Public Policy Manager at Wikimedia Foundation

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:00am

San Francisco


Join Wikimedia in our ambitious project to empower people to create and share the sum of all human knowledge. The policy group works to establish a regulatory landscape that advances Wikipedia and other free educational projects. We are looking for a policy manager who can work on crucial issues for our mission, like intellectual property, surveillance, and censorship. You should have a strong academic record and a passion for sharing and remixing on the internet. 

The policy manager will report to the Legal Director, and work closely with digital rights groups and Wikimedia affiliates.


  • Design legislative proposals to support free knowledge consistent with the Wikimedia Guiding Principles.
  • Analyze existing and proposed laws to determine how they may impact the Wikimedia projects and users.
  • Prepare white papers, blog posts, and other material discussing how different policy actions affect the free knowledge movement.
  • Engage with advocacy groups and members of the Wikimedia movement on policy initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively with other teams in the Wikimedia Foundation, including Communications, Product, and Engineering.


  • Bachelor's degree and excellent academic credentials
  • Deep understanding of intellectual property, privacy, and other internet law issues.
  • Experience with open source, free culture, free software, or online communities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Dedicated, hardworking, passionate, and able to complete projects independently.
  • Ability to learn on the job, spot issues, think fast, and comfortably deal with complex and ambiguous issues with sound judgment.
  • Comfortable in a highly collaborative, consensus-oriented environment.


  • Graduate degree in law, public policy or related fields.
  • A degree in computer science, engineering, or related experience, and have a good understanding of software engineering processes and issues.
  • 3 years of experience working in government, advocacy groups, or think tanks.
  • Ability to speak other languages, experience living or working outside the United States, or past work on international legal or policy issues are major pluses.

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 431 million unique visitors per month, making them the 5th most popular web property worldwide. Available in more than 287 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 32 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants. The Wikimedia Foundation was created in 2003 to manage the operation of Wikipedia and its sister projects. It currently employs over 208 staff members. Wikimedia is supported by local chapter organizations in 40 countries or regions.

The Wikimedia Foundation offers competitive benefits including 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, massages, cooking classes, and much more. The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary.

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