Enterprise Risk Management Lead

Wikimedia Foundation
Wikimedia Foundation
Job Type
Remote (United States), Full-time
Deadline for Applications
How to Apply
Through Greenhouse link
Where to Apply


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for an Enterprise Risk Management Lead to join their team. The Lead reports to the Chief Financial Officer, supports and facilitates the collaboration of a new Risk Team, and champions the development and training of risk assessment and risk management activities that support WMF’s mission.

The ERM Lead will facilitate the next stage of development of their new ERM program, expand and integrate the usage of their GRC tool and create a holistic ERM program with the leadership of the organization. This position will evolve their capabilities related to identifying and managing the risks they face, and increase awareness across all WMF teams about the importance, role and components of effective risk management. This Lead role will facilitate scenario planning and collaborate to develop a ‘readiness’ state for their top risks and opportunities at the Wikimedia Foundation.

This is a highly visible role providing the opportunity to work with key stakeholders across the organization. This position is not a people manager. This position will require curiosity, experienced training, education and excellent communication to create and develop risk champions with their functional area leadership. This role must have the ability to learn and delve into the unique and standard risk within business impact categories of a large non-profit organization like the Wikimedia Foundation.

You are responsible for:

Leading the day-to-day execution of Enterprise Risk Management planning and activities
Developing and updating ERM tools and resources to support risk assessment, risk management and risk reporting, such as: surveys, workshop agendas, exercises, worksheets, training materials, risk reports, and other narratives and visuals that explain their process and approach
Serving as WMF’s in-house subject matter expert on Enterprise Risk Management
Providing hands-on SME guidance and support to help colleagues and teams identify, ‘unpack,’ and take action to reduce the likelihood and/or potential downside consequences of future risk events
Implementing risk assessment threat modeling exercises, identifying the proper controls are being maintained and the control activities are being effective in reducing inherent risk
Championing awareness and understanding of the key concepts in Enterprise Risk Management, such as key risk indicators, risk appetite, and risk-aware decision-making, and help leaders and teams apply these concepts in their day-to-day work
Supporting identification, documentation and tracking of impact area risks including technology, reputation, operational and strategic risks
Preparing and delivering high quality executive level risk management reports to senior management, management level risk committees and board level committees
Skills and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field
Minimum of five (5) years working in a responsible role in a risk management function or department, or in a role with leadership responsibility for risk management or ERM
Possess a curious mind, take initiative, be accountable, maintain integrity, maintain credibility, and work well with others as a team
Demonstrated experience in risk management or ERM
Demonstrated experience collaborating with functional area leadership in threat modeling and contingency planning exercises and follow through
Technical capabilities and understanding to manage and work with SME’s in technical threat modeling
Demonstrated experience utilizing GRC tools and platforms
Project management/leadership and facilitation experience
Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, including preparing presentations
Strong time management skills and demonstrated experience completing projects from the conceptual to execution stage
Strong analysis and problem-solving skills
Team player who believes in generously sharing and soliciting information with others
Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies quickly and independently
Strong decision-making, follow-up, follow-through, priority setting, and negotiating skills are required
Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced, dynamic and changing environment while providing top level attention to detail, and ensuring work is complete
Qualities that are important to them:

You have a track record of increasing your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of risks facing complex nonprofit organizations
You enjoy collaborating with a range of stakeholders, and you value knowledge sharing, inquiry, diverging viewpoints while building relationships and a program
You can communicate complex technical concepts in simple ways, tailored to each audience, to ensure everyone can engage, contribute and successfully adopt the practice
You understand the value of diversity and inclusion and integrate this value to create representative products and programs
You are comfortable with ambiguity and are able to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment
You thrive in a results oriented culture that favors collaborative decision making
You create the psychological safety necessary in unpacking and planning for risk
You are a proactive problem solver and a self-starting individual
You are a flexible and creative individual capable of managing multiple priorities and projects in a diverse environment
You believe in the mission of the Foundation and are excited to contribute to their mission

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 them 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 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.