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Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V. is a non-profit organisation based in Berlin, Germany. With about 150 employees and about 90.000 members, it is the oldest and largest of 40 independent chapters of the international Wikimedia movement. The most well-known Wikimedia project, the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia, is used by millions of people across the world every day and is continuously updated and improved by millions of users. 

Wikimedia Deutschland furthers these ideals even beyond the free encyclopedia: It is our aim to establish and promote the creation, collection, and distribution of free knowledge in all parts of society. Our objective is to create a world in which the sum of all human knowledge is freely accessible for everyone. The main focus of our activities is the support of volunteers, the development of technology and software, and the cooperation with cultural and scientific institutions. Furthermore, we advocate on both the national and EU-level a legal framework which allows for free knowledge to become part of our everyday life.

All software we develop is Open Source, and we contribute back to various projects we use. Many of our components are published in a format that allows to re-use them beyond our own projects.

Wikimedia projects are open and collaborative projects in which anyone can participate. Software development is carried out by the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Germany and volunteer developers. The Wikidata and Wikibase projects are two of three primary projects worked on by Wikimedia Germany's software development department.

More information about Wikidata can be found here.

More information about Wikibase can be found here.

We are looking for a Partner Relationship Manager (m/f/d) to join our Software & Development Department in Berlin. This role reports to the Head of Community Communications.

Your Tasks:

  • Establishing and maintaining positive contact with institutional partners interested in Wikidata and Wikibase projects.
  • Educating potential partners about the advantages of Wikidata and Wikibase, presenting both projects at conferences and running educational workshops.
  • Expanding the reach of Wikibase into new regions and new fields of knowledge.
  • Convincing institutions to open up their data to the public and/or add it to Wikidata.
  • Project management for Wikimedia Deutschland on Wikibase partner projects.
  • Gathering user feedback from institutions and relaying it to the SWE department.
  • Developing new partnership strategies for marginalized knowledge, capacity building and growing the linked open data community.

As a Partner Relationship Manager you have:

  • Excellent organisational and project management skills. Demonstrable experience with project management.
  • The ability to generate novel and complex ideas, and present them in a clear and concise manner.
  • A self-starter who takes the initiative to solve problems when they see them, and the ability to foresee issues and take actions to mitigate them.
  • A skilled communicator with fluent English. Any additional languages are a plus.
  • Friendly, open, engaging and honest manner; the ability to quickly engender trust and confidence.
  • A critical thinker who questions the status quo, can craft their own counter-arguments and then defend them on the spot.
  • The ability to spot synergies and potential collaborations and the drive to enable them.
  • An interest in open knowledge, open source software, open data and the software we are building.

What we offer:

  • A friendly and open-minded team that looks forward to working with you
  • The opportunity to promote Free Knowledge in a unique movement
  • Varied and interesting challenges in a future-oriented and international environment, with a highly engaged global community
  • A modern and centrally located office space
  • An agile and dynamic organization with room for professional and personal development, and with flexible working hours
  • You can attend local user groups during work time and you are encouraged to do so
  • The chance to attend open knowledge events all over the globe
  • Additional benefits: Public transport allowance; access to complementary pension benefits; continued salary in the event of ill children; access to free-of-cost counselling and coaching on work-relocated and personal matters

The contract is open-ended


Then apply now! Send us your detailed application documents via our job portal. Our personnel team will be happy to answer your questions. We kindly ask you to refrain from submitting photos and information on date of birth, marital status, and parents. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wikimedia Germany is committed to equal opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of, for example, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or belief, political or other opinion, gender, age, disability, or sexual identity or orientation. In light of an underrepresentation of women in our Software Development Department, we strongly encourage qualified women to apply.