Senior Director of External Communications

Wikimedia Foundation
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This role will be responsible for marketing and communications at Wikimedia Foundation, developing strategy for the Foundation’s global external communications, and directing execution across all paid, owned and earned media channels, to maximize impact. This includes integrated marketing, digital communications, media relations, executive communications, and integration with the insight and analytics capability that supports all of these disciplines.

To maximize the positive impact of External Communications on the Foundation as a whole, success in this role will necessitate close collaboration with other specialists in the Department. These include Movement Communications, Foundation Communications, Project Management, and Brand Studio (the internal brand guardianship and creative capability), and an effective partnership with other Departments.

This is a new role that indicates the strategic importance of External Communications in the future success of the Wikimedia Foundation and its brands (in particular Wikipedia) in delivering its organizational goals around free knowledge for all and its equitable growth ambitions. As Director of External Communications, you will oversee an expanding team of 15 people, providing vision, coaching, and mentorship.

You are responsible for:

Integrated Marketing
Develop and deploy an integrated marketing programs plan across all paid, owned and earned touchpoints
Work closely with the Head of Insights to drive strategy by providing relevant market insights and definitions of audience needs to all Foundation stakeholders
Identify opportunities to increase Movement awareness and participation as well as to continuously improve communications effectiveness using insights and analytics
Act as the front door for the Foundation as a whole in developing integrated external communications plans that maximize the chances of success of key initiatives from those Departments
Digital Communications
Develop a comprehensive vision, editorial, engagement, and growth strategy for Wikimedia/Wikipedia digital channels
Provide oversight for market-specific digital awareness and engagement campaigns for key growth opportunity markets
Identify opportunistic, cutting-edge, and experimental digital brand and awareness collaborations
Media & Public Relations
Determine international media priorities and provide direction for proactive and reactive interactions with the press to support the Wikimedia mission, values, and strategic priorities
Support the development of global, targeted regional, and national media campaigns that generate significant coverage of major milestones, launches, and developments
Develop and maintain strong relationships with key market media outlets, as well as with top-tier sectoral, national, and international journalists
Executive Communications
Create a marketing/public relations strategy that will allow leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including media and key influencers
Profile and position Foundation executives at the right level in global opportunities, and ensure appropriate support for executive public speaking
Collaborate with various teams to create presentations, speeches, talking points, and briefing documents that are aligned with the messaging strategy
Collaboratively identify and develop consistent impact measurement through analytics that can be used to capture learnings and continuously improve our impact and return-on-investment
Connect with other data-rich teams in the Foundation to achieve a unified understanding and drive effective collaboration
Skills and Experience:

12+ years experience as a strategic leader in marketing and communications
Experience in managing large teams
Track record of creating and implementing successful marketing and communications strategies with collaborative outcomes
Ability to create and maintain strong relationships, and balance the needs of multiple stakeholders
Demonstrated experience in delivering and quantifying audience engagement value
Experience in cross-cultural communications, including communicating across multiple languages. Familiarity with use of English with people whose primary language is not English.
Experience working with multi-layered communications teams across multiple functional areas
Qualities that are important to us:

Resilience—we work on new and interesting challenges in public and collaborative ways
Experience working with global teams
Being open, curious, and inquiring in our work
Self motivation and detail oriented
Working together for outcomes, and being willing to change course
Sharing a culture of constructive criticism and respect
Natural inclination for team collaboration and for helping colleagues succeed
Building a work environment that values and embraces diversity
Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

Experience working with programs that bridge communications, product, marketing, technology, and policy
A strong international perspective with personal experience in non-native cultures is highly valued
Experience working with a distributed workforce and sensitivity to diverse cultures, and backgrounds
Experience developing programs for developing markets or audiences with limited access to high-speed internet
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and 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. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We 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. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We 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 +1 (415) 839-6885.

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

Health Care Benefits Covered at 100%: We cover 100% of premiums for medical, dental and vision plans for all full time employees and eligible dependents
Wellness Reimbursement Program: Up to 1,800.00 USD per year for reimbursement for staff wellness expenses, such as gym fees, educational expenses, and more
Technology and Equipment Stipend: In addition to receiving a brand new laptop, monitor, & docking station, all new hires receive 600.00 USD stipend to set up their space for working virtually
Professional Development Program: Up to 750.00 USD reimbursement per year to encourage continuous learning through attending conferences, courses, workshops and the purchase of educational materials
401(k) Retirement Plan: Employer match of up to 4% of employee contributions dollar for dollar with no vesting period
Paid Time Off: Generous paid time off policy of over 45 days, which includes: vacation days, at least one observed holiday a month, sick leave, and volunteer days
Flexible Schedules: Options available to balance your personal and remote-work life
Silent Fridays: No scheduled meetings so you can get caught up at the end of each week
New Parent Leave: Fully paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, and flexible options as you embark on your return to work
Fertility and Adoption Reimbursement Plan: Reimburses staff up to 5,000.00 USD in expenses per year, with a lifetime maximum of 10,000.00 USD
Assistance for those unexpected life events: Long and short term disability, life insurance, and an employee assistance program
Pre-tax Savings Plans: Generously funded health savings accounts (HSAs), pre-tax contribution options for health care, child care & elder care, public transportation and parking expenses
*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., we defer to our PEO (Professional Employee Organization) to ensure alignment with local labor laws.