Oct 5, 2020

Senior Program Officer, Community Resources



✓ Cause-Driven

Wikipedia and its sister projects are created by volunteers.  They curate the knowledge that the world has come to rely on.  The Senior Program Officer is charged with co-designing and implementing a grantmaking strategy to 1) Grow our communities of volunteers, especially in places in the world that are just coming online, 2) Empower our existing communities to be more effective in their work and 3) Ensure that community investments are made more equitably around the world.  You will do this by making grants to our Wikimedia affiliates and free knowledge ecosystem partners and individuals, with an emphasis on those who are organizing seedling efforts to sprout communities in emerging parts of the world. It is an exciting time to join a team and help define the path forward for the grant programs. 

This Senior Program Officer will also manage the current Simple Annual Plan Grants program which supports the growth of emerging communities that have annual programs and operating expenses with previous experience with funding mechanisms. The program is run through a participatory grantmaking process and a focus on supporting programs that help diversify the knowledge content. They will work together with participatory grant committee members, grant applicants and grantees, and members of the Community Resources team.

This is a remote role and interested applicants from outside of the US are encouraged to apply.

You are responsible for:

Contributing to the strategic direction of the team:
Continually develop the program to support the priorities of the Foundation and the goals of the Wikimedia movement
Support the development and implementation of a measurement and evaluation system to track ongoing progress for the grants program
Ability to proactively network, identify, and recruit prospective grantees
Apply your domain expertise in free knowledge ecosystems and volunteer communities to support the design and implementation of solutions that achieve the desired outcomes of the 2030 Strategic Direction and Movement Strategy
Supporting the grants cycle:
Oversee the current Simple Annual Plan Grants proposal process from start to finish
Manage communications related to the grants cycle
Work closely with grant applicants in the preparation of their proposals and reports, providing guidance on strategic planning, programming, staffing, board development, and financial management
Support due diligence and eligibility reviews for interested organizations
Coordinate WMF staff, committee, and community inputs following the APG process, and ensure timely creation of expert materials in preparation for proposal review
Work together with the Grants Administrator and the Finance & Administration team to obtain approvals, disburse and track grant funds, and ensure that accurate data is maintained in the Fluxx grants database
Evaluate the annual plan grant process after each round, summarize feedback and implement recommendations for process improvements
Review mid-term and final grant reports, provide feedback to grantee, and share findings with committee, fellow staff, and the community at large
Support grant analysis on impact of funds, share results publicly
Hold regular meetings with grantees
Conduct site visits, perform on-site financial review, and document and share learning with relevant stakeholders
Update the Simple APG space on Meta wiki as needed
Facilitating the grants committees’ participatory decision-making
Recruit and orient new committee members
Facilitate regular committee meetings
Create and analyze the results of surveys and other assessment tools at all stages of the review process
Co-create and publish detailed public staff assessments of each proposal
Create or coordinate analysis, including detailed financial analysis, and oversee all material in preparation for deliberations, and be prepared to field detailed questions about proposals and analysis from the committee during the deliberations

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