Wikimedia Foundation is hiring a

Manager, Strategic Partnerships - India

San Francisco, United States

Status: Contract position

Duration: 2-3 months (estimated)

Pay:  $15 - $20/hr USD (differentials apply to other countries/locales)

Location Preference: India (Remote)  

When submitting your resume, please include a detailed cover letter. 


The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that oversees Wikipedia, is committed to providing free knowledge for every single person on the planet. Strategic partnerships in emerging countries can increase Wikipedia’s reach and accelerate the growth of our free licensed content in multiple languages and cultures. This role will be crucial to help us implement our current strategy to increase usage, access and awareness of Wikimedia projects in India.  This position requires work from India. 

We’d like you to do these things:   

  • Manage strategic partnerships with local nonprofits, educational institutions, private companies and government to expand awareness, reach, and usage of Wikimedia sites.
  • Explore and evaluate new partnerships and initiatives that can significantly increase Wikipedia's footprint in India.
  • Represent Wikipedia and all our knowledge-based projects in your country.
  • Make a difference in the lives of millions of people who don’t have access to information and knowledge

We’d like you to have these skills:

  • Mission-driven individual with passion for reducing the knowledge gap in emerging markets.
  • Alignment with Wikimedia’s values; comfortable working in a highly transparent, collaborative environment.
  • Experience in business development, marketing and/or strategy, including emerging markets work
  • Previous experience on setting and executing strategic business development plans, particularly in emerging markets  
  • Experience building and managing relationships with partners; understanding of mobile services and content providers ecosystem is desirable.
  • Problem solving skills and flexibility to work cross-functionally and cross-culturally.
  • Capable of managing multiple priorities and deadlines; have a structured approach and be geared to deliver results.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills needed to pitch and secure partnerships.
  • Be a truly team player; enjoying working with a small and highly collaborative team.
  • Work and/or life experience in emerging markets
  • Fluent in (an)other major Indian local languages in addition to English
  • Must be willing to travel locally and work flexible hours to interact with the team based in San Francisco .
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent; MBA preferred.

And it would be even more awesome if you have this:

  • Passion for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects
  • Understanding of free culture / free software / open source principles

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and hosts Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge sites. Wikipedia consists of nearly 40 million articles across hundreds of languages. Every month, more than 80,000 volunteer editors contribute to Wikipedia. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) non-profit that is funded primarily through donations and grants. It currently employs over 240 staff members.

At the Foundation, we build technology to help people everywhere access Wikipedia, across devices and in nearly 300 languages. We engineer privacy for our readers and editors so they can safely and securely explore Wikipedia. We create programs and initiatives to make Wikipedia freely available to more people in more parts of the world. We build new tools for the community of editors so they can continue to improve and grow Wikipedia. Roughly a quarter of our budget goes to supporting the community that make the site possible, including through grantmaking programs that enable volunteers and enrich the information on the sites.

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