Movement Consultation Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Remote
  • Nov 30, 2020

Website Wikimedia Foundation

Movement Consultation Specialist


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Movement Consultation Specialist to join our team, reporting to the Senior Program Manager, Communications. As the Movement Consultation Specialist, you will be responsible for holding the role of staff coach in our Movement Consultation team. In this role, the Consultation team’s purpose is to help Foundation staff run outstanding consultations with stakeholders from across our volunteer communities. The team contributes expertise, resources, and support to further the Foundation’s overall consultation vision and philosophy (as outlined in the Foundation Consultation Guide). The Consultation team is responsible for maintaining a set of consultation tools, providing training and support to staff, helping to coordinate beneficial consultations across teams and departments, ensuring consistent and effective implementation of best practices, working in concert with the rest of the Movement Consultation team to set a vision for consistent, innovative and inclusive consultations across  the Foundation, and increasing community-informed culture.

You are responsible for:

Coaching. Provide interactive training and positive support, beginning early on in the consultation design process. Answer questions, help with troubleshooting, and level-up a community of practice across the Foundation.
Knowledge production. Work across the Foundation to explore and refine existing practices, develop new processes and frameworks that help staff and community to plan, run, and close the loop on consultations. Iterate and improve these processes and approaches  through regular retrospectives.
Organizational capacity building. Strengthen knowledge of and capacity to engage with Wikimedia’s diverse volunteer ecosphere across the Foundation. Design and run trainings for new and existing staff. Teach colleagues how to fish.
Evaluation & Learning. Work with Foundation colleagues and the individual communities that make up the Movement to establish standards of practice that result in shareable best practices.  Define and implement consultation success metrics informed by community feedback. Share and apply lessons learned internally (from our own consultations) and externally (what others are doing).
Thought leadership. Work to help the Foundation’s teams improve their understanding of and approach to radically open, effective, and equitable consultations
Organizational realignment. Work with teams across the Foundation to promote use of best practice as well as a broader shift in culture and priorities toward genuine, equitable, and informative consultations.

Skills and Experience:

5+ years experience collaborating in complex situations in a professional setting
Ability to build relationships and trust, influence without authority, and effortlessly enforce accountability

Qualities that are important to us:

Resilience—we work on new and interesting problems in public and collaborative ways
Being open, curious, and inquiring in our work
Internal motivation and high standards
Working together for outcomes, and being willing to let go to scale or change course
Sharing a culture of constructive criticism and respect
Natural inclination for team collaboration and for helping colleagues succeed

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

Experience collaborating with communities and creating shared agreements
Experience working in an international organization that has a distributed workforce and a very strong culture
Experience in Africa, India, East Asia, or the Middle East is a huge plus

The Wikimedia Foundation is…

…the nonprofit organization that hosts and 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, 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.

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.

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 or (415) 839-6885.

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

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, baby sitting, continuing education and much more
The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary
Flexible and generous time off – vacation, sick and volunteer days, plus 22 paid holidays – including the last week of the year.
Family friendly! 100% paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, flexible options to phase back in after leave, fully equipped lactation room.
For those emergency moments – long and short term disability, life insurance (2x salary) and an employee assistance program
Pre-tax savings plans for health care, child care, elder care, public transportation and parking expenses
Telecommuting and flexible work schedules available
Appropriate fuel for thinking and coding (aka, a pantry full of treats) and monthly massages to help staff relax
Great colleagues – diverse staff and contractors speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people

*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., we defer to our PEO to ensure alignment with local labor laws.

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