The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking an experienced executive to serve as VP, Data Science & Engineering for our Technology department. At the Wikimedia Foundation, we operate the world’s largest collaborative project: a top ten website, reaching a billion people globally every month, while incorporating the values of privacy, transparency and community that are so important to our users.
Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer, the VP, Data Science & Engineering is a key member of the Foundation’s leadership team and an active participant in the strategic decision making framing the work of the technology department, the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia movement.
This role is responsible for planning and executing an integrated multi-year data science and engineering strategy spanning our work in artificial intelligence, machine learning, search, natural language processing and analytics. This strategy will interlock with and support the larger organization and movement strategy in service of our vision of enabling every human being to share freely in the sum of human knowledge.
Working closely with other Technology and Product teams, as well as our community of contributors and readers, you’ll lead a team of dedicated directors, engineering managers, software engineers, data engineers, and data scientists who are shaping the next generation of data usage, analysis and access across all Wikimedia projects.
Some examples of our teams work in the realm of data science and data engineering can be found on our blog, including deeper info on our work in improving edit workflows with machine learning, our use of Kafka and Hadoop or our analysis of analysis of people falling into the “Wikipedia rabbit hole”. As of late we have been thinking on how to best identify traffic anomalies that might indicate outages or, possibly, censorship.
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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.
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