Wikimedia Foundation is hiring an

UX Designer (Reading)

San Francisco, United States


The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting Wikipedia and other Wiki projects. We operate one of the world’s top ten trafficked websites and have global reach and impact. Technology and innovation is critical in our quest to support every human in sharing knowledge. We are looking for a UX Designer to help us design new ways to discover, consume and share knowledge.

We’d like you to do these things:

  • Create experiences that go beyond good design into delighting users.
  • See features through from idea on paper through implementation.
  • Work with our growing team of designers to create reusable design patterns that span desktop, tablet and phone.
  • Interact with our community from the beginning to end of your design process.
  • Illustrate your designs with lightweight specs or living documents to engage with developers.
  • Be both design support for other functional teams as well as driving forward the product roadmap with your own ideas and features.
  • Distill complex concepts into simple easy to understand talking points to effectively articulate your vision with your team and the community.
  • Be active in soliciting feedback from your design team, as well as other functional groups, be active in reaching out to team members both in the office and remote.
  • Reduce, simplify, distill. Know how to let go. Create experiences that are effortless for users by reducing UI complexity down to its essential components.

We’d like you to have these skills:

The right person is better than the right set of experiences, these are the traits we’ve identified make great additions to our team so far.

  • Have great instincts for making design decisions and be able to support your choices with research and data.
  • Ability to tell stories that convey your design goals both internally to team members and to stakeholders.
  • Experience working with Mobile Apps and the ecosystem around it
  • Have a creative vision of your own while being able to work within the bounds of what is possible, and imagine what can come next.
  • 3+ Years of experience solving complex product design problems, knowing when to borrow, copy, and steal, knowing when to reinvent.
  • Know when to switch from blue sky ideation to tactical thinking. Be able to deliver effective, constructive critique, and to listen and accept design criticism.
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or the equivalent in work experience.

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

In addition to the basic skills needed for being successful these skills could set you apart from the pack!

  • Ability to prototype your designs in working code.
  • Experience acting as researcher, both in-person and with remote participants.
  • Go beyond wireframes to pixel level design. Create and utilize visual design patterns to finish out your features rather than needed to hand off to a visual designer.
  • Have familiarity with Free and Open Source communities.
  • Bring your designs to life, leverage your experience with motion design to go beyond aesthetics to have functional animation that seamlessly teaches as well as delights.
  • Speak more than one of the 286 languages of the users you’ll be designing for.
  • Anything else that will let us know more about who you are, WMF project user name, your blog, instagram, dribbble, Twitter, github etc.

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receives hundreds of millions of visitors per month, making them the 5th most popular web property worldwide. Available in more than 287 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 32 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants. The Wikimedia Foundation was created in 2003 to manage the operation of Wikipedia and its sister projects. It currently employs over 240 staff members. Wikimedia is supported by local chapter organizations in 40 countries or regions.

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, massages, cooking classes 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
  • Pre-tax savings plans for health care, child care, elder care, public transportation and parking expenses
  • For those emergency moments - long and short term disability, life insurance (2x salary) and an employee assistance program
  • 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
  • Great colleagues - international staff speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people

* for benefits eligible staff, benefits may vary by location

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