Careers

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 highly enthusiastic individuals who embarked on a mission to bring education and Wikipedia closer together. Our organization is well funded and will expand from currently six staff members to nine by the end of the year. 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

We currently have two remote part-time positions open: Wikipedia Content Expert, Humanities, and Wikipedia Content Expert, Sciences.

Wikipedia Content Expert, Humanities

The premise of the Wikipedia Education Program’s Classroom Program is simple: Instructors assign their students to write Wikipedia articles instead of a traditional throwaway assignment. Since 2010, our team has been running and supporting 450 classroom assignments in the United States and Canada. The Wikipedia Content Experts will be part of a small team of self-starters who work hard but have fun doing it. We’re a close-knit group who believe the ultimate outcome is most important, and we’re not afraid to pitch in on any task large or small when a coworker needs help. We celebrate our successes and learn from our failures, always trying to make the program better. We share a deep belief that Wikipedia belongs in education, and our commitment is to make this happen at universities across the United States and Canada.

The Wiki Education Foundation prioritizes both student learning experiences and improving the breadth and quality of Wikipedia’s content. The essence of this position is to help student editors do high quality work — both on an individual basis by providing focused article advice, and program-wide by improving Classroom Program workflows and support systems. One of the ways our student editors improve Wikipedia is by closing content gaps, so the Wikipedia Content Experts will work closely with other editors and subject matter experts to identify topics and articles that instructors can assign their students to expand. The Wikipedia Content Experts will also help the Communications Associate develop subject-specific help materials for humanities classes, and monitor and evaluate student contributions to humanities articles.

Duties and responsibilities

  • create, update, and maintain a comprehensive list of Wikipedia articles needing to be edited in the humanities
  • help the Communications Associate develop subject-specific help materials within the humanities
  • monitor the work of student editors on humanities-related articles
  • assist high-achieving student editors with the DYK and GAN processes, when appropriate
  • identify opportunities for systematically improving the quality of work by student editors
  • maintain and update a database with information about all the articles that students have edited and created in the humanities
  • develop a plan to evaluate quality of students’ articles
  • facilitate relationships with other Wikipedia editors in the humanities

Requirements

Minimum qualifications
  • Editing history on English Wikipedia, including friendly interactions with other editors.
  • At least 1,000 edits on English Wikipedia.
  • Experience editing humanities articles on English Wikipedia.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deadlines with limited supervision.
Desired qualifications
  • At least 5,000 edits on English Wikipedia.
  • Authorship of at least one Good Article in the humanities on English Wikipedia.
  • Experience with the Peer review, Did You Know, Good Article, and/or Featured Article processes.
  • Experience with the Wikipedia Education Program.
  • Experience coordinating and mentoring volunteers.
Personal characteristics
  • A mission-driven individual with an understanding of, belief in and commitment to the benefits of freely available information.
  • A strong believer in the value of using Wikipedia in the classroom who can powerfully embody the vision of the Wiki Education Foundation.
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Comfortable working in a highly transparent fashion, open to input and feedback; proactive candid communicator who wants people to know what she/he is doing and isn’t afraid to bring others in when things are off-track or when you need help; can handle criticism in a mature fashion.
  • Able to build strong and positive relationships with people in education and Wikipedia.
  • An outstanding listener and explainer.
  • Intellectually curious and flexible: enjoys tackling difficult, ambiguous problems; loves learning from others and expanding intellectual horizons.
  • Emotionally mature and self-reliant; someone who will thrive working in a small but growing team; an ability to tolerate a high degree of ambiguity, and to negotiate with people having sharply defined opinions while maintaining positive, respectful relationships.

Compensation and workplace

The Wikipedia Content Expert is a 20 hours/week part-time remote position.

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. Please email your C.V. and cover letter to jobs@wikiedu.org and include “Wikipedia Content Expert, Humanities” in the subject line.

Wikipedia Content Expert, Sciences

The premise of the Wikipedia Education Program’s Classroom Program is simple: Instructors assign their students to write Wikipedia articles instead of a traditional throwaway assignment. Since 2010, our team has been running and supporting 450 classroom assignments in the United States and Canada. The Wikipedia Content Experts will be part of a small team of self-starters who work hard but have fun doing it. We’re a close-knit group who believe the ultimate outcome is most important, and we’re not afraid to pitch in on any task large or small when a coworker needs help. We celebrate our successes and learn from our failures, always trying to make the program better. We share a deep belief that Wikipedia belongs in education, and our commitment is to make this happen at universities across the United States and Canada.

The Wiki Education Foundation prioritizes both student learning experiences and improving the breadth and quality of Wikipedia’s content. The essence of this position is to help student editors do high quality work — both on an individual basis by providing focused article advice, and program-wide by improving Classroom Program workflows and support systems. One of the ways our student editors improve Wikipedia is by closing content gaps, so the Wikipedia Content Experts will work closely with other editors and subject matter experts to identify topics and articles that instructors can assign their students to expand. The Wikipedia Content Expert for Sciences will also help the Communications Associate develop subject-specific help materials for science classes, and monitor and evaluate student contributions to science articles.

Duties and responsibilities

  • create, update, and maintain subject-specific lists of Wikipedia articles needing to be edited in the sciences
  • help the Head of Communications and External Relations develop subject-specific materials within the sciences
  • monitor the work of student editors on science-related articles
  • assist high-achieving student editors with the DYK and GAN processes, when appropriate
  • identify opportunities for systematically improving the quality of work by student editors
  • maintain and update a database with information about the articles that students have edited and created in the sciences
  • develop a plan to evaluate quality of students’ articles
  • facilitate relationships with other Wikipedia editors in the sciences

Requirements

Minimum qualifications
  • Editing history on English Wikipedia, including friendly interactions with other editors.
  • At least 1,000 edits on English Wikipedia.
  • Experience editing science articles on English Wikipedia.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deadlines with limited supervision.
Desired qualifications
  • At least 5,000 edits on English Wikipedia.
  • Authorship of at least one Good Article in the sciences on English Wikipedia.
  • Experience with the Peer Review, Did You Know, Good Article, and/or Featured Article processes.
  • Experience with the Wikipedia Education Program.
  • Experience coordinating and mentoring volunteers.
Personal characteristics
  • A mission-driven individual with an understanding of, belief in and commitment to the benefits of freely available information.
  • A strong believer in the value of using Wikipedia in the classroom who can powerfully embody the vision of the Wiki Education Foundation.
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Comfortable working in a highly transparent fashion, open to input and feedback; proactive candid communicator who wants people to know what she/he is doing and isn’t afraid to bring others in when things are off-track or when you need help; can handle criticism in a mature fashion.
  • Able to build strong and positive relationships with people in education and Wikipedia.
  • An outstanding listener and explainer.
  • Intellectually curious and flexible: enjoys tackling difficult, ambiguous problems; loves learning from others and expanding intellectual horizons.
  • Emotionally mature and self-reliant; someone who will thrive working in a small but growing team; an ability to tolerate a high degree of ambiguity, and to negotiate with people having sharply defined opinions while maintaining positive, respectful relationships.

Compensation and workplace

The Wikipedia Content Expert is a 20 hours/week part-time remote position.

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. Please email your C.V. and cover letter to jobs@wikiedu.org and include “Wikipedia Content Expert, Sciences” in the subject line.