About the Board of Trustees
Board members play a vital role in shaping and approving our strategy, ensuring the we use our resources in pursuit of our mission, and championing our vision, mission, and values within our communities and in public. The Board's role is to oversee the management of the Foundation, and advise, challenge, and support the Executive Director without crossing into management.
The Board is structured to hold a range of experiences and differing expertise, including:
- three community-nominated volunteer seats,
- two affiliate-nominated volunteer seats,
- four appointed expert seats, and
- an honorary seat held by Jimmy Wales, the founder.
We are currently looking to fill two appointed seats. The position listed below describes some of the specific subject-matter expertise we hope to add to our Board. Deadline for submission is March 6th, 2017.
Have you grown a movement before? What can you teach us about scaling a culture of decentralized volunteerism? The “Growing a Global Movement” Board seat will help us build a distributed, decentralized infrastructure and inspired culture, while preserving our altruistic heart.
We’d like you to have some or all of these kinds of experiences:
- You have successfully scaled a culture and structure to support a growing movement. You can create a global, sustainable resource allocation and distribution model.
- Perhaps you have worked for a global NGO (e.g., growing Amnesty International or the International Red Crescent / Red Cross movement).
- Perhaps you have worked on a national election campaign or movement, architecting volunteer teams and resources at scale (e.g. civil rights movement, presidential campaign).
- Perhaps you worked in an international, philanthropic campaign (e.g. Product Red).
- You can assess complex situations with multifaceted problem sets and design simple, elegant solutions that withstand the test of time—
- you would prefer to draft a constitution, not a tax code.
- You have contributed to the Wikimedia movement in some way, through donations, edits, uploads, or organizing community-driven efforts.
Board members serve for three-year, renewable terms. Each year, the Board convenes four times in person at different locations around the world and three to six times online as necessary. Meetings require coordination with members across the world and across time zones. Overall, the time commitment for standard service is roughly 75 hours per year (not including travel). Board members may additionally choose to dedicate time to one or more Board committees, supporting and providing counsel to the Executive Director and her team, or promoting the Wikimedia movement through speaking engagements and connecting with the Wikimedia communities. All Board positions are unpaid and provided in service of the movement.
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About the Wikimedia Foundation
At the Foundation, we build technology to help people everywhere access Wikipedia, across devices and in nearly 300 languages. We engineer privacy for our readers and editors so they can safely and securely explore Wikipedia. We create programs and initiatives to make Wikipedia freely available to more people in more parts of the world. We build new tools for the community of editors so they can continue to improve and grow Wikipedia. Roughly a quarter of our budget goes to supporting the community that make the site possible, including through grantmaking programs that enable volunteers and enrich the information on the sites.
The Wikimedia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.