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The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.

The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for an Engineering Manager to join our SRE team, reporting to the Director of Site Reliability Engineering. As Engineering Manager, you will be responsible for supporting the engineers developing our infrastructure and supporting the services that depend on it, used by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

We currently have two roles available:

Engineering Manager of the SRE Infrastructure Foundations team

In this role, you will be managing the Infrastructure Foundations team that builds the pillars of our bare-metal infrastructure and global network, the platform, configuration management and automation tools our other SRE and development teams can rely upon.

Engineering Manager of the SRE Traffic team

In this role, you will be managing the Traffic team that designs and operates a private and privacy-protecting global CDN for Wikipedia and related sister projects. Our Traffic stack handles public DNS, global request routing, TLS termination, HTTP content caching, and internal service routing for the public services of the Foundation, and is a critical layer in bringing our free content to our global audiences.

You are responsible for:

  • Managing one to two globally distributed teams within Wikimedia’s Site Reliability Engineering organization
  • Recruiting, hiring, and helping onboard new team members
  • Working with team members to set individual performance goals, and supporting them in meeting and evolving their goals and career path
  • Triaging incoming workload, maintaining focus on priorities, and setting realistic expectations for both peers and team members
  • Coordinating and communicating with other members of the Wikimedia engineering teams on relevant projects, and contributing to the organizational strategy
  • Continuously developing the roadmap of the team in alignment with other SRE and Technology teams, and helping to draft and execute the team’s annual and quarterly plans
  • Project managing new and existing initiatives
  • Leading the definition, refinement, and execution of the processes through which the team manages and performs work
  • Leading incident response, diagnosis, and follow-up on system alerts and outages across Wikimedia’s production infrastructure
  • Facilitate the definition and establishment of Service Level Objectives and track Error Budgets with service owners and stakeholders

Skills and Experience:

  • Prior experience managing teams
  • Prior hands-on experience with software or reliability engineering (within the last 3 years preferred)
  • Aptitude for automation and streamlining of tasks
  • Communicate effectively in both spoken and written English
  • Ability to work independently, as an effective part of a globally distributed team
  • Willing and able to travel several times a year for occasional in-person meetings
  • B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science or the equivalent in related work experience

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Commitment to the mission of the organization and our values
  • Commitment to our guiding principles
  • Ability to disagree in a respectful manner and yet work towards a solution even when you disagree
  • Good at asynchronous communication
  • Solutions-focused. The Wikimedia ecosystem is complex, resources are limited, and our guiding principles are ambitious. We want you to work to find solutions embracing these factors.
  • Self motivated with an ability to navigate through ambiguity and bring a project to completion with limited directions
  • Curiosity and commitment to learn

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Experience working in a distributed, largely remote environment
  • Experience contributing to open source projects

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 recruiting@wikimedia.org 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 19 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
  • Paid travel to Wikimedia Foundation events all around the world!
  • Equipment including a laptop, monitor, plus a one-time stipend to cover any additional needs to make sure you have the best work experience
  • 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.

More information

Wikimedia Foundation
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Wikimedia 2030
Wikimedia Medium Term Plan
Our Commitment to Equity
This is Wikimedia FoundationFacts Matter
Our Projects
Our Tech Stack

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