Human Resources Business Partner

Wikimedia Foundation
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
How to Apply
Through Greenhouse link
Where to Apply


The WMF vision is to “imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.” The Human Resources Business Partner (“HRBP”) will collaborate with Lead HRBPs across teams to develop, implement and align people processes and performance to drive continuous growth and knowledge sharing across the Foundation. The HRBP is an accomplished connector who collaborates, problem solves, and gets results, celebrating wins while learning from mistakes. The position requires a balance of strategic vision and tactical implementation, experience in the intersection of change management and international human resource development, serving as a consultant to employees on human resource-related issues.

This position will report to the VP, Talent and Culture (“T&C”) (to be hired) and work in partnership with the HRBPs, People Experience Team and the entire T&C staff to ensure support, alignment and connection to Foundation’s T&C services and programs, as well as acting as an ambassador for the Foundation’s values and culture.

You are responsible for:

In collaboration with other HRBPs and T&C, implementing solutions to meet changing business and talent needs to support the Foundation and team objectives, proposing plans which build capability, and delivering against the strategic initiatives of T&C
Supporting the talent review processes to recommend skill building for an employee, team, or manager to achieve their goals
Organizational Development & Design: implementing solutions that improve employee engagement, retention, leadership development, org culture, and productivity
Employee Relations: working closely with staff to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention, including mediating complex staff issues with compassion, active listening, and understanding, while maintaining confidentiality
Working with the Learning & Development team to identify training needs for teams and individuals to support staff to prioritize and implement best practices in their respective work areas

Skills and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in human resources or a related field and 5+yrs human resources experience, or equivalent experience/education
Experience in change management and human resources development, training and capacity development, as well as coaching and facilitating high performing teams
Experience working with diverse, multi-cultural teams, bonus points for international environments
Experience using data analytics platforms (Excel, Google Sheets) to inform storytelling and presentations
Strong collaborator – Ability to collaborate and operate in a “one team” environment across all levels of the organization
HR acumen – Familiar with the complete HR service portfolio including OD and talent management and able to effectively partner with other COE talent acquisition, total rewards, learning & development, people operations and diversity & inclusion
Business acumen- Understand the organization’s business strategies and dynamically changing external business competition, conditions and trends. Translate this knowledge into appropriate management and HR actions
OD acumen: experience translating OD strategies into practical business applications at progressively increasing levels of scope and complexity.
Partnering and influence – Present solutions in ways that are heard, understood and supported. Add insight that positively influences senior management decision-making. Communicate with clarity, conviction and confidence across regions/cultures, including upward when necessary
Personal credibility – Consistently offer quality advice, counsel and insight. Maintain self-esteem and that of others while directly and constructively addressing issues. Create trust and mutual respect
Ability to maximize relationships, build trust and communicate effectively is required in order to analyze HR issues, provide information, direction and advice as described
Proven employee relations experience with ability to navigate sensitive, confidential matters
Good technical knowledge of human resources and its role within the business
Possess strong communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to deal effectively and professionally with all levels of employees and management. Good analytical skills, problem solving and decision-making skills are required to provide support as described
Excellent planning, time management, prioritization, and organizational skills. The ability to handle competing priorities calmly under pressure and within restricted timeframes is essential
Qualities that are important to them:

Resilience—they work on new and interesting problems in transparent and collaborative ways
Being open, curious, and inquiring in their work
Willingness to experiment with new ideas and solutions
Internal motivation and high standards
Working together for outcomes, and being willing to let go to scale or change course
Making lasting and supportive relationships with your leadership clients and employees
The ability to excel in a fast-paced, changing environment that often requires fast turn‐around and navigating ambiguous situations
Sharing a culture of constructive criticism and respect
A strong sense of caring, partnered with an excellent sense of humor
Additionally, they’d love it if you have:

Non-profit experience
Tech industry experience
Experience with HR tools like Namely & Greenhouse, and finance tools like Adaptive is a plus

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 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.