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Research Manager

Wikimedia Foundation

Wikimedia Foundation

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2023


We’re hiring a Research Manager strongly committed to the principles of free knowledge, open source and open data, transparency, privacy, and collaboration to join the Research team. As our Research Manager you will be leading a small, highly talented, and ambitious team of research scientists and research engineers to develop models and insights that support the technology and policy needs of the Wikimedia projects across more than 300 languages, and to advance our understanding of the Wikimedia projects.

You’ll work remotely with the fully distributed Research team, with members currently spread between UTC+3 and UTC-7. You will be accountable for our Knowledge Integrity program which is a highly interdisciplinary program with many stakeholders inside and outside of the Wikimedia Foundation. Within the Foundation, you will work closely with ML Platform, Data Engineering and Event Platform, Legal (Global Advocacy, Trust & Safety), and Product (Moderator tools, Anti-Harassment Tools) teams and more. Outside of the Wikimedia Foundation, you will work with the Wikimedia developers behind bots that operate on the Wikimedia projects, Wikimedia researchers, and Wikimedia affiliates and user groups to understand, translate and prioritize their needs as part of the work of your team.

Here are some things we’ve worked on recently that might give you a better sense of the scope of work you will be accountable for and part of:

If you are interested to learn more about all aspects of the work of the Research team, we encourage you to read our bi-annual Research Report.

You are responsible for:

  • Managing a globally distributed team of research scientists and research engineers in the Research team
  • Creating a team environment where team members feel motivated and inspired
  • Recruiting, hiring, and onboarding new team members and contractors
  • Working with team members to set individual performance goals, and supporting them in meeting and evolving their goals and career paths
  • Developing or updating the roadmap of the team in alignment with the organization's strategic direction, and drafting and executing the team’s annual and quarterly commitments
  • Leading the definition, refinement, and execution of the processes through which the team manages and performs work
  • Triaging incoming workload, maintaining focus on priorities, and setting realistic expectations with stakeholders and team members
  • Representing the Research team and the Wikimedia Foundation in the scientific communities through giving invited talks or keynotes, participating in panels, organizing research events or service activities including but not limited to (senior) program committee, track chair or program chair roles.

Skills and Experience:

  • 3+ years of experience managing and leading Data Science or Research teams that have brought research ideas to live product or features
  • Hands-on experience with scientific research including scientific publishing
  • Demonstrated ability to start a multi-stakeholder program or roadmap, navigate trade-offs and successfully bring it to completion
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, including the ability to communicate complex technical issues to a cross-team and cross-functional audience
  • Experience facilitating meetings or convenings of participants with diverse expertise for decision making
  • Hands-on experience bringing a research idea to a live product or feature
  • PhD or MSc degree plus related work experience in computer science, statistics, or related technical fields; PhD degree preferred

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Committed to the mission of the organization and our values
  • Committed to our guiding principles and human rights policy
  • Empathetic towards and committed to work with the Wikimedia affiliates and communities
  • Able to disagree in a respectful manner and work towards a solution even when you disagree
  • Good at asynchronous communication
  • Solution-focused. The Wikimedia ecosystem is complex, resources are limited, and our goals and guiding principles are ambitious. We want you to work with your team to find solutions embracing these factors.
  • An effective and responsible communicator. An active listener.
  • Self motivated and proactive
  • Able to manage and lead in the face of ambiguity and complexity
  • Curious and committed to learn

Additionally, we’d love it if you have one or more of the following:

  • 3+ years of experience managing remote teams
  • Experience contributing to Wikimedia projects
  • Experience working in NGO, non-profit, or social good oriented organizations
  • Experience working with volunteer communities and projects
  • Experience managing teams that include engineers
  • Experience conducting research in misinformation, disinformation or the integrity of knowledge
  • Published research in the past three years
  • Contributed to scientific communities through service activities in the past three years

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that 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 freely. We host Wikipedia and 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 donations 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.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a remote-first organization with staff members including contractors based in more than 50 countries. Salaries at the Wikimedia Foundation are set in a way that is competitive, equitable, and consistent with our values and culture. The anticipated annual pay range of this position for applicants based within the United States is US$116,781 to US$178,657 with multiple individualized factors, including cost of living in the location, being the determinants of the offered pay. For applicants located outside of the US, the pay range will be adjusted to the country of hire. We neither ask for nor take into consideration the salary history of applicants. The compensation for a successful applicant will be based on their skills, experience and location.

All applicants can reach out to their recruiter to understand more about the specific pay range for their location during the interview process.

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 +1 (415) 839-6885.

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