to influence, execute, and direct a wide range of diverse stakeholders
  • Flexible to flow between independent work and work needing collaboration  
  • Sound judgement, integrity, and composure in the face of challenges
  • Experience being a model for a progressive HR team  
  • Highly empathetic, trustworthy, and reliable

Qualities that are important to us

  • Resilience—we work on new and interesting problems in transparent and collaborative ways
  • Being open, curious, and inquiring in our work
  • Willingness to experiment with new ideas and solutions
  • Internal motivation and high standards
  • Working together for outcomes, and being willing to let go to scale or change course
  • Sharing a culture of civil discourse, constructive criticism, and respect
  • A strong sense of caring, partnered with an excellent sense of humor

Additionally, we’d love it if you have

  • Non-profit experience gets bonus points
  • Experience with HR tools like Namely & Greenhouse, and finance tools like Adaptive is a plus

The Wikimedia Foundation is... 

...the nonprofit organization that hosts 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.

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

U.S. 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, baby sitting, continuing education 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

*Eligible international workers' benefits are specific to their location and dependent on their employer of record

More information

Wikimedia 2030
Wikimedia Medium Term Plan
Diversity and inclusion information for Wikimedia workers, by the numbers
Wikimania 2019
Annual Report - 2017 

This is Wikimedia Foundation 
Facts Matter
Our Projects
Fundraising Report


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