Software Engineer II

Wikimedia Foundation
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The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Software Engineer to join the Technical Engagement group within the Technology Department. You’ll work remotely with a full-time distributed team, with members spread between Europe and North America, and need to overlap (UTC-4 to UTC+2) working hours. Some examples of the type of work you’ll be doing include helping develop a community-authored catalog of Wikimedia tools, built by and for the Wikimedia technical community.

You are responsible for:

Contributing to a team developing new features, improvements and upgrades to the Toolhub Project
Partnering with Foundation staff and volunteers on software design, development, testing and evaluation of potential technical solutions
Helping to identify, implement, and follow best practices in engineering processes across the team
Ensuring positive and constructive discussions with the community and the Foundation
Working and communicating effectively within a small team distributed across multiple time zones
Working with the team’s Product Manager to scope and plan the technical work
Triaging, diagnosing, and fixing reported bugs
Skills and Experience:

Education and/or experience with Object-Oriented development using Python and Javascript
Front-end web application development skills
Comfortable working and thriving within a Linux ecosystem
Openness to working with a diverse and geographically distributed team
Strong written communication skills as their collaboration largely happens online
BS in Computer Science or a related field, or 1 year software development experience
Motivation, passion and desire to learn new skills and technology and grow into valued contributor on their team
Qualities that are important to them:

You share their values, appreciate their code of conduct, support their team norms, and work in accordance with all three
Strong English language skills and ability to work independently, as an effective part of a globally distributed team
Support of their users (volunteer and staff developers) using their service offerings
Passionate about the value of learning and growing together
Additionally, they’d love it if you have:

Experience with collaborative open source communities
Code samples which you can show them
Familiarity with a relational database technology, preferably MySQL/MariaDB
Familiarity with web protocols and standards such as HTML, CSS, HTTP, and REST
Experience contributing to open source projects
Experience with MediaWiki or Wikimedia projects
Experience using the Django framework
Experience using Vue.js, React, or a similar reactive DOM javascript framework
The Wikimedia Foundation is…

…the 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.