Project Manager

San Francisco, CA or Remote Technology

The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for an experienced Project Manager to join our Core Platform Team and help us empower our communities to achieve our vision: A world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We are looking for someone who will become a trusted partner and a key member of our team, as well as someone who is passionate about making operational excellence a prominent part of our daily work.

The Core Platform Team is responsible for the development of MediaWiki and Wikimedia specific services that allow our software to scale to serve millions of users. As a Project Manager on our team, you will support your teammates by facilitating team processes, building and projecting schedules, and managing contractors. You will be responsible for ensuring smooth team operations and helping our team become more effective in delivering value to our communities, staff, and end-users. You will work directly with the management of the Core Platform Team and report to the Vice President of Platform.


  • Manage the delivery of multiple projects including facilitation of shared understanding of timelines across multiple customer teams
  • Facilitate and establish clear communication and information flows across teams
  • Develop and support healthy team dynamics as well as a culture that welcomes diverse perspectives
  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement and process improvement
  • Partner with Product Owners while also supporting the expert judgment of the team
  • Schedule and facilitate project planning, standups, retrospectives, and backlog grooming
  • Document team processes, decisions, and plans
  • Track status of projects and provide weekly/daily status updates to stakeholders and management
  • Uphold a culture of accountability and motivate teams to follow through on commitments to deliver outputs and enable outcomes
  • Coordinate venue, location, and activity planning for group and team events


  • BA/BS degree or equivalent in related work experience
  • Experience working in an organization that has a distributed workforce
  • 3+ years experience managing the release of developer and/or customer-facing software from concept to production
  • Experience building scalable workflows to keep cross-team projects on budget and on time, supporting project leaders to ensure work is in scope and remains aligned to strategic goals
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization and 
  • Strong facilitation, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Solid command of Agile approaches to software development and project management,  including identifying stakeholders, defining requirements, crafting schedules, ensuring testing, and facilitating implementation
  • Strong prioritization, organization, planning and time management skills
  • Passion for process improvement with superb attention to detail
  • Ability to build relationships and trust, and persuade team members and stakeholders to negotiate mutually agreeable solutions and then motivate the team toward that shared goal
  • Ability to anticipate risks, identify blockers, resolve conflicts, and initiate escalation paths 

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 Foundation
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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