Engineering Manager

Engineering Manager
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They are seeking experienced engineering managers to lead several teams in the Wikimedia Product Department. These roles are full-time, 100% remote, and global.

They are seeking emotionally intelligent engineering managers who are able to craft a fulfilling work environment for each engineer. They expect their managers to be proactive and collaborative partners with product, design, and other functions to lead effective teams where everyone is empowered to do their best work. They believe that a human-centered leadership approach is key to a high performing team, and that these two go hand-in hand.

As part of the highly distributed, worldwide, and diverse organization, you will collaborate with other teams through an environment of remote work and asynchronous communication. You will build strong working relationships with peers across functions, and help set context for team members with an eye towards the future. As a member of their team, you’ll always be challenged to solve unique and interesting problems that have real impact on how the world shares knowledge.

They use open source tools as much as possible, and always open source their own work (check out their documentation). PHP and JavaScript make up most of their code, but they value using the right tool for the job.

Their world is vast and can be complicated, so they value communication, enthusiasm, and eagerness to learn as much as certificates or degrees.

They’re currently hiring engineering managers for the following teams:

Community Technology: Community Tech is a Wikimedia Foundation team running the Community Wishlist Survey. It builds and improves curation and moderation tools for experienced users, supports bot operators, and more. The team works closely with editors, volunteer developers, and other Wikimedia teams.

Editing: The Editing Team works to ensure new and experienced volunteers working in 300+ languages have the tools they need to keep Wikipedia accurate and up to date. The team’s main area of focus is a rich-text editor for Mediawiki that enables people to edit Wikipedia’s content and communicate with other volunteers without needing to know about or interact with the wiki’s markup language. While most of their schedule needs are flexible, they need a manager for this team that will be routinely available between 1pm – 3pm and 6pm – 7pm UTC.

Growth: The Growth team works to help new people start editing Wikipedia by introducing new editing workflows that are a fit for more people on more devices. They build a cohesive experience for newcomers, helping them find a place in their communities, connect with others, and start contributing their knowledge. While most of their schedule needs are flexible, they need a manager for this team that will be routinely available between 1pm – 3pm and 6pm – 9pm UTC.

Trust & Safety (T&S): The T&S Engineering Team is a new, interdisciplinary product team developing tools that help their T&S staff and the volunteer admins they work with to enforce policy, procedure, and laws across their projects and communities. This includes some light data analysis tools and some enforcement tools.


Model empathetic leadership and develop a supportive team environment rooted in psychological safety while ensuring that diverse voices are represented
Work closely with cross-functional product, design, community and other peers on the team to deliver high-quality software
Develop a strong two-way feedback loop where you share wider organizational context and build a deep understanding of each engineer and how they work
Craft a fulfilling and engaging work experience through regular career growth and development conversations
Participate in hiring with an eye towards diversity
Help create supportive on-boarding experiences for new engineers on their team
Iterate and improve their engineering processes and technical culture and help guide technical decision-making
Collaborate with other technical leaders for effective cross-team execution


Experience managing a globally distributed team
Proven success delivering software at scale
People-first philosophy that focuses on individual growth as the foundation for team success
Strong written communication skills as their collaboration largely happens online
Bachelor’s degree in a related field or the equivalent in work related experience
Nice to Haves
In addition to the basic skills needed for being successful, these skills would be very valuable

Experience with MediaWiki development or as a contributor to Wikimedia projects
Understanding of the free knowledge movement
Experience working on cross-functional teams partnering with product managers

The Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit organization that hosts and operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Their vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. They believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to their shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge, free of interference. They 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. They receive financial support from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. They 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. They encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. They 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 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 22 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., they defer to their PEO to ensure alignment with local labor laws.