We have several activities, one entitled “Weaving the network”, in which we talk about roles and objectives individually but also in groups and from communities and organizations. We also had a collective discussion regarding the policies and pillars of contribution to Wikiakuaipa (Wikipedia in Wayuunaiki) among which we found: to have reliable sources as referents; to respect the perception of all the people who participate; verification of the information; nobody is the owner of the truth; and we were wrong but we tried.
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.
As you know the Rapid Grants Program has played an important role in helping our communities to grow. The number of grants we have given outgrew by 30% between FY16 -17 to this fiscal year, and they grew by 55% when measured by the total amount disbursed. (See the spending analysis for reference.*)
While communities have valued these flexible funding opportunities, on our part, it hasn’t been easy to measure and track their impact. We, therefore, will be implementing a number of changes in Fiscal Year 19/20, starting August 1, 2019, to sharpen the focus and impact of rapid grants, whilst at the same time maintaining the quick and flexible funding options for community: 1) In the months specified below, we will prioritize support to contests and campaigns which have been an exciting source of growth in editorship, innovative participation and content generation by communities. These months will be solely dedicated to different contests and campaigns throughout the year:
August: only receiving proposals for Wiki Loves Monuments
September: only receiving proposals for Awareness Grants (campaign)
December: only receiving proposals for Wiki Loves Africa
January: only receiving proposals for Art + Feminism (campaign)
March: only receiving proposals for Wiki Loves Earth
2) Outside the months specified above, proposals are welcomed in all other categories: edit-a-thons, contests, photowalks, general promotion campaigns, and video campaigns. For added flexibility, we will also consider proposals outside of these categories, such as software development. However, we will no longer be providing rapid grants for travel support, equipment purchase or meetups. 3) We will evaluate each batch of grants once a month and accept the best proposals in alignment with the Wikimedia Foundation’s medium-term goals.
We will share the evaluation for the Rapid Grants Program that led us to sharpen the focus for the program once the evaluation is completed by September 30, 2019. In addition to these changes, we’ve also considered comments around Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grants eligibility criteria and have clarified these criteria. Please take the time to re-familiarize yourselves with the Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grants Guidelines and Criteria page.