Overview

Summary

The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a great engineer who wants to help our team:

  • modernize the underlying infrastructure of Wikipedia and make it scalable and sustainable
  • ensure our non-profit fundraiser becomes more accessible worldwide
  • protect Wikipedia and our other projects
  • ensure that the development team has a sound testing strategy and is following effective testing methodologies

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.

If this excites you, we welcome you to join us.

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Excited about being part of facilitating global access to open/free knowledge
  • Demonstrated commitment to learning and growth
  • Collaborative approach to problem solving
  • Values working with a diverse group of human beings across a broad set of timezone and geographies
  • Communicate openly and empathetically both in giving and receiving feedback

We’d like you to do these things:

  • Identify test automation candidates and work with other developers to develop automated tests.
  • Test new features and improvements to verify that the software we create is reliable, usable and works as intended.
  • Track, escalate and provide reporting and communication for security bugs
  • Review and deploy features developed by the Foundation and community members
  • Participate in the collaborative review of code changes made by fellow staff and community members
  • Working with the guidance of Technical Leads and Senior Engineers to triage, diagnose, and fix reported bugs, write tests and refactor code

Skills and Experience:

  • Academic or professional programming experience (undergraduate degree, bootcamp, professional work experience, self-taught)
  • Some experience and or knowledge of implementing unit and/or integration tests, utilizing Selenium and/or other test automation tooling.
  • Some experience and/or knowledge of Object Oriented Programming principles and best practices
  • Open to working with a mix of PHP and Nodejs as well as Go, Python
  • Familiar with storage technologies like SQL and NoSQL
  • Comfortable using *nix and command line applications

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 recruiting@wikimedia.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.

More information

Wikimedia Foundation
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