The Wikimedia Foundation 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”) Senior Director will have a vital role in evolving the culture at Wikimedia Foundation. 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 Senior 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 setting our overarching DEI strategy as well as managing and evolving current programs. This Senior Director will create meaningful Foundation wide DEI policies, overseeing the steady implementation of these policies against set goals, advising Foundation leadership on emerging DEI challenges, 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 analyze and report on quantitative and qualitative data to Foundation leadership and staff, lead internal and external DEI communication strategies, shepherd and advise our employee resource groups (“ERGs”) and recommend future DEI related projects and programs. This role will report into the VP 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 in a wealth of new cultures and communities. The DEI Senior 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.
- Create and implement a DEI strategy that centers the most impacted, increases cultural competence, and builds on the values of the Foundation
- Develop and lead training programs in support of advancing DEI within the organization
- Use quantitative and qualitative data to measure and inform Foundation DEI efforts
- Serve as a critical thought partner in examining and improving internal policies, inclusive data collection, performance management, and our core values
- Directly lead a passionate team, contribute to their development, and provide strong direction
- Manage the organization’s DEI budget to support growing programs and initiatives
- Lead across teams to ensure DEI is embedded organization-wide while identifying collaborators to advance this work
- Apply anti-racist organizational best practices and work across teams to ensure we advance in our commitments towards racial equity
- Advance the global inclusion by advising on best practices outside of North America by driving awareness in different working styles around the world, ensuring staff demographic data is both inclusive and compliant with local regulations
- Utilize data, reporting, and dashboards to advise senior leadership on DEI trends
- Provide coaching at the individual, group and team level and in a variety of formats and settings
- Mediate staff matters with compassion, empathy, and active listening, while maintaining confidentiality
- Advise the broader organization on scalable global recruiting and retention strategies
- Support the overall direction of the Talent and Culture department in collaboration with department peers
- Manage and execute related Talent & Culture (human resources) projects, and collaborating in cross team projects
- Liaise with internal legal counsel as needed
Skills and Experience:
- 12+ years of relevant work experience, or experience leading a team, executing strategy that includes working with staff and senior leadership to drive aspirational outcomes in the DEI space both internally and externally
- Demonstrated intercultural experience and strong verbal and written communication skills and knowledge of DEI at both the regional and global level
- Experience managing and leading a distributed team
- Experience using data analytics platforms to inform storytelling and presentations
- Discretion in managing complex situations and handling sensitive information
- Proven ability to develop DEI content and facilitate them to large groups
- Ability to prioritize tasks and adjust quickly to new circumstances to overcome obstacles
- Experience in multicultural learning methodologies
- 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
- Having a solution-minded approach with strong big picture project management ability
- Being highly accountable in representing the Foundation internally and externally through public speaking, program facilitation, participation in career fairs and more
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
Qualities that are important to us:
- Resilience—we work on new and interesting problems in transparent and collaborative ways
- Empathy towards others in our growing global workforce
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 839-6885.
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 22 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
- Paid travel to Wikimedia Foundation events all around the world!
- Equipment including a laptop, monitor, plus a one-time stipend to cover any additional needs to make sure you have the best work experience
- Great colleagues - diverse staff and contractors speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people
*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., we defer to our PEO to ensure alignment with local labor laws.
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