Lead Strategist, Movement Strategy


The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking a Lead Strategist to guide the Foundation and the Wikimedia movement at large in the implementation of the Movement Strategy 2030 (MS). This person will ensure that the MS is set to succeed, true to its intentions, responsive to changing needs and realities, and powered by the wisdom and experience of the Wikimedia volunteers, affiliates, and Foundation staff. As the Lead Strategist, you will report to the Senior Manager of the Movement Strategy & Governance team, and you will work closely with the rest of the team, other teams at the Foundation, and the Wikimedia communities of volunteers and affiliates. You also will be a regular advisor of the Vice-President of Community Resilience and Sustainability. Join us and help the Wikimedia movement implement their strategy.

You are responsible for:

Understand Movement Strategy and keep it focused on its goals.
Develop a deep understanding of the strategic direction and recommendations, including the context and the conversations that led to their approval.
Keep an eye on emerging technologies, laws, and other factors that may influence our strategic choices, through communications with experts internal and external.
Identify emerging needs or evolving interpretations related to the strategic direction and recommendations, and advise on how to resolve any mismatch with the original strategic intent.
Design and maintain an implementation framework for Movement Strategy.
Design a framework of collective impact and change management to organize and connect all MS implementation initiatives towards the strategic goals.
In consultation with specialist staff, identify metrics to measure the success of individual implementation projects and the collective progress.
Adjust this framework as needed, based on specialist advice, stakeholders’ feedback and the implementation data gathered.
Advise on the implementation of specific recommendations.
Follow the implementation of MS recommendations, especially looking at what is working, problems, and missed opportunities.
In close collaboration with stakeholders, advise on the best approaches to implement each recommendation, keeping a holistic view on the overall MS implementation process.
Strategic support to stakeholders involved in Movement Strategy.
In collaboration with the rest of the team, identify MS support needs from volunteers and affiliates that require a strategic approach, and advise on solutions.
Prioritize the support to groups underrepresented in the Wikimedia movement, reaching out to them directly to better understand their needs, defining best practices of diversity, equity and inclusion, and keeping track of their participation metrics.
Consult with Foundation staff to learn more about challenges and opportunities of their work in Movement Strategy areas, and advise on improvements.
Provide change management best practices to all MS stakeholders.

Skills and Experience:

Change management experience. You have been involved in international change management, including articulating and application of theories of change.
Experience in Wikimedia or a similar social movement. You have been involved in an international social movement as a volunteer or staff and have insight into the circumstances that inform Wikimedia’s work.
Facilitation experience. You have strong collaboration skills in an empowerment approach to engaging stakeholders.
Public communication experience. You have professional experience explaining concepts and maintaining conversations in written and spoken form, online and in face-to-face activities.

Qualities that are important to us:

Strategic thinking. You can remain focused on goals and can link qualitative and quantitative input to make actionable recommendations to the Wikimedia Foundation and the movement at large.
Active listening. You can hear and understand people and help them better articulate their own thoughts empathetically.
Clear communication. You can effectively speak and write in simple English to stakeholders at different levels of involvement and language fluency.
Values and mission fit with the Wikimedia movement and Foundation and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

Experience participating in the Wikimedia Movement Strategy.
Experience living and working in different countries or cultures.
Fluency in multiple languages


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About Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit that hosts Wikipedia and our other free knowledge projects. We want to make it easier for everyone to share what they know. To do this, we keep Wikipedia and Wikimedia sites fast, reliable, and available to all. We protect the values and policies that allow free knowledge to thrive. We build new features and tools to make it easy to read, edit, and share from the Wikimedia sites. Above all, we support the communities of volunteers around the world who edit, improve, and add knowledge across Wikimedia projects.