Jan 11, 2021

VP, Talent & Culture



✓ Cause-Driven

The Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides the essential infrastructure for free knowledge globally. We operate the world's most collaborative project (including Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons & various other projects that are part of our multilingual, free-content Wikimedia family).  We welcome anyone who shares our vision to join us in collecting and sharing knowledge that fully represents human diversity.

Through a vast affiliate network of (140+) chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups,  250,000+ editors contribute monthly in over 300 languages. There are 53 million media files on Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. We are the world’s fifth most popular digital platform, providing free educational resources globally. 1.5 billion unique devices visit Wikimedia Foundation sites monthly.

The Wikimedia Foundation has more than doubled in size in the last few years. Currently, a talented and passionate team of 500+ is based in 40 countries across the globe.

The Role

The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking a Vice President to join the Talent & Culture (T&C) department. We believe that our people are our most important asset, and the policy and practice work of our Talent & Culture department is critical to identifying, supporting, developing, and retaining excellent colleagues who advance the Foundation’s mission. This role will work side-by-side with the Chief of Talent & Culture to develop and implement a talent philosophy that supports our mission and organizational culture while simultaneously:

Allowing talented colleagues to grow and thrive; and
Achieving measurable business and social impact goals.
Specifically, you’ll be an energetic leader, strategic thinker, and problem solver across strategic human resource planning, talent management, and all aspects of culture, diversity, and organizational development. You’ll learn from the Foundation’s leaders and managers and then tailor critical HR support for each business line’s growth and evolving needs. In parallel, you will be driving culturally- and values- aligned HR investments that allow for a stellar employee experience and position Wikimedia as an employer of choice in the global nonprofit, technology, and advocacy fields.

Key areas of responsibility will include effective oversight, coordination and implementation of various HR policies and process, performance management, talent management and development, rewards and recognition, diversity and inclusion practices, workforce analytics, training and organizational effectiveness. Additionally, the VP, T&C will lead efforts for employee engagement/relations as well as internal communications.

This position requires an individual who can act as a senior consultant to the business, build and execute a strong integrated HR strategy, as well as manage and develop the teams that support each department’s unique business needs, culture and objectives. The VP, T&C will be key in developing a stellar pipeline of leaders distributed across the organization: how we invest in them, develop, support and empower them and their teams via programs and tools.  The ideal candidate must demonstrate a combination of strong business and coaching acumen -- acquired within a large (hundreds of staff), complex (multi-program/initiative), global and geographically dispersed organization -- and a significant human resource functional track record, with the knowledge to guide the development of effective HR strategies, policies and practices.

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Wikimedia Foundation

The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.

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