An experienced web application software developer with operations and leadership experience. You are passionate about Wikimedia's mission to bring free knowledge to every person on the planet. You are excited to play a major role in modernizing major subsystems in the Wikimedia server cluster (such as our plans to overhaul our notification system and building up our media storage capability).
Ideally, you understand the principles of open source software development, the importance of testing and documentation, and the common pitfalls in developing secure web applications. You can competently optimize database queries, adjust server configuration settings, develop new features and lead a team of other engineers in these efforts.
You enjoy the technical challenges associated with managing a database of hundreds of thousands of records, and want to support the production pipelines making it happen. You are outspoken, highly communicative, a good facilitator, and a great listener and you lead by example.
You thrive in a team of smart open source developers, and you're looking forward to making an impact. If much or all of this applies to you -- please send us a thoughtful application letter and tell us why you're the right person for the job! :-)
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Our commitment: Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. According to comScore Media Metrix, Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 482 million unique visitors per month, making them the fifth-most popular web property world-wide (comScore, January 2012). Available in 282 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 21 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 150 staff members. Wikimedia works with local chapter organizations in 39 countries or regions to advance the mission of the Wikimedia movement.
San Francisco or Remote