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Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V. is a non-profit organisation based in Berlin, Germany. With about 140 employees and about 74.000 members, it is the oldest and largest of 38 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.

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

This role is focused on ensuring that the software development for Wikidata and Wikibase is community centric. You will be the pivotal point between our cross-functional development teams and our user and volunteer communities. You will be responsible for delivering feature updates and feedback to the community while collecting suggestions, bug reports and ideas from them to feed into the software development department. You will be both the public face of the software development department and the voice of the community within Wikimedia Germany. 


Application deadline: 26.01.2020

Your Tasks:

  • Ensuring clear and open communication between the software development team and the communities using and contributing to the software
  • Gathering feedback from the online community and relaying it to the Software Development Department
  • Establishing and running educational workshops related to Wikimedia tools
  • Working hand-in-hand with our product managers, software developers, UX team, partnerships team and various Wikimedia communities and volunteers
  • Promoting community engagement with Wikidata/Wikibase by connecting users, supporting community initiatives, providing documentation and training, and onboarding newcomers
  • Representing Wikimedia Germany as a spokesperson at events and workshops

As a Community Manager you have:

  • High empathic awareness, active listening skills and the ability to see multiple perspectives
  • Soft skills for mediation and conflict resolution
  • The ability to lead meetings and execute their follow-up actions
  • Fluency in English; German language skills are a definite plus 
  • Project management experience and an understanding of agile methods for software development and project management 
  • A technical background and knowledge of software development processes and the ability to convey technical information to non-technical persons
  • Experience in organizing events and good presentation skills are pluses

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
  • You will have a noticeable impact on one of the top four visited websites in the world
  • 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; free coffee, tea, soft drinks and organic fruits; access to free-of-cost counselling and coaching on work-relocated and personal matters

 Initial appointment is for 2 years.


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.