For many of us across the Wikimedia movement, we are well familiar with the conferences, online discussions, and in-person meetups over the last few years where we have come together to talk about our future. For others of us, getting involved with the strategy process remains a new and exciting prospect. To both groups – hello!
My name is Rupika Sharma and I work as Community Strategy Liaison for the Hindi community. My role is to serve as a connector between the ongoing recommendations work by our nine working groups, and the Hindi and Indic language communities that are invested in the outcomes of the process. A lot of information about this process is already on the Meta page of Movement Strategy, but for the inner story of how I and the Strategy team have been working to support this process, stay tuned and keep reading!
Since the beginning of this year, I have been a Strategy Liaison on behalf of the Wikimedia movement strategy process for the Portuguese community on all Wikimedia projects. It’s been a great opportunity to learn different aspects about the community in which I have been a volunteer for years. Talking to the community about itself means having access to the many different points of view on the projects, and also to a large set of possible ways to work toward a better future.
The face of Wikipedia’s volunteer community is often an editor—someone who maintains, edits, and writes facts in the vast online encyclopedia. But editors aren’t the only contributors to Wikipedia, WikiCommons, and the other Wikimedia projects: there are many other volunteers who contribute by organizing events and inspiring others to join our volunteer community. Their work, though not as overtly visible, is also incredibly important and vital to the growth of our movement.
Founded in 2014, Art+Feminism is an award-winning do-it-yourself campaign to improve coverage of gender, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented; in a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as women. This lack of participation has led to significant gaps in the content on the world’s most popular online research tool. Since 2014, over 14,000 people at more than 1,100 events around the world have participated in our edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of more than 58,000 articles on Wikipedia. Our events range from small gatherings at coffee shops to hundreds of folks at the largest cultural institutions in the world and take place on all six inhabited continents. Our organizing practices are horizontal and rhizomatic and our feminism is trans-inclusive and intersectional.
The Executive Director sets the strategic vision and executes the annual plan in collaboration with the Lead Organizers and manages relationships with the Board of Directors. The Executive Director, Lead Co-Organizers, and the Project Administrator form the Core Leadership Team of Art+Feminism. The Executive Director must have strong project management skills, a demonstrated history of work at the intersection of the arts and social justice, an understanding of intersectional feminist organizing principles, experience generating diverse financial support, and a knowledge of the Wikimedia community or another open-source/online community. Art+Feminism is entering into its seventh year but this will be our first year as a non-profit. While we do have great systems in place for community organizing, we seek an Executive Director who is also skilled at operations and development, and committed to developing leadership among other members of the team. Because the position requires international outreach and coordination, fluency in at least one language other than English is preferred.
The Executive Director’s responsibilities include:
Work with the Core Leadership Team to provide a strong day-to-day leadership presence that incorporates our mission, vision, and values into our everyday operations.
Work with the Board of Directors and the Core Leadership Team to develop the project’s mission, vision and values.
Draft strategic planning documents alongside the rest of the Core Leadership Team.
Represent Art+Feminism at art and social justice conferences, events, and Wikimedia Community gatherings.
Manage all staff and contractors, including the Project Administrator
Collaborate with the lead organizers to plan and implement the annual campaign.
Lead development goals and activities including grants administration and reporting.
Lead various fundraising activities.
Write grant proposals and compile supporting documents.
Recruit Board Members and cultivate Board.
Work with Core Leadership Team and Regional Organizers to identify and cultivate new funding sources.
Marketing and Communications
Work with the Core Leadership Team to oversee the development and execution of an annual communications plan, including marking, social media, and educational programming.
Co-manage key institutional partnerships, such as with the Museum of Modern Art.
Maintain and ensure the execution of project timelines.
Establish, improve and maintain efficient operations and project management platforms.
Direct and administer all financial plans and work with the Project Administrator to manage accounting processes for grant reporting and federal reporting.
Oversee regular meetings with Core Leadership Team members
Compose budgets for specific programs and processes.
Oversee risk management and legal activities, such as contracts
Work with the Project Administrator to analyze and improve operations and workflows.
Must be passionate about and have experience with the arts, intersectional feminism, and open source culture.
Must have demonstrated a commitment to developing leadership among other members of the team.
Requires proven fundraising and development experience.
Requires a minimum of 3 years of non-profit leadership experience or equivalent experience; 5 years preferred.
Requires strong self-awareness and high emotional intelligence.
Must have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Requires a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with colleagues (e.g. staff, volunteers, donors, and board members.)
Preferably have strong financial management skills and analytical abilities.
Preferably have experience editing, organizing, or analyzing Wikipedia.
Preferably have experience with metrics/analytics tools.
Preferably have experience with project management and customer relations tools (we use Slack, Streak, and Trello.)
Requires flexibility to work evenings and weekends, and to travel for the role.
Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. This position is entirely remote; the Core Leadership Team, which is located in four different cities, meets weekly via video chat. The candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Due to our funding structure, this role is currently a one-year contract beginning September 1, 2019, with an expectation for renewal, pending the successful accomplishment of the above tasks.
Salary Range: $60-75,000/year. This is currently an independent contractor position but may be transitioned to employee status, depending on our legal and accounting advice. Application Deadline: August 13, 2019
Art+Feminism provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. Candidates from groups underrepresented in tech are especially encouraged to apply.