Wikimedia Foundation Director, Engineering Jobs in Kenya

Wikimedia Foundation Director, Engineering Jobs in Kenya

Job Description

  • The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit that hosts Wikipedia and our other free knowledge projects. We want to make it easier for everyone to share what they know. To do this, we keep Wikipedia and Wikimedia sites fast, reliable, and available to all. We protect the values and policies that allow free knowledge to thrive.

  • We build new features and tools to make it easy to read, edit, and share from the Wikimedia sites. Above all, we support the communities of volunteers around the world who edit, improve, and add knowledge across Wikimedia projects.


  • Reporting to the VP of Product, you will be a key member of the Foundation’s team and an active participant in strategic decision-making for the Product department. You will play an active role in supporting the sustainability of the Wikimedia movement. As one of three Directors of Engineering in the Product department, you will lead a group of engineering managers across multiple teams. You will also collaborate with Product Managers, other Directors of Engineering and our volunteer communities as you help shape a better future for the Wikimedia projects.

  • The Product department is responsible for delivering user-facing experiences for readers, editors and other participants in the suite of products, as well as specific engineering functions needed to execute on delivery.

    You are responsible for:

  • Fostering an equitable, inclusive, and supportive team environment and coaching your reports in the same

  • Supporting and mentoring engineering managers and software engineers in their career development

  • Delegating outcomes rather than tasks to truly empower others to solve problems

  • Representing engineering expertise, opportunities and constraints within the organization and the Wikimedia communities

  • Participating in hiring high-quality, diverse teams that are inclusive to people of all backgrounds

  • Identifying opportunities to improve engineering processes and culture

  • Set technical strategy in collaboration with other engineering and product partners

  • Own
    delivery of technical and product roadmaps for your area of oversight

  • Budgeting, staffing, and expense management


    Skills and Experience:

  • Deep experience in leading engineering teams and mentoring engineers.

  • Experience leading engineering teams in delivering consumer-facing web platforms at scale.

  • Excellent technical acumen in order to participate in technical and architectural strategy.

  • Demonstrated ability to balance competing interests in a complex technical and social environment.

  • Experience collaborating with product and design counterparts to set aligned strategies and deliver on goals.

  • Proven success at all stages of the engineering process and product lifecycle, leading to significant, measurable impact.

  • Experience building, managing, and leading intentionally diverse, inclusive, international and remote-first engineering teams.

    Qualities that are important to us:

  • A passion for people development, team culture and the management of ideas.

  • A desire to make meaningful contributions to knowledge equity, free culture, and open access.

  • Clear communication in both synchronous and asynchronous channels.

    Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Fluency in one or more regional languages of Africa or Asia.

  • Experience as a professional or volunteer in open source of open knowledge communities.

  • Spent time having lived or worked outside your country of origin.

  • Experience as a member of a volunteer community.

  • Experience with products backed by machine learning, especially human-in-the-loop capabilities.

  • Experience with native app delivery for Android and iOS / iPadOS.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Wikimedia Foundation Director, Engineering Jobs in Kenya

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