Instructional Designer (Temporary)

Remote Legal

Duration: 12 months 

Hours: 40 hrs/week


The Wikimedia Foundation is committed to providing access to crowd-sourced information resources that reflect the knowledge of the world. One of the ways we support this goal is by providing community-focused, capacity-building learning and development opportunities that support long-term movement engagement and growth.  

Reporting to the Manager of Community Development, you will develop capacity-building curriculums for our online learning pilot that engages 3 unique volunteer populations and a trainer incubation project that supports 10-15 emerging leaders who will drive future movement capacity building efforts. 

The Instructional Designer will work closely with the Community Development team to understand learning objectives and priorities of each program and develop movement focused, adult-centered learning curriculums and materials that will build the necessary skills and knowledge necessary for movement growth. 

It is key that you have experience designing and delivering adult-learning curriculums, courses and training in diverse, global settings, and the ability to employ a variety of design principles to ensure accessibility and relevance of content for a diverse range of learners from all over the world. We are seeking an individual who embraces the core principles of the Wikimedia movement, such as openness and collaboration and who will be an effective project manager, an advocate for open knowledge, and excited to support and grow all types of leaders at diverse stages of life and in diverse cultural contexts.

The team is committed to supporting community leadership as part of the Thriving Movement vision as set out in the Foundation’s Mid-Term Plan (MTP).

You are responsible for:

  • Developing the core curriculum materials include learning courses, modules and resources for the Community Development online learning pilot and trainer incubator that will launch in January 2021
  • Collaborating with pilot cohort leads to understand the capacity needs of their participants and develop online learning experiences that builds skills, knowledge and meets pre-determined learning and pilot objectives
  • Supporting the end of project evaluation process and report out that will provide recommendations and best practices for the Community Development team to better support online learning and leadership development 
  • Facilitating online learning experiences during the pilot period
  • Other duties as needed

Skills and Experience:

  • Professional experience developing instructional/curriculum design focusing on online adult learning and pedagogical understanding in global settings
  • 2+ years in lab, incubator/accelerator program design, facilitation and evaluation 
  • Demonstrated instructional design experience with a focus on online and in-person curriculum and resource design, ability to evolve content into impactful and accessible learning resources and experiences
  • Experience with open learning management systems such as Moodle 
  • Experience working internationally within multilingual and multicultural contexts with wide networks of stakeholders and learners
  • Understanding of best practices for cultural/contextual inclusivity to ensure learning resources and experiences reflects multiple perspectives
  • Ability to develop resources for various learning styles, accessibility needs

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.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at or (415) 839-6885.

More information

Wikimedia Foundation
Wikimedia 2030
Wikimedia Medium Term Plan
Diversity and inclusion information for Wikimedia workers, by the numbers
Wikimania 2019
Annual Report - 2018 

This is Wikimedia Foundation 
Facts Matter
Our Projects
Fundraising Report


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