About Us

Founded in 2013, the Wiki Education Foundation supports innovative uses of Wikipedia and related projects in communities of teaching, learning, and inquiry in the United States and Canada. The Wiki Education Foundation aims to improve the breadth, scope, and quality of content on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects; enhance student information fluency; and increase the number and diversity of contributors to the free knowledge movement by engaging educators, researchers, and students.

We are a small group of 13 highly enthusiastic individuals embarked on a mission to bring education and Wikipedia closer together. Our Executive Director is a former member of the Wikimedia Foundation’s (the organization that operates Wikipedia) executive management team, and we bring more than four years’ experience in running a program that brings Wikipedia into the classroom.

Open positions

  • The Wiki Education Foundation is currently seeking a Development Associate to join our team. See description below for details.
  • We are also hiring a Director of Programs. Information about this position, including details on how to apply, can be found here.

Development Associate

Summary of Position

We are seeking a creative development professional who wants to make a measurable impact on student learning and public knowledge in the USA and Canada. The ideal candidate is both meticulous and free-thinking, and deadline driven without losing sight of long-term goals. The Development Associate is part of dedicated two-person team working to connect funders to the Wiki Education Foundation’s innovative programs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Development Associate will work closely with the Senior Manager of Development to conduct individual and institutional prospect research, assist with daily development activities, and to develop and maintain prospect tracking systems. Additionally, the Development Associate will assist in the planning of fundraising events and provide general administrative support for senior fundraising staff.

Research (60%)

  • Conduct research to identify and support individual and institutional prospects.
  • Maintain effective research and tracking systems for those prospects.
  • Prepare profiles and briefings about prospects for senior leadership.
  • Research news and information channels relevant to current prospects, donors, and trends in philanthropy.

Development Support (30%)

  • Assist in the creation, tracking, and reporting of detailed major gift cultivation and solicitation tracking strategies.
  • Create and maintain individual and institutional prospect research and reporting systems.
  • Assist with gift processing, record keeping, grant tracking and reporting.

Fundraising Events Support (10%)

  • Assist with planning, coordination, and execution of fundraising events; including logistics, attendee research, and follow-up.
  • Work within event budgets, an annual budget, and offer input to management to determine overall budget requirements.

Other duties as assigned.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years of development or other relevant experience.
  • An understanding of, belief in, and commitment to the benefits of freely available information.
  • A proven track record for creating and growing donor research, cultivation tracking, and reporting systems.
  • An ability to build strong and positive relationships with donors, our board, and senior management.
  • A strong attention to detail, the ability to organize your own work (and that of others).
  • Dedication and commitment to excellence and quality.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience in Salesforce

Successful Candidate:

The successful candidate will perform the duties listed above; demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills; maintain effective working relations with our donors, board, leadership, and staff; and represent our work to others in a professional and courteous manner.

Compensation and workplace

We offer a competitive salary (depending on prior experience) and an excellent benefits package. This position is based in our San Francisco office.

To apply

Candidates must submit a cover letter describing how they meet the required qualifications of this role. Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered. Enter the job title (“Development Associate”) and your last name in the subject line. Please email your C.V. and cover letter to: