Content Campaign Organizing Fellows


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for two Content Campaign Organizing Fellows to join our team, reporting to the Senior Program Strategist.  As the Content Campaign Organizing Fellow, you will be responsible to coordinate multidisciplinary capacities across the organization to increase the impact and skills of existing campaign organizers, and support WMF strategic initiatives that involve content campaigns. Our aspiration is that any organizer focused on a knowledge gap can nimbly invite interested audiences to effectively contribute content through online and offline activities. We work on this through a combination of hands-on experimental projects, like #1lib1ref and #WikiForHumanRights, advising existing community initiatives and championing software solutions for key organizing problems.

Through a mix of organizing, special projects, and learning opportunities, organizing fellow positions are designed for organizers in the Wikimedia movement to develop additional professional skills and experience that can be applied to both existing organizing opportunities in the Wikimedia movement (such as Wikipedian in Residence positions) and external community organizing spaces.

During 2021-22, our fellows will support two focus areas:

  • Human Rights and Sustainability organizing: Support for developing better event practices for partner organizations running events on human rights and sustainability topics as part of our ongoing #WikiForHumanRights partnership with UN Human Rights and other partnerships focused on environmental and sustainability audiences.
  • Campaign Tools practices— partner with campaign organizers throughout the movement to document, integrate and facilitate adoption of new tools being used in organizing. This fellow will focus on investigations of existing tools (such as Central Notice) and documentation and championship of campaign tools developed by a new Campaign Product team at the Wikimedia Foundation.

Part time: 32 hours per week, starting October 2021 and ending June 30, 2022. These roles are designed so that organizers can maintain some existing external organizing, educational, personal or professional commitments.

You are responsible for:

  • Listening to community leaders working on campaign activities and synthesis their experiences into compelling and useful documentation and communication materials
  • Writing documentation important to adoption of best practices as part of campaign activities
  • Helping implement and monitor participation in editing activities
  • Connecting interested organizers and partners with resources, documentation, partnerships or advisory support for implementing locally relevant activities as part of meta campaigns, such as #WikiForHumanRights.
  • Supporting evaluation of campaigns for both impact, and capacity development among local communities.

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience successfully organizing online activities in Wikimedia communities
  • Knowledge about effective tactics for organizing content drives, editathons or other campaign tactics in the Wikimedia movement.
  • Experience communicating in English to the international Wikimedia community and publishing it in Wikimedia community channels, such as Wikimedia mailing lists, Meta Wiki, Telegram or Facebook.
  • Experience evaluating the impact of content-focused activities in the Wikimedia movement through organizing tools like the Programs and Events Dashboard, Fountain or Hashtags tool.

Qualities that are important to us:

  • A passion for and belief in free and open knowledge, and a willingness to get involved in the complex, decentralized process of creating it.
  • Sensitivity to working with multicultural and multilingual audiences on complicated topics
  • For the Campaign Tools fellow, we are looking for someone with comfort engaging with new technologies, evaluating their potential applications and mentoring others in using technologies for organizer needs.

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Experience professionally communicating in languages other than English
  • A network of collaborators in the Wikimedia movement from Global South communities — for #WikiForHumanRights we prefer candidates with experience collaborating with organizers in the Middle East and North Africa or Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience championing the adoption of software or technology to a community of practitioners.
  • Experience doing outreach with audiences beyond the existing community in the Wikimedia movement (for ex. Education, GLAM or Library outreach)
  • Knowledge or experience working with topics such as human rights or broader international topics for impact, i.e. the Sustainable Development Goals.

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.