Wikimedia envisions a world where the sum total of human knowledge is available to everyone.
The Wikimedia Foundation, the San Francisco-based nonprofit home of Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and other free educational projects, serves as the hub of a global movement of hundreds of thousands of contributors collaborating to collect and share the sum of all human knowledge with the world. Wikipedia, the most prominent of the Wikimedia projects, comprises some 48 million articles in nearly 300 languages and is viewed more than 15 billion times each month from around the world.
The Public Policy team works to establish and defend a legal and regulatory landscape that is essential to Wikipedia and other free educational projects and to enable the Foundation to advance its mission. We are looking for an experienced public policy professional who can run campaigns on crucial issues for our mission, like copyright, intermediary liability, freedom of expression, access to knowledge, privacy, and censorship. The immediate focus is on United States law and policy affecting the open internet with the aim of raising Wikimedia’s profile and influence in debates that affect the ability of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects to function as sources of free knowledge.
The senior public policy manager will be one of two such managers on the Public Policy team, located within the Legal Department, and will work closely with outside digital rights advocates and Wikimedia affiliates in the U.S. and internationally.
Who Should Apply
At Wikimedia, we serve the world. We believe that there is no way to meaningfully achieve our goal of reaching every single human unless our organization reflects the full breadth of the human experience. To that end, the Wikimedia Foundation recruits candidates from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, and people from low-income families. A diversity of lived experiences is reflective of those who create and use Wikimedia every day.
We seek candidates with successful track records in advocacy work around internet legal and policy issues.
Essential Functions of Role:
The Wikimedia Foundation is...
...the nonprofit organization that supports 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.
The Wikimedia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply
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