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Wikipedia is seeking a VP of Engineering in San Francisco, CA.

The Vice President of Engineering (VPE) will lead, grow and oversee a technology organization of 80+. This includes responsibility for keeping Wikimedia’s sites and services running responsively, and inspiring transformative changes that benefit readers, contributors and developers.

The VPE will be committed to empowering teams and enabling continuous improvement along all dimensions that make engineering organizations successful: the infrastructure changes needed to support continuous delivery, effective processes and tools for self-organizing teams, continued attention to team dynamics and chemistry, efficient and inventive hiring processes, recognition and celebration of accomplishments, and – more specific to our case – support of a global, open-source community of volunteers.

The VPE will work with a rock-solid, creative, independent-minded and mission-driven engineering team that is partially distributed around the world. He/she will also oversee engineering community management and developer outreach in order to engage the global community of volunteer and third-party developers that contribute to the core platform, extensions, operations, JavaScript gadgets, templates, bots, tools and apps.

The VPE will collaborate on technology vision and will be a key participant in the development of the product and technology roadmap. He/she will be responsible for fostering organizational and personal excellence to achieve precise, rapid and quality execution of engineering, product development and operations.

The VPE will be a key member of the executive leadership team and will be expected to be an empowering, accessible and collaborative leader. The ideal candidate is a proven leader and a passionate technology executive, who is well known for disciplined execution at scale, inspiring and fair leadership of large, dispersed teams and quality strategic thinking on both technology and business/organizational questions.

He/she will feel deeply inspired by Wikimedia’s mission to bring free knowledge to every person on the planet, and by the opportunity to do so through the development of open-source technology that augments humanity’s ability to solve complex problems.

This position will be created as the result of organizing the current Engineering/Product group into two departments.

To learn more, or to apply online, visit the Wikipedia posting here.

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