Senior Advocacy Audiences Manager


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Senior Advocacy Audiences Manager to join the Public Policy Team reporting to the Vice President of Global Advocacy. As the Senior Advocacy Audiences Manager, you will develop and execute a plan to advance Wikimedia’s values and policy advocacy based on Wikimedia’s positions on crucial issues for Wikimedia’s mission, including copyright, intermediary liability, freedom of expression, access to knowledge, privacy, censorship, competition, communications and computing law. In this role, you will develop strategies for the Public Policy team, and work closely with the communications team in elevating this work in key areas. Your work will help the Wikimedia Foundation establish and defend a legal and regulatory landscape that is essential to Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, enabling the Foundation advance its mission and empowering people to participate in culture and knowledge.

We seek candidates with deep knowledge and expertise around policy issues and strategies to influence the landscape that affects Wikipedia.

You are responsible for:

  • Identifying  effective strategies to engage, and grow the Wikimedia Foundation’s audience for policy advocacy in the U.S. and in other countries.
  • Engaging and motivating the wider Wikimedia community on new and ongoing policy advocacy matters to include them as partners in this work.
  • Collaborating with the Policy team and Communications team, international Wikimedia community, and other allies to increase awareness and influence global policy on critical issues.
  • Explaining how policy issues affect the free knowledge movement and Wikimedia projects and develop materials to introduce key partners and audiences to this work.
  • Briefing and educating key Foundation staff and Wikimedia volunteers about Wikimedia’s work and mission and the importance of policy in the Wikimedia movement’s shared success.
  • Raising the profile of policy advocacy for the Wikimedia Foundation working closely with the Wikimedia communications team.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, plus graduate degree or relevant experience in law, public policy, or related fields and excellent academic credentials.
  • 3+ years of working on communications on relevant policy issues in government, advocacy groups, or think tanks in a public-facing capacity.
  • Proven execution of data-driven campaigns that influence policy and elevate issues critical to the work of your organization.
  • Deep understanding of intellectual property, privacy, and other internet law issues.
  • Excellent communication, teamwork, project management, and time management skills.

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Ability to learn on the job, spot issues, think fast, and comfortably deal with complex and ambiguous issues with sound judgment.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed, and to work or travel on weekends when necessary.
  • Ability to work with colleagues across time-zones and regions who do not have English as their primary language.
  • Proven ability to engage media and build long-term relationships with key influencers to drive results.

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Ability to speak other languages, experience living or working outside the United States, or past work on international advocacy issues.
  • Experience in graphic design, data visualization, or visual storytelling.
  • Experience in public interest or social justice advocacy work, or experience working in the technology, government, or nonprofit sector.
  • Experience with open source, free culture, free software, or online communities.
  • Experience as a member of a volunteer community.

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.

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