Software Engineer (Contractor), Graphs

Remote Product


Location: Remote

Hours: 40 hours/week

Contract Length: 6-9 weeks


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Contract Software Engineer to join our team, reporting to the manager of the Structured Data team.  As the Software Engineer for Graphs, you will be responsible for taking the current Graphs extension and re-writing it to use frontend technology to render graphs and charts on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. In this role, you will coordinate with the current maintainers of the Graph extension and the Graphoid service to convert existing functionality into this new frontend-only system.

You will be responsible for:

  • Assessment of current state of Graph and Graphoid
  • Collection of requirements for project in collaboration with stakeholders
  • Implementation of frontend-only graph rendering
  • Shepherding review and deployment of the new system once complete 

Skills and Experience:

  • 4+ years of experience with JavaScript and frontend programming
  • Knowledge of related JavaScript libraries - Vega and/or D3 specifically
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field, or completion of a programming bootcamp
  • Proven experience working independently on projects from start to completion

Qualities that are important to us:

  • A passion for free and open-source software
  • Curiosity and a drive to pursue new ideas
  • Interest in rich content, especially to supplement existing text-only content

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Experience creating frontend rendering systems for graphs
  • Experience with MediaWiki and other Wikimedia technology
  • Contributions to free and open-source projects, either in the Wikimedia space or elsewhere

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.

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 
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Our Projects
Fundraising Report


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