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Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V. is a non-profit organisation based in Berlin, Germany. With over 150 employees and about 100,000 members, it is the oldest and largest of about 40 independent chapters of the international Wikimedia movement. The best known Wikimedia project, the free online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, is used by millions of people across the world every day and is continuously updated and improved by millions of users. 

Wikimedia Deutschland promotes these ideals even beyond the free encyclopaedia; it is our aim to establish and advocate for the creation, collection, and distribution of free knowledge in all parts of society. The Wikimedia vision 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.

We are looking for an experienced Head of Project Management (m/f/d) to join our Software & Development Department. The position is based in Germany, and we offer (hybrid) workplace options in our office in the heart of Berlin.

Your responsibilities:

  • You will support, invest in and develop our team of Project Managers with clear expectations via practices such as 1:1s, goal setting, and constant feedback
  • You will be responsible for the management of our program and project managers with a focus on questions of job profiles and responsibilities
  • You will develop and implement a strategy and vision for the work of the team together with the program, delivery and project managers and create a high performing and positive work environment based on open communication, agile principles, accountability, and trust
  • You will be responsible for connecting with other teams to unblock dependencies and provide visibility and transparency to team progress on project initiatives – identify, gather and resolve blockers in your teams and others to move forward
  • You will be in charge of developing a mid- and long term strategy for the integration of the team into the overall activities of the Software department
  • You will be responsible for the development process for an optimal flow of value to ensure Wikimedia reaches its annual and mid term goals
  • You will establish best practices for operational and financial reporting and budget management for the projects and programs
  • You will establish best practices for cross-functional team collaboration and an agile software 
  • You will review the existing and/ or implement new processes around planning, monitoring and reporting for activities in the Software Development

About you:

  • You have proven experience in the field of project management in a technical setting that enhances agile processes 
  • You have excellent knowledge of agile project management methods and tools
  • You have proven people management skills and possess a high level of emotional intelligence
  • You have a solid understanding of databank concepts and software development concepts and processes
  • You have experience with third party funded projects 
  • You understand and take into account the unique environment of the Wiki-universe and the Wiki-communities
  • You have a good learning attitude for yourself but also in coaching and mentoring others 
  • You enjoy participative work in a team and the collaborative development of ideas and processes is important to you 
  • Open and clear communication is very important to you and you enjoy interdisciplinary cooperation with other teams 
  • You have the ability to solve problems and finding solutions 
  • You have proficient written and verbal communication skills in English and good knowledge of the German language or the willingness to learn it

What we offer:

  • You will be part of a cohesive and engaged team that fosters unity and supports each other
  • Flexible working hours adjusted to the team and people needs
  • A diverse and inclusive bi-lingual organisation where people are the first priority
  • Work in cross-functional teams towards a common goal
  • We dedicate one day per quarter in the department to work on any non-work-related project you want 
  • A yearly learning budget that you choose how to spend to support you in your personal and professional development
  • Opportunity to improve your presentation skills and to share your favourite topics in internal presentations to the other engineering teams
  • Opportunity to go to conferences, both as participants and contributors
  • The possibility of working from home when needed as well as a modern and centrally located office space - at the heart of Berlin - with a fully equipped kitchen, different sized meeting rooms and working spaces

And a lot more: 30 days of holidays,  public transport allowance, access to complementary pension benefits, continued salary in the event of ill children, free-of-cost external life coaching


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 application 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 convictions, gender, age, disability or sexual identity or orientation.

In light of an underrepresentation of women in our engineering teams, we very much welcome a broad diversity of candidates.

Due to the current COVID - 19 situation, job interviews will only take place digitally.